Texas Rangers

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  • Directed By: Steve Miner
  • Written By: Scott Busby, Martin Copeland
  • Release Date: November 30, 2001
  • Domestic Distributor: Miramax (Dimension)
  • Cast: James Van Der Beek, Rachael Leigh Cook, Ashton Kutcher

Box Office Info:
Budget: $38 million Financed by: Miramax (Dimension)
Domestic Box Office: $623,374 Overseas Box Office: $140,366

Director Steve Miner, who helmed Halloween H20 for Dimension in 1998, boarded this fiasco, which was completed in 1999.  Texas Rangers was financed by Miramax’s genre division Dimension for $38 million.  This teen skewing western was originally dated for an April 2000 wide release, but Dimension delayed it over half a dozen times and Texas Rangers collected dust and interest costs in the Miramax vault for two years.  Another western flop targeting similar auds, American Outlaws, was also being shuffled around the release calendar, so it would be dated far enough away from Texas Rangers.

Texas Rangers was eventually scheduled for the post Thanksgiving frame on November 30, where Dimension dumped it into 402 theaters, with minimal advertising and awareness and the studio did not bother to screen the pic for critics.  Reviews that eventually posted were dreadful.  The film grossed a pitiful $319,516 for the weekend, with a $794 per screen average and placed #20 on the box office charts.  It sank 70.1% in its second frame to $95,396 and was pulled from release after its third week with just $623,374.

Texas Rangers was sent straight to video in almost every overseas market and it saw a fleeting theatrical release in a few countries to all of $140,366.

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