Mr. Nobody

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  • Directed By: Jaco Van Dormael
  • Written By: Jaco Van Dormael
  • Release Date: November 1, 2013
  • Domestic Distributor: Magnolia
  • Cast: Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger

Box Office Info:
Budget: $58 millionFinanced by: Pan Européenne Company; Wild Bunch; Pathé; Eurimages
Domestic Gross: $3,622Overseas Gross: $3,543,587

Mr. Nobody is the film I’m most proud of.  Financially, it was a failure, but artistically speaking, I think it’s the best thing I can do in my life.”
–Director Jaco Van Dormael

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The budget for Mr. Nobody was $58 million, making it the most expensive Belgian film ever made.  The shoot lasted six months in 2007 and post production took over a year before effects and an edit was locked.  French producer Philippe Godeau put up half the budget from his Pan Européenne company and Wild Bunch and Pathé co-financed.  Additional coin was provided by the Council of Europe’s Eurimages Fund, which contributed $800,000 and pre-sales were handled by Wild Bunch.

Mr. Nobody was expected to land a coveted slot in competition at the 2009 Cannes film festival, but it was rejected and producer Godeau turned down the offer to premiere the picture out of competition.  After the Cannes rejection, Pathé lost faith in the project and had it re-edited and trimmed down.  Mr. Nobody was then submitted and accepted into competition at the Venice Film festival, where most distributors took a pass at the expensive film.

Mr. Nobody opened in Belgium in 2010 to mediocre business, where it pulled in $816,771.  The few markets where it found a theatrical release amounted to only $3,543,587 in receipts, across numerous distributors.

The movie sat without a US distributor for four years, until Magnolia picked up Mr. Nobody for what was probably pocket change for a theatrical/VOD release.  Magnolia dated the pic for November 1, 2013 which was the same day that Dallas Buyers Club opened in limited release.  Attempting to cash in on the attention Jared Leto received for the other movie, Magnolia booked it into 4 empty theaters where it pulled in $1,612 with a dreadful $403 per screen average.  After five weeks, the US cume was all of $3,622.

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