The Corruptor

  • The Corruptor 1999 box office
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  • Directed By: James Foley
  • Written By: Robert Pucci
  • Release Date: March 12, 1999
  • Domestic Distributor: New Line
  • Cast: Chow Yun-Fat, Mark Wahlberg, Ric Young

Box Office Info:
Budget: $31 millionFinanced by: New Line
Domestic Gross: $15,164,492Overseas Gross: $9,329,109


The budget for The Corruptor was $31 million, which was financed by New Line and this was the second Hollywood project packaged for Chow Yun-Fat, who made his American debut the year prior with The Replacement Killers.   Mark Wahlberg landed a $2M payday to play second banana to Chow Yun-Fat and it would be his second collaboration with director James Foley after Fear (1996).  New Line mitigated some of their risk by selling off most overseas markets.

The Corruptor was first penciled in for a February 1999 release, but it was moved to March 12, 1999.  New Line heavily marketed the picture and spent an additional $3M on a prime Super Bowl ad.  It bowed against The Rage: Carrie 2Baby Geniuses, Wing Commander and The Deep End Of The Ocean.  Reviews were mixed and it tanked with $5,765,300 — placing #4 for the weekend led by Analyze This.  Auds gave The Corruptor a poor C+ cinemascore and it declined 45.8% to $3,127,075 in its second frame and fell 53.3% to $1,460,737 in its third session and then promptly lost most of its theater count.  The domestic run closed with only $15,164,492.  New Line would see returned about $8.3M after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which leaves much of the P&A expenses in the red and the budget untouched from the theatrical receipts.

Overseas numbers were a poor $9,329,109 with $1.8M coming from Hong Kong.

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