Dead Man Down: Colin Farrell latest box office bomb
Directed by Niels Arden Oplev, whose Swedish-made The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo became an international blockbuster, and starring Colin Farrell, whose box office standing has suffered a series of major setbacks in recent years, the revenge thriller Dead Man Down has become the latest 2013 box office bomb. Oplev’s R-rated thriller, which also features the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Noomi Rapace, debuted with a dismal $5.35 million at 2,188 theaters, averaging $2,445 per venue according to studio estimates found at Boxofficemojo.com.
Expect the FilmDistrict-distributed Dead Man Down to disappear from North American screens in the very near future; in fact, the Colin Farrell action vehicle will be very lucky if it reaches $15 million at the domestic box office. For comparison’s sake: Directed by Bruce Robinson, and starring Johnny Depp, FilmDistrict’s The Rum Diary, which opened with $5.13 million at 2,273 locations in October 2011, cumed at $13.1 million. Last December, the Gabriele Muccino-directed romantic comedy Playing for Keeps, starring Gerard Butler, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Jessica Biel, topped at $13.1 million after debuting with $5.75 million at 2,837 sites.
Considering that Dead Man Down cost a reported $30 million, not including marketing and distribution costs, there’s no way this latest Colin Farrell movie will match its production budget at the domestic box office – let alone recover it. International prospects for this particular effort are unclear at this stage, though Farrell’s box office pull outside North America could hardly be considered strong. (See below.)
Colin Farrell movies’ box office
If studio estimates are on target, Dead Man Down had the very worst opening weekend ever of any Colin Farrell movie playing at more than 1,500 North American theaters – and without the need to factor in inflation for all but one title, American Outlaws, which took in $4.85 million at 2,348 locations back in 2001, or about $6.9 million in 2013 dollars.
No solo Colin Farrell star vehicle has grossed more than $60 million at the domestic box office since Miami Vice back in 2006, even when taking inflation into account. True, Seth Gordon’s Horrible Bosses collected $117.53 million in 2011, but that was an ensemble piece (co-starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, and others). Total Recall‘s global take was a not unimpressive $198.46 million – but of which only $58.87 million came from the U.S. and Canada. (More on the box office performance of Colin Farrell’s movies.)
Colin Farrell joins Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, et al.
This year, Colin Farrell has joined a whole array of action stars whose movies have bombed in the domestic market. FilmDistrict’s own Parker, directed by Taylor Hackford and starring Jason Statham, has to date grossed $17.45 million. Lionsgate’s The Last Stand, directed by Kim Jee-woon and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, has earned $12.05 million (plus a marginally better $19.27 million internationally, including most top markets). And worst of all, Warner Bros.’ Bullet to the Head, directed by Walter Hill and starring Sylvester Stallone, has taken in an embarrassing $9.47 million (plus approx. $6.5 million internationally; its best territory is Russia / CIS with a so-so $1.59m).
When compared to Dead Man Down and the other titles listed above, Bruce Willis’ A Good Day to Die Hard seems like a blockbuster: $63.34 million to date – the worst performance by far of any Die Hard movie. Note: The Last Stand and Bullet to the Head had, respectively, the worst opening of any Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone movie in more than three decades.
‘Dead Man Down’ cast
Besides Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace, the Dead Man Down cast includes Terrence Howard, Dominic Cooper, Isabelle Huppert, and Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus). Screenplay by J.H. Wyman, who is also one of the film’s producers.
Dead Man Down Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace photo: FilmDistrict.
The Pedro Almodóvar comedy I’m So Excited / Los amantes pasajeros had the best Spanish opening weekend ever for an Almodóvar film – in terms of box office receipts (in euros), though not necessarily in number of tickets sold. Distributed by Warner Bros., I’m So Excited collected $2.5 million at 298 locations this past weekend, only slightly behind Sam Raimi’s Disney-distributed Oz the Great and Powerful‘s $2.61 million at 649 venues, according to figures found at Boxofficemojo.com. (Image: Pedro Almodóvar’s I’m So Excited cast members, including Javier Cámara, Lola Dueñas, Cecilia Roth, Guillermo Toledo, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Raúl Arévalo, and Carlos Areces.)
Obviously, the per-theater average for I’m So Excited – despite negative reviews in the Spanish media – was much higher than that for the $200 million-budgeted Hollywood blockbuster starring James Franco: $8,415 vs. $4,030. Pedro Almodóvar’s first out-and-out comedy in two decades, I’m So Excited stars Javier Cámara, Lola Dueñas, Cecilia Roth, and others as the passengers and crew aboard a troubled Mexico City-bound flight.
