BLOODRAYNE

Bloodrayne

Budget: $25 million Financed by: 3rd Boll KG
Domestic Gross: $2,405,420 Domestic Distributor: Romar Entertainment
Overseas Gross: $1,244,855
Directed by: Uwe Boll
Starring:
Kristanna Loken
Ben Kingsley
Produced by: Shawn Williamson

bloodrayne box officeBloodrayne is another Uwe Boll video game adaptation financed through his $47 million private film fund, 3rd Boll KG, which under a now defunct German tax shelter loop hole, allowed wealthy individuals to invest for a huge tax write off.  BloodRayne cost $25 million to produce and the newly formed Romar Entertainment distributed in the US.  Boll raised $20 million of the $22 million P&A costs for Romar, but would later sue Romar for bungling the release.  Originally to be booked in 1,915 theaters, the film ended up playing in only 985 theaters, though there are reports that a few hundred theaters never even played the film, due to some sort of miscommunication with Romar.  BloodRayne opened with a disastrous $1,550,000 placing 19th for the weekend.  The film promptly lost most of its theater count and played in 340 theaters in its second frame and fell 81.4% to $288,801 and was pulled out of release at the end of its third week with $2,405,420.  Independent distributors like Romar receive only a small percentage from major theater chains (Regal Cinema only pays out 34% to smaller labels, for example), so they saw back under $1 million, which would not even cover the cost of striking release prints.  Romar soon closed their doors and haven’t distributed another film.  The film pulled in just $1.2 million overseas across a few distributors and $1 million of that was from Russia and it went straight to video in most major markets — including Germany.  Recorded domestic home video sales were $10.8 million and apparently enough to spawn two cheap direct to video sequels.