|Budget: $35 million||Financed by: Dark Castle Entertainment|
|Domestic Gross: $10,275,638||Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros|
|Overseas Gross: $7,565,229|
Directed by: Dominic Sena
Produced by: Joel Silver
Whiteout was the first picture Joel Silver put into production through his newly structured Dark Castle Entertainment, which was infused with a $240 million line of credit to fund 15 films that Warner Bros would distribute for a fee and WB would cover P&A costs. Dark Castle ended up releasing mostly flops and Warner Bros would end their relationship in 2012. The $35 million budgeted Whiteout completed production in 2007 and after numerous delays, the film opened in the US and was dead on arrival with $4,915,104 — placing #7 for the weekend led by new opener Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself and the animated 9. Whiteout also opened against the cheap slasher dud Sorority Row, which was also competing for similar auds and Row slightly beat out this Kate Beckinsale vehicle. Audiences gave Whiteout a toxic C- cinemascore and it declined 56.6% in its second weekend to $2,131,043 and closed out its run with only $10,275,638. After theaters receive their percentage of the gross, Warner Bros would see back about $5.6 million, which barely puts a dent in the P&A spend for WB and the budget would be all red for Dark Castle. Overseas, the film fared even worse, with Warner Bros distributing in most territories to a poor $7.5 million. Optimum Releasing, the UK distributor owned by StudioCanal picked up UK rights from Dark Castle back in 2008 and it grossed all of $251,000 in the UK. Whiteout went straight to video in Germany and Spain. Domestic home video sales were a terrible $4.3 million (less after resellers take their cut and manufacturing costs).