WANDERLUST

Wanderlust

Budget: $30 million Financed by: Universal; Relativity
Domestic Gross: $17,450,535 Domestic Distributor: Universal
Overseas Gross: $6,871,779
Directed by: David Wain
Starring:
Paul Rudd
Jennifer Aniston
Produced by: Judd Apatow

wanderlust box officeUniversal financed the $30 million comedy, with some capital from Relativity.  A month before it was set to open, Universal pushed Wanderlust’s October 2011 release date back to February 24, 2012 and it opened against Relativity’s Act Of Valor.  Wanderlust was tracking very poorly up to its release and opened below its low expectations with a terrible $6,526,650 — placing #8 for the weekend led by Act Of Valor and just ahead of the box office flop Gone.  The film fell 41.1% in its second frame to $3,843,840 and it fell in its third weekend 57% to $1,653,645 and closed its run with only $17,450,535.  Universal would see about $9.5 million after theaters take their cut of the gross, leaving a sizable portion of the P&A spend in the red and the budget at a loss.  Comedies usually have difficulty finding an overseas audience and Wanderlust was no different pulling in only $6.8 million across a handful of territories.  Universal opened Wanderlust wide in the UK in 371 theaters to a poor $782,838 and it sank 61.9% in its second weekend to $297,955 and was pulled out of release after its third week with only $1,744,462 – which posted the strongest overseas number.  Apatow Productions saw a disappointing 2012 with Wanderlust, The Five-Year Engagement and This is 40.