The Whole Ten Yards
|Budget: $40 million||Financed by: Franchise Pictures; MHF Zweite Academy Film|
|Domestic Gross: $16,328,471||Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros|
|Overseas Gross: $9,827,310|
Directed by: Howard Deutch
Produced by: Elie Samaha
This highly unnecessary sequel to the moderate hit The Whole Nine Yards, which was Franchise Pictures’ only success, was financed for an alleged $40 million by the notorious Franchise Pictures (known to artificially inflate their budgets, so their co-financiers end up shouldering most of the production costs) and the German MHF Zweite Academy Film. As per Franchise Pictures’ distribution pact, Warner Bros distributed in the US and in a few select territories. The sequel was originally scheduled for release on October 17, 2003 but was sent back for reshoots and delayed until April 9, 2004. The Whole Ten Yards opened in the US in 2,654 theaters to a terrible $6,685,381 — placing #8 for the weekend led by holdovers The Passion Of The Christ and Hellboy and opened against the flops Johnson Family Vacation, The Alamo, Ella Enchanted and The Girl Next Door. A week after this film was dead on arrival, Franchise Pictures went to trial after being sued by the German company Intertainment for fraud from their inflated budget scam. In June, Franchise was found responsible for defrauding Intertainment and ordered to pay $77 million — which would quickly lead to Franchise’s bankruptcy and closure. Audiences did not like the The Whole Ten Yards any more than critics and it received a poor C cinemascore and declined 46.4% the following weekend to $3,585,434 and dropped 59.4% in its third weekend to $1,455,492. The film quickly flopped out of theaters with just $16,328,471. About $8.9 million would be returned after theaters take their percentage of the gross, far less than the P&A spend and the budget would be all red. Warner Bros distributed in the UK and dumped the film in 58 theaters to all of $245,332 and also dumped the film in France in 50 theaters to $217,134. Russia posted the highest overseas number with a mere $1.4 million and the overseas cume was $9,827,310 across numerous distributors. In 2012, MHF Zweite Academy Film would sue Warner Bros for continuing to collect on revenue from from The Whole Ten Yards, Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Sever and The In-Laws, after Warner Bros lost the rights to the films after Franchise Pictures collapsed. Warner Bros was to pay $432,578 to settle and continue to collect revenue and report accounting data on the films, only to not pay and not report the data and lead to another suit in 2015 also regarding the lost rights of the rom-com Laws Of Attraction.