|Budget: $175 million (estimated)||Financed by: Universal; Relativity|
|Domestic Gross: $100,462,298||Domestic Distributor: Universal|
|Overseas Gross: $72,956,483|
Directed by: Tom Shadyac
Produced by: Neal H. Moritz
Originally to be financed between Sony and Universal, Sony pulled out when Evan Almighty was to be budgeted at a costly $140 million and Relativity Media agreed to finance half of the budget. Relativity recently set up a second hedge fund for investors to finance films through Sony and Universal called Gun Hill Road II, which had $700 million in equity and Evan Almighty was one of the first to dip into those funds. Relativity capped their investment at the initial budget when the film was going massively over budget and Universal had to foot the added expense. The reported budget by Universal was $175 million, though most speculation has the budget north of $210 million, turning the film into the most expensive comedy ever made. Universal also spent an estimated $50 million on domestic marketing for the oversized film and Universal’s parent company General Electric contributed an additional $25 million in marketing support for a green initiative. GE set up a Get on Board eco-awareness campaign to show audiences ways to slow down global warming and at the same time letting people know Evan Almighty is opening soon in theaters — and also promoting how responsible the filmmakers were by recycling materials and bike riding on set instead of driving cars. Not included in the GE green initiative was that they are one of the largest corporate producers of air pollution in the United States, releasing millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into the air every year. Director Tom Shadyac had an abusive temper tantrum at a Universal marketing meeting, enraged that the studio was capping the domestic P&A costs at $50 million, when he demanded an $80 million marketing blitz. Universal was also targeting religious groups and churches throughout their marketing push, previewing the pic in 50 cities to spread word of mouth amongst the faithful. Evan Almighty was tracking near a $50 million opening and Universal’s expectations were closer to $40 million, but it came in with a troubling $31,192,615 opening weekend. Any sign of the film reaching profit was killed off when it fell 51.5% in its second weekend to $15,143,945 — when it lost most family auds to Ratatouille. Evan Almighty had enough legs to push the domestic total to $100,462,298 which would only cover the ad spend in the US, after theaters take their percentage of the gross. The overseas gross was a disastrous $72.9 million. After the film bled red ink, Universal canceled the Japan release and it was dumped straight to video, which was the final market left to open. The worldwide total was $173.4 million, leaving Universal with about $95.3 million after theaters take their cut.