The Other Sister
- Directed By: Garry Marshall
- Written By: Garry Marshall, Bob Brunner
- Release Date: February 26, 1999
- Domestic Distributor: Disney
- Cast: Juliette Lewis, Diane Keaton, Giovanni Ribisi
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $32 million||Financed by: Disney|
|Domestic Gross: $27,807,627||Overseas Gross: $3,365,683|
Director Garry Marshall hit a cold streak with the abominable critical and commercial failures Exit To Eden (1994) and Dear God (1996) and followed those projects with the misguided The Other Sister. The budget for The Other Sister was $32 million and Disney financed and dated the picture for February 26, 1999. The mouse house ran nationwide sneak previews the weekend before its release to drum up word of mouth.
Critics absolutely loathed the movie, citing abject sentimentality and a derivative portrayal of the mentally handicapped, but general audiences gave The Other Sister high marks. This prompted Disney to book the movie only moderately wide into 1,343 theaters and expand the theater count as word of mouth spreads. The mouse house would add about 500 locations the following weekend and if it caught on with auds, around 300 more would be added in its third frame. The Other Sister bowed against 8MM and 200 Cigarettes and pulled in $6,624,445 — placing #3 for the weekend led by 8MM. Disney added 503 locations the following weekend with diminishing returns at $5,731,839 and nixed a further expansion. The domestic run closed with $27,807,627. Disney would see returned about $15.2M after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not cover the P&A expenses or any of the budget.
The recorded overseas numbers were a mere $3.3M and it was dumped straight to video in France and Russia.
Garry Marshall had another film released just 5 months later, the critically reviled, but major box office success Runaway Bride.