RUMOR HAS IT

Budget: $70m (estimated) Financed by: Warner Bros; Village Roadshow
Domestic Gross: $43,000,262 Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros
Overseas Gross: $45,933,300

rumor has itRumor Has It was originally budgeted at $40m by backers Warner Bros and Village Roadshow, but the film had a troubled start when screenwriter Ted Griffin was fired after eight days in his first directing job.  Warner Entertainment prexy Alan Horn quickly hired Rob Reiner to replace Geffin and keep the project from folding and the film ended with an estimated budget at $70m.  Rumor Has It opened in the US in a very crowed end of the year Christmas market and Warner Bros had low exceptions for the film at the box office and it came in within those expectations with $7,515,531 in 2,815 theaters.  Rumor Has It saw a second week increase to $11,790,273 and saw a modest 39.1% third weekend decline to $5,702,435 but the film closed its run with $43,000,262 — which is troubling for a film with a $70m price tag and tens of millions more to market.  Warner Bros distributed the film in most overseas territories, where it pulled in mostly weak numbers.  WB saw a soft $4.4m in the UK, an OK $7.3m in Germany and Village Roadshow distributed in Australia to an ok $6.2m.  The overseas total was $45,933,300 bringing the worldwide total to $88.9m, which would leave WB with about $48.8m after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not quite cover the worldwide P&A costs and leave the budget in the red.  Decent domestic home video sales around $36m (less after resellers take their cut and manufacturing costs) would help pad the loss.