Domestic Disturbance

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  • Directed By: Harold Becker
  • Written By: Lewis Colick
  • Release Date: November 2, 2001
  • Domestic Distributor: Paramount
  • Cast: John Travolta, Vince Vaughn, Steve Buscemi

Box Office Info:
Budget: $53 millionFinanced by: Paramount
Domestic Box Office: $45,246,095Overseas Box Office: $9,003,199


Domestic Disturbance was rushed into production, when studios were stockpiling movies because of the possibility of a looming WGA and SAG strike in 2001.  Paramount financed this turkey for $53 million and had 75% exposure to the budget after selling off overseas rights to distributors.  John Travolta was coming off a humiliating 2000, which saw the fiascos Battlefield Earth and Lucky Numbers take a toll on his bankability.  Domestic Disturbance was dated for November 2 and opened against Monsters, Inc. and The One.

The movie received awful reviews and opened within its modest expectations at $14,033,112 — placing #3 for the weekend led by Monsters, Inc.  Domestic Disturbance saw a decent 38.4% second weekend decline to $8,640,422 and continued to post modest weekly drops, but the domestic gross stalled at $45,246,095.  Paramount would see returned about $24.8 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would almost cover P&A expenses, but leave their exposure to the budget in the red.  For the broadcast rights, the studio packaged Domestic Disturbance with three other mid-level performers ‘Rat Race‘, ‘Zoolander‘ and ‘Hardball‘ and sold them to TBS, TNT and the WB for $26 million.

Domestic Disturbance was a total dud overseas and cumed a mere $9 million.

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