TWISTED

Budget: $50m Financed by: Intertainment
Domestic Gross: $25,198,598 Domestic Distributor: Paramount
Overseas Gross: $15,756,005

twisted Director Philip Kaufman follows up his critically acclaimed Quills with this derivative Ashley Judd vehicle that was savaged by critics and audiences also gave the film a terrible C Cinemascore.  German based Intertainment financed Twisted for $50m and pre-sold the film to numerous distributors through Summit, which would limit their exposure to the budget.  Intertainment was also scaling down its company’s costs at the time of this film’s release, as they prepared for a major court battle with the infamous Franchise Pictures, who defrauded them over the years after inflating the costs of their film’s budgets, so Intertainment ends up shouldering most of the costs.  Intertainment was awarded $121.7m, which destroyed Franchise, but losses on Twisted would slightly eat into that Franchise money.  Paramount signed on as distributor during development and opened Twisted in 2,703 theaters against The Passion of the Christ and the film came in with a weak $8,904,299.  Twisted declined 42.4% the following weekend to $5,126,387 and falling another modest 39.9% in its third frame to $3,081,612 but dropped 56.8% the fourth weekend to $1,331,684 and closed its run with $25,198,598.  Twisted played very poorly overseas, pulling in less than a million in most markets and $3.6m from Italy was the strongest showings.  The overseas gross was just $15,756,005 across numerous distributors and no cash overages would flow back to Intertainment.  Twisted marked the end of studio released Ashley Judd vehicles — the high concept thrillers she had been churning out since the late 90’s.