The Apparition

Budget: $17 million Financed by: Dark Castle; DFFF
Domestic Gross: $4,936,819 Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros
Overseas Gross: $4,690,673
Directed by: Todd Lincoln
Ashley Greene
Produced by: Joel Silver

the apparition box officeThe Apparition completed filming back in 2010 and was financed by Joel Silver’s Dark Castle for $17 million and received $1.2 million from the German state feature film fund DFFF.  While Warner Bros was ending a 25 year relationship with Joel Silver and finalizing a payout in return for most of his library (not including Dark Castle films), Warner Bros dumped The Apparition with the bare minimum of effort.  Without being screened for critics, the delayed horror pic opened at the end of summer dead zone and was booked in only 810 theaters, where it placed outside the top 10 at #12 with a mere $2,841,488.  The Apparition posted one of the largest second frame declines at 77.7% to $632,262 and it promptly lost most of its theater count.  The movie closed its domestic run with only $4,936,819.  StudioCanal distributed The Apparition in Germany and dumped it in 33 theaters to all of $46,771.  Warner Bros distributed in the handful of overseas markets where the film received a theatrical release, pulling in just $4.6 million.  The final baggage from Dark Castle that Warner Bros had to deal with was The Factory, which they dumped straight to video, the Stallone flop Bullet To The Head and the dud Getaway.