The Cold Light of Day
|Budget: $20 million||Financed by: Intrepid Pictures; Summit|
|Domestic Gross: $3,763,583||Domestic Distributor: Lionsgate/Summit|
|Overseas Gross: $18,421,998||
Directed by: Mabrouk El Mechri
Produced by: Mark Canton
Intrepid Pictures equally co-financed the $20 million film with Summit and Summit distributed The Cold Light of Day in US theaters and sold the film to international distributors. With giant tax breaks through location filming in Spain and pre-sales, the two companies greatly reduced their risk on the critically maligned film. Summit/Lionsgate was originally going to dump the film in a limited theatrical release, but theater exhibitors asked that The Cold Light Of Day be released wide after Gangster Squad‘s release date was pushed back and left lots of empty screens without a movie. With minimal advertising, The Cold Light of Day opened in 1,511 theaters with an expectedly poor weekend gross of $1,831,588 with a $1,212 per screen average — placing outside the top 10 at #13. The film received a rare and truly awful D+ cinemascore from audiences, a response that people are tiring from Bruce Willis phoning in performances in low rent projects. The pic dropped 53.7% the next weekend to $847,366 and promptly lost most of its theater count and The Cold Light of Day ended its US run after 4 weeks with $3,763,583. Lionsgate would see about $2 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross. Overseas the film pulled in $18.4 million across numerous distributors, posting terrible numbers in every market.