Biker Boyz

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    • Directed By: Reggie Rock Bythewood
    • Written By: Craig Fernandez, Reggie Rock Bythewood
    • Release Date: January 31, 2003
    • Domestic Distributor: DreamWorks
    • Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Derek Luke, Orlando Jones, Kid Rock

Box Office Info:
Budget: $24 million Financed by: DreamWorks
Domestic Gross: $22,076,772 Overseas Gross: $1,433,829

Fox 2000 optioned the rights to the Biker Boyz article in the New Times Los Angeles in 2000 but the project never materialized and DreamWorks then picked up the rights when it went into turnaround.  After DreamWorks suffered heavy losses from expensive box office disasters like Almost Famous, The Legend Of Bagger Vance, Evolution and The Last Castle, the mini-major’s 2003 slate was a transitional year.  The studio released only six features, all of which were modestly budgeted, but only Old School hit it big at the box office.  The cheeseball Fast and the Furious knockoff Biker Boyz was their first release of the year, which DreamWorks financed for $24 million.

DreamWorks dated Biker Boyz for January 31, 2003 and once the release date was set, Warner Bros opted to move their Fast and the Furious knockoff Torque from March to January 2004.  Biker Boyz was booked into 1,766 theaters and bowed against The Recruit and Final Destination 2.  Reviews were awful (what were you expecting from a movie co-starring Kid Rock) and it opened within its low expectations at $10,106,992 — placing #3 for the weekend led by The Recruit.  It sank 58.1% in its second weekend to $4,233,485 and Biker Boyz flopped out of release with $22,076,772.  DreamWorks would see returned about $12.1 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not cover the P&A costs and leave the budget in the red.

UIP (joint distribution between Universal and Paramount) released Biker Boyz in a few markets overseas, where it was mostly dumped.  The film opened in 139 theaters in the UK and barely made a blip with a total of $220,408.  The overseas cume was a small $1,433,829.

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