Gattaca

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    • Directed By: Andrew Niccol
    • Written By: Andrew Niccol
    • Release Date: October 24, 1997
    • Domestic Distributor: Sony
    • Cast: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Gore Vidal, Alan Arkin

Box Office Info:
Budget: $36 millionFinanced by: Sony
Domestic Gross: $12,532,777Overseas Gross: $3,600,000

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In 1993, Andrew Niccol sold his spec script The Truman Show for $1M (still a big sale today, but huge back then) and the heat around him led to a $2M payday to write and direct Gattaca for Sony.  The budget for Gattaca was a sizeable $36 million, which Sony fully financed.

Sony premiered Gattaca at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 1997 and it landed mostly positive notices from critics.  It was dated for a wide release on Oct 24 and this heady and unconventional sci-fi picture had no bankable leads or easy marketing hook.  There was little buzz and low expectations for commercial success.

Gattaca bowed against Fairytale: A True Story and A Life Less Ordinary.  It was dead on arrival with $4,320,202 — placing #5 for the weekend led by the holdover I Know What You Did Last Summer.  Gattaca faded quickly from theaters with only $12,532,777 in receipts.

Overseas numbers were a very small $3.6M.  The worldwide gross was $16.1M and Sony would see returned about $8.8M after theaters take their percentage of the gross — far below P&A expenses the budget would be all red.  The USA network and their sister station The Sci-Fi Channel, picked up a four-year broadcast license for about $1M.

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  1. I’m filing this one in my “it deserved better” pile. Good cast (if unbankable-Jude Law specifically seems to be a box office disease but he’s a fine actor), good direction, and although the story feels derivative now that’s only because tons of sci-fi films have “borrowed” from it.

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