|Budget: $40 million||Financed by: Inferno Entertainment; Paula Mae Schwartz, Steve Schwartz and Nick Wechsler|
|Domestic Gross: $26,627,201||Domestic Distributor: Open Road|
|Overseas Gross: $37,853,350||
Directed by: Andrew Niccol
Produced by: Stephenie Meyer
Produced by: Paula Mae Schwartz
The Host was co-financed for $40 million between Inferno Entertainment and the producers Paula Mae Schwartz, Steve Schwartz and Nick Wechsler. Inferno Entertainment pre-sold all international territories to distributors who were eager to snatch up the Twilight author’s next work. Distributors overpaid for the hot title that was pre-sold at Cannes and the film was not the successful Twilight followup everyone was hoping for. Open Road (owned by theater chains Regal and AMC) took US rights as their second release as a new distributor and opened The Host as counter-programming for young women against G.I. Joe: Retaliation and it disappointed with $10,600,112 in 3,202 theaters. The Host had weak legs at the box office and fell 51% in its second weekend to $5,198,615 and continued to post large weekly declines and closed its run with just $26,627,201. The critically panned film grossed only $37.8 million overseas, across many distributors. Yet another would be YA franchise bites the dust and only a month after the flop Beautiful Creatures failed to spawn a YA series.