Welcome To Mooseport
|Budget: $30 million||Financed by: FOX; Medieastream|
|Domestic Gross: $14,470,947||Domestic Distributor: FOX|
|Overseas Gross: $144,152|
Directed by: Donald Petrie
Produced by: Tom Schulman
Intermedia Films was set to finance Welcome To Mooseport, but ended up only producing the film and FOX financed Mooseport for an estimated $30 million, with some capital from the German tax fund Medieastream. FOX originally dated the pic for February 13, then shifted it to February 29 and finally settled on February 20. FOX held sneak previews at 800 locations on the 15th to help spread word of mouth. Welcome To Mooseport received poor reviews and the film played in 2,868 theaters and opened against Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Eurotrip and the delayed Against The Ropes. It disappointed with a poor $6,775,132 — placing #4 for the weekend led by the holdover comedy 50 First Dates. Audiences gave the film a weak C+ cinemascore and Mooseport fell 51.6% in its second weekend to $3,279,764 and followed that with a 69.4% plunge to $1,003,887 and the film was quickly out of theaters with $14,470,947. FOX would see back about $7.9 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, far less than their P&A expenses and the budget would be all red. For domestic television sales, FOX packaged Catch That Kid, Welcome To Mooseport and From Justin To Kelly together to ABC Family for $2 million, as the films had no demand in the cable marketplace. FOX dumped the film straight to video in almost every overseas market and it received a token theatrical release in Australia, France, Germany, Italy and Spain to all of $144,152. Actor Ray Romano has not had another studio budgeted film packaged around his name after the commercial failure of Welcome To Mooseport and Gene Hackman has not appeared in another film.