Redline

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  • Directed By: Andy Cheng
  • Written By: Robert Foreman, Daniel Sadek
  • Release Date: April 13, 2007
  • Domestic Distributor: Chicago Pictures
  • Cast: Eddie Griffin, Nadia Björlin

Box Office Info:
Budget: $34 millionFinanced by: Daniel Sadek
Domestic Gross: $6,881,022Overseas Gross: $1,386,357

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This pathetic vanity project was financed by Predator Zero in the subprime-mortgage game Daniel Sadek for $34 million with his earnings from his scummy subprime mortgage company Quick Loan Funding.  He also paid for Redline‘s $21M in marketing expenses.  It is estimated Sadek put around $55 million into the production and P&A of this turkey, which was produced to show off his large collection of rare and expensive cars and give a lead role to his girlfriend Nadia Björlin whose career was stuck in soap opera hell.  Sadek’s subprime mortgage company would go bust shortly after the complete failure of Redline and the man would go bankrupt and Vanity Fair ranked him as #86 on a list of people most responsible for the nation’s economic problems — and aptly named him ‘Predator Zero in the subprime-mortgage game.

Sadek had Redline booked into 1,607 theaters through a distribution company he created called Chicago Pictures.  It was dated for April 13 and it bowed against 5 other wide releases — Disturbia, Perfect Stranger, Pathfinder, Slow Burn and the semi-wide release of Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters.

This junk was not screened for critics and it pulled in a terrible $3,962,385 — missing the top 10, coming in at #11 for the weekend led by Disturbia.  Redline sank 65.2% in its second frame to $1,625,103 and promptly lost most of its theater count.  The domestic run closed with $6,881,022.  Large theater chains typically pay out less than the usual 55% the major studios command (Regal Cinema pays out 34% to independent distributors for example), so Sadek saw back less than $2.5 million.

Overseas, Redline was picked up in a handful of markets and grossed $1.3 million across a few distributors and went straight to video in France and Germany.

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