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Now let’s look at how those numbers play out with a pretty successful film that takes $3.1m at the box office. Figure 4 The cash waterfall • The exact percentage of box office that is returned to the distributor varies according to a number of factors, but on average a surprisingly small amount is generally returned. In this case 35% goes to the distributor with 65% retained by the exhibitor, the cinema. • That means that just over$1m goes to the distributor.
• After all this, the producer only earns a little over $0.5m for a film that took over$3m at the box office.