AGAINST THE ROPES

Budget: $39m Financed by: Paramount; Filmbeteiligungs-Fonds II
Domestic Gross: $5,884,190 Domestic Distributor: Paramount
Overseas Gross: $730,090

against the ropesParamount backed this $39m Meg Ryan vehicle and received some financial assistance from the German tax shelter Filmbeteiligungs-Fonds II.  Against The Ropes was scheduled to open in 2003, but Paramount pushed the film back a year due to the extensive Iraq war coverage on television that would make their marketing efforts difficult to attract attention.  The film finally opened and was dead on arrival with a dismal $3,038,546 and Against The Ropes showed terrible legs, dropping 56.1% the following weekend to $1,333,157 and sank 86.3% in its third weekend to $182,476.  The film closed its poor box office run with $5,884,190.  Paramount released the film overseas through UIP (joint distribution between Paramount and Universal) and dumped the film.  Against The Ropes grossed only $730,090 and was given only a limited release in overseas markets.  The film was essentially the end of designing big budget projects around the once bankable Meg Ryan.