WILLARD

Budget: $20m Financed by: New Line
Domestic Gross: $6,886,089 Domestic Distributor: New Line
Overseas Gross: $1,660,577

willard 2003Fresh off the success of Final Destination, Glen Morgan and James Wong set up Willard at New Line with an incredible back end deal for the duo.  Director Morgan and producer Wong would defer all their fees on the $20m film, in exchange for splitting the theatrical and home video gross with New Line after the distributor recoups its investment — which New Line estimated would be when the film hits between $60m and $70m worldwide.  The Crispin Glover vehicle, which is a remake of the 1971 film of the same name, received generally positive reviews and New Line opened Willard in 1,761 theaters and it bombed with $4,010,593.  Audiences also gave the film a damning D- cinemascore and New Line saw its attendance drop 65% the following weekend to $1,402,650 and Willard promptly lost most of its theater count.  The film closed with just $6,886,089.  Willard went straight to video in most major overseas markets and pulled in a small $1,660,577 — bringing the worldwide total to $8.5m, miles away from the $60 – $70m the duo needed to take advantage of their rich backend participation deal.