Dark Castle Entertainment

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Dark Castle Entertainment
Industry Motion pictures
Founded 1999
Founder Joel Silver
Robert Zemeckis
Jared Bush
Key people
Susan Downey
Steve Richards
Parent Silver Pictures

Dark Castle Entertainment is an American film production label and a division of Silver Pictures, a production house formerly affiliated with Warner Bros. 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. 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. While most of the company's films were initially poorly reviewed by critics, their 2009 film Splice eventually received better reviews.

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 Pictures, 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 and released on January 30, 2015.[1][2][3][4]

Jason Blum reportedly has spoken to Silver twice about doing a co-production with Blumhouse Productions for Universal to distribute, but have yet to find the right project.[5]

Filmography of Dark Castle Entertainment[edit]

Year Film Director
1999 House on Haunted Hill William Malone
2001 Thirteen 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
Splice Vincenzo Natali
2010 The Losers Sylvain White
2011 Unknown Jaume Collet-Serra
2012 The Apparition Todd Lincoln
Bullet to the Head Walter Hill
The Factory Morgan O'Neill
2013 Getaway Courtney Solomon
2017 Suburbicon George Clooney

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

(A) Indicates minimum, as that is only two countries totals merged.

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