THE BIG PICTURE (1989) — Columbia’s president David Puttnam put this Christopher Guest directed and Kevin Bacon starring comedy into production, but two weeks into production Dawn Steel took over the studio. Filming went apparently without interference, but the studio dumped The Big Picture with no advertising and no awareness and it opened in 3 theaters to $33,071. The Big Picture never expanded beyond 8 theaters and pulled in a mere $117,463.
UNFORGETTABLE (1996) — The Dino De Laurentiis Company financed Unforgettable for $18 million and Spelling Films pre-sold the film to international distributors and MGM took on US distribution. Director John Dahl was following up his acclaimed films, Red Rock West and The Last Seduction, which had trouble with distribution and Unforgettable was torn apart by critics and opened to one of the worst openings in over 1,500 theaters at the time of release. The film was a box office disaster, coming in #14 for the weekend with $1,442,215 in 1,573 theaters and audiences gave the film a poor C+ cinemascore. Unforgettable quickly disappeared from theaters with only $2,821,671.