Blood Work

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  • Directed By: Clint Eastwood
  • Written By: Brian Helgeland
  • Release Date: August 9, 2002
  • Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros
  • Cast: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Daniels, Anjelica Huston

Box Office Info:
Budget: $50 million Financed by: Warner Bros
Domestic Box Office: $26,235,081 Overseas Box Office: $5,559,637

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In April 1997, Warner Bros acquired the rights to Michael Connelly’s Blood Work novel for $1 million.  It was developed as an acting and directing vehicle for Clint Eastwood and was filmed in late February until April 2002, quickly assembled and in theaters on August 9, 2002.  As usual for Eastwood’s productions, Warner Bros financed the picture.  Blood Work was budgeted at $50 million.

Blood Work was positioned as summer counter-programming for older auds against xXx and Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams.  This routine thriller was tracking for a modest $10 million opening and was not expected to do much better than Eastwood’s interchangeable 1999 flop thriller True Crime.  Reviews were mixed and it pulled in a soft $7,312,413 — placing #5 for the weekend led by xXx.  Blood Work declined a modest 34.3% to $4,807,836 in its second frame and fell 40.9% to $2,840,880 in its third session.  The domestic run closed with an underwhelming $26,235,081.

Overseas, where most of Eastwood’s films pull in decent box office numbers, Blood Work was mostly dumped by Warner Bros.  The film played only in 57 theaters in the UK to all of $266,386 and France posted the highest gross with just $1.3 million.  The overseas cume was $5,559,637 which has been Eastwood’s lowest overseas gross ever since.  The worldwide total was $31.7M and WB would see returned about $17.4M after theaters take their percentage of the gross — which would not even cover P&A expenses or any of the budget.

In a huge $20 million broadcasting deal with WB’s corporate sibling TNT & TBS, the studio packaged three bombs with the hit Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya SisterhoodBlood WorkAnalyze That and Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever.

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