Beautiful Creatures

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  • 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.

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