According to IMDb, the budget of Mr. Nobody (2009) was $47 million. However the gross from opening weekend was only $1,612, second month $3,600, even worldwide the gross profit is low and it doesn't sum up with the original estimated budget.

As per 2017, was Mr. Nobody a profitable investment, or did it not earn enough profit to cover the total estimated costs?

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    Determining profitability of any movie is problematical at best...impossible and opinion based at worst.
    – Paulie_D
    Jan 23, 2017 at 17:22
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    Also, box office takings is not the same as profit...the theater takes a big chunk.
    – Paulie_D
    Jan 23, 2017 at 17:26
  • @Paulie_D depends on the film. First week or two, the theater generally gets very little... 10% or less. This is why popcorn is so expensive.
    – Catija
    Jan 23, 2017 at 19:59

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The Worldwide box office was $2.33M on a budget of $47M. I'd say, considering the movie is somewhat obscure, it will most likely never recoup its expenditures even after home video sales/TV broadcast rights are taken into account. You can "buy" it from IMDB for $2.99, but that's gonna take a lot of sales to recover the $44+M difference between budget and box office.

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