Alone In The Dark
|Budget: $20 million||Financed by: Boll KG Productions; Brightlight Pictures|
|Domestic Gross: $5,178,569||Domestic Distributor: Boll KG Productions (through Lionsgate)|
|Overseas Gross: $5,264,239|
Directed by: Uwe Boll
Produced by: Shawn Williamson
Director Uwe Boll cemented his infamous status with his second major release Alone In The Dark (and its seemingly permanent position on the IMDB Bottom 100) and the critically mauled film was financed for $20 million by a now defunct German tax shelter fund that Boll set up and the Canadian company Brightlight Pictures. Alone In The Dark opened in 2,124 theaters, the same weekend as another genre entry Hide And Seek and the pic placed #12 for the weekend with a miserable $2,834,421. After the dead on arrival opening, Lions Gate co-prexy Tom Ortenberg quickly pointed out that Lionsgate was only distributing for a fee and Boll had secured the funds for all distribution expenses. Alone In The Dark also became 1 of 18 films to receive a F cinemascore from audiences. Alone in the Dark sank 69.2% in its second frame to $873,102 and was pulled out of release after its third week with only $5,178,569. Boll would see returned about $2.8 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, plus fees to Lionsgate, which would not even cover the cost of striking release prints for theaters or any of the millions spent on marketing. Overseas the film grossed a terrible $321,458 in Germany and pulled in a total of $5,264,239 from a handful of distributors and went straight to video in most major markets. Boll produced a cheap straight to video sequel in 2008.