Zoom

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  • Directed By: Peter Hewitt
  • Written By: Adam Rifkin, David Berenbaum
  • Release Date: August 11, 2006
  • Domestic Distributor: Sony
  • Cast: Tim Allen, Courteney Cox, Chevy Chase, Kate Mara

Box Office Info:
Budget: $75.6 millionFinanced by: Revolution Studios; Sony
Domestic Box Office: $11,989,328Overseas Box Office: $516,860


Zoom was financed by Revolution Studios, which had a financing slate deal with Sony, that would contribute 42.5% of the budget and 100% of the marketing costs.  The budget was reported at $35 million at the time of release and when Revolution Studios went bust and its library was up for sale, the actual cost was listed as $75.6 million.  Revolution head Joe Roth had landed one of the greatest studio deals ever with Sony, which had more to lose on each project than Roth’s company — and he had originally envisioned his company making filmmaker friendly fare with A-listers and then squandered Revolution’s reserves on mostly lame, broadly commercial movies like Zoom.

FOX and Marvel filed a lawsuit against Revolution and Sony before Zoom entered production, claiming the film was very similar to X-Men and the release date being two weeks in front of X-Men 3 would draw infringing parallels from their marketing.  The lawsuit was dropped two months later, when some minor changes to Zoom were made, including lowering the rating from PG-13 to PG and the release date shifted to August instead of May.

Zoom was dated for August 11, 2006 and bowed against Step Up, World Trade Center and Pulse.  The movie was tracking very poorly and Sony did not screen this stinker for critics and the reviews that eventually posted were atrocious.  At the time of release it had a rare 0% on rottentomatoes.

Zoom was dead on arrival with $4,510,408 — placing #9 for the weekend led by the holdover Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.  It declined 46.4% in its second frame to $2,415,611 and quickly bombed out of theaters with $11,989,328.  Sony would see returned about $6.6 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not even cover 1/4 of their P&A expenses.

Sony dumped the film overseas, giving Zoom a small run where it pulled in all of $516,680 and was sent straight to video in almost every market.  After ancillary sales, Zoom lost at least $65 million.

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