Eight Crazy Nights

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  • Directed By: Seth Kearsley
  • Written By: Brooks Arthur, Allen Covert, Brad Isaacs, Adam Sandler
  • Release Date: November 27, 2002
  • Domestic Distributor: Sony
  • Cast: Adam Sandler, Jackie Sandler, Austin Stout

Box Office Info:
Budget: $34 million (estimated) Financed by: Sony
Domestic Box Office: $23,586,598 Overseas Box Office: $246,533

Sony financed Adam Sandler’s animated Eight Crazy Nights for an estimated $34 million.  Sandler had been on screen twice already in 2002, first in June with the lousy movie, but box office hit Mr. Deeds and in October he made a fleeting detour into oddball art-house cinema with the acclaimed Punch-Drunk Love.  His production company Happy Madison, which was pumping out shit movies, had bottlenecked their output to where Sony had to sandwich Eight Crazy Nights between Punch-Drunk and their next travesty The Hot Chick which was opening just two weeks later.  This toon was dated for the Thanksgiving holiday frame and it opened in a very saturated market.

Eight Crazy Nights was one of five wide releases that bowed — the animated box office fiasco Treasure Planet, the duds Solaris and Extreme Ops and Wes Craven Presents: They.  Eight Crazy Nights, like most of Sandler’s output, received atrocious reviews and it pulled in a weak $9,434,175 — placing #5 for the weekend led by Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in its third frame.  It fell 48.5% in its second weekend to $4,854,255 and collapsed 63.2% in its third set to $1,785,832 and then promptly lost most of its theater count.  The domestic run closed with $23,586,598.  Sony would see back about $12.9 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, leaving part of the P&A costs in the red and the budget at a loss.

Sony dumped Eight Crazy Nights straight to video in almost every overseas market and it pulled in just $246,533 from the UK, Australia and Spain.

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