Deck The Halls
|Budget: $51 million||Financed by: New Regency|
|Domestic Gross: $35,093,569||Domestic Distributor: FOX|
|Overseas Gross: $12,137,501|
Directed by: John Whitesell
Produced by: Arnon Milchan
Deck The Halls was financed by New Regency for $51 million and FOX distributed worldwide. Deck The Halls opened over the Thanksgiving frame, along with New Regency’s The Fountain (distributed by Warner Bros) though the films were hardly competing for the same audience and it was tracking for a 5 day day opening in the $20 million range. The family pic saw competition from a saturated market, including holdovers Happy Feet, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause and Flushed Away and it came in below estimates with a 5 day cume of $16,916,923 ($12,001,256 weekend). Awful reviews and an unenthusiastic B- cinemascore from audiences did not help Deck The Halls have the strong legs it needed to break out and it declined 44.4% in its second frame to $6,676,139 and slid a modest 40.2% in its third weekend to $3,993,188. It closed its run with $35,093,569. Overseas, the film pulled in just $12.1 million and a weak $3.9 million from the UK was the strongest showing and Fox sent the film straight to video in Germany. The worldwide total was $47.2 million, leaving Fox with about $25.9 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, far below their worldwide P&A spend. Domestic home video sales were a decent enough $29 million (less after resellers take their cut and manufacturing costs).