|Budget: $40 million (estimated)||Financed by: Miramax (Dimension)|
|Domestic Gross: $19,297,522||Domestic Distributor: Miramax (Dimension)|
|Overseas Gross: $10,324,200|
Directed by: Wes Craven
Produced by: Kevin Williamson
Cursed had a drawn out nightmare production that started when the production was shutdown in summer 2003, about one month before the shoot would wrap. Filming was postponed about half a year to retool the script, plan additional vfx sequences and recast some of the key roles. The reshoots threw away most of what was shot back in 2003 and even after a new ending was shot, another ending was ordered and then the film was taken away from Wes Craven and underwent last minute emergency surgery to trim the gory R rated pic down to a PG-13 rating for a US release. Miramax’s genre label Dimension put up the initial $38 million funds and estimates grew to north of $40 million after the reshoots. Dimension pre-sold the troubled and delayed film quite well to international buyers based on the re-teaming of Scream’s Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson, which would reduce their exposure to the budget. The film which stars Christina Ricci, also saw her long delayed Prozac Nation which was ready for release back in 2001, rotting in the Miramax vault until it was dumped straight to cable a month after Cursed flopped in theaters. Dimension opened Cursed in 2,805 theaters and did not screen it for critics and it had a soft start with $9,633,085 — placing #4 for the weekend led by new opener Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Audiences gave the film a C- cinemascore, which is common enough in the horror genre. Horror pics are usually front loaded and Cursed fell a steep 59.9% in its second weekend to $3,867,052 and followed that with 59.5% third weekend drop to $1,564,363. Cursed left theaters with $19,297,522 leaving Miramax with about $10.6 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not cover their P&A expenses or any of their exposure to the budget. Disney released the film in the UK through their Buena Vista International label and opened Cursed wide in 298 theaters to a terrible $397,612 and it lasted two weeks in theaters with only $834,672. Disney saw the film’s best overseas numbers from Spain with only $2.7 million and its overseas total was a mere $10,324,200 across numerous distributors.