THE STEPFORD WIVES

Budget: $90m Financed by: Paramount; Dreamworks
Domestic Gross: $59,484,742 Domestic Distributor: Paramount
Overseas Gross: $42,516,884

stepford wivesThis disaster of a production was a nightmare shoot that ended with everyone involved, from the actors to the producers, regretting involvement with The Stepford Wives.  On set fighting and egos abound, sending this mess back for numerous reshoots after endless test screenings that posted awful scores.  The budget ballooned to over $90m for backers Paramount and Dreamworks, which breaking even after a costly P&A spend would be almost impossible.  Despite all of the troubles and post production tinkering, a fantastic theatrical trailer was cut and Paramount opened The Stepford Wives in 3,057 theaters to a better than expected $21,406,781 but audiences gave the film a poor C+ cinemascore and the film sank quickly at the box office.  The Stepford Wives saw a 59.1% second weekend decline to $8,762,198 killing its chances at breaking out and it dropped 42.3% the third weekend to $5,056,343 and followed that with a 54.4% drop to $2,306,090.  The film closed its domestic run with $59,484,742 which would have been a respectable enough number if the production didn’t go so over budget.  Paramount distributed the film overseas through UIP (joint distribution between Paramount and Universal) and The Stepford Wives pulled in mediocre numbers, grossing $42,516,884 bringing its worldwide total to $102m.  Paramount and Dreamworks would see back about $56m, which would cover their P&A costs, but barely put a dent in the hefty budget.