Magazine article Screen International

Secret Cinema’s '28 Days Later' Closes with $1.9M Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

Secret Cinema’s '28 Days Later' Closes with $1.9M Box Office

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Secret Cinema has reported box office takings of $1.92m (£1.33m) for its latest production, Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later, which ended its two month-long run in London on May 29.

The event cinema experience, in which actors ran the audience through a horror maze of zombies before screening the 2002 cult feature in a warehouse packed with 'hospital beds', ran for 48 shows and hosted more than 22,000 audience members.

The production was staged in the former Harmsworth Quays printworks, which served as St. Thomas' Hospital Rage Treatment Unit and a post-apocalyptic London, re-creating key sets and moments from the lead character's journey through the abandoned city in the vast building complex.

Over the past year, Canada Water has been home to three Secret Cinema productions, and has hosted more than 140,000 audience members with productions built around The Empire Strikes Back - which reported box office of $9.3m (£6.45m) from 100 nights - and Stanley Kubrick's Dr Stranglelove, which reported box office takings of $1.8m (£1.24m).

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The epic production included a 1.5-mile parkour run through the building, including a cast of more than 35 actors and stunt performers.

The audience members, dressed as hospital patients, then took part in a zombie rave before the screening. The soundtrack for the experience was specially commissioned from composer Danny Nolan.

In a Secret Cinema first, audiences watched the film lying down in a vast ward of "hospital beds", with the film projected onto 12 specially commissioned screens hanging from the ceiling. …

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