All The Money In The World

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  • Directed By: Ridley Scott
  • Written By: David Scarpa & John Pearson
  • Release Date: December 25, 2017
  • Domestic Distributor: Sony
  • Cast: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg

Box Office Info:
Budget: $50 millionFinanced by: Imperative Entertainment
Domestic Gross: $25,004,002Overseas Gross: $31,882,597


All The Money In The World was financed by billionaire Dan Friedkin’s shingle Imperative Entertainment for what was originally a $40 million budget.  Ridley Scott became attached as director in mid March 2017 and the project was fast tracked into production in late May.  Sony signed on as distributor in the US and UK and the international rights were brought to the Cannes Film Festival in May for bids.  STX International acquired the global rights and the company had a built in output deal with 33 major distributors in over 150 countries, which would release All The Money In The World.

Filming completed in August 2017 and All The Money In The World was expected to be a strong awards contender.  Sony dated the picture for December 22 and the movie landed the coveted slot as the closing night film at the AFI Fest on November 16.  Trailers and marketing material were sent out to cinemas and the studio began to focus an awards campaign with Kevin Spacey’s supporting performance as the centerpiece.  Then on October 29, Kevin Spacey became radioactive when numerous reports of sexual harassment and assault surfaced against the actor and it looked as if All The Money In The World would become collateral damage because of the disgraced thesp.

Talks of boycotting the movie began online, the premiere at AFI was canceled and Ridley Scott began to worry that Sony would cut off their P&A spend and theaters would not want to book the movie.  There was a fleeting thought to delay the release date, but that was tossed aside since Danny Boyle had a TV miniseries about the Getty kidnapping premiering March 25, 2018 which would negatively impact All The Money In The World if audiences saw that first.  Scott quickly convinced Dan Friedkin to invest a little over $10 million to recast Spacey and scrub him from the movie with extensive reshoots.  Just a few days later, Christopher Plummer was cast and the ambitious reshoots quickly commenced with the December 22 release date still the target.

After Scott pulled off the reshoots, which ended on November 29, the release date was pushed back three days to Christmas on December 25.  The director managed to get the new footage edited, color timed and mixed in days and had a print ready for awards screenings by December 4.  The effort resulted in positive reviews and much acclaim for Christopher Plummer.  All The Money In The World had heavy competition over the holiday frame and bowed against Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Pitch Perfect 3, The Greatest Showman, Downsizing, Father Figures and the semi-wide expansions of Darkest Hour and The Shape of Water.

Christmas landed on a Monday and it pulled in a soft $2,565,393 first day gross and cumed $7,127,696 by Thursday.  All The Money In The World saw $5,584,684 in returns over its first weekend (New Year’s frame) and declined 36.1% to $3,571,226 in its second weekend session.  It then sank 65.7% the next weekend to $1,223,993 and promptly lost most of its theater count.  Then on January 9, 2018 another controversy broke out.

News began to go viral that Michelle Williams was paid $80 per day for the reshoots and that Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million.  This prompted cries of gender bias and pay disparity, but it was revealed that Williams agreed to the reshoots for no pay since she cared about the project.  Wahlberg and his representation on the other hand, greedily exploited the situation and demanded the payday since he had leverage over Friedkin who was backed into a corner.  As the story spread and was turning into a PR problem for Wahlberg, he donated the money to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams name and was hailed for the large donation.  This society makes less sense every damn day.

The Academy Award nominees were announced on January 23, 2018 and All The Money In The World only landed a Supporting Role nomination for Christopher Plummer, which was not enough to expand its theater count and bring in more auds.  The domestic run closed with a poor $25,004,002.  Sony would see returned about $13.7 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, far below their P&A expenses.

All The Money In The World was mostly a non-performer overseas, where it pulled in a very soft $31.8M across numerous distributors.

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  1. It’s worth noting that Scott wanted Plummer as the lead to begin with, but Sony INSISTED he cast Spacey so the film would have a ‘big name’.

  2. I completely disagree with how you characterize Wahlberg. He’s been a top box office draw for two decades – asked to go do reshoots on a completed project, out of contract, overseas during a U.S. Holiday. Classic Bernie Sanders socialist shit where anybody who expects to be compensated for their work and value is evil.

    • Wahlberg was paid $12 million for his supporting role. It is common to be called back for reshoots that last a few days, without greedily and unprofessionally exploiting the production.

      “Classic Bernie Sanders socialist shit where anybody who expects to be compensated for their work and value is evil.” Uh, huh. Siding with workers rights, unions and fair pay is the exact fucking opposite of not being compensated for their work.

      • It is not common to be called back for re-shoots overseas during Thanksgiving when the release is in four weeks. The studio made all the wrong calls in handling the situation.

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