- Directed By: Jonathan Kaplan
- Written By: Adam Fields, David Arata
- Release Date: August 13, 1999
- Domestic Distributor: Fox 2000
- Cast: Claire Danes, Kate Beckinsale, Bill Pullman, Lou Diamond Phillips
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $23 million||Financed by: FOX|
|Domestic Box Office: $10,115,013||Overseas Box Office: $1,000,752|
Brokedown Palace was the third late 90’s xenophobic movie about Americans trapped within a byzantine legal system in Asian countries, after the commercial and critical failures of Return To Paradise (1998) and Red Corner (1997). Carl Franklin was originally attached as director, but he left in June 1997 after FOX imposed casting decisions on him. Jonathan Kaplan (The Accused, Project X) replaced Franklin and after the movie tanked with critics and at the box office, he has not helmed another feature.
FOX financed and the budget for Brokedown Palace was $23 million and the studio put the picture out through their Fox 2000 label. Filming began in late 1997 and it was expected to be released in ’98 but FOX sat on this stinker until the studio dated it for August 13, 1999 — which was less than 5 months after Claire Danes toplined the dreadful The Mod Squad.
Brokedown Palace bowed against Bowfinger and Detroit Rock City. Buzz was non-existent and it was dead on arrival with $3,871,616 — placing #9 for the weekend led by the holdover The Sixth Sense. Brokedown Palace sank 54% the following frame to $1,780,387 and then promptly lost most of its theater count. The domestic run closed with $10,115,013. FOX would see returned about $5.5M after theaters take their percentage of the gross — far below their P&A expenses and the budget would be all red.
The recorded overseas numbers were a mere $1,000,752.