Box Office: I’m So Excited vs. Volver
In terms of unadjusted box office earnings (both in euros and US dollars), I’m So Excited beat the domestic opening weekend figures of Almodóvar’s 2006 international blockbuster Volver. Starring eventual Best Actress Academy Award nominee Penélope Cruz, Almodóvar’s former muse Carmen Maura, and I’m So Excited‘s Lola Dueñas, Volver opened with $2.17 million at 228 venues in September 2006 . Yet, according to Rentrak Spain, Volver sold 335,000 tickets vs. I’m So Excited‘s 247,000.
Now, those are curious ticket-sale figures, as – if accurate – they indicate an inflation rate of around 50 percent (in euros) in the last six and half years. For comparison’s sake, the average price of a movie ticket in the United States has gone up 23 percent during that same period – and the US figure includes current 3D surcharges which were all but nonexistent back in 2006.
So far this year, the only other movies to have outgrossed Oz the Great and Powerful and I’m So Excited at the Spanish box office are Andres Muschietti’s partly Spanish-financed Mama and Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. The Jessica Chastain horror thriller Mama collected $3.58 million at 345 sites on its first weekend out, while Django Unchained, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx, took in $3.37 million at 541 locations.
I’m So Excited cast
Besides Javier Cámara, Lola Dueñas, and Cecilia Roth, I’m So Exited features the following: Raúl Arévalo, Carlos Areces, Blanca Suárez, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Antonio de la Torre, Hugo Silva, Laya Martí, José M. Yazpik, Pepa Charro, and Guillermo Toledo. Additionally, I’m So Excited has cameos by Pedro Almodóvar stars Antonio Banderas (Law of Desire, Matador, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, The Skin I Live In) and Penélope Cruz (All About My Mother, Broken Embraces, Volver), plus Paz Vega, Carmen Machi and Susi Sánchez.
Frequent Pedro Almodóvar collaborators Alberto Iglesias (music) and José Luis Alcaine (cinematography) once again joined forces with the director for I’m So Excited. The film opens in the US on June 28.
I’m So Excited vs. Volver ticket sales source: El Mundo.
I’m So Excited cast photo: Sony Pictures Classics.
I’m So Excited, the Pedro Almodóvar comedy starring Javier Cámara, Lola Dueñas, Cecilia Roth, trailed only Sam Raimi / James Franco’s Oz the Great and Powerful at the Spanish box office this past weekend. For comparison’s sake, below are the Spanish and worldwide box office figures of the Pedro Almodóvar movies released so far this century. (Image: Super-campy flight attendants Javier Cámara, Raúl Arévalo, and Carlos Areces in Pedro Almodóvar’s I’m So Excited.)
- In March 2013, I’m So Excited / Los amantes pasajeros opened with $2.5 million at 298 locations.
- In September 2011, The Skin I Live In / La piel que habito, starring Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya, opened with $1.73 million at 287 locations. The Skin I Live In went on to gross $6.18 million in Spain. Worldwide total (possibly incomplete): $30.84 million. Top markets: Spain, France with $5.72 million, the U.S. and Canada with $3.18 million, Brazil with $2.89 million, and Italy with $2.43 million.
- In March 2009, Broken Embraces / Los abrazos rotos, starring Penélope Cruz and Lluís Homar, opened with $1.72 million at 247 locations. Broken Embraces went on to gross $5.79 million in Spain. Worldwide total (partial list): $30.99 million.
- In March 2006, Volver, starring Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, and Lola Dueñas, opened with $2.17 million at 228 sites. Volver went on to gross $12.24 million in Spain. Worldwide total: $85.58 million. Top markets: France with $17 million, the U.S. and Canada with $12.89 million, Spain, Italy with $8.64 million, and Germany with $5.97 million.
- In March 2004, Bad Education / La mala educación, starring Gael García Bernal and Fele Martínez, opened with $2.17 million at 228 sites. Bad Education went on to gross $7.35 million in Spain. Worldwide total: $40.27 million. Top markets: Spain, France with $6.64 million, Italy with $5.38 million, the U.S. and Canada with $5.21 million, and Mexico with $3.47 million.
- The eventual Best Original Screenplay Academy Award winner Talk to Her / Hable con ella, starring Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti, and Leonor Watling, opened in Spain in March 2002. Opening weekend figures are unavailable at Box Office Mojo, though Talk to Her ultimately raked in $6.08 million in Spain. Worldwide total (possibly incomplete): $51 million. Top markets: the U.S. and Canada with $9.28 million, France with $9.26 million, Spain, Italy with $5.26 million, and Germany with $1.94 million.
According to the IMDb, also this month I’m So Excited opens in France, Argentina, Hungary, Greece, Italy, and Belgium. In April, it’ll add Chile, Mexico, Bulgaria, Poland, and Portugal. In May: The U.K. (3), the Netherlands (23), and Russia. In June: Hong Kong (13) and the U.S. (28). And Brazil in September (13).
Javier Cámara, Raúl Arévalo, and Carlos Areces in Pedro Almodóvar’s I’m So Excited photo: Sony Pictures Classics.