Whiteout

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  • 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 millionFinanced by: Dark Castle Entertainment
Domestic Box Office: $10,275,638Overseas 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.

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