Warrior

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  • Directed By: Gavin O’Connor
  • Written By: Gavin O’Connor, Anthony Tambakis, Cliff Dorfman
  • Release Date: September 9, 2011
  • Domestic Distributor: Lionsgate
  • Cast: Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte

Box Office Info:
Budget: $25 millionFinanced by: Lionsgate; Mimran Schur Pictures
Domestic Box Office: $13,657,115Overseas Box Office: $10,558,270


Director Gavin O’Connor had originally set up Warrior at New Line, but after he encountered post-production and distribution problems with New Line over his film Pride And Glory, he took the project over to Lionsgate.  The budget for Warrior was $25 million and it was financed by Lionsgate and Mimran Schur Pictures and Lionsgate handled global pre-sales which would reduce their risk on the picture.

Lionsgate distributed in the US and gave Warrior an expensive marketing campaign.  It was dated for September 9, 2011 and bowed against Contagion.  The film was a wildcard for the mini-major with no bankable leads, but Warrior had 4-quadrant appeal and the potential to breakout.  Lionsgate set sneak previews the weekend before its release to spread word of mouth at 90 AMC theaters across the country.  Over 17,000 people showed up to the free screenings.

Warrior landed positive reviews and had strong buzz going into release, but few showed up.  It was dead on arrival with $5,242,107 — placing #3 for the slow frame led by Contagion.  Warrior received a solid A cinemascore from audiences, but then fell 45.4% to $2,860,325 in its second weekend and sank 60.8% to $1,119,835 in its third session.  The domestic run closed with only $13,657,115.  Lionsgate announced to investors that Warrior and the box office disaster Conan The Barbarian caused a loss between $40 million and $50 million in the quarter.

Warrior didn’t fare any better overseas, grossing just $10.5 million across numerous distributors and it was sent straight to video in Germany and premiered on television in Spain.

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