Mickey Blue Eyes

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  • Directed By: Kelly Makin
  • Written By: Adam Scheinman, Robert Kuhn
  • Release Date: August 20, 1999
  • Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros
  • Cast: Hugh Grant, James Caan, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Box Office Info:
Budget: $36 million Financed by: Castle Rock; Warner Bros; Polygram
Domestic Box Office: $33,864,342 Overseas Box Office: $20,400,000

The budget for Mickey Blue Eyes was $36 million and financed by Castle Rock, Warner Bros and Polygram.   WB handled domestic distribution and most overseas markets went out through Universal Pictures Intl.  Mickey Blue Eyes was the last major release to go out through UPI, as Universal decided to use United Intl. Pictures (UIP) for future overseas releases, which was joint distribution from Universal and Paramount.  This lazy mob sitcom was dated for the slow end of summer graveyard on August 20, 1999 and came just five months after another mob comedy Analyze This.

Mickey Blue Eyes bowed against other studio throwaway fare Universal Soldier: The Return and Teaching Mrs. Tingle.  It opened within its muted expectations at $10,178,289 — placing #3 for the weekend led by the holdover The Sixth Sense.  Mickey Blue Eyes declined 46.7% to $5,426,630 the following weekend, killing its chances at breaking out.  The domestic run closed with $33,864,342.

The film saw $20.4M in overseas receipts.  The worldwide gross was $54.2M and about $29.8M would be returned after theaters take their percentage of the gross — far below the global P&A expenses and the budget would be in the red.

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