May 5, '10, update: The Robert Pattinson melodrama Remember Me has likely crossed – or at least is quite near – the $55 million mark worldwide. In the United States and Canada, Allen Coulter's romantic melodrama starring Pattinson, Lost's Emilie de Ravin, and Pierce Brosnan, has grossed $19.025 million to date. Overseas, box office figures found at Box Office Mojo add up to $33.139 million. Total: 52,164 million.
However, as I've mentioned in a previous post about Remember Me's international box-office performance, Box Office Mojo's figures for foreign countries are incomplete.
Less than half the countries listed have fully updated box office totals (Sunday, May 2), while key markets such as Brazil, Australia, Russia, and “near-major” markets such as the Netherlands and Poland haven't had their figures updated in weeks. Also, Swiss figures are unavailable.
Additionally, British and French box office numbers for Remember Me are a week old.
Remember Me has done particularly well in the UK – the London-born Pattinson was present at the movie's premiere in his native city – grossing $5.494 million (includes Ireland).
Although that doesn't mean Remember Me was a runaway hit in that country, it does mean that it did quite well for a “non-commercial” intimate drama. Obviously, Pattinson was the chief reason for the film's box office pull.
Other key Remember Me markets are: France with $3.534 million, Russia/CIS with $3.396 million, Germany with $3.311 million, Spain with $2.566 million, Italy with $2.358 million, Brazil $1.893 million, Belgium/Luxemburg with $1.288 million, and Australia with $1.216 million.
Photos: Remember Me (Myles Aronowitz / Summit Entertainment)
Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin star in Remember Me
May 2: After eight weekends, Robert Pattinson's Remember Me has reached the $19 million “mark” at the North American box office. After losing 86 theaters, the Allen Coulter-directed romantic/psychological drama grossed an estimated $46K, according to figures released by Box Office Mojo. To date, Remember Me has taken in a total of $19.019 million in the U.S. and Canada.
Considering that it lost about half its theaters (it's only playing at 118 venues now), Remember Me's 44 percent drop-off rate wasn't bad.
Worldwide, the $16 million drama has grossed more than $50 million.
Robert Pattinson will next be seen in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which opens in the United States on June 30. Pattinson was recently in Vancouver with fellow Eclipse players Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner for several “pickup” shots with director David Slade.
Also in the Remember Me cast: Emilie de Ravin, Pierce Brosnan, Chris Cooper and Lena Olin.
Photo: Remember Me (Myles Aronowitz / Summit Entertainment)
Michael Caine in Daniel Barber's Harry Brown (top); Rebecca Hall, Amanda Peet in Nicole Holofcener's Please Give (middle); Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett, Dakota Fanning as Cherrie Curie in Floria Sigismondi's The Runaways (bottom)
Michael Caine's Harry Brown opened with a solid $180K at 19 theaters, averaging a good – though hardly exceptional – $9,474 per screen, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Directed by Daniel Barber, Caine plays a vigilante of sorts, out to avenge his best friend's murder.
Nicole Holofcener's urban comedy Please Give, which features Rebecca Hall, Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet, and others, performed even better than Harry Brown on a per-theater basis. Released at only five locations, Please Give grossed $128K, averaging $25,600 per theater. (All things being equal, the fewer the number of theaters the higher the per-theater average.)
On its seventh weekend out, the Kristen Stewart-Dakota Fanning rock biopic The Runaways collected $81K at 122 venues. Its drop-off rate of 45.4 percent was perhaps higher than it should have been, considering that the film lost only about 25 percent of its number of theaters. Total: $3.41 million.
Also of interest: Juan Jose Campanella's Oscar-winning Argentinean drama grossed $365K at 45 theaters ($8,511 average). Total: $1.09 million. The Benjamin Bratt vehicle La Mission drew $96K for a total of $500,000.
Compare the above figures – from movies that at least try to have something to say – to the debut-weekend figures of A Nightmare on Elm Street and you'll want to either cry or scream or move to another planet.
