SPLICE

Budget: $27 million Financed by: Gaumont; TeleFilm; OMDC
Domestic Gross: $17,010,170 Domestic Distributor: Dark Castle Entertainment (through Warner Bros)
Overseas Gross: $9,847,289 Director: Vincenzo Natali

splice box officeSplice was originally going to be set up at Fox Atomic, but instead of financing the film FOX’s legal department sent a cease and desist letter to the filmmakers claiming the creature was too close in design to the Na’vi designs in Avatar.  Splice and the unchanged Dren creature moved to France’s Gaumont for financing at $27 million and received some capital from the Canadian TeleFilm and OMDC.  Senator Entertainment signed on as distributor in the US, Germany and Spain, only to go bankrupt in their failed US distribution arm when they released the train wreck The Informers and put Splice back on the market.  Splice premiered at Sundance, where Joel Silver’s Dark Castle Entertainment purchased the rights with a prints and advertising commitment of $35 million which would be the largest acquisition in the festival’s history.  Dark Castle would distribute Splice in the US and use Warner Bros’ distribution arm for a fee.  Splice performed poorly opening weekend at the US box office with $7,385,277 — placing #8 behind Shrek Forever After and two new openers, Get Him To The Greek and Killers.  Despite good reviews for the creature feature, audiences gave the film a rare and hateful D cinemascore.  Splice dropped 60.2% in its second frame to $2,942,492 and continued to post huge weekly declines and closed out its run with $17,010,170.  Dark Castle would see back about $9.3 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross.  Domestic video sales were a weak $8.2 million (less after resellers take their cut and manufacturing costs).  Senator did release the film in Germany to only $1,046,697 and the film pulled in a terrible $9.8 million across multiple distributors overseas.