ULTRAVIOLET

Ultraviolet

Budget: $30 million Financed by: Sony (Screen Gems)
Domestic Gross: $18,535,812 Domestic Distributor: Sony (Screen Gems)
Overseas Gross: $12,534,399
Directed by: Kurt Wimmer
Starring:
Milla Jovovich
Produced by: John Baldecchi

ultraviolet box officeSony’s Screen Gems fully financed Ultraviolet for an estimated $30 million, which began production in early 2004.  The film was taken away from director Kurt Wimmer and re-edited, chopped down to 88 minutes and clearly Sony cut their losses on this stinker, by releasing Ultraviolet with vfx that looked unfinished.  The film was not screened for critics and Sony had modest hopes that it would open within the low teens range, but it pulled in a weak $9,064,880 in 2,558 theaters — placing #4 for the weekend led by holdover Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion and new opener 16 Blocks.  Audiences gave the film a hateful D+ cinemascore and Ultraviolet sank 59.4% in its second weekend to $3,681,448 and declined 63.8% to $1,332,297 in its third frame.  The film closed its run after 5 weeks with $18,535,812.  Overseas, Ultraviolet saw a dismal $12.5 million total, tanking in every market.  The worldwide total was $31 million and Sony would see back about $17 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, leaving much of the worldwide P&A spend at a loss and the budget untouched.  Domestic home video sales were $19.5 million (less after resellers take their cut and manufacturing costs).