- Directed By: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
- Written By: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
- Release Date: October 26, 2012
- Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros
- Cast: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $102 million||Financed by: Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg; Filmstiftung NRW;
Dreams Of Dragon Pictures; Lilly and Lana Wachowski; Media Asia Group; Ascension Pictures
|Domestic Box Office: $27,108,272||Overseas Box Office: $103,374,596|
“I made a movie that altered my entire consciousness – Cloud Atlas – I thought, jeez, this thing is so fab; it’s the only movie I’ve been in that I’ve seen more than twice. And it didn’t do any business.”
— Tom Hanks
The budget for Cloud Atlas was $102 million and this expensive independently financed Wachowski/Tykwer directed collaboration, had its funding piecemealed from many sources. Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg was the first to contribute with $2.1 million, followed by the German subsidy organization Filmstiftung NRW with $1.4 million. The German Federal Film Fund (DFFF), offered a 16% rebate for the parts of the production based in Germany. The Wachowski siblings invested $7 million of their own money into the film, when other money sources fell through. Chinese company and distributor Dreams Of Dragon Pictures invested over $10 million. Media Asia Group and Ascension Pictures were also backers. Focus Features Intl. handled pre-sales, which padded out the remainder of the budget.
Warner Bros paid $15 million to distribute Cloud Atlas in the US and the UK, France, Spain, Australia, and Japan. WB dated the pic in the US for October 26 against Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, Fun Size and Chasing Mavericks. WB invested into an expensive marketing campaign and primed the picture for a prestige IMAX release, but tracking was pointing to a soft $13 million opening weekend. Cloud Atlas split the critics and this ambitious oddball project was commercially handicapped from its 2h 52min running time.
It came in below its modest expectations with $9,612,247 — placing #2 for the weekend led by Argo (also WB) in its third frame. Audiences gave the non-linear Cloud Atlas a poor C+ cinemascore and it declined 44% the following session to $5,379,314 and fell 50.6% in its third frame to $2,658,250. Cloud Atlas closed its domestic run with $27,108,272. Warner Bros would see back about $14.9 million after theaters take their cut, leaving much of the P&A costs and the acquisition price in the red.
The film posted an ok $12.6 million in co-director Tykwer’s home country Germany. Dreams Of Dragon Pictures handled the China release and saw a decent $27.7 million — even after the film was downloaded millions of times online in China after the uncensored version that played everywhere else in the world was leaked.
With a worldwide gross of $130.4 million on a $102 million budget, Cloud Atlas certainly posted poor numbers for a budget that size, but with so many entities investing, the risk was pooled across all of them and some came out ahead and others did not recoup.