- Directed By: Richard LaGravenese
- Written By: Richard LaGravenese
- Release Date: February 14, 2013
- Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros
- Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $40.7 million||Financed by: Alcon Entertainment|
|Domestic Gross: $19,452,138||Overseas Gross: $40,830,738|
Alcon Entertainment purchased the film rights to the three Young Adult books, in hopes to spark another profitable YA series. Summit International pre-sold the Beautiful Creatures rights to distributors at the 2012 European Film Market in Berlin and sold the pic out very quickly for extremely high pre-sale numbers. The gross budget for Beautiful Creatures was $53,000,006 (net budget was $40.7 million) and it had much of its expenses covered by the pre-sales. Germany distributor Tele Muenchen picked up the rights for $8 million and Entertainment Film Distributors took UK rights for over $5 million. Domestic distribution would be handled by Alcon’s long standing home at Warner Bros, with P&A costs covered by Alcon.
Beautiful Creatures was dated for the Valentine’s Day frame and after a heavy marketing spend by Alcon, tracking was indicating an opening near $20 million. It was booked into 2,950 theaters and bowed against A Good Day To Die Hard, Escape From Planet Earth and would have direct competition with Safe Haven to court femme audiences. Beautiful Creatures tanked with a poor $7,582,595 — placing #6 for the weekend led by Die Hard. The pic declined 52.4% in its second weekend to $3,608,333 and then sank 73.6% in its third session to $951,310 and promptly lost most of its theater count. The domestic run closed with a terrible $19,452,138. Alcon would see back about $10.7 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would cover about only a third of the ad spend — plus a fee to Warner Bros for use of their distribution resources.
Entertainment Film Distributors saw $3,760,105 from the UK run and Germany distributor Tele Muenchen saw an awful $761,556. The film did poorly in most markets and the offshore cume stalled at $40.8 million, across numerous distributors. Yet another would be YA franchise that fizzled. Alcon distributed just one other movie in 2013 and saw more critical and box office success with Prisoners.