|Budget: $15 million (estimated)||Financed by: Walden Media; New Line|
|Domestic Gross: $8,117,637||Domestic Distributor: New Line|
|Overseas Gross: $107,361|
Directed by: Wil Shriner
Produced by: Frank Marshall
Hoot was co-financed by Walden Media and New Line for an estimated $15 million and New Line distributed the kids pic in the US. Hoot opened as counter-programming to Mission: Impossible III and was booked wide in 3,018 theaters and grossed a miserable $3,368,197 and set the record for the worst opening in over 3,000 theaters. The following year Walden Media’s The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising would place #2 on the worst openings in over 3,000 theaters and in 2012 Walden Media’s Won’t Back Down set the record for worst opening in over 2,500 theaters. Hoot declined a modest 31.9% to $2,292,677 in its second weekend, but it could not make up ground after the record breaking opening and its theater count dropped to 818 in its third weekend, pulling in $423,650. The film closed its run with $8,117,637. New Line would see back about $4.4 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not even cover the cost of striking over 3,000 release prints for theaters or any advertising or any of the budget. Hoot was released theatrically in a limited run in Mexico and Spain to all of $107,361 and was dumped straight to video in every other market. Domestic home video sales cumed $11.2 million. New Line had another co-production with Walden, How To Eat Fried Worms, set for release three months later, but after the box office performance of Hoot, New Line wanted to dump it straight to video. Worms was given a more scaled back theatrical release and posted terrible numbers — though it fared better than Hoot.