Into The Blue
|Budget: $50 million||Financed by: MGM; Mandalay Pictures|
|Domestic Gross: $18,801,234||Domestic Distributor: Sony (Columbia)|
|Overseas Gross: $25,633,205|
Directed by: John Stockwell
Produced by: David Zelon
Into the Blue was financed by MGM and Mandalay Pictures for $50 million and Sony inherited the film after they bought out MGM in late 2004 and released it through their Columbia label. Director John Stockwell was in active development on After The Sunset, but left over creative differences and signed onto Into The Blue. Blue was originally scheduled for a prime summer release date on July 15, but was pushed back to September 30. It opened against Serenity, The Greatest Game Ever Played and the wide expansion of A History Of Violence. Sony booked the pic in 2,789 theaters and it grossed a poor $7,057,854 — placing #5 for the weekend led by the holdover Flightplan. Into The Blue declined a modest 31.6% in its second weekend to $4,830,342 but dropped a huge 64% in its third weekend to $1,740,776 and promptly lost most of its theater count. The film closed its run with $18,801,234 leaving Sony with about $10.3 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not even cover half of their P&A costs. FOX distributed Into The Blue in most overseas markets and it pulled in weak numbers, with just $3.1 million from the UK posting the highest gross. Its overseas cume was $25,633,205 which would not cover FOX’s P&A costs.