|Budget: $50 million||Financed by: Intertainment|
|Domestic Gross: $25,198,598||Domestic Distributor: Paramount|
|Overseas Gross: $15,756,005||
Directed by: Philip Kaufman
Samuel L. Jackson
Produced by: Arnold Kopelson
Director Philip Kaufman follows up his critically acclaimed Quills with this derivative Ashley Judd vehicle, which marked the end of studio released Ashley Judd vehicles — the high concept thrillers she had been churning out since the late 90’s. German based Intertainment financed Twisted for $50 million and pre-sold the film to numerous distributors through Summit, which would limit their exposure to the budget. Back in June 2000, Intertainment entered a financing agreement with Kopelson Entertainment, where the German company would fund 10 Kopelson produced pictures for $500 million over five years — and cover Kopelson’s overhead and development. Twisted is the only film to emerge from that pact, as Intertainment was scaling down its company’s costs, as they prepared for a major court battle with the infamous Franchise Pictures — who defrauded them by inflating budgets on movies they were to financially split costs on, so that Intertainment ended up shouldering most of the costs. Intertainment was eventually awarded $121.7 million.
Paramount signed on as distributor during development and originally scheduled Twisted (formally titled The Blackout Murders — and then shortened to Blackout) on September 19, 2003. It was pushed back until April 2, 2004 and then moved forward to February 27, 2004 — where it would open against a few films that were initially not tracking to open with big numbers: The Passion Of The Christ, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights and Club Dread. Twisted was booked into 2,703 theaters and received awful reviews and came in with a weak $8,904,299 — placing #3 for the weekend and miles behind The Passion Of The Christ. Audiences gave the film a terrible C Cinemascore. Twisted declined 42.4% the following weekend to $5,126,387 and fell a modest 39.9% in its third frame to $3,081,612 but dropped 56.8% the fourth weekend to $1,331,684. It closed its run with $25,198,598. Paramount would see back about $13.8 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, far below their unreported acquisition cost and P&A expenses.
Twisted played very poorly overseas, pulling in less than a million in most markets and $3.6 million from Italy was the strongest showings. Despite being financed with German coin, it grossed just $549,856 in Germany. The overseas cume was just $15,756,005 across numerous distributors and no cash overages would flow back to Intertainment.