Battle of the Year

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  • Directed By: Benson Lee
  • Written By: Brin Hill, Chris Parker, Benson Lee
  • Release Date: September 20, 2013
  • Domestic Distributor: Sony
  • Cast: Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso, Chris Brown

Box Office Info:
Budget: $20 million Financed by: Sony
Domestic Box Office: $8,888,355 Overseas Box Office: $7,661,122

Benson Lee’s documentary Planet B-Boy gets the big screen mistreatment with this ridiculous picture (also directed by Lee), which was released well after the dance sub-genre had run out of fumes.  The budget for Battle For The Year was $20 million, which Sony financed and dated this stinker for September 20, 2013.

With the only marketable name being Chris Brown, Battle of the Year didn’t have much going for it and Sony was hoping for an $8 million opening weekend.  It bowed against Prisoners and received atrocious reviews.  It was booked into 2,008 theaters and was dead on arrival with $4,603,177 — placing #5 for the weekend led by Prisoners.  Battle of the Year sank 56% in its second weekend to $2,023,792 and promptly lost most of its theater count.  It was pulled from release after only five weeks with just $8,888,355.

One week after Battle Of The Year opened to its dismal numbers, the president of worldwide marketing at Sony Pictures, Marc Weinstock was canned.  He reportedly took the fall for the disappointing performance of the stinker After Earth and the box office disaster White House Down.

Sony opened the film moderately wide in the UK in 216 theaters to a disastrous $56,191 with a $260 per screen average, coming in 18th for the weekend and was pulled out of release after its second weekend with a total of $78,274.  Battle Of The Year pulled in less than $1 million from every offshore market and cumed just $7,661,122 from its international run.  The worldwide total was $16.5 million.  Sony would see returned about $9 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross — which would not even cover P&A expenses.

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