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  • Directed By: Paul McGuigan
  • Written By: David Bourla
  • Release Date: February 6, 2009
  • Domestic Distributor: Summit
  • Cast: Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Djimon Hounsou

Box Office Info:
Budget: $38 million Financed by: Summit; Icon
Domestic Gross: $31,811,527 Overseas Gross: $17,047,091

Push was co-financed by Summit Entertainment and Icon for $38 million.  Icon would handle distribution duties in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and pre-sell the rights in Asia and South Africa.  Summit would handle domestic distribution and pre-sales to every other international market.  Summit had just gotten into the distribution business in November 2007 with their low rent horror title P2, after years of being one of the biggest distribution sales companies.  Summit greenlit two productions within the same time period, which were to be franchise hopefuls — Push and Twilight.  Just try to guess which one spawned a series.

Push was dated for February 6, 2009 and bowed against He’s Just Not That Into You, The Pink Panther 2 and Coraline (voiced by Push co-star Dakota Fanning).  The film received negative reviews and was tracking poorly, but opened above expectations at $10,079,109 — placing #6 for the weekend led by He’s Just Not That Into You.  Push declined a modest 31.9% in its second weekend (the Valentine’s Day frame) to $6,863,022 but it sank 54.5% in its third session to $3,119,656.  Push closed its domestic run with a soft $31,811,527.  Summit would see returned about $17.4 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not cover their P&A spend or their exposure to the budget.

Icon saw awful results in Australia with just $765,880 and the UK gross was a poor $1,826,729.  The overseas total was $17 million across numerous distributors and the film was sent straight to video in Germany.  Summit attempted to retool the property into a TV series, but the show was passed by every network.

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