Bad News Bears
|Budget: $35 million||Financed by: Paramount|
|Domestic Gross: $32,868,349||Domestic Distributor: Paramount|
|Overseas Gross: $1,384,498||
Directed by: Richard Linklater
Billy Bob Thornton
Produced by: Geyer Kosinski
This Richard Linklater directed remake of the 1976 Bad News Bears was the third release in 2005 to have a problematic coach lead a group of underdogs, after the Martin Lawrence flop Rebound and the Will Ferrell vehicle Kicking and Screaming. Paramount financed Bad News Bears for $35 million and scheduled it for July 22. Paramount’s summer slate was assembled by former studio chairman Sherry Lansing and studio president Donald De Line, who were replaced by Brad Grey and Gail Berman. The Bad News Bears opened against The Island, The Devil’s Rejects and Hustle And Flow (a Paramount acquisition released by Paramount Classics). It pulled in a soft $11,382,472 in 3,183 theaters — placing #5 for the weekend led by holdovers Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and Wedding Crashers. Bad News Bears had weak legs and the film declined 50.5% in its second weekend to $5,634,919 and fell 51.3% in its third weekend to $2,746,321 killing its chances at breaking out and it closed with $32,868,349. Paramount would see back about $18 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, leaving part of the P&A spend in the red and the budget at a loss. Bad News Bears would be dependent on the domestic market as baseball themed pictures don’t travel well overseas and the film saw a limited release in a few major markets where it pulled in only $1,384,498 and went straight to video in most smaller markets.