Castle Rock co-financed Amos & Andrew with New Line for an estimated $17 million and Columbia would distribute the picture. The film was pushed back from its original Feb 26 opening to March 5 to keep the comedy away from Columbia’s Groundhog Day and New Line’s spoof Loaded Weapon 1, which also starred Samuel L. Jackson. Amos & Andrew received atrocious reviews and opened to a terrible $3,617,317 — placing #5 for the weekend led by Falling Down and Groundhog Day in its 4th frame. The pic saw a 53% decline in its second frame to $1,701,566 and quickly closed with $9,745,803.
Disney financed My Science Project for an unreported amount and took a large write down on the film, along with Black Cauldron and Return To Oz, after the summer of ’85 saw many big budget disasters for almost every studio. My Science Project was released with two other movies competing for the same audience and practically the same commercial appeal. It opened the same day as Real Genius (flop) and one week after Weird Science (minor success). My Science Project was a box office disaster, opening outside the top 10 at #14 with $1,504,118 — when Back To The Future led the weekend in its 6th weekend and new openers Summer Rental and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure came in 2nd and 3rd. The film dropped a huge 59.5% in its second frame to $609,106 and closed with just $4,122,748.
Frank Mancuso was the newly appointed head of the always in financial despair MGM and Speechless would be the first film released that was greenlit by the new regime. Only a few months prior to its release MGM received a $350 million cash infusion from Chemical bank, which they put together from numerous sources — which would pay for the new slate of films being released. Speechless was positioned as MGM’s christmas holiday release and the estimated $30 million picture opened against Dumb and Dumber and was dead on arrival with $3,969,048 — placing #5 for the weekend. Speechless saw small declines over the holidays, but closed with a terrible $20,667,959. Geena Davis was just coming off the box office flop Angie earlier in 1994 and then had the fiasco Cutthroat Island released in 1995.