|Budget: $70 million||Financed by: Sony|
|Domestic Gross: $33,561,137||Domestic Distributor: Sony (Columbia)|
|Overseas Gross: $17,171,808|
Directed by: Betty Thomas
Produced by: Mario Kassar
This big screen version of the 1960s television show I Spy, was financed by Sony’s Columbia division for $70 million. I Spy would also mark the brief return of Carolco co-founders Mario Kassar and Andy Vajna who produced the pic, which they set up at Columbia, under their new company C-2 Pictures — after Carolco went bankrupt seven year prior and Kassar recently settled a $45 million tax problem with the IRS. I Spy was the third and final Eddie Murphy vehicle in 2002 and all three were box office disasters, beginning with Showtime and then the long delayed The Adventures Of Pluto Nash. The pic received poor reviews and Columbia opened it in 3,182 theaters against The Santa Clause 2 and it pulled in a disappointing $12,752,803 — placing #3 for the weekend led by Santa and The Ring in its third frame. It fell a modest 30.9% in its second frame to $8,809,800 but it dropped 56.8% in its third weekend to $3,806,001 when Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets sucked the air out of the box office. I Spy closed its domestic run with $33,561,137.
Sony released the film overseas to poor numbers and it topped out with $17.1 million. In a Sony quarter financial report — after a strong year of films like Spider-Man, Mr. Deeds, XXX and Men In Black II, the disappointing theatrical performance of I Spy offset the profit of a successful quarter.