Dark Castle Entertainment

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Not to be confused with Castle Rock Entertainment.
Dark Castle Entertainment
Production company
Industry Motion pictures
Founded 1999
Founder Joel Silver
Robert Zemeckis
Gilbert Adler
Key people
Susan Downey
Steve Richards
Parent Silver Pictures

Dark Castle Entertainment is an American film production label, it is a division of Silver Pictures, a production house formally affiliated with Warner Bros., now affiliated with Universal Studios. It was formed in 1999 by Joel Silver, Robert Zemeckis, and Gilbert Adler. Susan Downey was the Vice President of Development until February 2009, a term running congruent to her tenure as a VP of Production at parent company Silver Pictures.

Dark Castle Entertainment's name pays homage to William Castle, a horror filmmaker from the 1950s and 1960s. When first formed, the goal was to remake Castle's horror films (very similar to another production company Platinum Dunes). After two remakes, it moved on to producing original material, along with remakes of non-Castle films. Starting with RocknRolla, the company began producing films in genres other than horror. Initially, most of the company's films were mostly critically panned, however recently their films have been received better by critics, including RocknRolla, Orphan, Splice and Unknown.

Dark Castle Entertainment originally acquired the US rights to The Loft, as they did for Splice, with the intention of releasing the film through Warner Bros. When Joel Silver moved his office to Universal, he took Dark Castle, and the film with him. Universal planned to release the film on August 29, 2014, but the studio pulled it from the schedule in favor of As Above, So Below. Universal and Dark Castle dropped the film, which was then picked up by Open Road Films, who released the film on January 30, 2015.[1][2][3][4] There hasn't been any news about Dark Castle since.

Jason Blum has spoken to Joel Silver twice about doing a co-production with Blumhouse Productions for Universal to distribute but they haven't found the right project yet.[5]

Filmography of Dark Castle Entertainment[edit]

Year Film Director
1999 House on Haunted Hill William Malone
2001 Thir13en Ghosts Steve Beck
2002 Ghost Ship
2003 Gothika Mathieu Kassovitz
2005 House of Wax Jaume Collet-Serra
2007 The Reaping Stephen Hopkins
Return to House on Haunted Hill Víctor García
2008 RocknRolla Guy Ritchie
2009 Orphan Jaume Collet-Serra
Whiteout Dominic Sena
The Hills Run Red Dave Parker
Ninja Assassin James McTeigue
2010 The Losers Sylvain White
Splice Vincenzo Natali
2011 Unknown Jaume Collet-Serra
2012 The Apparition Todd Lincoln
The Factory Morgan O'Neill
2013 Bullet to the Head Walter Hill
Getaway Courtney Solomon
Yaron Lev

Lifetime grosses[edit]

Year Film Budget Domestic Box Office Foreign Box Office Total US DVD sales Total (with DVD sales)
1999 House on Haunted Hill $37 M. $40,846,082[6] $3,515,228 (A) $44,361,370 N/A N/A
2001 Thirteen Ghosts $42 M. $41,867,960[7] $26,600,000[8] $68,467,960 N/A N/A
2002 Ghost Ship $20 M. $30,113,491[9] $38,236,393[9] $68,349,884 N/A N/A
2003 Gothika $40 M. $59,694,580[10] $81,896,744[10] $141,591,324 N/A N/A
2005 House of Wax $40 M. $32,064,800[11] $36,701,321[11] $68,766,121 N/A N/A
2007 The Reaping $40 M. $25,126,214[12] $37,644,845[12] $62,771,059 $19,784,364[13] $82,555,423
2008 RocknRolla $15 M. $5,700,626[14] $20,027,463 $25,728,089 $7,400,623[15] $33,139,638
2009 Orphan $20 M. $41,596,251[16] $36,741,122[16] $78,337,373 $12,250,443[16] $90,587,816
2009 Whiteout $35 M. $10,275,638[17] $7,565,229[17] $17,840,867 $3,192,934 [18] $21,033,801
2009 Ninja Assassin $50 M. $38,122,883[19] $23,471,000 $61,593,883 $13,841,623 [20] $75,435,506
2010 The Losers $25 M. $23,591,432[21] $5,385,903 $28,977,335 $6,462,496 [22] $35,439,831
2010 Splice $30 M. $17,010,170[23] $6,964,022 $23,974,192 $3,695,686 $27,669,878
Budget Overall Total US DVD Sales Total
374M $646,033,429 $62,932,483 $708,000,000

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "‘The loft' is gekocht door producent van ‘Die hard'-films" ['The loft' bought by same producer as 'Die hard'-movies] (in Dutch). Belgium: Het Nieuwsblad. 9 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "'The Loft' nog maar eens uitgesteld" ['The Loft' once again delayed] (in Dutch). Belgium: De Standaard. March 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Universal Sets ‘The Loft’ For Summer 2014, Zac Efron’s ‘Townies’ For May". Deadline. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Universal Pulls ‘The Loft’ From Sked, Moves Legendary Pic ‘As Above/So Below’ Into Slot". Deadline. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Twitter / @RyanLeger2 @blumhouse @DCastleE @UniversalPics twice.". Twitter.com. 2015-07-20. Retrieved 2015-08-23. 
  6. ^ House on Haunted Hill (1999)
  7. ^ Thirteen Ghosts (2001)
  8. ^ Thirteen Ghosts (2001) - International Box Office Results
  9. ^ a b Ghost Ship (2002)
  10. ^ a b Gothika (2003)
  11. ^ a b House of Wax (2005)
  12. ^ a b The Reaping (2007)
  13. ^ The Reaping DVD (2007)
  14. ^ http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=main&id=rocknrolla.htm
  15. ^ RocknRolla DVD (2008)
  16. ^ a b c Orphan (2009)
  17. ^ a b Whiteout (2009)
  18. ^ Whiteout DVD (2009)
  19. ^ Ninja Assassin(2009)
  20. ^ Ninja Assassin DVD (2009)
  21. ^ The Losers (2009)
  22. ^ The Losers DVD (2010)
  23. ^ Splice (2010)