The Single Moms Club
|Budget: $20 million (estimated)||Financed by: Lionsgate|
|Domestic Gross: $15,973,881||Domestic Distributor: Lionsgate|
|Overseas Gross: $391,570|
Directed by: Tyler Perry
Produced by: Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club was financed by Lionsgate and though the budget has not been reported, his pictures come in near $20 million. Lionsgate first dated The Single Moms Club for Mother’s Day weekend on May 9, but pushed the movie forward to March 14. At the end of February, Tyler Perry’s first look deal at Lionsgate ended and both parties decided not to renew their pact. Perry had been frustrated that Lionsgate never pushed his films in the international market and any offers from other studios over the years never materialized because of Lionsgate’s option on Perry. Despite the split, the mini-major did retain distribution rights to any future project with the Madea character.
About two weeks after the split, The Single Mom’s Club bowed against Need For Speed and was tracking to open in the high teens. It opened way below expectations with $8,075,111 — placing #5 for the weekend led by holdover Mr. Peabody & Sherman. It marked Tyler Perry’s worst opening and Lionsgate’s stock fell 5.1% on Monday, as this was the first Perry film to open under $10 million and the as of yet released Divergent was receiving mixed to poor reviews and investors were worried. Even with a solid A- cinemascore from auds, The Single Moms Club had terrible legs and sank 61.6% to $3,103,057 in its second frame. It then declined 63.8% in its third session to $1,121,830 and promptly lost most of its theater count. Perry’s 15th film closed its domestic run with an awful $15,973,881. Lionsgate would see returned about $8.7 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not cover their modest P&A expenses or any of the budget.
Since Tyler Perry is a non-entity outside of the US, there’s no international numbers to fall back on and the film saw a release in three small markets to $391,570. The Single Moms Club marks the biggest flop for Perry.