“Empire Data” was launched to principally adverse evaluations and made about $150,000 on its opening weekend towards a $10 million funds. On the time, Selection known as the movie a “soundtrack seeking a film,” a sentiment music supervisor Mitchell Leib would not really discover offensive. He advised ABC, “My job was to have hit singles and an enormous soundtrack that was imagined to not solely improve the playability of the film, but additionally was imagined to act as a advertising and marketing asset and launch the movie.”
Leib did certainly have two #1 singles on his arms, with Gin Blossoms’ “Til I Hear It From You” and “A Lady Like You” by Edwyn Collins. A&M Data, who was releasing the soundtrack, was so assured within the early success of the songs that they determined to ship three million copies to report shops. That is an enormous quantity, contemplating this was a soundtrack. Nevertheless, Leib was known as right into a advertising and marketing assembly three weeks earlier than “Empire Data” was set to hit theaters, solely to be advised the film was useless within the water. It could have a really restricted launch earlier than going straight to VHS — a real demise sentence for any movie. Leib known as this “the most important nightmare attainable” and stated the boss of A&M by no means spoke to him once more after Leib broke the unhealthy information.