Last Holiday

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  • Directed By: Wayne Wang
  • Written By: Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman
  • Release Date: January 13, 2006
  • Domestic Distributor: Paramount
  • Cast: Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Timothy Hutton

Box Office Info:
Budget: $45 million Financed by: Paramount
Domestic Box Office: $38,399,961 Overseas Box Office: $4,943,287

Last Holiday was a remake of the 1950 film of the same name starring Alec Guinness and the project was originally designed to star John Candy before he passed in 1994.  A decade later it was retooled into a Queen Latifah vehicle at Paramount, which the studio financed for $45 million.  Last Holiday was part of the final slate of leftover movies from former Paramount chairman Sherry Lansing, who exited at the end of 2004.  Last Holiday was dated for January 13, 2006 over the Martin Luther King holiday frame.

Last Holiday bowed against Glory Road, Hoodwinked and Tristan + Isolde and received mixed reviews.  Last Holiday opened within its modest expectations at $12,806,188 — placing #2 behind Glory Road Last Holiday saw a modest 32% second frame decline to $8,711,606 and a 44.9% third weekend drop to $4,802,618.  The domestic run closed with $38,399,961.

Paramount dumped the picture overseas, where it pulled in $4.9 million and $2 million of that cume was from the UK.  Last Holiday‘s worldwide total was $43.3 million, leaving Paramount with about $23.8 million after theaters take their cut of the gross — which would not even cover P&A expenses or any of the budget.  Paramount’s parent conglomerate Viacom reported in their quarter financial report that Last Holiday offset $42.6 million in revenue from DreamWorks movies, which had just been acquired by Viacom/Paramount.

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