|Budget: $20 million||Financed by: Walden Media; Summit|
|Domestic Gross: $5,210,988||Domestic Distributor: Summit|
|Overseas Gross: $7,014,035|
Directed by: Todd Graff
Produced by: Ron Schmidt
Co-financed between Walden Media and Summit for $20 million, Bandslam would be done in by an atrocious marketing campaign by Summit. Summit co-chairmen Rob Freidman insisted Bandslam be marketed like a derivative High School Musical knockoff, which targeted youngsters and worked against the film. A Summit insider who was appalled by the campaign called it “death by marketing.” The decently reviewed Bandslam opened to some of the worst numbers on record in the US with $2,231,273 in 2,121 theaters — placing outside the top 10 at #13 when District 9 led the weekend. After alienating most audiences from Summit’s misguided ad spend, Bandslam fell 61.5% in its second frame to $858,829 and was yanked out of all but 207 theaters. The pic closed quickly with $5,210,988 which would return about $2.8 million to Summit after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which barely puts a dent in the P&A spend. Bandslam didn’t fare much better overseas, grossing $7 million across numerous distributors, posting poor numbers in every territory, with the highest gross coming in from the UK with $2.5 million. It went straight to video in Germany and Russia and a handful of smaller markets.