|Budget: $20 million||Financed by: New Line|
|Domestic Gross: $6,886,089||Domestic Distributor: New Line|
|Overseas Gross: $1,660,577|
Directed by: Glen Morgan
R. Lee Ermey
Produced by: James Wong
Fresh off the success of Final Destination, Glen Morgan and James Wong set up Willard at New Line with an incredible back end deal for the duo. Director Morgan and producer Wong would defer all their fees on the $20 million film, in exchange for splitting the theatrical and home video gross with New Line after the distributor recoups its investment — which New Line estimated would be when the film hits between $60 million and $70 million worldwide. New Line thought the remake of the 1971 film of the same name, had franchise potential and cut some gore from the oddball film to get a PG-13 rating. The Crispin Glover vehicle received generally positive reviews and was booked into 1,761 theaters and was dead on arrival with $4,010,593. Willard placed #8 for the weekend led by the holdover Bringing Down The House and new openers Agent Cody Banks and The Hunted. Audiences gave the film a hateful D- cinemascore and New Line saw its attendance drop 65% the following weekend to $1,402,650 and Willard promptly lost most of its theater count. The film closed its domestic run with just $6,886,089. New Line would see returned about $3.7 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which leaves most of their P&A expenses in the red and the budget at a loss. Willard went straight to video in most major overseas markets and pulled in a small $1,660,577 from a few offshore territories. The worldwide cume was $8.5 million, miles away from the $60 – $70 million Morgan and Wong needed to take advantage of their rich backend participation deal.