THE WHOLE TEN YARDS

Budget: $40m Financed by: Franchise Pictures; MHF Zweite Academy Film
Domestic Gross: $16,328,471 Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros
Overseas Gross: $9,827,310

the whole ten yardsThis highly unnecessary sequel to the moderate hit The Whole Nine Yards, which was Franchise Pictures’ biggest hit, was financed for an alleged $40m by the notorious Franchise Pictures (known to artificially inflate their budgets, so their co-financiers end up shouldering most of the production costs) and the German MHF Zweite Academy Film.  As per Franchise Pictures’ distribution pact, Warner Bros distributed in the US and in a few select territories.  The Whole Ten Yards opened in the US in 2,654 theaters to a terrible $6,685,381 and a week after this film was dead on arrival, Franchise Pictures was sued by the German company Intertainment for fraud from their inflated budget scam, which would quickly lead to Franchise’s bankruptcy and closure.  The Whole Ten Yards received a poor C cinemascore from audiences and declined 46.4% the following weekend to $3,585,434 and dropped 59.4% in its third weekend to $1,455,492.  The film quickly bombed out of theaters with just $16,328,471 which after theaters take their percentage of the gross, would not even cover half of Warner Bros P&A spend and leave no cash overages to the troubled Franchise Pictures.  Warner Bros distributed in the UK and dumped the film in 58 theaters to all of $245,332 and also dumped the film in France in 50 theaters to $217,134.  Russia posted the highest overseas number with a mere $1.4m and the overseas total was $9,827,310 across numerous distributors.  Years later, MHF Zweite Academy Film would sue Warner Bros for continuing to collect on revenue from from The Whole Ten Yards and Laws of Attraction after Warner Bros lost the rights to the films after Franchise Pictures collapsed.  Warner Bros was to pay $432,578 to settle and continue to collect revenue and report accounting data on the films, only to not pay and not report the data and lead to another suit.