April 25 update
Robert Pattinson in Allen Coulter's Remember Me (top); Dakota Fanning, Kristen Stewart in Floria Sigismondi's The Runaways (upper middle); Anthony Hopkins (right) in James Ivory's The City of Your Final Destination (lower middle); Ricardo Darin, Soledad Villamil in Juan José Campanella's The Secret in Their Eyes (bottom)
Among the films currently in limited distribution, one of the surprises this weekend has been the minor resurgence of Robert Pattinson's romantic drama Remember Me, which jumped nearly 17 percent after adding 42 theaters in North America.
As per Box Office Mojo, Remember Me grossed $80K at 402 sites on its seventh weekend out, averaging $392 per theater (last weekend, in fewer theaters, it was $436). To date, the $16 million production has grossed $18.93 million domestically and approximately $50 million worldwide.
More good news:
The Oscar-winning The Secret in Their Eyes, starring Ricardo Darin, jumped 121.6 percent after adding 20 theaters. At 33 sites, the Argentinean drama earned $372K, with a solid $11,273 average. Total after ten days: $605K.
Not so good news:
James Ivory's The City of Your Final Destination, starring Anthony Hopkins, jumped 178 percent after adding 21 theaters (it was playing at only one location last week). But it grossed only $68K, averaging a poor $3,091 for a movie playing in so few theaters.
The Kristen Stewart-Dakota Fanning vehicle The Runaways dropped 52 percent after shedding 73 screens. The rock biopic grossed $145K ($853 average), for a cume of $3.26 million.
Also of note: Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer ($486K; total: $13.97m); Hubble 3D ($416K; total: $3.94m); Demi Moore's The Joneses ($294K; total: $989K); Julianna Margulies' City Island ($285K; total: $1.21m); and Letters to God ($250K; total: $2.45m).
Also: Ben Stiller's Greenberg ($189K; total: $3.69 million); Banksy's Exit Through the Giftshop ($149K; total: $391K); Benjamin Bratt's La Mission ($100K; total: $359K); Julianne Moore's Chloe ($80K; total: $3.76m); and Jacques Audiard's A Prophet ($64K; $1.9m).
Among the 40 or so movies listed on the Box Office Mojo chart, Exit Through the Giftshop had the highest per-theater average: $13,545.
No figures were available for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo at Box Office Mojo.
Photos: The Secret in Their Eyes (Maria Antolini; Sony Pictures Classics); The City of Your Final Destination (Screen Media); The Runaways (Apparition); Remember Me (Myles Aronowitz / Summit Entertainment)
Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin, Remember Me
Robert Pattinson's Remember Me, the $16 million production referred to by some (those who have trouble with the Pattinson/Twilight phenomenon) as a “box office flop,” has grossed about $50 million worldwide.
According to figures provided by Box Office Mojo, Remember Me has taken in $18.852 million (as of Apr. 22) in the United States/Canada and more than $30.09 million overseas.
I say “more than” because Box Office Mojo's chart for Remember Me hasn't been updated for several markets, including key ones such as Australia (Mar. 28), Italy (Apr 4), The Netherlands (Apr 11), and Russia (Apr 4). Also, the most recent data available overall is from April 18, or a week ago. (Box Office Mojo hasn't updated their international total – shown on top – for the movie since April 11.)
By now, Pattinson's Remember Me has undoubtedly already crossed the $50 million mark worldwide. And it still hasn't opened in foreign territories such as Japan, China, and South Korea.
Outside the U.S. and Canada, Remember Me's top markets are: the UK ($5.168 million), Russia/CSI ($3.396 million), Germany ($3.019 million), France ($2.848 million), Italy ($2.358 million), Spain ($2.319 million), Brazil ($1.893 million), and Australia ($1.216m).
By now, Pattinson's first tryout as an “actor-executive producer” has probably crossed the $1 million mark in Belgium/Luxemburg ($988K, Apr 18), and perhaps in Mexico ($916K, Apr. 18) as well.
Directed by Allen Coulter, Remember Me stars Pattinson as Tyler Hawkins, a rebellious young man at odds with his wealthy father (Pierce Brosnan). Also in the cast: Emilie de Ravin, Chris Cooper, Lena Olin, and Ruby Jerins. Will Fetters wrote the screenplay.
Photo: Remember Me (Myles Aronowitz / Summit Entertainment)
Robert Pattinson and Pierce Brosnan interview about Remember Me, with Dutch subtitles. The five-minute clip was broadcast in March, but it's quite interesting and well worth a look.
