SHOWTIME

Budget: $85 million Financed by: Warner Bros; Village Roadshow
Domestic Gross: $38,082,712 Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros
Overseas Gross: $39,659,020 Director: Tom Dey

showtime 2002 box officeWarner Bros and Village Roadshow financed Showtime for $85 million, with Eddie Murphy getting a $20 million payday and Robert DeNiro getting $17.5 million.  Warner Bros and Village Roadshow pushed back their long delayed debacle The Adventures Of Pluto Nash five months, to keep it away from the much more commercially hopeful Showtime.  The buddy comedy spoof received generally poor reviews and opened with a disappointing $15,011,430 in 2,917 theaters — placing #3 for the weekend, led by Ice Age and Resident Evil.  Showtime did not have strong legs at the box office to break out and fell 45.7% in its second frame to $8,145,446 and 56.6% in its third frame to $3,532,984.  The movie closed with $38,082,712.  Showtime played out equally poorly overseas, pulling in just $39.6 million and posting weak numbers in every market.  The worldwide gross was $77.7 million, leaving Warner Bros and Village Roadshow with about $42.7 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross — leaving part of the P&A costs in the red and the budget all red ink from the theatrical receipts.  Showtime was the first release of three Eddie Murphy box office flops in 2002, which followed with The Adventures Of Pluto Nash and then I Spy.  Robert DeNiro also had a terrible 2002 with City By The Sea and Analyze That tanking after Showtime.