- [Total: 2 Average: 2]
- Directed By: Clark Johnson
- Written By: George Nolfi
- Release Date: April 21, 2006
- Domestic Distributor: FOX
- Cast: Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland, Eva Longoria, Kim Basinger
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $60 million||Financed by: New Regency|
|Domestic Gross: $36,280,697||Overseas Gross: $41,804,130|
In March 2001, Paramount purchased the book rights to The Sentinel for six-figures as a vehicle for Michael Douglas and Barry Levinson was tapped to direct. The project stalled and was eventually brought over to New Regency, which went into production in 2005 with now a very miscast Douglas playing what must be the secret service’s oldest agent ever. New Regency financed The Sentinel for an estimated $60 million, with FOX distributing in most territories.
The Sentinel was dated for April 21, 2006 and bowed against Silent Hill and the flop satire American Dreamz, which also featured a plot about assassinating the president. Reviews were mixed, leaning negative. The Douglas vehicle was tracking poorly for an opening near $10M, but opened above expectations with a soft $14,367,854 — placing #3 for the weekend led by Silent Hill. The pic declined 45.8% in its second frame to $7,787,208 and then sank 60.4% in its third session to $3,086,304. The domestic run closed with $36,280,697.
Overseas, the film pulled in soft numbers in most markets, with Spain posting the highest offshore numbers with $6,255,372. The overseas cume was $41.8 million bringing the worldwide gross to $78 million. FOX would see back about $43 million after theaters take their cut of the gross — which would not even cover P&A expenses.