The following chart shows how much money it made during its first six weeks of theaterical release, according to Variety.
|Week Ending||Gross||Place||No. of Cities||No. of Screens||Average Per Screen|
|August 25, 1982||$1,139,550||5th||16||165||$6,906|
|Sept. 1, 1982||$1,328,765||5th||24||231||$5,752|
|Sept. 8, 1982||$621,480||11th||22||134||$4,637|
|Sept. 15, 1982||$287,297||11th||18||66||$4,352|
|Sept. 22, 1982||$102,365||28th||11||29||$3,529|
|Sept. 29, 1982||$42,799||37th||8||16||$2,674|
By the time it fell out of the top 50, The Beastmaster had made $3,561,475, well short of its original budget. According to producer Paul Pepperman in an article in Variety (Richard Klein, "Coscarelli Decides Large Budget Didn't Tame 'Beastmaster,'" August 25, 1982), the budget was $9 million, although in the commentary on the DVD he and Coscarelli say it was about $4.7 million. The discrepency may be that the lower figure only includes production costs and does not include advertising and other postproduction costs.
According to Stone-Elster: ''Seconds before the cameras rolled, they undid the rigging. When I complained, they said the tiger was worth $60,000 andthey didn't want the animal to strangle itself."
At any rate, the scene was never shot because Stone-Elster said she took the young actor from the set. Apparently, there wasn't any problem with him facing down a bear instead, which is presumably the scene that replaced it. However, one has to wonder if perhaps the original script called for a tiger because this scene was Dar's first encounter with Ruh. This is all just speculation, but doesn't it give added meaning to the scene where the adult Dar rescues the captured cat from the Juns? This way, he's not just teaming up with any animal, but with an animal he remembers from his childhood.
Coscarelli has been more vocal in other interviews about the problems he encountered while making the film. In a interview published in 1999 at the DVD web site The Digital Bits (http://www.thedigitalbits.com), Coscarelli had this to say in response to the question, "You've talked about how [The Beastmaster was taken away from you at times. What would have been different about your fully-controlled version of The Beastmaster?":
That's very hard to say, as the creative interference on that film by the Executive Producer was so pervasive. However, on the surface, The Beastmaster would have been very obviously different. I wrote the villainous role for the late Klaus Kinski, who was not cast over a $5,000 dispute. I had several readings with an eighteen-year-old Demi Moore, who had never been in a film. The executive producer decided she couldn't act, and selected Tanya Roberts instead. The animal trainer was fired, and another "friend" of the Executive Producer hired. This Executive Producer had me forcibly removed from the editing room, and recut my version entirely. Suffice to say, it would be impossible to gauge what my "fully controlled version" would have been. However, there are some things in the film I am very proud of, and I'm pleased that, despite the creative problems, many people worldwide have enjoyed the film.
Norton had her name completely removed from the movie project because she disliked the new screenplay so much. However, those who make the mistake of subjecting themselves to the pathetic 1991 sequel, Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time, will notice that her name appears in the credits as the original source of the story. It's not that Norton liked the sequel any better--she did it under advice of her agent.
When Anchor Bay released the DVD in October 2001, the infamous nude scene was proven to exist. Hidden in the "Extras" menu as an easter egg, there are several rough takes of a love scene between Kiri and Dar that, judging by the setting (at night by a campfire), would have been included after the scene in which King Zed orders Dar out after he disagrees with him about how to fight the Juns.
Another joke of his, which comes from his book, The Rants: "I know we don't like to vote -- marking your ballot nowadays is like choosing between the 3 a.m. showing of Beastmaster on Showtime and the 3 a.m. showing of Beastmaster 2 on Cinemax."
In 1981, Vic was approached by the production company that was making a film loosely based on the Andre Norton science-fiction/fantasy novel The Beastmaster.
They showed Vic production drawings they had made for the sword they wanted, and Vic could tell from the beginning that it would not work. "I don't -- and won't -- make heavy movie props," Vic told them. "If you want a real sword, I'll make you a real sword." He, in true Vic Anselmo style, had a couple of demands: that he be given shop space and equipment at the prop department, but not be an employee; and that he be allowed to redesign the sword to his own specifications. The production company agreed to his demands and Vic got to work.
Vic spent three weeks making the sword, entirely from scratch. Even the guard, spacer and pommel of the sword were hand-ground from solid blocks of brass.
In addition to designing and making the sword carried by Marc Singer in the film, Vic also made the aluminum prop sword carried by John Amos.
In the course of the film's production, Vic also made numerous knives for cast and crew members, among them a $750 bowie knife for John Amos (a picture of this knife is in the book "John Nelson Cooper, Knifemaker to the Stars".)
Vic has a number of stories about the five and a half months he worked on the sound stage every day of filming, though he visited the location shoot in Lake Piru only once.
After shooting was complete, Vic sharpened the sword and had fun with the crew chopping up the set. "The sword did great," Vic recalls.
Unfortunately, in the confusion that usually follows the conclusion of filming, the original sword disappeared and was never recovered. (When the second movie was filmed, a fiberglass replica of the original sword wasused.)
In 1983 (a year after the film was released), Marc Singer asked Vic to make him a copy of the sword for his personal collection. Vic wasn't happy with the way it came out, primarily because it was a rush job. "It didn't have the same balance as the original, but Marc had to have it in 6 days," Vic relates.
105 Dead bodies 1 Dead dog Bald monk suicide Fetus transplant Mace to the back Hatchet flinging Barbarian horde Raping Pillaging Looting Body hacking Multiple impailments Funeral pyre Child sacrifice Multiple torture chambers Hag piercing Sword wielding hare krishnas Brain damaged torture victim body hacking Priest burning Flaming barbarians Head rolls Kung fu Quicksand fu Crossbow fu Sword fu
After reading that list, is it any wonder Joe Bob gave it his 4-star rating?