Connie And Carla
- Directed By: Michael Lembeck
- Written By: Nia Vardalos
- Release Date: April 16, 2004
- Domestic Distributor: Universal
- Cast: Nia Vardalos, Toni Collette, David Duchovny
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $27 million||Financed by: Spyglass Entertainment|
|Domestic Gross: $8,085,771||Overseas Gross: $3,255,245|
As the surprise smash My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) was about to cross $100M at the domestic box office after 5 months in theaters, Nia Vardalos landed a seven figure payday from Spyglass Entertainment in September 2002, to script and star in Connie And Carla as her follow-up feature. Spyglass Entertainment fully financed Connie And Carla for $27 million and Universal handled domestic distribution. As things were shaping up for Vardalos to become the next big multi-hyphenate industry player, her two projects after Greek Wedding‘s massive success extinguished any heat around her — first was the terrible sitcom spin off My Big Fat Greek Life (canceled after 7 episodes) and then Connie And Carla died at the box office. She would not topline another movie until two non-performers in 2009 My Life in Ruins and I Hate Valentine’s Day.
Universal dated Connie And Carla for April 16, 2004 as counter-programming to Kill Bill Vol. 2 and The Punisher. Reviews were mixed to poor and there was little buzz for the picture and Universal dumped it into just 1,014 theaters. Connie And Carla pulled in a poor $3,254,940 — placing #13 for the weekend led by Kill Bill Vol. 2, which also over indexed with older female auds and certainly siphoned what little audience there was for this comedy. Connie And Carla declined 50% the following weekend to $1,625,875 and sank 61.1% in its third frame to $631,750 and promptly lost most of its theater count. The domestic run closed with just $8,085,771. Universal would see back about $4.4 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not cover much of their P&A costs.
Spyglass signed a four year distribution agreement with distributor Roadshow in Australia and Connie And Carla was the first film released from that agreement and the movie grossed a weak $1.5 million, which comprised most of the overseas gross. The overseas cume was only $3.2 million across a handful of distributors and the film went straight to video in Germany and a few smaller markets.