Dominion: Prequel To The Exorcist
|Budget: $32 million (estimated)||Financed by: Morgan Creek|
|Domestic Gross: $251,495||Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros|
|Overseas Gross: $0|
Directed by: Paul Schrader
Produced by: James G. Robinson
Dominion: Prequel To The Exorcist was filmed back in 2002 and Morgan Creek head James G. Robinson rejected director Paul Schrader’s cut and reshot most of the film under the direction of Renny Harlin as Exorcist: The Beginning. The film remained buried for 2 years and Schrader fought to get his cut released, which was rumored to be scrapped and never see a release. After the failure of the retooled and more commercial Harlin version, Morgan Creek gave Schrader $35,000 for visual effects and sound mixing, which basically allowed for pre-viz quality vfx and poor sound quality, but the film, even with incomplete vfx and sound earned decent critical write ups. James Robinson said the scrapped picture cost between $32 million and $35 million and the Harlin version cost $52 – $54 million. The initial plan was to simultaneously release both versions on DVD, but Dominion eventually landed a limited theatrical release. Warner Bros distributed in the US at 110 locations with no visible marketing and the film pulled in $140,703 with a weak $1,279 per screen average. Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist sank 77.7% in its second weekend to $31,447. After its long road to the big screen, it closed after three weeks with $251,495.