Head Of State
|Budget: $35.2 million||Financed by: DreamWorks|
|Domestic Gross: $38,125,247||Domestic Distributor: DreamWorks|
|Overseas Gross: $495,237|
Directed by: Chris Rock
Produced by: Ali LeRoi
DreamWorks had an awful 2003, which scored one hit — Old School and in a year of reduced output, saw duds like Head Of State, Biker Boyz, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas and Anything Else. Budgeted at $35.2 million, Chris Rock’s first directing gig would be dependent on the domestic market, as few comedies play well overseas, especially a broad political comedy. The pic was dated for March 28, which was a little over a week after the Iraq invasion began and DreamWorks distribution head Jim Tharp was unsure if the war would impact the box office. He was quoted: “There’s not even a contingency plan to move the film at this point. The advertising has already started, and we’re pretty much tied to the date.” Negative reviews did not help, but Head Of State opened #1 over the very slow weekend, pulling in $13,503,484. The flops Basic and The Core also bowed that weekend. Head Of State saw a modest 36.5% decline the following weekend to $8,578,181 but it fell a steep 53.6% in its third frame to $3,982,035. Head Of State closed its box office run with a disappointing $38,125,247. DreamWorks would see returned about $20.9 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not cover the domestic P&A costs and leave the budget in the red. Overseas, Head Of State barely saw a theatrical release grossing $495,237 and going straight to video in most markets.