|Budget: $22 million||Financed by: FOX; Sony|
|Domestic Gross: $4,274,407||Domestic Distributor: FOX|
|Overseas Gross: $997,259|
Directed by: Vondie Curtis-Hall
Produced by: Laurence Mark
FOX co-financed Glitter for $22 million and took domestic distribution rights and Sony took on offshore distribution duties. Glitter kicked off a series of studio movies staring pop stars — followed a month later with the equally vapid and unsuccessful ‘N Sync movie On The Line, Britney Spears had Crossroads, Eminem had the critical and box office hit 8 Mile in the works and FOX would soon have the American Idol joke of a movie From Justin To Kelly. Glitter was slated for release on August 31, but the studio pushed the pic back to September 21 after Mariah Carey had a meltdown on the promotional tour and was hospitalized after making a spectacle of herself.
In addition to her public personal issues, the pic was released in the post 9/11 vacuum where the box office was impacted and making matters even worse was the bad buzz trailing this into release. Reviews were as bad as they come and the film was quickly reduced to a punchline at Mariah Carey’s expense. FOX booked the pic into 1,202 theaters and it was the only wide opener and flopped with a miserable $2,414,596 — placing outside the top 10 at #11 when Hardball led the slow weekend. Glitter sank 60.9% the following weekend to $945,287 and promptly lost most of its theater count. It was pulled from release after four weeks with $4,274,407. FOX would see returned about $2.3 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, barely putting a dent in their P&A spend.
Sony dumped the film overseas, where it cumed $997,259 and went straight to video in most markets. The soundtrack album was also a disaster and the EMI Group paid Carey $28 million to terminate their recording contract with her after the poor sales. Glitter has had a longstanding home on the imdb bottom 100.