|Budget: $26 million||Financed by: New Line|
|Domestic Gross: $5,463,019||Domestic Distributor: New Line|
|Overseas Gross: $9,358,639|
Directed by: Todd Field
Produced by: Albert Berger
Little Children was financed by New Line for $26 million and was pre-sold to overseas distributors, limiting New Line’s exposure to the budget. New Line dated the pic for a limited release on October 6 and the well reviewed film would be heavily pushed by New Line as a major Oscar contender. Little Children was booked into 5 theaters the same day as their wide release The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and it pulled in $97,953 with a per screen average of $19,590. New Line never expanded it beyond 37 theaters for two months, waiting for award nominations to come in before a nation wide rollout. Little Children picked up 3 Oscar nominations, (Kate Winslet for Best Actress, Jackie Earle Haley for Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay), but New Line never capitalized on it and never expanded the picture beyond 115 theaters. Little Children remained in limited release for a very long 27 weeks, but its domestic gross stalled at $5,463,019. New Line would see back about $2.9 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross.
Overseas, Little Children pulled in only $9.3 million across numerous distributors. Entertainment distributed in the UK and opened the film moderately wide in 203 theaters to a poor $300,346 and it closed its run with only $810,399. Spain posted the strongest numbers with a soft $1,197,068. The film was never released on the new Blu-Ray format and the DVD was released barebones, despite all of the accolades the film received. Domestic home video sales cumed a mere $3.6 million.