The Perfect Holiday

Budget: $20 million Financed by: Destination Films; Capital Arts Entertainment; Yari Film Group
Domestic Gross: $5,812,781 Domestic Distributor: Yari Film Group
Overseas Gross: $0
Directed by: Lance Rivera
Queen Latifah
Terrence Howard
Produced by: Joseph P. Genier

the perfect holiday box officeThe Perfect Holiday was financed for an estimated $20 million by Sony’s Destination Films, Capital Arts Entertainment and Yari Film Group.  The financially strapped Yari would distribute the family pic in the US.  The Perfect Holiday was released against I am Legend and Alvin And The Chipmunks and would also be competing for similar auds with This Christmas in its fourth weekend in release.  The film was booked in 1,307 theaters and pulled in a terrible $2,283,360 — placing #6 for the weekend and it made just a few thousand more than This Christmas.  The Perfect Holiday sank 57.4% second weekend to $972,256 and promptly lost most of its theater count.  It quickly closed with $5,812,781.  That dismal number would be the strongest box office gross for the Yari Film Group in 2007 after they saw movies like Kickin’ It Old Skool and Resurrecting The Champ bomb miserably.  Queen Latifah would later sue the financiers for not paying her $275,000 for her cameo role.  The Perfect Holiday was picked up in a few overseas markets for a straight to video release.  The Perfect Holiday would mark the last wide release from The Yari Film Group, which was quickly forced into Chapter 11 bankruptcy and suffered a final blow when payroll provider Axium went bust with $6 million of Yari’s finances.  Layoffs commenced and his releasing operations were essentially nonfunctional and movies Assassination Of A High School President, Nothing But The Truth and What Doesn’t Kill You had their theatrical releases nixed.

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