The Raven

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  • Directed By: James McTeigue
  • Written By: Hannah Shakespeare, Ben Livingston
  • Release Date: April 27, 2012
  • Domestic Distributor: Relativity
  • Cast: John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve

Box Office Info:
Budget: $26 million Financed by: Intrepid Pictures
Domestic Gross: $16,008,272 Overseas Gross: $13,649,479

The budget for The Raven was $26 million and Intrepid Pictures fully financed and reduced their exposure to the budget with strong international pre-sales handled by FilmNation.  Relativity, which just turned from financier and production company to fully functional distributor only six months prior, picked up US rights for $4 million.  After The Raven flopped, it would be the last top lining John Cusack vehicle to have a wide release in the US and his long delayed The Factory had its wide release canceled by Warner Bros and it was dumped straight to video in 2013.

Relativity first dated the picture for March 9 and then bumped it back to April 27.  It bowed against The Pirates! Band of Misfits, The Five-Year Engagement (which Relativity co-financed) and Safe.  The Raven received mixed to poor reviews and Relativity booked the movie into 2,203 locations, where it was tracking for a modest $8 – $10 million weekend.

It opened with a soft $7,289,642 — placing #7 for the weekend led by holdover Think Like A Man.  The Raven sank 63.8% to $2,636,780 in its second frame when The Avengers was released and took most of the market to itself.  The third session posted a 47.7% decline in attendance to $1,378,847 and then it promptly lost most of its theater count.  The domestic run closed with $16,008,272.  Relativity would see returned about $8.8 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would leave much of their P&A spend in the red and the acquisition cost uncovered.

Overseas the film pulled in terrible numbers, which amounted to $13,649,479 across numerous distributors and it was sent straight to video in Germany.

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