|Budget: $25 million||Financed by: Miramax|
|Domestic Gross: $5,655,459||Domestic Distributor: Miramax|
|Overseas Gross: $224,096|
Directed by: Marcos Siega
Produced by: Peter Abrams
Miramax backed this $25 million Nick Cannon vehicle and Underclassman wrapped production back in 2003. It was originally going to have a summer 2004 release, but was delayed until January 2005 and then pulled from the calendar, when the Weinsteins and Disney were working out terms about remaining or exiting Miramax. During this period, many of their completed films remained on the shelf, until Bob and Harvey Weinstein agreed to split from Disney and quickly flooded the market with the delayed movies. After Underclassman lost its summer 2004 date and its theatrical future remained in question, director Marcos Siega went off and filmed the low budget Pretty Persuasion. After Underclassman was yanked from its January date, the Weinsteins held buyers screenings, trying to sell the pic off to another studio, but it was passed over and Miramax was left with this ripoff of 21 Jump Street. They finally scheduled Underclassman for a wide release on August 5 and producer Peter Abrams was quoted: “We basically sat on the fence for a year. They were looking for an excuse not to release the movie.” Less than two months before August 5th, Marcos Siega said “I still don’t know when the trailer is going to come out. And I have not received one phone call from Harvey.” Underclassman moved yet again to September 2, where it would finally be released and Pretty Persuasion made it into release first on August 12. Underclassman opened a week after the long delayed Miramax pic The Brothers Grimm bowed and it received miserable reviews. It was booked in 1,132 theaters and pulled in an awful $2,525,364 — placing #11 for the weekend led by Transporter 2. The long delayed and troubled Franchise/Warner Bros pic A Sound Of Thunder was also unloaded into multiplexes that weekend. Underclassman declined 50.8% in its second weekend to $1,243,374. The film fell 59% in its third weekend to $509,417 and quickly left theaters with $5,655,459. Miramax would see back about $3 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross. Underclassman saw a brief theatrical release in Egypt, Russia, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates to all of $224,096 and went straight to video in the few markets where it found a release. This would be the last Nick Cannon vehicle to get a major release.