Unaccompanied Minors

Budget: $25 million Financed by: Warner Bros; Village Roadshow
Domestic Gross: $16,655,224 Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros
Overseas Gross: $5,293,990
Directed by: Paul Feig
Lewis Black
Produced by: Lauren Schuler Donner

Unaccompanied Minors box officeUnaccompanied Minors was financed by Warner Bros and Village Roadshow for $25 million and Warner Bros opened the film in 2,775 theaters the same day as their prestige pic Blood Diamond and it grossed a poor $5,815,474.  It placed #7 for the weekend led by Apocalypto and the holdover WB/Roadshow animated pic Happy Feet.  Unaccompanied Minors declined a modest 39% in its second frame to $3,545,352 but lost most of its audience in its third weekend (over the crowded Christmas frame) to Night at the Museum and it fell 75.4% to $873,466 and closed its run with $16,665,224.  Warner Bros would see back about $9.1 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, far below their P&A spend and the theatrical receipts would not put a dent in the budget.  Australia based Village Roadshow distributed in their home country to a poor $521,017.  Overseas, Unaccompanied Minors saw a small release and pulled in $5.2 million with $2,102,515 coming from the UK.  In 2015, while promoting Spy, director Paul Feig talked about not being able to launch a production after this tanked and was quoted: “So I went in with my eyes wide open, but right when we got into production, suddenly the head of the studio got very nervous that it was anti-divorced parents. Because it was based on a ‘This American Life’ story that was actually very touching, and so we had to yank out the emotional core of it, and so it was just kind of a romp. It was fine, but it didn’t do well, and so I went right into movie jail.”

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