The Glass House
|Budget: $22 million||Financed by: Sony|
|Domestic Gross: $18,150,259||Domestic Distributor: Sony|
|Overseas Gross: $5,469,350|
Directed by: Daniel Sackheim
Produced by: Neal H. Moritz
The spec script for The Glass House was in a bidding war with most of the studios and Sony beat out the competition by offering writer Wesley Strick $500,000 against $1.5 million, plus 2% of the adjusted gross once Sony gets its P&A and negative costs back. This teen thriller was fast-tracked to production with a $22 million budget. The Glass House was dated for September 14, opening against Hardball and after the tragic events on the 11th, Sony went ahead with the release as they spent most of their allocated marketing budget already.
Opening in the aftermath of 9/11 certainly contributed to its poor box office numbers and the film was also panned by critics and pulled in $5,738,448 in 1,591 theaters. It placed #2 for the very slow weekend led by Hardball. The Glass House declined a modest 23.2% in its second frame to $4,407,767 but then fell 52.2% in its third weekend to $2,106,341. The film disappeared from theaters with only $18,150,259. Sony would see returned about $9.9 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not cover their P&A expenses or touch the budget. Leelee Sobieski was onscreen again four weeks later with the better reviewed and slightly more successful Joy Ride.
The studio did not invest in a strong offshore rollout and The Glass House cumed just $5.4 million overseas.