School For Scoundrels

Budget: $35 million Financed by: The Weinstein Company
Domestic Gross: $17,807,569 Domestic Distributor: The Weinstein Company/MGM (Dimension)
Overseas Gross: $6,140,116
Directed by: Todd Phillips
Billy Bob Thornton
Jon Heder
Produced by: Craig Mazin

school for scoundrels box officeSchool For Scoundrels was financed by The Weinstein Company through their Dimension label and the budget was estimated at $35 million.  The Weinstein Company sold off overseas distribution for the remake of the 1960 British comedy, which would help limit their exposure to the budget.  After a strong prints and advertising spend in the US and extensive nationwide sneak previews to spread word of mouth, School For Scoundrels was booked wide in 3,004 theaters and it came in far below expectations with $8,602,333.  It placed #4 for the weekend behind the new openers Open Season and The Guardian.  The film had terrible legs and declined 60.1% in its second weekend to $3,433,587 and dropped 62.1% in its third weekend to $1,301,346 and closed its run with a weak $17,807,569.  The Weinstein Company would see back about $9.8 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, far below their P&A spend.  Paramount released the film in the UK moderately wide in 262 theaters to a poor $1,411,719 which posted the strongest overseas numbers.  The overseas total was $6.1 million across numerous distributors and it was dumped straight to video in Australia and Italy.  It pulled in an ok $20.7 million in domestic home video sales (less after resellers take their cut and manufacturing costs).