The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
|Budget: $84 million||Financed by: Warner Bros; RatPac|
|Domestic Gross: $45,445,109||Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros|
|Overseas Gross: $64,400,000||
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Produced by: David Dobkin
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was originally going to be helmed by Steven Soderbergh and star George Clooney, but both left the project and Guy Ritchie boarded as director and Tom Cruise joined the project. Warner Bros reduced the budget to The Man From U.N.C.L.E. after Tom Cruise bowed out during development, to an estimated $75 million, though the completed budget has been reported as $84 million and RatPac had a minority share in the production cost. Originally set as a January release over the Martin Luther King Jr weekend, The Man From U.N.C.L.E was pushed back seven months to its August release date and Warner Bros scheduled the wide expansion of American Sniper on the MLK frame. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. had soft pre-release tracking and Warner Bros heavily marketed the film with over $32 million in US television ads and millions more in print, online, radio, etc — in a marketing blitz that exceeds $40 million just in the domestic market. The Man From U.N.C.L.E opened in 3,638 theaters and came in far below expectations with $13,421,036 placing #3 for the weekend led by new opener Straight Outta Compton and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation in its third weekend in release, which was also courting similar auds. The pic declined 45.5% in its second frame to $7,317,374 and saw modest weekly drops, but closed with a franchise killing $45,445,109. Warner Bros released The Man From U.N.C.L.E. day-and-date in 43% of its overseas markets, where it pulled in a soft $12 million over its first weekend, including a majorly disappointing run in the UK with $2.26 million. The UK gross ended at $9.8 million and the overseas total stalled at $64.4 million. The worldwide total was $109.8 million, returning about $60.3 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross — and Warner Bros has taken a reported $50 million loss on the picture. Domestic home video sales cumed $8.1 million (less after resellers take their cut and manufacturing costs) before falling off the charts and its numbers no longer reported.