The Last Kiss

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  • Directed By: Tony Goldwyn
  • Written By: Paul Haggis
  • Release Date: September 15, 2006
  • Domestic Distributor: Paramount
  • Cast: Zach Braff, Jacinda Barrett, Casey Affleck, Rachel Bilson

Box Office Info:
Budget: $20 million Financed by: Lakeshore Entertainment; DreamWorks
Domestic Gross: $11,614,790 Overseas Gross: $4,237,611

Lakeshore Entertainment announced in November 2002 that they optioned the remake rights to the 2001 Italian hit The Last Kiss (L’ultimo bacio).  The project was expected to be fast-tracked to production by September 2003, but development did not start to move forward until November 2004 — when Tony Goldwyn was signed as director and negotiations with Zach Braff began.

In January 2005, Lakeshore brokered a co-financing and domestic distribution pact with DreamWorks.  Lakeshore would retain international rights and DreamWorks would handle stateside distribution.  The budget for The Last Kiss was a modest $20 million and co-financed by the two companies.  Lakeshore handled overseas sales to distributors.

At the end of 2005, DreamWorks was acquired by Paramount, which then handled the release for The Last Kiss.  The remake was dated for September 15, 2006, landed mixed reviews and bowed against Gridiron Gang, The Black Dahlia and Everyone’s Hero.  After his indie hit Garden State, Braff’s rising star status fizzed when The Last Kiss tanked with $4,627,989 — placing #5 for the very slow weekend led by Gridiron Gang.  The picture declined 45.8% the following frame to $2,509,999 and then fell 50.9% to $1,231,232 in its third session and promptly lost most of its theater count.  The domestic run closed with a terrible $11,614,790.  DreamWorks/Paramount would see returned about $6.3M after theaters take their percentage of the gross, leaving much of the P&A expenses in the red.

Overseas, the film mustered a weak $4.2 million across numerous distributors and went straight to video in Italy and most smaller markets.

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