Edge Of Darkness
|Budget: $80 million||Financed by: GK Films|
|Domestic Gross: $43,313,890||Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros|
|Overseas Gross: $37,810,239|
Directed by: Martin Campbell
Produced by: Graham King
Graham King’s GK Films financed this $80 million Mel Gibson vehicle, which was his first turn in front of the camera in eight years and Warner Bros purchased US rights to Edge of Darkness for $27 million. The initial production budget was a bit lower before Robert DeNiro was fired for being unprepared for his role, or left because of ‘creative differences’ according to his handlers and kept his salary. The film did sell well to distributors worldwide, so Graham King had a limited risk after selling off the international rights. Distributors did overpay for a film that underperformed. After a hefty marketing spend in the US, Warner Bros saw the film open with a decent start at $17,214,384 placing #2 for the weekend behind Avatar in its seventh weekend. Edge Of Darkness had weak legs at the box office and dropped 60.2% in its second frame to $6,855,371 and closed its run at $43,313,890. After theaters take their percentage of the gross, Warner Bros would see back around $24 million, which would almost cover their acquisition costs, but not the pricy ad spend. Overseas, Edge of Darkness pulled in mediocre to poor numbers across numerous distributors, with a weak total of $37.8 million. Mad Mel’s comeback was derailed again when a few months later another rant went public and his followup vehicle The Beaver, was basically buried by distributors.