Against The Ropes
|Budget: $39 million||Financed by: Paramount; Filmbeteiligungs-Fonds II|
|Domestic Gross: $5,884,190||Domestic Distributor: Paramount|
|Overseas Gross: $730,090|
Directed by: Charles S. Dutton
Produced by: David Madden
Against The Ropes was financed by Paramount for $39 million and this Meg Ryan vehicle received some financial assistance from the German tax shelter Filmbeteiligungs-Fonds II. The now illegal tax shelter scheme had wealthy investors save on taxes by declaring a loss on a minimum $15,000 investment. By the end of 2002, lots of greedy individuals contributed to the fund, which amassed $92.4 million and would also go toward Paramount’s The Perfect Score. Against The Ropes was scheduled to open in April 2003, but in late March Paramount pushed the film back a year due to the extensive Iraq war coverage on television that would make their marketing efforts difficult to attract attention. The film finally opened February 20, 2004 against Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Eurotrip and Welcome to Mooseport. Against The Ropes received poor reviews and was dead on arrival with a dismal $3,038,546 — placing #8 for the weekend led by holdover 50 First Dates and it fared the worst of the new releases. The pic showed terrible legs, dropping 56.1% the following weekend to $1,333,157 and promptly lost half of its theater count. Against The Ropes closed its poor box office run with $5,884,190. Paramount released the film overseas through UIP (joint distribution between Paramount and Universal) and dumped the film. Against The Ropes grossed only $730,090 and was given only a limited release in most markets. The worldwide cume was $6.6 million and Paramount would see back about $3.6 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which barely puts a dent in their P&A spend and leaves the budget in the red. This was essentially the end of designing big budget projects around the once bankable Meg Ryan.