City Of Ghosts
|Budget: $17.5 million||Financed by: Mainline Productions|
|Domestic Gross: $357,197||Domestic Distributor: United Artists|
|Overseas Gross: $919,990|
Directed by: Matt Dillon
Produced by: Willi Baer
Mainline Productions financed Matt Dillon’s big screen directing debut for $17.5 million and MGM’s arthouse label United Artists came on board as US distributor before City of Ghosts was in production. Capital Films sold the international rights to distributors, who mostly dumped the film straight to video. The film received mixed reviews and United Artists opened City of Ghosts in 6 theaters. It pulled in $30,547 with a $5,091 per screen average, which were troubling numbers for a film that was to expand. In its third weekend in release United Artists expanded the theater count to 16 and it continued to struggle with just $53,203 and a poor $3,325 per screen average. City of Ghosts never expanded beyond 20 theaters and grossed only $357,197 and was UA’s lowest grosser in 2003. The film saw a theatrical release in Italy and Spain to all of $919,990.