- [Total: 8 Average: 2.6]
- Directed By: Zack Snyder
- Written By: Zack Snyder, Steve Shibuya
- Release Date: March 25, 2011
- Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros
- Cast: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Oscar Isaac
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $82 million||Financed by: Warner Bros; Legendary|
|Domestic Gross: $36,392,502||Overseas Gross: $53,365,887|
Sucker Punch was co-financed by Legendary and Warner Bros for $82 million and marked the third collaboration between director Zack Snyder and Legendary/WB after the success of 300 (2006) and the modest box office of Watchmen (2009). WB had also hired Snyder to helm the animated Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (2010).
Sucker Punch was dated for March 25, 2011 and the movie was originally going to be converted into 3D, but that was eventually scrapped and instead was primed for an IMAX release. An expensive marketing campaign was launched that was strictly designed for fanboys, which mostly featured fetishistic images of young females with guns and Scott Glenn spouting nonsensical fortune cookie dialogue. Reviews were dreadful. Legendary would blame the film’s box office failure on audiences rejecting a female action hero and not the limited appeal of their trailers or that the movie was just god-awful to most auds. There were reports that Legendary turned down other films starring female action heroes because of Sucker Punch. Keep alienating the female audience at your own peril, boys.
Sucker Punch bowed against Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules and just enough fanboys showed up opening weekend, where it pulled in $19,058,199 — placing #2 for the frame led by Wimpy Kid. Very few fanboys showed up the following weekend and Sucker Punch sank a huge 68.4% to $6,020,403 and tumbled 65.1% in its third frame to $2,102,082. The domestic run closed with a terrible $36,392,502.
Warner Bros released Sucker Punch overseas with another expensive ad spend to mediocre to poor numbers in most markets and it cumed just $53.3 million. The worldwide cume was $89.7M and WB would see returned about $49.3M after theaters take their percentage of the gross — which would not even cover half of the P&A expenses or any of the budget.