The Walk

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  • Directed By: Robert Zemeckis
  • Written By: Robert Zemeckis, Christopher Browne
  • Release Date: September 30, 2015
  • Domestic Distributor: Sony (Tri-Star)
  • Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon

Box Office Info:
Budget: $35 million Financed by: Sony; LStar Capital
Domestic Box Office: $10,137,502 Overseas Box Office: $51,044,440

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The budget for The Walk was $35 million and it was financed by Sony and also received some coin from LStar Capital.

The big screen treatment of Philippe Petit’s book about his stunt To Reach The Clouds, was developed at Sony’s TriStar division, which was run by Tom Rothman and under his leadership it was the first film put into production.  In the hacked Sony emails, their international box office estimates were $80 million for The Walk.  In May 2015, Tom Rothman replaced Amy Pascal as the Chairman of Sony Pictures and strongly championed the movie.  The Walk was first dated to open exclusively in IMAX theaters as an event picture and it was given a strong marketing push from Sony.

The Walk was booked into 448 IMAX theaters and was tracking for a $3 million weekend, but pulled in an underwhelming $1,560,299.  The IMAX push did little to bolster audience interest when The Walk expanded to 2,509 theaters the following weekend and grossed a mere $3,719,177 — which at the time of release was the 7th worst opening for a film playing in over 2,500 theaters.  It placed #7 for the weekend, which was led by The Martian in its second weekend in release.  Despite decent reviews and a positive audience response, some movies you can’t even give away and attendance declined a huge 67.6% in its third frame (second wide frame) to $1,203,857 and promptly lost most of its theater count.  The Walk closed its North American run at the box office with only $10,137,502.

The Walk fared a bit better overseas for Sony, with a $51 million cume — with China posting the biggest numbers from any market at $13.7 million.  The worldwide total was $61.1 million and Sony would see returned about $33 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross — which leaves much of the worldwide P&A expenses in the red and the budget untouched.


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