|Budget: $40 million||Financed By: FOX; TSG|
|Domestic Gross: $5,775,076||Domestic Distributor: FOX|
|Overseas Gross: $28,452,222|
Directed by: Paul McGuigan
Produced by: John Davis
FOX financed Victor Frankenstein for $40 million with some capital from TSG — a $400 million fund set up by Chip Seelig in 2013 to cover part of Fox’s slate of films for 5 years. Victor Frankenstein was first dated for release on October 17, 2014 which was a week after Dracula Untold was set to bow and FOX moved it to January 16, 2015. The studio then pushed the movie back to October 2nd and then swapped the release dates for Victor Frankenstein and The Martian — where it would finally open over the crowded Thanksgiving frame. FOX invested in a solid P&A spend and Victor Frankenstein was tracking to haul in a modest $12 million over the holiday. It was positioned as genre counter-programming against The Good Dinosaur and Creed and the second weekend of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.
The poorly reviewed film came in way below expectations with a dreadful $3,572,607 over the five day frame. The weekend gross was $2,469,341 with an $883 per screen average, dethroning Won’t Back Down as the worst opening ever in over 2,500 theaters. Audiences gave Victor Frankenstein a miserable C cinemascore, which led to a quick demise at the box office. The pic dropped a steep 69.8% in its second frame to $746,834 with a $267 per screen average and promptly lost most of its theater count. Victor Frankenstein closed its domestic run with just $5,775,076.
Overseas numbers were poor, but there were signs of life in some markets — the offshore cume was $28.4 million. UK numbers were surprisingly poor with $1.3 million. The worldwide gross was $34.2 million, leaving FOX with about $18.8 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, far below their P&A expenses and the budget would be all red.