A Dirty Shame

Budget: $15 million Financed by: Killer Films; This Is That Productions; City Lights Productions
Domestic Gross: $1,339,668 Domestic Distributor: New Line (Fine Line)
Overseas Gross: $574,498
Directed by: John Waters
Johnny Knoxville
Tracey Ullman
Produced by: John Wells

a dirty shame box officeA Dirty Shame was financed for $15 million by Killer Films, This Is That Productions and City Lights Pictures and New Line picked up the film for US distribution and released it through their Fine Line label.  New Line also handled international distribution through their output deals with numerous overseas distributors.  After being slapped with a prohibitive NC-17 by the MPAA, Fine Line opened A Dirty Shame in 1 theater in Baltimore, which is John Waters’ home turf and it pulled in a strong $29,384.  A Dirty Shame expanded to 133 locations the following weekend to a soft $448,914 with a $3,375 per screen average.  The film declined 38.9% the following weekend to $274,235 and never expanded beyond 133 theaters.  A Dirty Shame ended its run with just $1,339,668.  Overseas, the film saw a theatrical release in just a handful of countries and was sent straight to video in most markets.  A Dirty Shame opened in France through Metropolitan in 260 theaters to a disastrous $137,076 with a $527 per screen average and lasted two weeks in release with $182,172 and Spain posted the highest gross with just $221,474.  The overseas total was a mere $574,498 and director John Waters has attributed the poor box office run of this film as the reason none of his other projects have been financed.