Stop-Loss

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  • Directed By: Kimberly Peirce
  • Written By: Mark Richard, Kimberly Peirce
  • Release Date: March 28, 2008
  • Domestic Distributor: Paramount
  • Cast: Ryan Phillippe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Channing Tatum

Box Office Info:
Budget: $25 millionFinanced by: Paramount
Domestic Gross: $10,915,744Overseas Gross: $291,386

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Paramount financed Stop-Loss for $25 million and it would mark director Kimberly Peirce’s first picture since Boys Don’t Cry (1999).  The studio originally planned on a fall 2007 release, but the market became saturated with ‘war on terror’ themed movies such as In The Valley Of ElahRendition and Lions For Lambs — all of which did atrocious box office business.  Stop-Loss was pushed back to March 28, 2008 and Paramount tried to court young adults by slapping a MTV logo on the movie and having marketing material that downplayed the difficult thematic elements.

While Paramount was trying to court the youth market with shots of hunky actors lounging on cars, Kimberly Peirce traveled the country screening the movie at 22 universities with Q&A sessions.  Despite generally positive reviews, Stop-Loss fell victim to audience rejection of Iraq war themed films.  It bowed against 21, Superhero Movie and Run Fat Boy Run and was tracking for a poor $6 million opening.

Stop-Loss was dead on arrival with $4,555,117 — placing #8 for the weekend led 21.  The pic fell 50.1% in its second frame to $2,271,595 and declined 51.5% to $1,102,718 in its third frame.  The domestic run closed with only $10,915,744.  Paramount would see back about $6 million after theaters take their cut of the gross, far short of the P&A spend and the budget would be all red ink.

Stop-Loss received a limited release in a few markets overseas to just $291k and went straight to video in most countries.

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