- Directed By: Kurt Wimmer
- Written By: Kurt Wimmer
- Release Date: December 6, 2002
- Domestic Distributor: Miramax (Dimension)
- Cast: Christian Bale, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $20 million||Financed by: Miramax (Dimension)|
|Domestic Box Office: $1,203,794||Overseas Box Office: $4,155,851|
Miramax’s genre division Dimension financed Equilibrium for $20 million, with the help of Jan De Bont’s Blue Tulip Prods. who was able to secure a Dutch tax incentive through Jan De Bont’s Dutch citizenship. Miramax handled overseas sales to distributors and packaged Equilibrium with Scary Movie 2, The Four Feathers and Dracula 2000 for buyers at the 2000 Mifed marketplace — and sold out all markets on each project.
According to director Kurt Wimmer, Dimension was in the black after selling the film off to overseas distributors and scaled back the marketing as not to risk their profit — which is a nice way of saying they had no faith in the movie and dumped it. The picture was completed in early 2001 and it sat on the shelf until it was eventually dated for November 8, 2002 and then moved to December 6.
The delayed Equilibrium was panned by critics, given blink and you miss it advertising and was dumped into only 301 theaters. It pulled in $541,512 with a poor $1,799 per screen average. Equilibrium declined 50.5% the following weekend to $268,016 and was pulled out of release after only three weeks with just $1,203,794.
Overseas distributors didn’t do much with the movie, with most sending it straight to video. The majority of the small $4,155,851 overseas gross came from the UK which took in $1,734,463. The movie did find an audience on home video and cable. Kurt Wimmer’s next directing assignment was the disaster Ultraviolet (2006), which ended his days behind the camera.