EUROTRIP

Eurotrip

Budget: $25 million Financed by: DreamWorks
Domestic Gross: $17,771,387 Domestic Distributor: DreamWorks
Overseas Gross: $3,025,460
Directed by: Jeff Schaffer
Starring:
Michelle Trachtenberg
Produced by: Ivan Reitman

eurotrip box officeScreenwriters and first time directors Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer sold their script, originally titled The Ugly Americans to the Ivan Reitman run Montecito Pictures for $3 million, which is based at DreamWorks.  DreamWorks financed Eurotrip for $25 million and opened it against Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Welcome to Mooseport and the delayed Against The Ropes.  After a heavy marketing push that was tracking well, the film came in far below expectations with a crummy $6,711,384 in 2,512 theaters.  It placed #5 for the weekend led by the holdover 50 First Dates.  Eurotrip declined a modest 39.6% the following weekend to $4,051,428 but dropped a steep 60% the third weekend to $1,620,668.  It closed its run with a poor $17,771,387.  DreamWorks would see back about $9.7 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would leave much of the P&A costs in the red and the budget untouched.  Old School director Todd Phillips became incensed that DreamWorks used “From the Producers of Old School” on the marketing material, despite having nothing to do with Eurotrip and he refused to direct the sequel to Old School which DreamWorks was pushing on him.  UIP (joint distribution between Universal and Paramount) released Eurotrip overseas in a small rollout, where it grossed only $3,025,460 and went straight to video in France.