Freddy Got Fingered
|Budget: $15 million||Financed by: Regency|
|Domestic Gross: $14,254,993||Domestic Distributor: FOX|
|Overseas Gross: $78,259|
Directed by: Tom Green
Produced by: Arnon Milchan
Regency financed Freddy Got Fingered for a modest $15 million and FOX distributed the infamous pic. After director/co-writer and star Tom Green turned in his cut, about 30 minutes was excised from the film after test screenings and the result is one of the most critically reviled films in history. That FOX decided to screen the movie for critics is as bizarre as the movie itself. The film opened on 4/20 (probably not a coincidence), in 2,271 theaters and bowed against the family pic Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. Freddy Got Fingered pulled in a soft $7,098,459 — placing #5 for the weekend led by holdover Bridget Jones’s Diary. Audiences gave Freddy Got Fingered a terrible C- cinemascore and it sank 64.5% the following weekend to $2,522,946 and it quickly burned out with just $14,254,993. FOX would see back about $7.8 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, far below their P&A expenses. The commercial appeal of jacking off a horse and elephant on screen has not been put to the test again after Freddy Got Fingered.
FOX sent the film straight to video or television in almost every overseas country and the recorded offshore cume is just $78,259. Tom Green’s studio acting days ended the following year when he co-starred in the flop Stealing Harvard. Despite its ice cold reception and box office failure, Freddy Got Fingered sold decently enough on home video.