WWE Studios

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WWE Studios, Inc.
Type Subsidiary
Industry Motion pictures
Founded 2002
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, USA
Key people Michael Luisi
(President)
Parent WWE
Subsidiaries WWE Films Development Funding (LA), LLC
Marine Productions
Marine 2 Productions, Inc.
Eye Scream Productions
Condemned Productions, Inc.
Barricade Productions Inc.[1]
Website WWE Studios

WWE Studios is a Los Angeles-based subsidiary of professional wrestling promotion WWE, Inc., created in 2002 as WWF Films (until the initial change in May 2002) to develop and produce feature film properties for its wrestlers and personnel.[2]

History[edit]

As, of 2011, WWE Studios has co-produced four films as well as independently produced six more. The Marine was the first developed solely by the company to reach the filming stage, while the first one to be theatrically released is See No Evil. Stone Cold Steve Austin is signed to star in three movies for WWE Studios.[3] Before the formation of WWE Films, the WWF had produced the 1989 film No Holds Barred featuring Hulk Hogan under the Shane Distribution Company banner, a precursor to today's company.

In 2006, WWE Films chose to further expand the variety of projects that it intends to pursue by also focusing made-for-television films and direct-to-video movies as well as other media platforms. WWE Films was renamed WWE Studios on July 21, 2008 to further represent the expansion of the WWE subsidiary.

Due to WWE's adherence to the TV-PG rating, all future movies were subsequently switched from rated R to PG-13 in order to target a younger audience, though the company has since produced or co-produced several films that have surpassed the PG-13 rating, including The Condemned, See No Evil, The Marine 2, Dead Man Down, The Day, The Call, No One Lives, The Marine 3 and 12 Rounds 2 each rated R.[4] Former WWE Studios president Joel Simon died on June 19, 2011 after a four-year battle with cancer.[5]

WWE Studios creates a diversified mix of filmed entertainment by means of strategic production, financing, distribution and acquisition partnerships. WWE movies frequently cast well-known actors and actresses in lead roles supported by WWE Superstars, such as John Cena, Triple H and Wade Barrett. WWE Studios has produced No One Lives with Pathe Pictures, starring Luke Evans (Immortals) and WWE Superstar Brodus Clay, acquired the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival cult hit The Day, starring Shawn Ashmore (X-Men trilogy) and Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Lost). WWE Studios also has multipicture production deals set up with Lions Gate Films and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. It partnered with Academy Award winning producer Thomas Langmann (The Artist) and Kare Productions on Queens of the Ring, a French-language comedy drama which will feature WWE Superstars in cameo roles.[6]

WWE Studios has acquired Interrogation, a suspense thriller by Adam Rodin.[7] WWE Studios has also secured the rights to Bermuda, a found footage horror spec script by Bobby Lee Darby and Nathan Brookes, set in the Bermuda Triangle.[8]

WWE Studios is teaming with producer Edward R. Pressman and Jason Blum's Blum-Hanson-Allen films to develop Cruisin' for a Brusin', an action comedy to be written and directed by Adam Bhala Lough.[9] WWE Studios and Warner Bros. will co-produce a Scooby-Doo animated feature that finds Scooby and the gang solving a mystery at Wrestlemania.[10] On May 29, 2013 it was announced that WWE studios and Warner Bros will once again team up to co produce a Flintstones animated movie to be released in early 2015[11]

WWE studios most successful film to date is The Call the film has made close to 60 million dollars at the box office both domestic and foreign, the film opened at the US box office at #2 with 17 million in its first weekend and at the time was the #1 thriller in America. The Call was only expected to make 11-12 million but over performed with 17 million. The Call as of July 4, 2013 is the #1 DVD in America and the #1 movie and download on iTunes. The Call has single handedly turned around WWE studios who were struggling to make successful movies, it is also changing the way WWE looks at movies as it intends to appeal more to women. It was reported that thanks to The Call's big success WWE is looking at a potential sequel. [12]

Filmography[edit]

