|Budget: $29 million||Financed by: Mandalay Pictures; KC Medien|
|Domestic Gross: $16,930,185||Domestic Distributor: Paramount|
|Overseas Gross: $3,215,965|
Directed by: Reginald Hudlin
Produced by: Dan Halsted
Mandalay Pictures financed Serving Sara for $29 million and received some coin from the German tax shelter fund KC Medien. KC was Mandalay’s biggest financial backer since the German tax shelter laws were becoming more strict and Mandalay had lost access to most of its German funds. Summit sold off overseas distribution. Mandalay was based at Paramount since 1998 and the two companies did not re-up their contract just before the release of Serving Sara and Paramount handled the domestic distribution for the film and also Mandalay’s 2003 flop Beyond Borders before splitting. Serving Sara was savaged by critics and opened at the end of summer dumping ground on August 23, against Simone and Undisputed. It was tracking for a mid-teens weekend, but tanked with $5,758,236 — placing #6 for the slow frame led by Signs in its 4th weekend. Audiences gave the film a terrible C+ cinemascore and the following weekend the pic declined 40.6% to $3,421,951 and fell 49.2% to $1,737,089 in frame three. It closed with just $16,930,185. Paramount would see back about $9.2 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, leaving much of their P&A expenses in the red.
Serving Sara was dumped straight to video in most overseas markets by the many distributors who picked up the film and it cumed just $3,215,965 from a small theatrical rollout. Paramount made a two picture deal with Matthew Perry before the release of Serving Sara, which never materialized after it bombed. Lionsgate owned 45% of Mandalay since 1997 and ended its stake in the company less than three months after Serving Sara tanked.