FUNNY PEOPLE

Budget: $75 million Financed by: Universal; Sony (Columbia); Relativity
Domestic Gross: $51,855,045 Domestic Distributor: Universal
Overseas Gross: $19,730,190 Director: Judd Apatow

funny people box officeFunny People was co-financed by Universal and Columbia, with some capital from Relativity for $75 million.  Universal distributed the film worldwide and Funny People was tracking well going into its US release, with broad 4-quadrant appeal and opening estimates around $30 million to $40 million.  Universal tried to lower expectations, estimating a $25 million opening, but the pic came in below expectations with $22,657,780 — though it did win the weekend box office.  Funny People dropped like a stone second weekend 64.8% to $7,986,435 and continued to post huge declines and ended its run with $51,855,045.  Overseas, the numbers were a grim $19.7 million, with a $5.9 million gross in Australia as the strongest territory.  The worldwide total was $71.5 million, which Universal would see back about $39.3 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, leaving a large part of the worldwide ad spend at a loss and the budget in the red.  Universal Chairman Marc Shmuger and Co-Chairman David Linde signed director Judd Apatow to a three picture deal right before Funny People opened and two months later both Shmuger and Linde would be fired with Funny People as one of the many reasons for their departure — as well as a string of recent Universal flops, including Duplicity, State of Play, Land of the Lost and the out of control budgets for the as of yet to be released The Wolfman and Green Zone.