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Is Open Road Films in trouble?
It's been a tough 2013 for independent distributor Open Road Films. Funded by theater chain giants AMC Entertainment and Regal Theaters, OPR spent a good chunk marketing both "Haunted House" and "Side Effects" to an arguably break even $40 million and $30 million respectively (and "arguably" is an understatement). That follows a very up and down 2012 where "The Grey" and "End of Watch" were solid doubles, but "Hit and Run," "Silent House" and "Silent Hill: Revelation 3D" flat out bombed. Open Road was counting on "The Host" to be their much needed breakout hit, but the Stephenie Meyer creation debuted to just $10 million and it cost $40 million. Hardly the franchise savior the studio expected when it first snagged the rights. It seems unfathomable that the rest of OPR's 2013 slate can make up the difference. The mini-major currently has the Robert Rodriguez pickup "Machete Kills" in Sept. and David Ayer's "Ten" set for a Jan. 2014 release. The Sundance pickup "Jobs" was supposed to hit theaters April 19, but with a month to go Open Road delayed the release indefinitely. Not a good sign.