Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny
- Directed By: Liam Lynch
- Written By: Jack Black, Kyle Gass, Liam Lynch
- Release Date: November 22, 2006
- Domestic Distributor: New Line
- Cast: Jack Black, Kyle Gass, JR Reed
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $19 million||Financed by: New Line; ALCAS|
|Domestic Box Office: $8,334,575||Overseas Box Office: $5,574,187|
Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny was financed by New Line for a modest $19 million and the mini-major tapped into the Munich based tax shelter fund ALCAS for additional coin. As per New Line’s usual financing model, they sold off most of the international rights, which would limit their exposure to the budget. To keep costs down on Jack Black’s passion project, he waived his $12M salary and split a $1M payday with his band partner Kyle Gass. In return, Black and Gass would receive 10% of all New Line’s profits once marketing expenses and budget costs were covered. After its dismal box office failure, Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny was swimming in red ink.
New Line first dated the picture for November 17, 2006 and then three weeks before it was set to open, they pushed it back one frame as a Thanksgiving holiday release. After a sizable prints and advertising spend, New Line booked the film into 1,919 theaters against Deja Vu, Deck The Halls and The Fountain.
The goofy slacker comedy landed mixed to lukewarm reviews, but was dead on arrival with $3,234,879 — placing outside the top 10 at #11 for the weekend led by the holdover Happy Feet. Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny plummeted 59.7% in its second session to $1,303,678 and then promptly lost most of its theater count. The domestic run closed with a dreadful $8,334,575. New Line would see returned about $4.5M after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not cover much of the P&A expenses.
Overseas, the pic grossed a poor $5.5M across numerous distributors and $3.9 million of that came from Entertainment distributing in the UK. It went straight to video in Russia, Mexico and most smaller markets.