Man Of The House

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  • Directed By: Stephen Herek
  • Written By: Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone, John J. McLaughlin
  • Release Date: February 25, 2005
  • Domestic Distributor: Sony
  • Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Cedric the Entertainer, Christina Milian

Box Office Info:
Budget: $40 millionFinanced by: Revolution Studios; Sony
Domestic Box Office: $19,699,706Overseas Box Office: $1,877,918

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Joe Roth’s Revolution Studios financed Man Of The House for north of $40 million after they picked up the project when Warner Bros put the broad comedy into turnaround in May 2003.  Revolution’s financing slate agreement with Sony had Sony contribute 42.5% of the budget and 100% of the marketing costs.  Joe Roth had landed one of the greatest studio deals ever with Sony, who had more to lose on each project than Roth’s Revolution — and he had originally envisioned his company making filmmaker friendly fare with A-listers and then squandered Revolution’s capital on mostly lousy movies, like Man Of The House.

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 movies 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.

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