Initially, Brosnan explains that his character “is a bit of a prick,” but has “feelings” after all – as is shown later in the film.
Pattinson, for his part, tries to put into words his approach to the character of Tyler, the rebellious young man at odds with his distant father (Brosnan). He particularly emphasizes the sense of “hysteria” Tyler feels when he finally gets to let it all out.
Others interviewed are director Allen Coulter and co-star Chris Cooper, who plays leading lady Emilie de Ravin's tough-cop father. Cooper surely sees the film's ending in a totally different way than many critics, calling it “a sort of love letter to New York.”
In Pattinson's view, the ending “does overshadow everything, and it gives a different significance to every single moment in the movie. And I think that's why it makes it a different type of movie.”
Among the Remember Me scenes shown on the clip are a family scene in which Brosnan's patriarch tries to subtly assert his patriarchal authority, and the confrontation scene between father and son in front of some very embarrassed businesspeople.
Remember Me was written by Will Fetters. Lena Olin, Ruby Jerins, and Tate Ellington are also in the cast.
Robert Pattinson will next be seen in David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, co-starring Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, which opens on June 30.
April 6 update
Robert Pattinson, Tate Ellington Remember Me
Is the Robert Pattinson star vehicle Remember Me a true “independent film” or not?
One commenter wrote the following about Remember Me:
“Some of the posters need to look up 'indie'. … To be truly indie you need a budge [sic] of less than ten mil, not to ever open on more than 500 screens, and have less than three mil in marketing. From what i [sic] understand (honestly don't really care) this movie had none of that. I just wanted to define what indie means.”
The commenter does have a point. However, “indie” definitions vary widely.
The commenter says that a movie must cost less than $10 million.
This is what the Spirit Awards, the topmost “indie” film award, has to say regarding a film's eligibility as a bona fide “indie”:
“Cost of completed film, including post, must be less than $20 million. Any variations are at the sole discretion of the nominating committee.”
Remember Me cost $16 million. Therefore it'd be considered an indie by those standards.
Here are a couple of eligibility criteria for the NY-based Gotham Awards (also for indie films):
“Films made with an economy of means.”
“The release can be through a specialty division of a studio, an independent distributor, or via self-distribution. The film must be screened for paid admission in a commercial motion picture theatre in New York City and/or Los Angeles County. The film must run for at least seven consecutive days. The film must be advertised and marketed during the New York and/or Los Angeles County run in a manner considered normal and customary to the industry. The film must be publicly exhibited by means of 16mm, 35mm or 70mm film, or in a digital format, delivered to the screen by an image and sound file format suitable for exhibition in existing commercial cinema sites.”
So, neither the Gotham Awards nor the Spirit Awards have anything to say about specific marketing costs or number of screens.
Summit Entertainment, which has distributed Remember Me in the US, is considered an “independent distributor.” Else, Summit's The Hurt Locker wouldn't have been nominated for the Gotham Awards last year or for the Spirit Awards the year before.
Remember Me's $16 million price tag would be considered “an economy of means,” as The Hurt Locker cost $15 million.
In other words, Remember Me would have been eligible as a true “indie” for both awards. Summit opened it wide because by the time the movie was released Robert Pattinson had become a household name. But Pattinson signed on to make the film before his meteoric rise to fame.
Also, it's worth remembering that the independently made The Hurt Locker was screened at more than 500 theaters at one point in summer 2009. And I betcha its marketing campaign cost more than $3 million.
Here's another example: Little Miss Sunshine, shot independently, was later bought by Fox Searchlight. Total indie, right? Well, at one point the movie was screened at more than 1,500 theaters in North America. To be exact: 1,602, as per Box Office Mojo.
Wanna bet Fox Searchlight spent more than $3 million pushing that film?
Just making sure one thing is clear: I'm certainly not putting down the commenter's remarks. It's just that the word “indie” can be used for movies made for $20,000 and for movies made for $20 million.
A multimillionaire entity like Summit Entertainment is considered an “independent” distributor. What about really tiny ones like First Run Features, Icarus Films or Cinema Libre?
