Tears Of The Sun

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  • Directed By: Antoine Fuqua
  • Written By: Alex Lasker, Patrick Cirillo
  • Release Date: March 7, 2003
  • Domestic Distributor: Sony
  • Cast: Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci, Cole Hauser

Box Office Info:
Budget: $100.5 millionFinanced by: Revolution Studios; Sony
Domestic Box Office: $43,734,876Overseas Box Office: $42,733,286

“Bruce Willis. Pain in my ass.”
Director Antoine Fuqua

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Revolution Studios financed this Bruce Willis vehicle for what was originally listed as a $75 million budget, but when Revolution Studios shuttered and their library was up for sale, the actual budget of Tears Of The Sun was listed as $100.5 million.  Revolution’s financing slate agreement with Sony had Sony contribute 42.5% of the budget and 100% of the marketing costs.  Revolution Studios head Joe Roth told the Wall Street Journal that releasing the huge 2003 flops Gigli‘ ‘Hollywood Homicide‘ and ‘Tears of the Sun,’ was “humiliating.”  It certainly should be humiliating to spend $100.5M on this schlocky military interventionist nonsense, that felt like an expensive 1980s Cannon Films actioner.

Sony distributed Tears Of The Sun, as per their output agreement with Revolution.  Tears Of The Sun was dated for March 7 and bowed against Bringing Down The House.  Bruce Willis was coming off of two very expensive flops Bandits (2001) and Hart’s War (2002) and followed this turkey with the bomb The Whole Ten Yards (2004).

Tears Of The Sun had a decent enough start at $17,057,213 — placing #2 for the weekend led by Bringing Down The House.  Sony expected the film to have enough legs to reach at least $60 million domestic, but Tears Of The Sun fell 49% to $8,705,853 the following weekend when the action flop The Hunted opened and ate into Tears‘ audience.  Tears Of The Sun closed its run with a disappointing $43,734,876.

The film did poor business overseas, grossing a terrible $1.3 million in the UK and Japan posted the highest numbers with $7.9 million.  The offshore total was $42,733,286.  The worldwide cume came to $86.4 million and Sony would see returned about $47.5 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross — which would not even cover P&A expenses.

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