Man Of The House
|Budget: $40 million (estimated)||Financed by: Revolution Studios; Sony|
|Domestic Gross: $19,699,706||Domestic Distributor: Sony (Columbia)|
|Overseas Gross: $1,877,918||
Directed by: Stephen Herek
Tommy Lee Jones
Cedric the Entertainer
Produced by: Todd Garner
Revolution Studios financed Man Of The House for north of $40 million after they picked up the film when Warner Bros put the broad comedy into turnaround. Revolution’s financing slate agreement with Sony had Sony contribute 42.5% of the budget and 100% of the marketing costs. Man Of The House basically killed off director Stephen Herek’s studio career, who was coming off of three costly duds, Life Or Something Like It (2002), Rock Star (2001) and Holy Man (1998). The director of films like Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and The Mighty Ducks, followed this with TV movies and cheap DVD sequel cash-ins like Into The Blue 2.
Man Of The House was dated for February 25 and bowed against Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman and the troubled horror pic Cursed. Both Man Of The House and Cursed were not screened for critics. It was booked into 2,422 theaters and grossed a soft $8,917,251 — placing #5 for the weekend led by Diary. Man Of The House sank 60.7% in its second weekend to $3,506,726 and it quickly closed with $19,699,706. Sony would see back about $10.7 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which leaves much of their P&A costs in the red.
Sony dumped the film in a small release in most markets overseas where it pulled in a mere $1,877,918 and it went straight to video in most smaller markets.