Remember Me is a big-budget film when compared to In Search of a Midnight Kiss, Everything Strange and New, August Evening, La Mission, and Shotgun Stories.
Perhaps there should be another label for movies made under $10 million or $5 million or $1 million. And distributed by entities worth less than $x million.
But in the overall scheme of things, i.e., when compared to Hollywood productions, Remember Me is an “indie” structurally, financially, and thematically.
April 12 update
Robert Pattinson's Remember Me opened in Argentina, France and several other European countries this weekend, landing at #6 in Paris and its suburbs. The romantic drama's international weekend take was $4.7 million at 2,302 screens in 36 territories. The international total currently stands at $27 million.
Remember Me, which cost $16 million, has thus far grossed $18.7 million in North America. Worldwide total: $45.7 million.
Up to April 4, the film's top foreign markets – no doubt thanks to Robert Pattinson's Twilight Saga-propelled stardom – were Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, $3.15 million; Italy, $2.35 million; Germany, $1.9 million; Brazil, $1.71 million; the UK/Ireland/Malta, $1.5 million; Australia, $1.21 million (up to Mar. 28); and Spain, $1.1 million.
Other markets where Pattinson's Remember Me has grossed more than $250,000 are: Mexico, $684,000; Greece, $423,000 (up to Mar. 28); Sweden, $405,000 (up to Mar. 28); Portugal, $347,000; Poland, $333,000 (up to Mar. 28); Austria, $301,000; and The Netherlands, $276,000.
Remember Me will be opening in Chile and Turkey in the coming weeks. It has yet to open in a few major markets such as China, Japan, and South Korea. It'll surely earn more than $50 million worldwide; possibly as much as $60 million. Not bad for a mixed-to-poorly received “small” movie featuring an as-yet unproven star in an unlikely role.
In Remember Me, Robert Pattinson stars as Tyler Hawkins, a young man at odds with his father (Pierce Brosnan). Eventually, Tyler falls for a young woman (Emilie de Ravin), but all sorts of problems arise.
Also in the film's cast are Lena Olin, Ruby Jerins, Chris Cooper, and Tate Ellington. Remember Me was directed by Allen Coulter from a screenplay by Will Fetters. Jenny Lumet did some (uncredited) rewriting.
April 4 update
Tate Ellington, Robert Pattinson Remember Me
Robert Pattinson's Remember Me grossed only $483K at 906 theaters in North America this Easter Weekend. Average per screen: a very low $533. After losing more than 1,000 venues, the romantic drama lost 75 percent of its revenues from a week ago; that's a very sharp drop. Total to date: $18.2 million.
About ten days ago or so, it seemed that Remember Me might be able to reach $20-22 million at the U.S. and Canada box office. Now I find it unlikely that Pattinson's film will even get to $20 million before it ends its run, as it'll probably be shedding hundreds more theaters next weekend. It may cume at $19 million. We'll see.
At least Remember Me is doing better overseas, undoubtedly because of Robert Pattinson's box office appeal. It's no major blockbuster, mind you, but foreign box office revenues have already nearly surpassed those in North America.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, this weekend Remember Me grossed $4.7 million – nearly ten times what it did in the U.S. and Canada – at 2,485 screens in 33 markets. The per-screen average isn't great: only $1,891, but that's a mix of both new and old territories – e.g., Remember Me opened in the UK this weekend; but it has been out in Brazil, Sweden, and Australia and other countries for about three weeks.
Overseas total to date: $17.2 million. A week ago, the international box office total hovered around $10.5 million. Worldwide total to date: $35.4 million.
Remember Me has yet to open in several major and mid-size markets including China, Japan, France, Denmark, Turkey, South Korea, and Argentina.
Directed by Allen Coulter from a screenplay by first-timer Will Fetters, Remember Me stars Robert Pattinson as a young rebel at odds with his wealthy father (Pierce Brosnan). Emilie de Ravin plays Pattinson's romantic interest. Also in the cast: Chris Cooper, Lena Olin, Ruby Jerins, and Tate Ellington.
Emilie de Ravin and Robert Pattinson in Remember Me
Robert Pattinson's romantic drama Remember Me has taken in approximately $10.5 million at the international box office up to March 28 '10, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. (Australia and Bulgaria, March 21.)
