The Three Musketeers
- [Total: 3 Average: 3]
- Directed By: Paul W.S. Anderson
- Written By: Alex Litvak, Andrew Davies
- Release Date: October 21, 2011
- Domestic Distributor: Summit
- Cast: Milla Jovovich, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $90 million||Financed by: Constantin; BBF; DFFF; German Film Board|
|Domestic Box Office: $20,374,484||Overseas Box Office: $111,900,000|
The Three Musketeers was the most expensive project (at the time of release) from the German company Constantin and it sported a $90 million budget. Constantin also tapped every available German grant and tax rebate for the pricey picture — Bavaria’s bank fund (BBF) invested $4 million, the federal German Film Board gave $1.3 million and the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF) handed the production $10 million in tax rebate capital.
Summit handled pre-sales, which kicked off at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and every market sold out, limited Constantin’s exposure to the budget. Constantin distributed in Germany to a solid $16.1 million and surprisingly the strongest territory it played in was Japan with $24 million. The overseas total was a solid $111.9 million across numerous distributors.
Summit handled distribution in the US and dated The Three Musketeers for October 21 and booked the movie into 3,017 theaters. Summit was only on the line for P&A expenses. It bowed against Paranormal Activity 3 and Johnny English Reborn and reviews were terrible. As the movie was opening, Milla Jovovich lashed out at Summit through twitter (see below) for poorly marketing the pic.
The Three Musketeers tanked with $8,674,452 — placing #4 for the weekend led by Paranormal Activity 3. It sank 59.6% in its second frame to $3,507,359 and closed its run with just $20,374,484. Summit would see returned about $11.1 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would cover less than half of their P&A spend.
Constantin posted a $3.4 million loss in 2011 after a strong slate of films, but pointed to The Three Musketeers and Wickie and the Treasure of the Gods for eating into their profits. Constantin and director Paul W.S. Anderson followed this project with Pompeii (2014).