Anyone watching The Curious Case of Benjamin Button will know that the film was not a cheap one to make. Paramount chose to co-finance the film’s production with Warner Brothers (who will release the film worldwide) for $150 million, and you really see every dollar of it on screen. Lavish production design and incredible aging effects led Fincher’s film to a bunch of technical nominations at the Oscars this year. But with an already-existing domestic box office take north of $100 million, plus a wave of publicity from its Oscar nominations, plus international distribution and DVD sales still in the future, the film has got to make a profit for Paramount, right? Maybe not.
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