The New World

Budget: $30 million (estimated) Financed by: New Line
Domestic Gross: $12,712,093 Domestic Distributor: New Line
Overseas Gross: $17,823,920
Directed by: Terrence Malick
Colin Farrell
Christian Bale
Produced by: Sarah Green

The new world box officeThe New World was director Terrence Malick’s first feature since 1998’s The Thin Red Line and he abruptly walked off the late in development stages of Che into this production.  The New World was financed by New Line for just north of $30 million and they retained global rights and sold off most overseas distribution, which would cover some of their exposure to the budget.  New Line opened the film in 3 theaters for an Oscar qualifying run over the Christmas frame, where it pulled in $30,864 for the weekend and a total of $57,501 through the 4-day holiday frame.  The award hopeful landed only a Cinematography Oscar nomination and New Line could not capitalize on either nominations or rave reviews (mildly positive critical notices) and The New World was a tough sell without both.  It had a moderately wide release Jan 20 in 811 theaters, where director Terrence Malick trimmed 15 minutes of footage and a theatrical expansion would be dependent on its opening numbers.  The New World pulled in a soft $4,029,715 — placing #11 for the weekend led by new opener Underworld: Evolution.  Audiences gave the film a hateful D+ cinemascore.  The New World dropped 38.6% in its second weekend to $2,476,001 and never expanded beyond 811 theaters.  The film closed its US run with a disappointing $12,712,093 leaving New Line with about $6.9 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, far below their modest P&A costs and exposure to the budget.  Overseas, The New World pulled in poor numbers in almost every territory, grossing $17,823,920 across numerous distributors.  Metropolitan distributed in France, which saw the highest numbers with a soft $3,911,288.  Recorded domestic home video sales were $8.2 million.

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