Trying to rewrite Views field using field template

I’m trying to use a Views field template to insert PHP to convert a currency string to a number so that it can then be included in a math expression (can’t do math on a string), as seen here

The field name is views_conditional and it outputs strings like “$2,560.00”. I created a new template file named views-view-field--field-views-conditional.tpl.php with the following code in it and placed it in my theme’s folder:

<?php print (int)preg_replace("/..+$/i", "", preg_replace("/[^0-9.]/i", "", $output)); 


It is having no effect on the field output, so either the template is not being picked up or my code is wrong. Is there something I’m missing here?

Thanks in advance.

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