|Budget: $25 million||Financed by: Lakeshore Entertainment; Cinerenta|
|Domestic Gross: $15,007,991||Domestic Distributor: Sony (Screen Gems)|
|Overseas Gross: $18,288,466|
Directed by: Bruce Hunt
Produced by: Tom Rosenberg
The Cave was financed for $25 million by Lakeshore Entertainment and the German investment fund Cinerenta, which shut down in 2004 after investors sued the company for not covering their losses from numerous flops. Sony based Screen Gems acquired the rights for $6.5 million and released The Cave in the US in 2,195 theaters during the slow end of summer frame, against The Brothers Grimm and Undiscovered. The creature feature came in on the low side of the genre with $6,147,294 — placing #5 for the weekend led by holdover The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Horror films usually don’t score well with cinemascore exit polls and audiences gave The Cave a C- and the pic declined 52% in its second frame to $2,948,695 and dropped 54% the following weekend to $1,355,355. The Cave left theaters with a total of $15,007,991. Sony would see back about $8.25 million after theaters take their cut of the ticket price, leaving part of the P&A expenses in the red and their acquisition costs uncovered. Entertainment distributed the film in the UK, which posted the best overseas gross with a weak $2,985,547 and Sony dumped the film in Australia where it picked up $360,256. The overseas cume was $18,288,466 across a handful of distributors and despite being partially funded from Germany, the Cave went straight to video there.