The Big Bounce
|Budget: $53 million||Financed by: Shangri-La Entertainment|
|Domestic Gross: $6,489,476||Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros|
|Overseas Gross: $319,074|
Directed by: George Armitage
Produced by: Steve Bing
Steve Bing financed The Big Bounce himself for $53 million, through his Shangri-La Entertainment and received back $13 million in tax credits from Hawaii’s two incentive programs for film productions. Warner Bros signed on as distributor in most territories and The Big Bounce was to be the first of many films set for a distribution agreement between WB and Bing. Only this dud, The Polar Express and the inexpensive Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World and For Your Consideration materialized. Originally The Big Bounce was to be a hard R rated film, but according to director George Armitage, Bing was pressured by Warner Bros to trim the film to a PG-13 and in an interview with Armitage by filmcomment, he left the film in post production after the decision was made to gut the riskier content. Warner Bros originally scheduled the pic for release on September 12, 2003 but pushed it back to January 30, 2004 — where its target demo would be watching the Super Bowl on Sunday. The less prohibitive rating didn’t do much to bolster ticket sales, as The Big Bounce opened to atrocious reviews and grossed a miserable $3,336,374 in 2,304 theaters. It placed outside the top 10 at #13 for the weekend led by You Got Served and the flop The Perfect Score bowed in 5th place. Audiences gave the film a hateful D cinemascore and The Big Bounce declined 61.8% in its second frame to $1,273,483 and lost most of its theater count going into its third weekend of release. The film grossed a terrible $6,489,476 at the US box office. Warner Bros dumped the film straight to video in almost every overseas market and The Big Bounce grossed $238,839 in Australia and $80,235 in the United Arab Emirates for a $319,074 overseas total.