The Five-Year Engagement

  • THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT box office
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  • Directed By: Nick Stoller
  • Written By: Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller
  • Release Date: April 27, 2012
  • Domestic Distributor: Universal
  • Cast: Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt, Alison Brie

Box Office Info:
Budget: $30 millionFinanced by: Universal; Relativity
Domestic Gross: $28,835,528Overseas Gross: $25,074,223

The Five-Year Engagement
The budget for The Five-Year Engagement was $30 million and it was co-financed by Universal and Relativity.  Universal handled worldwide distribution.  In an investor earnings report, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said that the financial results at NBCUniversal were “flat, slightly down” in the quarter due to disappointments in the film division. “This year we have an unfortunate large miss in Battleship and The Five-Year Engagement.   Apatow Productions had a disappointing 2012 with their three releases, Wanderlust, The Five-Year Engagement and the mediocre performance of This Is 40.

The pic was dated for April 27 and bowed against The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Safe and Relativity’s release of The Raven — though they were hardly competing for similar auds.  Reviews were lukewarm and tracking was pointing to an $18 – $20 million weekend and The Five-Year Engagement was expected to lead the slow frame, which was bracing for The Avengers to suck the air out of the marketplace the following weekend.  Universal booked it into 2,936 theaters and it pulled in almost half of what was expected at $10,610,060 — placing #5 for the weekend led by holdover Think Like A Man.  The Five-Year Engagement stumbled 52.6% in its second weekend to $5,029,110 and declined 34.1% to $3,314,010 in its third session.  The domestic run closed with a very disappointing $28,835,528.

Overseas Universal released the film to $7.7 million in the UK and a decent $6.3 million in Australia, but The Five-Year Engagement only pulled in $25 million outside of the domestic market.  The worldwide cume was $53.9 million and Universal would see returned about $29.6 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, far less than the P&A expenses and the theatrical receipts would not dent the budget.

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