|Budget: $38 million||Financed by: FOX; Regency; Hannover Leasing|
|Domestic Gross: $22,771,646||Domestic Distributor: FOX|
|Overseas Gross: $1,745,126|
Directed by: John Pasquin
Produced by: Arnon Milchan
Joe Somebody was financed for $38 million by FOX, Regency and Hannover Leasing, which would tap into the German tax shelter fund market for the studio. John Scott Shepherd’s screenplay was originally a dark comedy, but the project was retooled as a family friendly Tim Allen vehicle. John Scott Shepherd also sold another script to Regency, the Angelina Jolie flop Life Or Something Like It (2002) and that was also heavily reworked. In an interview with the latimes, Shepherd did not disguise his feelings on the finished product that became Joe Somebody: “God, do I hate that movie!”
FOX decided to date the pic as a Christmas release and here’s a trivial bit of nonsense — every studio was pressuring exhibitors to add their movie trailers to the upcoming Harry Potter pic and FOX tried to persuade theaters to run the trailer for Joe Somebody over LucasFilm’s Star Wars — Episode II trailer, even though FOX was a rent-a-distributor for Star Wars. The Christmas frame was incredibly crowded in 2001 and Joe Somebody opened on December 21 against The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, How High, The Majestic — and also Ali and Kate and Leopold opened on the 25th. Joe Somebody had terrible tracking and awareness going into release and despite a sizable marketing push from FOX, it was lost at the crowded box office. It was booked into 2,506 theaters and at the time of release, it had the worst opening for a movie playing in over 2,500 theaters. The pic pulled in $3,553,725 — placing #10 over the holiday, which was led by The Lord Of The Rings. Joe Somebody saw an uptick in business over the New Year’s frame and took in $5,076,742 and then fell 51.6% in its third weekend to $2,455,013. It continued to have large weekly declines and bombed out of theaters with $22,771,646.
FOX dumped the film overseas and gave it a brief theatrical release in a few markets to all of $1.7 million. The worldwide total was $24.5 million and FOX would see returned about $13.4 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not cover P&A expenses and leave the budget in the red.