- Directed By: John Schultz
- Written By: Danny Jacobson, David Sheffield, Barry W. Blaustein, Don Rhymer
- Release Date: June 10, 2005
- Domestic Distributor: Paramount
- Cast: Cedric the Entertainer, Mike Epps, Gabrielle Union, Eric Stoltz
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $27.5 million||Financed by: Paramount; MMDP|
|Domestic Gross: $12,843,849||Overseas Gross: $339,577|
The Honeymooners gets the big screen mistreatment from Paramount, which backed this $27.5 million turkey and it was a leftover from Sherry Lansing’s previous administration at the studio, which Brad Grey took over in early 2005. Additional coin came from the Munich based tax shelter fund MMDP, which invested into Paramount’s slate. The Viacom owned studio acquired the rights to the 1955 sitcom from the Viacom owned CBS in 2002 and developed the project as a vehicle for Cedric the Entertainer. Producer David T. Friendly was threatening the idea of a sequel if the film was a hit, so audiences were spared from future installments after this tanked.
The Honeymooners was dated for June 10, 2005 and Paramount dumped this throwaway picture as counter-programming to Mr. & Mrs. Smith. The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D and High Tension also bowed. The movie had little buzz and was tracking for a mid single digit opening. The Honeymooners received terrible reviews and came within its low expectations at $5,538,835 — placing #8 for the weekend led by Mr. & Mrs. Smith. The Honeymooners fell 52.2% the following weekend to $2,648,330, followed by a 61.7% plunge to $1,015,466 and then it promptly lost most of its screen count. The domestic run closed with only $12,843,849. Paramount would see returned about $7 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not cover much of the P&A costs or any of the budget.
The Honeymooners was sent straight to video in most overseas markets and grossed just $339,577 from Belgium, Germany, Italy, South Africa, United Arab Emirates and the UK.
After the dismal performance of The Honeymooners, Cedric the Entertainer toplined the flop Code Name: The Cleaner (2007) which ended studio projects built around him.