Red Planet

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  • Directed By: Antony Hoffman
  • Written By: Chuck Pfarrer, Jonathan Lemkin
  • Release Date: November 10, 2000
  • Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros
  • Cast: Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tom Sizemore

Box Office Info:
Budget: $75 millionFinanced by: Warner Bros; Village Roadshow
Domestic Box Office: $17,480,890Overseas Box Office: $15,983,079


The spec script for Red Planet by Chuck Pfarrer was purchased by Village roadshow in early 1998 and the project was one of the first in development between Roadshow and Warner Bros, which had recently inked a five-year co-financing and distribution pact.   The budget for Red Planet was $75 million.

The production of Red Planet was also in a development race with Disney’s Mission To Mars, which slightly made it before the cameras first.  Filming was also beset by the usual difficulties caused by Val Kilmer.  In Tom Sizemore’s memoir he went into detail about Kilmer’s demands for on-set rewrites, refusing to leave his trailer and eventually Sizemore beating the crap out of Kilmer.

Warner Bros first dated Red Planet for March 31, which was two weeks after Mission to Mars was scheduled and then WB bumped it to June 16.  The studio then moved it to November 10, to keep it away from Titan A.E, which was dated for June 16.  Mission To Mars was poorly received by both critics and audiences and Red Planet was viewed as just more of the same.

Reviews were awful and it bowed against Little Nicky and Men Of Honor.  Red Planet tanked with $8,721,296 — placing #5 for the weekend led by holdover Charlie’s Angels.  Audiences gave Red Planet a toxic C cinemascore and it took a 67.7% second frame nosedive to $2,818,384 when the sci-fi dud The 6th Day entered the market and it declined 59.4% in its third session to $1,143,281.  The domestic run closed with a terrible $17,480,890.

Red Planet was a disaster overseas as well, jokingly referred to as Dead Planet.  The movie pulled in just $15.9 million from its offshore run and was sent straight to video in Russia.  The worldwide tally was $33.4 million, which would return about $18.3 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross — leaving much of the P&A expenses in the red and the budget untouched by the theatrical receipts.

Val Kilmer saw leading offers for big budget fare dry up after Red Planet and commercial director Antony Hoffman never helmed another feature.

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