THE CONDEMNED

The Condemned

Budget: $16.9 million (estimated) Financed by: WWE
Domestic Gross: $7,371,706 Domestic Distributor: Lionsgate
Overseas Gross: $1,271,152
Directed by: Scott Wiper
Starring:
Steve Austin
Produced by: Vince McMahon

the condemned box officeWWE fully financed The Condemned for $16.9 million and according to their revenue report for analysts and investors, they received no money back, citing distributors had yet to receive their prints and advertising costs back.  Lionsgate distributed the film in the US and released The Condemned in 2,310 theaters during the dumping ground weekend of April 27, which was the weekend before Spider-Man 3 opened and most films in release would collapse at the box office.  The other disposable fare studios unloaded over the slow frame were The Invisible, Next and Kickin’ It Old Skool.  The Condemned pulled in a disastrous $3,807,595 — placing #9 for the weekend led by Disturbia in frame 3.  Audiences gave the pic a poor C+ cinemascore and it predictably took a nosedive in its second weekend, dropping 66.8% to $1,263,036 and promptly lost most of its theater count.  The Condemned lasted only four weeks in theaters with a $7,371,706 final cume.  Lionsgate would see back about $4 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, far below their P&A spend.  The film did fare better on home video, bringing in $23 million in DVD sales (less after resellers take their cut and manufacturing costs), so Lionsgate would be in decent shape, but WWE would see back very little, if any overages.  The film was released in a handful of overseas territories to a dismal $1.2 million, across numerous distributors and went straight to video in most major markets.  After The Condemned tanked, WWE temporarily suspended their theatrical releases and reevaluated their approach to choosing projects and decided to abandon their R rated films and focus on PG-13 fare, which 12 Rounds kicked off in 2009 — and flopped.