Box Office Info:
|Budget: $42 million||Financed by: New Line|
|Domestic Box Office: $24,403,552||Overseas Box Office: $31,956,428|
15 Minutes was filmed back in 1999 as a priority project at the mini-major New Line, which financed this $42 million Robert De Niro and Edward Burns starrer. This boneheaded social commentary on the media and fame seeking psychopaths then collected dust at New Line for two years before it saw a release on March 9, 2001.
15 Minutes landed poor reviews and opened against the cheap teen comedy flop Get Over It. The movie came in #2 with $10,523,154 during a very slow weekend when The Mexican topped the charts in its second frame. 15 Minutes had terrible legs at the box office and collapsed 59.1% the following weekend with $4,300,356 and closed its stateside run with $24,403,552. New Line would see returned about $13.4 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not even cover their P&A expenses.
New Line sold off overseas distribution for 15 Minutes, which would help limit their exposure to the budget. The overseas gross was a soft $31,956,428 across many distributors. Director John Herzfeld helmed two features after 15 Minutes, a Paul Walker action flick Bobby Z, which was dumped straight to video and the low budget Reach Me, which also went without a theatrical release. New Line pocketed $4 million for the TV rights to the USA network.