|Budget: $17 million||Financed by: N/A|
|Domestic Gross: $187,674||Domestic Distributor: Roadside Attractions|
|Overseas Gross: $104,995||
Directed by: Roland Emmerich
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Produced by: Roland Emmerich
Roland Emmerich helmed this passion project of his, a critically savaged telling of the Stonewall riots and rise of the gay pride movement, that managed to alienate his core demo-graph with complaints of whitewashing history. Stonewall was budgeted at $17 million and Goldcrest Films sold the international rights, where Warner Bros scooped up distribution in Emmerich’s home country Germany and Roadside Attractions picked up US distribution. Roadside decided to have a Gala premiere for Stonewall at the Toronto International Film Festival, as an Oscar hopeful, which in hindsight is laughably misguided and the event did little to bolster any merits the film might have and instead focused more attention to the whitewashing controversy, boycotts and generally poor reviews.
Going into limited release, the film had the luxury of 359 national TV spots, which is just a fraction of what major releases receive, but plenty of arthouse fare don’t receive airtime and Roadside Attractions opened Stonewall in 129 theaters to a miserable $112,834 with an $875 per screen average. Stuck in a commercial dead zone with no appeal to any audience, the pic barely made any noise at the box office and its opening numbers nixed a theatrical expansion. Stonewall dropped 83 theaters going into its second weekend and grossed a mere $19,692 in 46 theaters — tumbling a massive 82.5%. Stonewall was yanked out of all but 3 theaters going into its third weekend of release, where it pulled in $2,292 and was out of release at the end of the week with a domestic haul of just $187,674.
Warner Bros booked Stonewall in 49 theaters in Germany, where it was ignored with a poor opening of $24,481 and a $500 per screen average and it lasted two weeks in release to $41,469. The only other recorded numbers are $546 from Singapore and $932 from Austria. Stonewall saw a belated May 2016 release in Italy, where it cumed just $62,048 in 138 locations.