The Invisible

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  • Directed By: David S. Goyer
  • Written By: Mick Davis, Christine Roum
  • Release Date: April 27, 2007
  • Domestic Distributor: Disney (Hollywood Pictures)
  • Cast: Justin Chatwin, Margarita Levieva, Marcia Gay Harden

Box Office Info:
Budget: $30 millionFinanced by: Spyglass Entertainment
Domestic Gross: $20,578,909Overseas Gross: $6,231,204

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Spyglass optioned the remake rights of the 2002 Swedish movie Den osynlige (The Invisible) in November 2002 for mid-six figures.  Spyglass set the project up for domestic distribution at DreamWorks, but the mini-major dropped The Invisible in early 2005.  Spyglass then found the picture a new home at Disney, which committed to distribute stateside.  The Invisible was fully financed by Spyglass Entertainment for $30 million and the company retained most overseas rights and sold additional markets to the mouse house.

Disney first dated The Invisible for January 26, 2007 and about 3 weeks before it was set to open, they pushed it back to April 13.  The film was then moved to the dumping ground on April 27, which was one week before Spider-Man 3 opened and would suck the air out of the box office the following weekend.  Other studios also unloaded their garbage during the quiet weekend and The Invisible was competing for scraps with Next, The Condemned and Kickin’ It Old Skool.

Disney released the picture through their Hollywood Pictures label and The Invisible was the last movie to use the label.  This stinker was not screened for critics and it pulled in soft $7,717,309 — placing #2 for the weekend led by the holdover Disturbia.  The Invisible sank 57.7% in its second frame to $3,261,374 and flopped out of release with $20,578,909.  Disney would see returned about $11.2 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross — far below P&A expenses.

The offshore run posted a small $6.2 million across a few distributors and the film went straight to video in Sweden.

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