BIG TROUBLE

Big Trouble

Budget: $40 million Financed by: Disney
Domestic Gross: $7,267,307 Domestic Distributor: Disney (Touchstone)
Overseas Gross: $1,226,583
Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring:
Tim Allen
Rene Russo
Produced by: Tom Jacobson

big trouble 2002 box officeDisney financed this Barry Sonnenfeld directed ensemble comedy for $40 million and Big Trouble was scheduled for release September 21, 2001 and $6 million of marketing expenses were already spent, when Disney yanked the pic after the September 11th attacks.  The broad comedy had a terrorist subplot and finally in December, Disney rescheduled Big Trouble for April 2002.  Bad Company was another Disney release removed from the calendar and pushed into 2002 after the attacks.  With a scaled back marketing spend, the delayed Big Trouble was dead on arrival with $3,545,204 in 1,961 theaters — placing #9 for the weekend led by holdover Panic Room and new opener High Crimes.  Audiences gave the movie a poor C+ cinemascore and Big Trouble fell 53.5% in its second frame to $1,647,057 and promptly lost most of its theater count and closed with $7,267,307.  The mouse house would see returned about $3.9 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which just about covers the cost of striking release prints for theaters and leaves the ad spend in the red and the budget at a loss.  Disney did not do much in the way of releasing Big Trouble overseas, where it grossed a mere $1,226,583 in a handful of markets.