|Budget: $19 million||Financed by: Universal|
|Domestic Gross: $7,191,830||Domestic Distributor: Universal|
|Overseas Gross: $9,266,629||
Directed by: Paul Weitz
Produced by: Chris Weitz
American Dreamz was financed for $19 million by Universal, who distributed in the US and released the pic overseas through UIP (joint distribution between Universal and Paramount). One month before it opened, Marc Shmuger was promoted to Chairman and David Linde Co-Chairman of Universal and despite their background in marketing, the satire had toothless promotional spots and low exposure. American Dreamz opened in the US in 1,500 theaters against the horror pic Silent Hill and the Michael Douglas thriller The Sentinel, which also featured a plot to assassinate the president. American Dreamz tanked with a terrible $3,667,420 placing #9 for the weekend, which was won by Silent Hill. Reviews were mixed, but audiences gave the film a toxic C- cinemascore and American Dreamz fell 56.4% to $1,597,475 in its second weekend and closed its run after four weeks with just $7,191,830. Universal would see back about $3.9 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, leaving most of the modest prints and advertising spend as a loss and the budget in the red. The film pulled in a poor $9.2 million overseas, with a soft $4,134,874 from the UK as the strongest market.