The 6th Day
- [Total: 9 Average: 1.8]
- Directed By: Roger Spottiswoode
- Written By: Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley
- Release Date: November 17, 2000
- Domestic Distributor: Sony
- Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Rapaport, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Rooker
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $82 million||Financed by: Sony; Phoenix Pictures|
|Domestic Box Office: $34,604,280||Overseas Box Office: $61,481,197|
After two and a half years of being off screen from complications due to heart surgery in 1997 and his humiliating turn as the pun spewing Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin (1997), Schwarzenegger mounted his comeback vehicle with the reviled, but successful End Of Days ($211.9M worldwide box office). He then landed a $25 million payday for The 6th Day, which accounted for almost 1/3 of the $82 million budget. Sony covered 60% of the expenses and Phoenix Pictures had 40% exposure. Sony handled global distribution.
In selecting his new comeback projects, Schwarzenegger was taking scripts with topical issues (End of Days: the millennium; The 6th Day: cloning) which were wrapped up in otherwise brain-dead plotting. Sony dated The 6th Day for November 17, where it bowed in the shadow of How the Grinch Stole Christmas — other openers were Rugrats in Paris: The Movie and Bounce.
Reviews were mixed, leaning negative and the high concept selling point of two Arnold Schwarzeneggers running amok in this schlocker mustered up only $13,020,883 opening weekend — placing #4 for the frame led by Grinch. Audiences gave The 6th Day an awful C cinemascore and it declined 42.3% over the Thanksgiving holiday frame to $7,510,352. The domestic run closed with a poor $34,604,280.
After the film failed stateside, Sony expected a strong overseas performance, where Schwarzenegger’s star wattage had yet to dim — but The 6th Day‘s offshore run stalled at $61.4 million. The worldwide cume was $96 million and Sony would see returned about $52.8 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross. This would not even cover global P&A expenses and the budget would be all red ink from the theatrical receipts.