|Budget: $16 million||Financed by: MGM|
|Domestic Gross: $14,190,750||Domestic Distributor: MGM|
|Overseas Gross: $631,596|
Directed by: Jessy Terrero
Produced by: Paul Hall
MGM backed Soul Plane for $16 million and a high quality copy of the film found its way onto the streets months before its release. The bootlegs sold extremely well and tracking polls for Soul Plane showed that more than a quarter of the core audience had already seen the pirated movie. During promotional tours for the film, Snoop Dogg and Mo’Nique emphasized that the bootleg was an early cut of the film and the released version would be different. MGM opened Soul Plane over the Memorial Day frame as counter-programming to The Day After Tomorrow and Raising Helen also bowed. It pulled in a poor $5,648,486 in 1,566 theaters — placing #5 over the holiday frame led by holdover Shrek 2. The head of MGM distribution Erik Lomis said of the opening: “We would have liked to have done more, but it’s a very modestly budgeted film and it should be a good video title.” Interesting approach to spin its box office failure, since it already had been a good video title. Audiences gave Soul Plane a poor C+ cinemascore and the film dropped 51.2% the following weekend to $2,755,007 and a steep 66.1% in its third frame to $933,068. Soul Plane closed its run with $14,190,750. MGM would see returned about $7.7 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, far below their P&A spend and leaving the budget in the red. The film saw a brief release overseas to just $631,596.