The Last Stand
|Budget: $42 million||Financed by: Lionsgate|
|Domestic Gross: $12,050,299||Domestic Distributor: Lionsgate|
|Overseas Gross: $36,280,458||
Directed by: Jee-woon Kim
Produced by: Lorenzo di Bonaventura
After Schwarzenegger’s stint in politics, CAA booked his big-screen comeback in three projects — The Last Stand, Escape Plan and Sabotage. This picture was first in active development at Lionsgate with Liam Neeson attached to star and Lionsgate began pre-sales, but Neeson’s schedule was too jam packed and he dropped out. Schwarzenegger committed to the picture with Lionsgate handling domestic distribution and the mini-major continued to pre-sell international rights. Lionsgate pre-sold the film very well in 2011 and sold out almost every territory based on the former Governator’s return to film. Pre-sales covered the bulk of the $42 million budget.
Despite their limited exposure to the budget (approx. $13 million), Lionsgate was still on the line for an expensive P&A spend. The Last Stand opened in the US over the Martin Luther King Jr frame and was competing for similar auds with Broken City and the horror pic Mama also bowed. Lionsgate had the opening estimates pegged in the low teen millions, but it bombed with $6,281,433. It placed #9 for the weekend led by Mama. The Last Stand sank 65.8% in its second weekend to $2,150,562 and promptly lost most of its screen count. The domestic run closed with just $12,050,299. Lionsgate would see returned about $6.6 million after theaters take their share of the gross, leaving a sizable loss for Lionsgate.
Overseas, The Last Stand pulled in poor numbers and cumed $36,280,458 across numerous distributors. $7.7 million at the China box office was the highest territory gross outside of the US. The pic was a dud in director Jee-woon Kim’s home country South Korea, grossing just $304,288.