Deck The Halls

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  • Directed By: John Whitesell
  • Written By: Matt Corman, Chris Ord, Don Rhymer
  • Release Date: November 22, 2006
  • Domestic Distributor: FOX
  • Cast: Danny DeVito, Matthew Broderick, Kristin Davis

Box Office Info:
Budget: $51 million Financed by: New Regency
Domestic Box Office: $35,093,569 Overseas Box Office: $12,137,501

Deck The Halls was financed by New Regency for $51 million and FOX distributed worldwide.  New Regency hired super hack John Whitesell (See Spot Run; Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son), who finished filming in July 2006 and had it hastily thrown together in time for its November 24 Thanksgiving holiday frame release date.   This bereft of any comedy production was apparently a miserable experience for Matthew Broderick who would repeatedly complain “I’ve hit rock bottom.

Deck The Halls bowed against Deja VuTenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny and another New Regency financed movie The Fountain (distributed by Warner Bros) though the films were hardly competing for the same audience.  Deck the Halls was tracking for a 5 day day opening in the $20 million range.  The reviews were absolutely foul and the family pic saw competition from a saturated market, including holdovers Happy Feet, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause and Flushed Away.

Deck The Halls came in below estimates with a 5 day cume of $16,916,923 ($12,001,256 3-day numbers).  The picture did not have the strong legs it needed to break out and it declined 44.4% in its second frame to $6,676,139 and slid a modest 40.2% in its third weekend to $3,993,188.  The domestic run closed with $35,093,569.

Overseas, the film pulled in just $12.1 million and a weak $3.9 million from the UK was the strongest showing and Fox sent the film straight to video in Germany.  The worldwide total was $47.2 million, leaving Fox with about $25.9 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, far below their worldwide P&A spend.

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