The Weather Man
|Budget: $22 million||Financed by: Paramount|
|Domestic Gross: $12,482,775||Domestic Distributor: Paramount|
|Overseas Gross: $6,556,995|
Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Produced by: Steve Tisch
The Weather Man was financed by Paramount for $22 million and Paramount picked up worldwide rights after Sony dropped the film in early development. The film was ready for release in late 2004, but was pushed back to avoid conflict with the Nicolas Cage starrer National Treasure and was moved to April 2005. Paramount then pushed The Weather Man back until October 28 for an awards season release, which would be less than two months after the Nic Cage vehicle Lord Of War opened. The film received mixed reviews and had little buzz and opened in 1,510 theaters to a poor $4,248,465 — placing #6 for the weekend led by new openers Saw II, The Legend of Zorro and Prime. Audiences that showed up gave The Weather Man a hateful D+ cinemascore, but it saw a modest 32.4% second weekend decline to $2,870,706, but could not make up ground after the terrible opening numbers and the film closed with only $12,482,775. Paramount would see returned about $6.8 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, far below their P&A costs and it would not cover any of the budget. The Weather Man was released overseas mostly by UIP (joint distribution between Paramount and Universal) and was dumped in most territories with a small release, where it grossed a total of $6,556,995. Domestic home video sales were $16.7 million (less after resellers take their cut and manufacturing costs).