FEAR DOT COM

Budget: $40m Financed by: ApolloMedia; Franchise Pictures; Luxembourg National Film Fund
Domestic Gross: $13,258,249 Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros
Overseas Gross: $5,643,766

fear dot com box officeGerman based ApolloMedia financed Fear Dot Com for $40 million with Franchise Pictures and 12% of the budget was from the Luxembourg National Film Fund.  MDP handled worldwide sales to distributors and Sony’s Columbia Pictures acquired worldwide rights.  As per Franchise’s domestic distribution pact with Warner Bros, Warner handled the US release.  Fear Dot Com was one of many examples of the schlock Franchise was handing over to Warner Bros to distribute, who would soon pressure Franchise CEO Elie Samaha to apply some sort of quality control with their projects.  Fear Dot Com received atrocious reviews and audiences gave the pic a rare F cinemascore.  Warner Bros opened the film in 2,550 theaters and it pulled in $5,710,128 and collapsed quickly at the boxoffice, falling 58.8% the following weekend to $2,352,359 and 58.2% in its third frame to $982,450.  Fear Dot Com closed its US run with $13,258,249.  Sony didn’t do much in the way of pushing a release overseas, dumping the film in most markets — including Germany, where it grossed just $294,346.  The overseas total was $5,643,766.