- Directed By: Tom Dey
- Written By: Keith Sharon & Alfred Gough & Miles Millar
- Release Date: March 15, 2002
- Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros
- Cast: Robert De Niro, Eddie Murphy, Rene Russo
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $85 million||Financed by: Warner Bros; Village Roadshow|
|Domestic Gross: $38,082,712||Overseas Gross: $39,659,020|
Showtime was pitched to Warner Bros by Keith Sharon in July 1998 and the studio paid $75,000 for it. WB and Village Roadshow financed Showtime equally for $85 million, with Eddie Murphy landing a $20 million payday and Robert De Niro getting $17.5 million for this formulaic junk. Warner Bros and Village Roadshow pushed back their long delayed Eddie Murphy debacle The Adventures Of Pluto Nash another five months, to keep it away from the much more commercially hopeful Showtime. Showtime was the first release of three Eddie Murphy box office flops in 2002, which followed with The Adventures Of Pluto Nash and then I Spy. Robert De Niro also had a terrible 2002 with City By The Sea and Analyze That tanking after Showtime.
WB originally dated the pic for July 19, but moved it forward to March 29 and then March 15, where it opened against Ice Age and Resident Evil. The buddy comedy spoof received generally poor reviews and opened with a disappointing $15,011,430 in 2,917 theaters — placing #3 for the weekend, led by Ice Age. Showtime did not have strong legs at the box office to break out and fell 45.7% in its second frame to $8,145,446 and sank 56.6% in its third frame to $3,532,984. The domestic run closed with $38,082,712.
It played out equally poorly overseas, pulling in just $39.6 million. The worldwide gross was $77.7 million, returning about $42.7 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross — leaving a large part of the P&A costs in the red and the budget all red ink from the theatrical receipts.