Megiddo: The Omega Code 2
- [Total: 5 Average: 2.6]
- Directed By: Brian Trenchard-Smith
- Written By: John Fasano, Stephan Blinn
- Release Date: September 21, 2001
- Domestic Distributor: Gener8Xion Entertainment
- Cast: Michael York, Michael Biehn, Udo Kier
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $21 million||Financed by: Gener8Xion Entertainment|
|Domestic Box Office: $6,047,691||Overseas Box Office: $0|
The unintentionally hilarious Christian fundamentalist picture Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 was financed for $21 million by Matthew Crouch’s Gener8Xion Entertainment, which gets its funding from the Trinity Broadcasting Network, owned by his father Paul Crouch. The budget was originally set at $16M, but the costs rose during production — on what exactly is not clear, because this looks like cheap horeshit. This followup to the inexpensive $7.2 million budgeted first installment, which grossed $12.6 million (the highest grossing Christian pic at the time of release) and sold more than 1 million video units — was promoted to 5,000 church pastors over a 19 city tour and it was also promoted at music festivals.
Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 was to open in over 400 theaters on September 21, but over 50 theaters dropped the film after the September 11th attacks. The abysmal quality of this movie makes it easy to understand why theaters would not want to book this rubbish, but drop it because it has an apocalyptic narrative? The premiere was then cancelled and instead it was promoted on the Trinity Broadcast Network with a prayer vigil. After the prayer, they aired the final 2 minutes of the movie to show good defeating evil. Praying and spoilers — brilliant marketing stunt guys.
Megiddo was booked into 314 theaters and reviews were predictably atrocious. It pulled in $1,573,454 with a decent enough $5,011 per screen average. It added 39 locations the following weekend and declined 35% to $1,022,745 and continued to post modest weekly drops, but its final cume was only $6,047,691. Independent distributors receive far less of the ticket price than what the major studios command (Regal pays out only 34% to small labels, for example) and Gener8Xion would be lucky to see back about $2.4 million.
Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 saw a straight to video release in a few overseas markets that picked up the film.