... before the state-financed sweeteners?
"Legend of the Guardians" ... cost $100 million to make before Australian subsidies brought the tab down to $80 million.
The problem with studios and their budgets? The numbers in the account books are often semi-fake. There's a long history of budget-shifting and multiple sets of books and all the other smoke-screens that our multi-national conglomerates use to hide actual costs. ...
But $100 million could be on the nose. Who, other than studio accountants, can actually tell?
Still in all, Warners was clearly hoping for a more robust first weekend.
... Warner Bros. had been hoping for an opening in the $18 million to $20 million range, said Dan Fellman, the president of domestic distribution at the Time Warner Inc unit. ...
So there will now be a stretch of nail-biting for the folks at Time-Warner as they wait to see what happens with The Guardians' foreign rollout, the second weekend of grosses, the word-of-mouth, etc.