As distributor

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office revenue Box office ranking Reference
Domestic Foreign Worldwide United States
See No Evil May 19, 2006 $15,032,800 $3,388,168 $18,420,968 #6 [17]
The Marine October 13, 2006 $18,844,784 $3,320,824 $22,165,608 #6 [18]
The Condemned April 27, 2007 $7,371,706 $1,263,477 $8,635,183 #9 [19]
12 Rounds March 27, 2009 $12,234,694 $5,045,632 $17,280,326 #7 [20]
Legendary September 10, 2010 $200,393 #38 [21]
Knucklehead October 22, 2010 $1,000 $7,927 $8,927 [22]
The Chaperone February 18, 2011 $14,400 $29,395 $43,795 [23]
That's What I Am April 29, 2011 $6,400 [24]
The Day August 29, 2012 $20,984 #71 [25]
Dead Man Down March 8, 2013 $10,895,295 $7,179,244 $18,074,539 #4 [26]
The Call March 15, 2013 $51,872,378 $16,700,000 $68,572,378 #2 [27]
No One Lives May 10, 2013 $74,918 #39 [28]
Oculus April 11, 2014 $17,153,391 #3 [29]

DVD/home video rental performance[edit]

Film Release Date Video Distributor Rental Gross Reference
See No Evil November 28, 2006 Lions Gate Entertainment $16.49 million [30]
The Marine January 30, 2007 20th Century Fox $30.53 million [31]
The Condemned September 18, 2007 Lions Gate Entertainment $22.30 million [32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENTINC - FORM 10-K - EX-21.1 - LIST OF SUBSIDIARIES (FILED HEREWITH) - March 7, 2011". Faqs.org. 2011-03-07. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  2. ^ WWE Announces WWE Studios
  3. ^ WWE.com
  4. ^ "WWE Films Switching From "R" to "PG-13″". The Movie Blog. 2008-03-03. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  5. ^ Finke, Nikki. "R.I.P. Joel Simon". Deadline. 
  6. ^ "WWE Corporate - WWE Studios". Corporate.wwe.com. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  7. ^ Fleming, Mike (2012-06-08). "WWE Studios Acquires Spec Thriller 'Interrogation'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  8. ^ 11 Like0 Dislike7 Jan 20, 2012 by Brian Gallagher (2012-01-20). "Bermuda Lands at WWE Studios". MovieWeb.com. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  9. ^ Patten, Dominic (2013-02-14). "WWE Studios, Edward R. Pressman & Jason Blum Team For 'Cruisin' For A Bruisin'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  10. ^ "WWE Studios (Pile)Drives a New Scooby-Doo Animated Feature". ComingSoon.net. 2012-08-15. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  11. ^ http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/animated-flintsones-pic-adds-pro-wrestlers-to-its-bedrock/
  12. ^ http://variety.com/2013/film/news/the-call-dials-up-wwes-film-biz-1200333952/
  13. ^ a b c "JINGLE ALL THE WAY 2 and THE MARINE 4 to Start Production from WWE® Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment". SPFL.co.uk (Market Watch). February 11, 2014. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  14. ^ Yabba Dabba WWE!
  15. ^ WWE Studios and Film Roman announce 'Camp WWE' irreverent animated web series
  16. ^ Jason Momoa on his road to film financing
  17. ^ "See No Evil". Box Office Mojo. 
  18. ^ "The Marine". Box Office Mojo. 
  19. ^ "The Condemned". Box Office Mojo. 
  20. ^ "12 Rounds". Box Office Mojo. 
  21. ^ "Legendary". Box Office Mojo. 
  22. ^ "Knucklehead - International Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  23. ^
  24. ^ "That's What I Am - Box Office Data". The Numbers. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  25. ^ "The Day (2012)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  26. ^ "Dead Man Down". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  27. ^ "The Call (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  28. ^ "No One Lives". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  29. ^ "Oculus". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  30. ^ "See No Evil rentals". Box Office Mojo. 
  31. ^ "The Marine rentals". Box Office Mojo. 
  32. ^ "Condemned rentals". Box Office Mojo. 

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