Constantin Unhurt By “Pompeii” Fizzle

Germany’s Constantin Film plans to continue business as usual despite the poor recent opening of Paul W.S. Anderson’s big-budget disaster movie “Pompeii”. The $100 million epic opened to just $10.3 million in the U.S. while and another $22.8 million in 37 markets abroad.

Constantin’s film and TV head Martin Moszkowicz tells THR that the financial hit won’t affect them: “Constantin is still going to do everything. International, studio-level films as well as German-language movies, German TV productions and international TV.”

Asked about the opening, he says “[It] isn’t a disaster. We knew a film like this with a, shall we say, very international subject matter, wouldn’t do $100 million in the U.S. Internationally, in the territories where it has come out — Korea, France, Russia — the results have been in line with our expectations.” He adds that Anderson’s films tend to perform stronger globally, doing “around 25 percent U.S. and 75 percent international.”

This follows on from the failure of last year’s “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” which made just $31 million in the U.S., and Anderson’s “The Three Musketeers” which made just $20 million domestically.

Constantin can weather the blows as it finances its own films via a combination of presales, film subsidies, tax incentives and some equity/loans. “Pompeii” for example was fully financed through international presales before it went into production. It also has a thriving business in German films with its recent teen comedy “Suck Me Shakespeer” making $72 million in Germany alone.