- [Total: 2 Average: 1.5]
- Directed By: Paul Hunter
- Written By: Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris
- Release Date: April 16, 2003
- Domestic Distributor: MGM
- Cast: Chow Yun Fat, Seann William Scott, Jaime King
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $52 million||Financed by: Mosaic Media Group; Signpost Films; MGM|
|Domestic Gross: $23,358,708||Overseas Gross: $14,355,171|
Bulletproof Monk was financed by Mosaic Media Group and Signpost Films for $52 million and MGM also contributed $14 million and signed on as domestic distributor. This was Signpost Films’ first production and they were to sell international rights to distributors and before the film was even completed they went bust and shut down. During this time, Mosaic Media Group acquired a minority stake in Lakeshore Entertainment and as apart of the deal, Lakeshore would sell the international rights to the film.
The perpetually troubled MGM dated Bulletproof Monk over the Easter frame on April 16, 2003 and it was the most expensive title they released in 2003, followed by the $50 million Out Of Time. After expensive disasters like Rollerball, Hart’s War and Windtalkers, most of their new slate of pictures were under $20 million.
Bulletproof Monk received poor reviews and bowed against Holes and Malibu’s Most Wanted. Chow Yun Fat’s follow up movie to the global smash Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) had little buzz and placed #4 for the weekend with a weak $8,653,542 when Adam Sandler’s Anger Management led the box office. Bulletproof Monk saw a 49.1% second weekend decline to $4,402,635 and tumbled 66.5% in its third frame to $1,474,624 and closed with a poor $23,358,708. MGM would see back about $12.8 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not cover their P&A costs or their investment into the production.
Bulletproof Monk was a dud overseas, grossing $14,355,171 across numerous distributors who overpaid for this flop.