After being greeted by mixed-to-negative reviews, Remember Me has earned a total of $17.7 million in the United States/Canada up to April 1. Its worldwide cume currently stands at about $28.2 million – actually more than that; as stated above, international figures are one week behind.
To date, Remember Me's top international markets have been Russia* with $3.159 million, Brazil with $1.476 million, Italy with $1.043 million, Australia with $916,000 (March 21), and Germany with $843,000. Apparently, Robert Pattinson has a large following in those countries.
Next in line are Greece (423,000), Sweden ($405,000), Poland ($333,000), Mexico ($270,000), Portugal ($229,000), and New Zealand/Fiji ($216,000).
Remember Me, which was executive produced by Pattinson, officially cost $16 million. Summit Entertainment should get about half of the film's worldwide gross (if $28.3 million, that would mean approximately $14 million or so for the studio; the box office split, however, can vary depending on the film and the territories where it has played).
As I've said in previous posts, even after including advertising and distribution costs, Remember Me will most likely end up in the black after worldwide box office rentals and ancillary revenues are added up.
In fact, this latest Robert Pattinson vehicle is already close to covering its production costs at the global box office even though it's just now opening in major markets such as the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, and Spain.
Remember Me has yet to open in Japan, China, France, South Korea, Denmark, Turkey, and Argentina and many other large and mid-size territories.
Directed by Allen Coulter from a screenplay by Will Fetters, Remember Me stars Robert Pattinson as a young rebel at odds with his father (Pierce Brosnan). Emilie de Ravin plays Pattinson's romantic interest. Also in the cast: Chris Cooper, Lena Olin, Ruby Jerins, and Tate Ellington.
* Actually, the Commonwealth of Independent States, which includes Russia and most of the old Soviet Union republics.
Photo: Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin in Remember Me (Myles Aronowitz / Summit Entertainment)
'Remember Me' DVD
Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin Remember Me
Robert Pattinson's Remember Me will be released on DVD on June 22 – eight days before The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens in theaters.
For now, I wasn't able to find any details regarding extras. Here's hoping that deleted scenes, outtakes, and a good commentary featuring Pattinson, director Allen Coulter, and first-time screenwriter Will Fetters will be included in the Summit Entertainment release.
It'd be good to hear what they have to say about the making of the film, especially what they feel about the critical reaction to the controversial ending.
Remember Me, a romantic drama co-starring Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin, and Pierce Brosnan, was released in the US on March 12 to wildly mixed reviews. To date, the film has grossed $17.7 million domestically (that includes Canada) and about $10.5 million at the international box office up to March 28.
Pattinson is currently shooting Bel Ami in Europe. According to reports, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (which may or may not be two movies) will start shooting in the fall.
Also in the Remember Me cast are Academy Award winner Chris Cooper, Academy Award nominee Lena Olin, Tate Ellington, and Ruby Jerins.
Photo: Remember Me (Myles Aronowitz / Summit Entertainment)
Robert Pattinson's Remember Me has been called a downright box office flop by some. That isn't correct. A box office disappointment, sure, but definitely not a flop considering its $16 million price tag.
Even if Summit Entertainment spent that same amount – or several million more – promoting and distributing the film, Remember Me will most likely end up in the black after worldwide box office rentals (not grosses, as exhibitors keep about 50 percent of the share) and ancillary revenues are added up.
At the domestic box office – United States and Canada – Remember Me has grossed $14.5 million after 12 days. Day-to-day revenues have varied widely, with increases and decreases at times reaching 20 percent.
Overseas, Remember Me has opened in only a handful of major movie markets since March 11. According to country figures found at Box Office Mojo, Remember Me has grossed $5.42 million at the international box office as of March 21. That places its worldwide total at about $20 million.
The three top markets have been Russia with $1.824 million, Brazil with $1.118 million, and Australia with $916K. Further down the list are Greece with $316K and Sweden with $279K.
Remember Me will open in major markets such as Japan, China, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, South Korea, Mexico, and France in the coming weeks. Expect revenues to soar even if Remember Me doesn't turn out to be a bona fide success.
Photo: Remember Me (Myles Aronowitz / Summit Entertainment)