Raise Your Voice
|Budget: $14 million||Financed by: FilmEngine; New Line|
|Domestic Gross: $10,411,980||Domestic Distributor: New Line|
|Overseas Gross: $4,455,534|
Directed by: Sean McNamara
Produced by: David Brookwell
Raise Your Voice was co-financed by FilmEngine for $14 million with New Line and New Line distributed in the US. Just before the theatrical release, director Sean McNamara and his producing partner David Brookwell were securing financing for numerous features, but after the dismal box office run of Raise Your Voice, he directed numerous direct to video sequels and TV movies. New Line opened the Hilary Duff vehicle in 2,521 theaters, trying to court younger females, where Friday Night Lights would pull in the male crowd and Taxi also bowed that weekend. Raise Your Voice pulled in a weak $4,022,693 — placing #6 for the weekend led by the holdover Shark Tale. It declined a modest 31.4% in its second weekend to $2,757,809 but it collapsed 59.2% in its third weekend to $1,126,003. Raise Your Voice closed with only $10,411,980. New Line would see back about $5.7 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would leave much of the P&A costs and the budget in the red.
Kathy Morgan Intl. sold the film to overseas distributors, who mostly dumped Raise Your Voice straight to video. The film grossed $2.5 million in Australia, which posted the majority of its poor $4,455,534 overseas total.