|Budget: $35 million||Financed by: Miramax|
|Domestic Gross: $25,268,157||Domestic Distributor: Miramax|
|Overseas Gross: $10,830,225|
Directed by: Kevin Smith
Produced by: Scott Mosier
Jersey Girl was financed for $35 million by Miramax, which would be director Kevin Smith’s largest budget and the bad press began way before a frame of the film was even seen, since stars Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez were coming off the fiasco Gigli. Once the couple’s onscreen presence together was considered toxic, Lopez was removed from all marketing material. Jersey Girl was originally scheduled to open November 7, 2003 but Miramax pushed it to March 19, 2004 to keep it away from The Matrix Revolutions, which was opening that weekend. The release delay also added some much needed distance from Gigli. One month before it was to open, Miramax pushed it back one week to March 26. Jersey Girl was booked into 1,520 theaters, with Miramax planning to add locations over the following two weeks, so word of mouth could spread and keep the pic alive in the marketplace. Jersey Girl bowed against Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, The Ladykillers and the modest wide release of Never Die Alone. It pulled in $8,319,171 — placing #5 for the weekend led by Scooby-Doo 2. Miramax added 301 locations in its second weekend, but it declined 38.4% to $5,124,554 and never expanded further. Jersey Girl dropped 42.3% to $2,954,504 in frame three and closed its US run with $25,268,157. Miramax would see returned about $13.8 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not cover the P&A costs and leave the budget in the red.
The film was a non-performer overseas, pulling in poor numbers in almost every market. Disney released Jersey Girl in the UK through their Buena Vista International label to a terrible $987,460 in 279 theaters. Spain posted the highest gross for Disney with just $1.7 million and the overseas total was $10,830,225. In October, Affleck’s career hit rock bottom with Surviving Christmas.