Marci X

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  • Directed By: Richard Benjamin
  • Written By: Paul Rudnick
  • Release Date: August 22, 2003
  • Domestic Distributor: Paramount
  • Cast: Lisa Kudrow, Damon Wayans, Richard Benjamin

Box Office Info:
Budget: $20 millionFinanced by: Paramount; Munich Film Partners New Century
Domestic Box Office: $1,648,818Overseas Box Office: $26,888


The budget for Marci X was $20 million and Paramount financed and received some coin from the German tax shelter fund Munich Film Partners New Century.   The fund contributed to another Paramount dud Abandon.  Marci X completed production in 2001 and this turkey sat on the shelf until Paramount dated it for January 31, 2003 and then pushed it back to the end of summer dumping ground on August 22, 2003.

Paramount gave this stinker a token theatrical release with the bare minimum of effort.  Marci X was booked moderately wide into 1,200 theaters, with blink and you miss it advertising and was not screened for critics.  Reviews that eventually posted were miserable.  It opened against The Medallion and My Boss’s Daughter. 

Marci X pulled in $872,950 with an atrocious $727 per screen average —  placing #17 for the slow weekend led by the holdover Freddy Vs. Jason.  The Lisa Kudrow/Damon Wayans vehicle, produced by heavy weight Scott Rudin, received a hateful D+ cinemascore from audiences and sank 76.2% in its second frame to $207,763 and promptly lost most of its theater count.  It was out of theaters after 4 weeks with only $1,648,818.

Overseas, Marci X saw a brief theatrical release in a few theaters throughout South Africa, where it pulled in all of $26,888 and the picture was sent straight to video in every market.  Marci X ended Lisa Kudrow’s brief studio leading lady career.

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