Winter's Tale

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  • Directed By: Akiva Goldsman
  • Written By: Akiva Goldsman
  • Release Date: February 14, 2014
  • Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros
  • Cast: Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly

Box Office Info:
Budget: $47,925,162 Financed by: Warner Bros; Village Roadshow; RatPac-Dune
Domestic Gross: $12,600,231 Overseas Gross: $18,525,000

Winter’s Tale was co-financed by Warner Bros and Village Roadshow and received some coin from RatPac-Dune.  The MPAA released the production expenditures to show how much the shoot and post-production contributed to the state of New York.  $41,465,577 was spent on community expenditures and $26,998,940 was spent on wages.  The net budget for Winter’s Tale was $47,925,162 after a 30% tax credit.  Warner Bros dated Winter’s Tale for the Valentine’s Day frame, where it competed for auds against the romantic 80’s remakes Endless Love and About Last Night and the slightly less romantic 80’s remake of RoboCop.

Warner Bros invested in a huge marketing blitz for this stinker and spent a colossal $42.8 million just on domestic TV ads (the 6th highest spend of the year), plus millions more on print, online, radio, booking expenses, etc.  Tracking estimates placed the picture in the low teens opening weekend, but it could not overcome atrocious reviews and box office repellent Colin Farrell.  It tanked with $7,297,694 — placing #7 for the frame led by WB and Village Roadshow’s surprise hit The LEGO Movie in its second weekend .  Winter’s Tale took a 70.2% nosedive in its second session to $2,173,455 and promptly lost most of its theater count.  The domestic run closed with an awful $12,600,231.

Warners went further into the red after an expensive worldwide marketing spend that saw poor numbers in every market, grossing an offshore total of just $18.5 million.  The worldwide cume was $31.1M and WB would see returned about $17.1M after theaters take their percentage of the gross — leaving tens of millions worth of P&A money in the red and the budget at a loss.

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