- Directed By: Dominic Sena
- Written By: Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber, Chad Hayes, Carey W. Hayes
- Release Date: September 11, 2009
- Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros
- Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Gabriel Macht, Tom Skerritt
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $35 million||Financed by: Dark Castle Entertainment|
|Domestic Box Office: $10,275,638||Overseas Box Office: $7,565,229|
Whiteout was the first picture Joel Silver put into production through his newly structured Dark Castle Entertainment, which was infused with a $240 million line of credit to fund 15 films that Warner Bros would distribute for a fee and WB would cover P&A costs. Dark Castle ended up releasing mostly flops and Warner Bros severed their relationship in 2012.
The budget for Whiteout was $35 million. Production was completed in 2007 and then this stinker collected dust (and interest costs) without a release date. Finally in October 2008, Warner Bros announced the picture would be released on September 11, 2009.
Whiteout had little buzz and bowed against Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself, 9 and the cheap slasher Sorority Row, which would also compete for the same audience. Also cluttering the horror/thriller market was holdovers The Final Destination and Halloween II.
Whiteout received dreadful reviews and was dead on arrival with $4,915,104 — placing #7 for the weekend led by Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself. Audiences gave the movie a terrible C- cinemascore and it sank 56.6% in its second weekend to $2,131,043 and collapsed 80.2% in its third session to $421,450. The domestic run closed with only $10,275,638. After theaters receive their percentage of the gross, Warner Bros would see returned about $5.6 million, which barely puts a dent in the P&A spend for WB and the budget would be all red for Dark Castle.
Overseas, the movie fared even worse, with Warner Bros distributing in most markets to a poor $7.5 million. Whiteout went straight to video in Germany and Spain.