|Budget: $22 million||Financed by: Sony; Village Roadshow|
|Domestic Gross: $19,402,030||Domestic Distributor: Sony|
|Overseas Gross: $6,684,676||
Directed by: Dennis Dugan
Produced by: Neal H. Moritz
Saving Silverman was financed by Sony and Village Roadshow for $22 million. After Jason Biggs’ two studio vehicles following American Pie (1999) — Boys and Girls (2000) and Loser (2000) both did poor box office, Saving Silverman was the last studio movie designed around him. This throwaway teen comedy was trimmed from a R rating to a PG-13 and was dumped as counter-programming to Hannibal on February 9. To drum up interest on this stinker, Sony held sneak previews at 621 locations the week before its release and there was a soft 50% capacity for the sneaks.
Reviews were as lousy as they come and Sony was expecting a modest $8 – $10 million opening. Saving Silverman was booked into 2,467 theaters and came in just under expectations with $7,411,852 — placing #3 for the frame led by Hannibal. Audiences gave the comedy a poor C+ cinemascore, but it held on in its second weekend, declining 35.1% to $4,812,228 but it sank 57% in its third weekend to $2,048,719. Saving Silverman closed its domestic run with $19,402,030. Sony would see returned about $10.6 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not cover their P&A expenses or any of the budget.
Sony dumped the pic overseas, where it cumed just $6.6 million. Once ancillary sales are factored in, Saving Silverman was probably a wash for Sony.