A Guy Thing
|Budget: $20 million||Financed by: MGM|
|Domestic Gross: $15,545,431||Domestic Distributor: MGM|
|Overseas Gross: $1,886,732|
Directed by: Chris Koch
Produced by: David Ladd
After a string of expensive disasters like Rollerball, Hart’s War and Windtalkers, troubled MGM financed a slate of lower risk titles and A Guy Thing was backed by the studio for $20 million. MGM originally dated the pic for August 23, 2002 and then pushed it back to September 20 and moved it back again to January 17, 2003. It opened over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday frame, where there was a glut of similar rom-com fare already in the market — Just Married, Two Weeks Notice and Maid in Manhattan. A Guy Thing received awful reviews and pulled in a weak $6,988,749 — placing #7 for the weekend led by the new openers Kangaroo Jack and National Security. A Guy Thing had terrible legs, falling 51.9% the following weekend to $3,363,857 and a steep 61.6% in its third frame to $1,291,326 and left theaters with $15,545,431. MGM would see back about $8.5 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not even cover half of their P&A costs and none of the budget. FOX released A Guy Thing in the UK in 196 theaters to an awful $485,835. FOX also released the film in Germany to $1,105,488 which posted most of its minuscule $1,886,732 overseas total. A Guy Thing was straight to video in most markets.