|Budget: $75.6 million||Financed by: Revolution Studios; Sony|
|Domestic Gross: $6,087,542||Domestic Distributor: Sony|
|Overseas Gross: $1,178,667|
Directed by: Martin Brest
Produced by: Casey Silver
Gigli was financed by Revolution Studios, who had a financing slate deal with Sony, which would contribute 42.5% of the budget and 100% of the marketing costs. The budget was reported at $54 million at the time of release and when Revolution Studios went bust and its library was up for sale, the actual cost was listed as $75.6 million. After Gigli tested very poorly, there were heated debates between director Martin Brest and Revolution head Joe Roth, who demanded the film be recut and scenes reshot, but Brest had final cut. He eventually relented and there were some reshoots and re-editing. Roth never awarded final cut privilege to directors after his experience on Gigli. Toxic buzz trailed the film into release and critics crowned the pic as one of the worst of all time. Sony booked it into 2,215 empty theaters, where it opened against American Wedding and was dead on arrival with $3,753,518. It placed #8 for the weekend. Audiences slapped Gigli with a hateful D- cinemascore and at the time of release, Gigli set the record for the biggest second weekend decline at 81.9% to $678,640. The film was pulled from all but 73 theaters and dropped 97.2% in its third weekend to $18,702 and was promptly yanked out of release with an embarrassing $6,087,542.
Sony dumped Gigli straight to video in almost every market overseas and in its brief theatrical run, pulled in an anemic $1,178,667. Veteran director Martin Brest torpedoed his career with this fiasco and hasn’t worked since. Joe Roth said the 2003 failures of Gigli, Hollywood Homicide and Tears of the Sun was “humiliating.” More expensive flops continued in 2003 for Revolution with The Missing and Peter Pan. When Gigli aired on the Starz network months later, their promos posted review quotes saying how awful the movie was and Starz Encore’s publicity head Steve Belgard said: “If we promoted it like a good film, our credibility would be shot.” Ben Affleck’s career was derailed after back to back releases of Gigli, Paycheck, Jersey Girl and Surviving Christmas. He took a short Hollywood leave and reemerged a few years later with better quality control at choosing projects.