|Budget: $85 million||Financed by: Warner Bros; Village Roadshow|
|Domestic Gross: $38,082,712||Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros|
|Overseas Gross: $39,659,020|
Directed by: Tom Dey
Robert De Niro
Produced by: James Lassiter
Warner Bros and Village Roadshow financed Showtime for $85 million, with Eddie Murphy getting a $20 million payday and Robert DeNiro getting $17.5 million. Warner Bros and Village Roadshow pushed back their long delayed debacle The Adventures Of Pluto Nash five months, to keep it away from the much more commercially hopeful Showtime. WB originally dated the pic for July 19, but moved it forward to March 29 and then March 15, where it opened against Ice Age and Resident Evil. The buddy comedy spoof received generally poor reviews and opened with a disappointing $15,011,430 in 2,917 theaters — placing #3 for the weekend, led by Ice Age. Showtime did not have strong legs at the box office to break out and fell 45.7% in its second frame to $8,145,446 and 56.6% in its third frame to $3,532,984. The movie closed with $38,082,712. It played out equally poorly overseas, pulling in just $39.6 million. The worldwide gross was $77.7 million, returning about $42.7 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross — leaving part of the P&A costs in the red and the budget all red ink from the theatrical receipts. Showtime was the first release of three Eddie Murphy box office flops in 2002, which followed with The Adventures Of Pluto Nash and then I Spy. Robert De Niro also had a terrible 2002 with City By The Sea and Analyze That tanking after Showtime.