- Directed By: Curtis Hanson
- Written By: Eric Roth, Curtis Hanson
- Release Date: May 4, 2007
- Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros
- Cast: Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Robert Duvall
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $58 million||Financed by: Warner Bros; Village Roadshow|
|Domestic Gross: $5,758,950||Overseas Gross: $2,623,527|
Lucky You was financed by Warner Bros and Village Roadshow for $58 million. Director Curtis Hanson’s (L.A. Confidential, Wonder Boys) movie was first dated for December 16, 2005 but Lucky You tested poorly and was delayed while the studio tried to salvage the picture. Around half a dozen versions of the film were edited and tested to audiences, which continued to preview poorly. Lucky You was moved all over the release calendar and then dumped as counter programming to Spider-Man 3 on May 4, 2007. After its total box office failure, it is estimated that Lucky You ended as a write-down between $40 million – $50 million and rival studios estimated a loss as high as $80 million.
Warner Bros booked Lucky You into 2,525 theaters and spent $34 million on P&A. Reviews were mixed and Lucky You was expected to open within the $10 million range and place #2 in the top 10 behind Spider-Man 3. It was dead on arrival at $2,710,445 — placing #6 and at the time of release, it was the worst opening on record for a film playing in over 2,500 theaters. Audiences gave the movie a terrible C cinemascore and it sank 55.9% in its second weekend to $1,195,342 and then promptly lost most of its theater count. The domestic run closed with only $5,758,950.
Warner Bros distributed Lucky You in most overseas markets and released it theatrically in just a handful of countries, where it cumed a mere $2.6 million. Village Roadshow distributed in actor Eric Bana’s home country Australia to an awful $767,258 gross. Lucky You was sadly Curtis Hanson’s final completed movie. He was replaced part way through production on Chasing Mavericks (2012) due to health reasons and passed away in 2016.