The Girl Next Door
|Budget: $21 million||Financed by: New Regency|
|Domestic Gross: $14,589,444||Domestic Distributor: FOX|
|Overseas Gross: $15,821,739|
Directed by: Luke Greenfield
Produced by: Charles Gordon
New Regency fully financed The Girl Next Door for $21 million and Fox distributed the film in most territories. The Girl Next Door was a long in development project at New Regency and after executive Peter Cramer saw a short film by director Luke Greenfield, he offered him Freddy Got Fingered. Wisely, Greenfield passed on that monstrosity, but quickly took a directing gig on the idiotic Rob Schneider vehicle The Animal. After a miserable experience helming that garbage and much interference from the studio, Greenfield was offered The Girl Next Door by Peter Cramer. Production went smooth, but numerous executives were nervous of some of the pic’s darker elements, but little changes were made after it tested well with preview audiences.
Regency had high hopes that the sex comedy would be a major hit and Fox invested heavily in the US marketing campaign. The Girl Next Door opened over the Easter weekend against a slew of flops — The Alamo, The Whole Ten Yards, Ella Enchanted and Johnson Family Vacation. The Girl Next Door opened way below expectations with a terrible $6,003,806 in 2,148 theaters — placing #10 for the weekend and faring the worst of the new openers. Audiences were more kind than critics and gave the pic a solid B+ cinemascore, but it sank 54.1% the following weekend to $2,757,145. After a steep 59.7% third weekend decline to $1,109,813 the film lost most of its theater count and flopped out of theaters with $14,589,444.
Overseas, The Girl Next Door pulled in weak numbers in every market, where it grossed $753,011 in Australia, $3 million in the UK and a soft $3.4 million from Spain was the strongest performance. The overseas total was $15,821,739 — bringing the worldwide total to $30.4 million, leaving Fox with about $16.7 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross — far less than their P&A spend and leaving the budget at a loss for New Regency.