Lords Of Dogtown
|Budget: $25 million||Financed by: Sony (TriStar)|
|Domestic Gross: $11,273,517||Domestic Distributor: Sony (TriStar)|
|Overseas Gross: $2,138,440|
Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke
Produced by: David Fincher
Lords Of Dogtown was originally set up at Senator International, which would fully finance and set global distribution, with Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst tapped to direct. That never materialized and Sony acquired the project and began development with David Fincher attached to direct, but budget disagreements led Catherine Hardwicke to take over. Sony revived their TriStar unit and Lords Of Dogtown would be the first production out of the gate, followed by Oliver Twist. TriStar was yet another addition to the Sony owned Screen Gems (mostly modestly budgeted genre fare), Sony Pictures Classics (mostly arthouse pics) and Sony recently acquired MGM and United Artists. The adaptation of the successful documentary Dogtown and Z Boys, was budgeted at $25 million and TriStar booked the pic in 1,865 theaters trying to court male teen auds, while The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants targeted younger females and Cinderella Man would take the adult crowd. The relaunched TriStar was off with a whimper, as it pulled in a weak $5,623,373 — placing #7 for the weekend led by holdover Madagascar. The film collapsed 67.1% in its second weekend to $1,851,630 and promptly lost most of its theater count. Lords Of Dogtown was pulled from release after only four weeks with $11,273,517. Overseas, Sony opened the film wide in the UK in 314 theaters and it posted a disastrous $48,231 with a $154 per screen average, which doesn’t get much worse than that and it was out of cinemas at the end of its first week with $90,721. Sony released Lords of Dogtown in most markets, where it pulled in just $2,138,440. In 2007 Sony moved TriStar topper Valerie Van Galder to run marketing for Sony and the unit was merged back into the Sony fold. It was revived yet again in 2013 as a separate division run by Tom Rothman.