|Budget: $25 million||Financed by: Revolution Studios; Sony|
|Domestic Gross: $14,036,406||Domestic Distributor: Sony|
|Overseas Gross: $240,626|
Directed by: Bruce McCulloch
Produced by: Susan Cavan
Joe Roth’s Revolution Studios picked up the project for seven figures after Universal put it into turnaround. Revolution financed Stealing Harvard for an estimated $25 million and had a financing slate deal with Sony, which would contribute 42.5% of the budget and 100% of the marketing costs. The film was shot using a fictitious university, which somehow confused the audience at a test screening and minor reshoots and audio dubbing were set to change the setting to Harvard. Original titles were “Promises, Promises, Promises,” “The Promise,” “Stealing U,” “Uncle,” “Say Uncle” and “Stealing Stanford”. Sony first dated the pic for August 16 and then moved it to October 11 and finally September 13. After seven titles and three release dates, Stealing Harvard opened against the comedy Barbershop and received awful reviews. It placed #5 for the weekend with a poor $6,041,521 in 2,366 theaters. Audiences didn’t find much funny in Stealing Harvard and gave the pic a miserable C cinemascore and it declined 45.3% to $3,303,778 in its second frame. After falling 54.9% in its third frame to $1,488,770 Stealing Harvard quickly flopped out of release with $14,036,406. Sony would see returned about $7.7 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which does not cover much of the P&A spend. Comedies don’t usually travel well offshore and Stealing Harvard was sent straight to video in almost every market and grossed a mere $240,626 across a few territories. Tom Green’s studio days were over after this tanked, which was released a year after his fiasco Freddy Got Fingered. Revolution Studios took a $10 million loss on the film. After a strong quarter of films, in a Sony financial report they cited the ‘disappointing U.S. box office performance of Stuart Little 2, Stealing Harvard and Trapped‘ as eating into their profits.