After The Sunset
|Budget: $60 million||Financed by: New Line|
|Domestic Gross: $28,331,233||Domestic Distributor: New Line|
|Overseas Gross: $33,016,564|
Directed by: Brett Ratner
Produced by: Beau Flynn
New Line financed the $60 million After The Sunset and sold off the overseas distribution rights, which would help limit their exposure to the budget. The pic was originally going to be directed by John Stockwell, who left over creative differences and went onto helm Into The Blue. New Line had an option on Brett Ratner to make a pic for them after Rush Hour 2 and After The Sunset fulfilled that contractual agreement. A week before its US release, New Line successfully sneak previewed the film in 1,000 theaters to 85% capacity, to help spread word of mouth. After The Sunset opened against The Polar Express, Seed Of Chucky and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and pulled in a soft $11,100,392. It placed #3 for the weekend led by The Incredibles in its second frame. New Line was hoping the film would have long legs at the box office and play well through the Thanksgiving holiday market, but After The Sunset sank 54.3% in its second frame to $5,075,005 killing its chances at breaking out. The film saw a modest 38.9% third weekend (Thanksgiving frame) decline to $3,101,979, but soon closed its run with a weak $28,331,233. New Line would see back about $15.5 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would leave part of the P&A cost in the red and their exposure to the budget also in the red. Entertainment distributed in the UK and After The Sunset pulled in a poor $3.3 million total in 316 theaters and Roadshow distributed in Australia to a terrible $1.3 million. Spain posted the highest gross at $4.8 million and the overseas cume was $33,016,564 across numerous distributors. After The Sunset was Brett Ratner’s first flop.