Get Rich Or Die Tryin'
|Budget: $40 million||Financed by: Paramount|
|Domestic Gross: $30,985,352||Domestic Distributor: Paramount|
|Overseas Gross: $15,457,176|
Directed by: Jim Sheridan
Produced by: Daniel Lupi
Paramount financed Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ for $40 million, hoping to bring in the same auds which made 8 Mile a success and what was expected to be a prestige project from director Jim Sheridan, turned out to be a critically maligned stinker. The film was greenlit by the previous Paramount administration run by Sherry Lansing, but new Paramount topper Brad Grey strongly backed the project, giving it a prime November 9 release date (emulating the release pattern of 8 Mile, which was released Nov 8), even though the pic wrapped filming in July. Grey had Paramount invest in a huge marketing push — especially across MTV for free exposure, which is owned by Paramount’s parent company Viacom. Paramount opened the film in the US in 1,652 theaters and it came in with a soft $12,020,807 — placing #5 for the weekend led by holdover Chicken Little and new openers Derailed and Zathura. Get Rich or Die Tryin’ fell a steep 63.2% in its second weekend to $4,420,706 and declined 50.9% in its third frame to $2,169,885. The film closed its run with a disappointing $30,985,352. Paramount would see back about $17 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not cover the P&A spend and leave the budget in the red. UIP (joint distribution between Paramount and Universal) released the film overseas and was expecting the film to pull in similar numbers to 8 Mile, which they also released, but Get Rich or Die Tryin’ tanked in every country, pulling in a poor $15,457,176 total and the film was sent straight to video in Italy. In a brief interview with the Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Terence Winter was asked: If you could scrub one credit from your resume, what would it be?
Winter: Get Rich or Die Tryin’, a film that bears absolutely no resemblance to the script I wrote.