The Rage: Carrie 2

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  • Directed By: Katt Shea
  • Written By: Rafael Moreu
  • Release Date: March 12, 1999
  • Domestic Distributor: MGM
  • Cast: Emily Bergl, Jason London, Dylan Bruno

Box Office Info:
Budget: $21 million Financed by: MGM
Domestic Gross: $17,762,705 Overseas Gross: $2,400,000

Before The Rage: Carrie 2 was in active development in 1998, there was a horror project called The Curse in 1996 — which was eventually rewritten and retooled as a belated sequel to the classic Carrie (1976).  The budget for The Rage: Carrie 2 was $21 million and MGM financed and mitigated some risk on the project by selling off overseas distribution.

Things were off to a rocky start when original director Robert Mandel was fired after about one week into filming.  Executives did not like what they saw when viewing dailies and apparently the production was falling behind each day and racking up considerable costs.  Katt Shea (Poison Ivy) was brought in to take over directing duties and everything had to be reshot.

MGM originally dated The Rage: Carrie 2 for October 17, 1998 but moved it back to March 12, 1999.  MGM’s 1999 first quarter releases (At First Sight, The Rage: Carrie 2 and The Mod Squad) left a combined $54.3M write-down for the studio.

The Rage: Carrie 2 bowed against The CorruptorThe Deep End of the Ocean, Wing Commander and the true horror picture that weekend Baby Geniuses.  Reviews were poor and Carrie 2 would also be competing for auds with another R rated teen skewing movie Cruel Intentions in its second frame.  Carrie 2 pulled in a soft $7,065,123 — placing #2 for the weekend led by the holdover Analyze This.  Audiences gave the sequel a poor C+ cinemascore and it declined 47.4% to $3,713,759 the following frame and then sank 54.9% to $1,674,550 in its third session.  The domestic run closed with $17,762,705.  MGM would see returned about $9.7M after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would leave much of the P&A expenses in the red.

Recorded overseas numbers were just $2.4M across a few distributors and it was dumped straight to video in Germany.

MGM packaged the hit The Man In The Iron Mask with 6 unwanted flops (Hoodlum, Mod Squad, Dirty Work, Disturbing Behavior, The Rage: Carrie 2 and At First Sight) to sell to the USA network and their sister channel Sci-Fi Channel for $22 million.

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