New York Minute
- [Total: 5 Average: 2]
- Directed By: Dennie Gordon
- Written By: Emily Fox, Adam Cooper, Bill Collage
- Release Date: May 7, 2004
- Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros
- Cast: Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Eugene Levy
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $30 million||Financed by: Warner Bros|
|Domestic Gross: $14,071,441||Overseas Gross: $7,218,385|
Home video superstars Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen had minted a fortune for Warner Home Video for over a decade, when New York Minute was packaged for the twins at Warner Bros — and they unsuccessfully made the leap to the big screen. WB financed New York Minute for $30 million. WB had previously developed a theatrical project for the girls back in 1995 It Takes Two, which pulled in an unsuccessful $19.4M at the box office, but amassed over $75M in video sales.
Warner Bros dated New York Minute for May 7, 2004, where there was a glut of teenage fare aimed at girls already in release, including Mean Girls, 13 Going On 30 and Ella Enchanted. It was booked into 3,006 theaters, as counter-programming to Van Helsing and received awful reviews — not that poor reviews would deter fans of the Olsen twins. It pulled in $5,962,106 — placing #4 for the weekend led by Van Helsing and New York Minute set a record at the time of release as the lowest grossing opening in over 3,000 theaters. The pic declined a modest 36% the following weekend to $3,814,307 but collapsed 65.9% in its third weekend to $1,302,152 and promptly lost most of its theater count. New York Minute closed its domestic run with a poor $14,071,441.
Warner Bros released the film overseas to awful numbers, grossing just $7,218,385. The worldwide total was $21.2 million, leaving WB with about $11.6 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would leave much of the worldwide P&A costs in the red and the budget at a loss.