Water for Elephants
Domestic Total as of Aug. 4, 2011: $58,684,819
Runtime: 2 hrs. 0 min.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Production Budget: $38 million
I have decided to do a repeat financial analysis of Remember Me and Water For Elephants the way I did for Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Water For Elephants. Very interesting.
WFE has a worldwide gross of 115 million. I always round off and estimate so don't bother me with details, OK?
Remember Me has a worldwide gross of 56 million.
Removing, subtracting production costs the "net" for both now is:
WFE: 75 million.
RM: 40 million.
Hmmmmmm. It's getting very interesting now.
I think the general figure for promotion is usually equal to production costs? So let's subtract from WFE again. The new "net" ladies and gentlemen is: roll of the drum please:
WFE: 35 million
RM: 40 million
RM had little to no distributor promotion from Scummit. Only word of mouth. So it seems to me I can get the promotion cost close to zero. We can give WFE another 4 million as I rounded off production and promotion costs upward from 38 to 40. The 4 million is for those who are always looking at the trees.
And now you see how the Dominating Discourse of Hollywood obscures the secret of something. Both films had actors and actresses (I shall keep using the word actress instead of actor for the feminine as I have explained elsewhere. Ask me again if you want me to elaborate. I want to change the Discourse of PC Feminists on this word) who took far less than their usual fees to do this Francis Lawrence career move film. They were suckered.
Within the folds of the Dominating Discourse lies the secret of the money game. We have no idea of how much it cost to trot these trick ponies all around to world premieres in addition to all the trailers and other promotional brou-ha. But let's accept the generally accepted figure of its being equal to production costs as I have said above. I really believe they were much higher for this film.
And don't ever forget the hassle and time of the actors and actresses being used as trick ponies.
Remember Me made more money than Water For Elephants!