Blu-Ray Releases for November 17, 2015

dangerous game blu-ray madonnaDANGEROUS GAME (1993) — This Madonna vehicle was fully financed by PentAmerica for $10 million and MGM signed on as distributor.  Madonna, who was just coming off her much mocked performance in the stinker Body Of Evidence a few months earlier, badmouthed Dangerous Game before its release, which MGM dumped on 1 screen in Manhattan.  The film pulled in a healthy $16,995 but MGM abandoned its release and never expanded the picture and it closed with only $23,671. Italian parent company Penta, shut down PentAmerica a few months before this was even released after losing most of their $60 million investment in Man Trouble and Folks.

man from uncle blu-ray 2015THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (2015) — Warner Bros reduced the budget to The Man From U.N.C.L.E. after Tom Cruise bowed out of the project during development to an estimated $75 million, though the completed budget has been reported as $84 million.  Originally set as a January release, The Man From U.N.C.L.E was pushed back seven months to its August release date and with soft pre-release tracking, Warner Bros heavily marketed the film with over $32 million in US television ads and millions more in print, online, radio, etc — in a marketing blitz that exceeds $40 million just in the domestic market.  The Man From U.N.C.L.E opened in 3,638 theaters and came in far below expectations with $13,421,036 and the film declined 44.7% in its second frame to $7,420,000 and saw modest weekly drops, but closed with a franchise killing $45,445,109.  Warner Bros released The Man From U.N.C.L.E. day-and-date in 43% of its overseas markets, where it pulled in a soft $12m over its first weekend, including a majorly disappointing run in the UK with $2.26m.  The UK gross stands at $9.8 million and the overseas total has so far taken in $55.1 million, on track for a huge loss.  A japan release is scheduled for November 14…

we're back! dinosaur story blu-rayWE’RE BACK! A DINOSAUR’S STORY (1993) — Universal financed this toon from Spielberg’s shortly lived Amblimation for an unreported amount.  We’re Back! A Dinosaur Story was poorly reviewed and bombed opening weekend when families flocked to Mrs. Doubtfire — it placed #7 pulling in $3,707,770 barely coming in ahead of Jurassic Park, which was in its 25th week of release, placed into discount theaters that weekend.  The pic collapsed 61.5% at the boxoffice the following weekend to $1,426,620 and was out of release with $9,317,021.  Amblimation produced just one more animated feature, the boxoffice flop Balto, in 1995 and closed its doors in 1997.