Backstage at Backlash, the word is that everyone was quiet regarding the subject of the movie. About the only comment coming out of the show was Vince McMahon blaming a lack of promotion aside from that done by WWE. When “The Marine” opened slow out of the gate, considering its budget, the impression was given that the movie was doing what was expected. With movie industry projections hovering between $6 and $7 million for the opening of The Condemned, there was no pretending that it was okay this time around.
One secret about The Condemned, likely because it would have led to even more negative reviews, is that Vince McMahon was far more hands-on when it comes to the movie’s script than was ever let out. He had a major hand in re-writing the script, as they went through numerous re-writes and overhauls.