Ghosts Of Mars
|Budget: $28 million||Financed by: Sony|
|Domestic Gross: $8,709,640||Domestic Distributor: Sony (Screen Gems)|
|Overseas Gross: $5,301,192|
Directed by: John Carpenter
Produced by: Sandy King
Ghosts Of Mars was financed by Sony’s Screen Gems for $28 million. Veteran director John Carpenter became burned out while filming and the final product is arguably his worst and it’s sadly the experience that ended with him leaving filmmaking behind — until he helmed the small picture The Ward ten years later. The film was originally going to star Jason Statham, but the studio nixed that and gave the lead to Ice Cube and gave Statham a smaller role. The bump in name recognition didn’t help much since Ice Cube refused to promote the film saying: “I couldn’t honestly get in front of a camera and tell people they should see a movie I wouldn’t want to watch myself.”
Ghosts Of Mars was first dated for August 17 and then pushed back a week to August 24, where it opened against a slew of comedies — Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Summer Catch, Bubble Boy and The Curse of the Jade Scorpion. The film received awful reviews and had little buzz going into release and tanked with $3,804,452 in 2,048 theaters. It placed #9 for the weekend led by American Pie 2 in its third frame. Audiences gave the movie a poor C- cinemascore and it sank 57.5% the following weekend to $1,618,423 and promptly lost most of its theater count. Ghosts Of Mars closed its domestic run with only $8,709,640. Sony would see back about $4.7 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which leaves most of the modest P&A spend in the red and the budget untouched.
Sony distributed in most overseas markets and dumped the film, where it cumed a mere $5.3 million.