Basic Instinct 2
|Budget: $70 million||Financed by: Intermedia Films; IMF3|
|Domestic Gross: $5,971,336||Domestic Distributor: Intermedia Films (through MGM)|
|Overseas Gross: $32,658,142||
Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones
Produced by: Mario Kassar
This long in development belated sequel saw a revolving door of directors, year after year of potential start dates, a lawsuit by Sharon Stone against the financiers Andy Vajna and Mario Kassar for failure to produce the film since she had a $14 million pay or play deal and finally a settlement that put this doomed turkey into production. Budgeted at $70 million, Basic Instinct 2 was financed by the German based Intermedia Films and some coin was from the German tax shelter fund IMF3 and MGM was to distribute in the US for Intermedia. Mario Kassar’s C2 Pictures sold the foreign rights to numerous distributors. The film was tracking poorly up to its release and awful reviews did not help and it opened in the US in 1,453 theaters to a dismal $3,201,420 — placing #10 for the weekend led by new opener Ice Age: The Meltdown and it even opened behind the flop Slither. Audiences did not like the pic any more than critics and gave it a toxic C cinemascore and it declined 68.2% to $1,017,607 in its second weekend and was pulled out of release after its third week with a total of just $5,971,336. MGM’s parent company Sony made it known MGM was acting as a rent-a-distributor and that the film’s financiers were responsible for the marketing costs, who would see back about $3.2 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross — plus fees to MGM. Overseas, Basic Instinct 2 saw a weak $32.6 million total, posting poor numbers in every territory. Entertainment distributed in the UK and opened the film wide in 290 theaters to a poor $845,981 and it left theaters with only $2,050,960. France posted the film’s strongest numbers with a soft $3,284,227. Despite being funded with German coin, Basic Instinct 2 cumed only $2.2 million for distributor Constantin.