That's My Boy
|Budget: $70 million||Financed by: Sony; Relativity|
|Domestic Gross: $36,931,089||Domestic Distributor: Sony|
|Overseas Gross: $21,127,278||
Directed by: Sean Anders
Produced by: Jack Giarraputo
Sony bankrolled this $70 million Adam Sandler vehicle with Relativity, who ended up being sued by the Aramid Entertainment Fund after it claimed fraud against Relativity. Aramid was an investor in Relativity which had a slate of films it was co-financing with Sony and Relativity shut the fund down early, so apparently they and another fund, Fortress Investment would benefit at the expense of Aramid. After Aramid was swindled out of $44 million, they went bankrupt paying legal fees during litigation. Shady financing shenanigans aside, the Sony film fund was not helped by this box office dud. Sony opened That’s My Boy in the US in 3,030 theaters to a poor $13,453,714 placing #4 for the weekend, right behind the flop Rock Of Ages. The film declined 43.3% the following weekend to $7,630,411 and sank 70.6% in its third frame to $2,240,411 when the comedy hit Ted opened. That’s My Boy closed its run with just $36,931,089. Sony released That’s My Boy overseas to an even worse $21,127,278. After theater’s percentage of the gross, Sony would see back about $31.7 million from the worldwide gross, leaving much of the P&A costs in the red and the theatrical gross wouldn’t touch the budget. Home video sales were equally poor with $7.2 million (less after resellers take their cut and manufacturing costs) after it fell off the weekly top chart and wasn’t reported.