Endless Love

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  • Directed By: Shana Feste
  • Written By: Shana Feste, Joshua Safran
  • Release Date: February 14, 2014
  • Domestic Distributor: Universal
  • Cast: Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde, Bruce Greenwood

Box Office Info:
Budget: $20 millionFinanced by: Universal
Domestic Gross: $23,438,250Overseas Gross: $11,279,923


The budget for Endless Love was $20 million and Universal financed this critically trashed remake of the critically trashed 1981 film, based on the book whose author trashed both versions.  Novelist Scott Spencer told the hollywoodreporter: “Endless Love was botched — misquoted, as it were — once in 1981, when Franco Zeffirelli tried to make a movie out of it, and it seems as if it has been even more egregiously and ridiculously misunderstood in the movie Universal Pictures is releasing.”  After a strong domestic marketing spend that targeted young females, Endless Love opened over a crowded Valentine’s Day frame and was expected to pull in over $20 million.

Endless Love opened against two other 80’s remakes — RoboCop and About Last Night and saw direct competition from the disaster Winter’s Tale.  It came in below expectations with $13,307,125 — placing #5 for the frame led by The LEGO Movie in its second weekend.  Endless Love was incredibly front loaded and sank 70.2% in its second weekend to $3,967,520 and plummeted 61.5% in its third frame to $1,526,780 and promptly lost most of its theater count.  The domestic run closed after only five weeks with $23,438,250 (below the 1981 movie’s $31.1 million gross).

Universal saw the picture post terrible numbers in every offshore market to a total of just $11,279,923.  The worldwide cume was $34.7M and the studio would see returned about $19M after theaters take their percentage of the gross — far below global P&A expenses and the theatrical receipts would leave the budget in the red.

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  1. See the 1981 cult hit with Brooke Shields and more which earned its only Oscar nomination for best original song in 1982. The original one was Universal’s biggest hit of the 1981-1982 fall season under Robert Rehme’s vision after he’d taken over from Ned Tanen who was let go from the studio after 27 years but the 2014 redo which never click. Stick with the 1981 original and remember, it’s the only one that simply stays with you.

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