The 6th Day

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  • 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 millionFinanced by: Sony; Phoenix Pictures
Domestic Box Office: $34,604,280Overseas 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 this picture which accounted for almost 1/3 of the costs.  The budget for The 6th Day was $82 million.   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 silly 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 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.

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