Burlesque

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  • Directed By: Steve Antin
  • Written By: Steve Antin
  • Release Date: November 24, 2010
  • Domestic Distributor: Sony (Screen Gems)
  • Cast: Cher, Christina Aguilera, Stanley Tucci

Box Office Info:
Budget: $60 million (estimated)Financed by: Sony (Screen Gems)
Domestic Box Office: $39,440,655Overseas Box Office: $50,216,743


Sony’s Screen Gems financed Burlesque, which was originally budgeted at $50M and it would be the low budget genre label’s most expensive production.  Burlesque was written and directed by Steve Antin, who was Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper’s longtime boyfriend of 20 years and the fights these two had during the shoot were apparently the stuff of legend.  Shoving matches, drinks poured over Antin’s head, screaming and out of control hysterical tantrums pushed the shoot to over 70 days and far over budget.  The budget estimates for Burlesque are north of $60 million — though Sony insisted the net cost was $55 million.   The film also underwent last minute reshoots to change the ending just a few weeks before its release after test screening responses.

Burlesque was dated for the Thanksgiving frame and positioned by the studio as an event holiday picture.  It marked Cher’s first big screen role since Tea with Mussolini (1999).  Screen Gems gave Burlesque a strong marketing push and it bowed against Tangled, Love and Other Drugs and Faster.  Reviews were mixed to poor and it disappointed with $11,947,744 — placing #4 for the frame led by Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1.  Burlesque had a 48.7% second weekend decline to $6,130,061 and fell 48.3% to $3,166,613  in its third session.  The domestic run closed with a weak $39,440,655.

Burlesque fared a bit better overseas with a $50.2 million cume.  The worldwide total was $89.5M and Sony would see returned about $49.2M after theaters take their percentage of the gross — which would leave much of the expensive global P&A expenses at a loss and the theatrical revenue wouldn’t touch the budget.

Sony received (or bought) a Golden Globe best picture nomination for this critically panned film and another stinker The Tourist, which didn’t seem to fool anyone into buying a ticket.  Sony cited the disappointing box office of Burlesque for contributing to a $58 million quarter loss.

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