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- Directed By: Jon Avnet
- Written By: Gary Scott Thompson
- Release Date: April 18, 2008
- Domestic Distributor: Sony
- Cast: Al Pacino, Alicia Witt, Leelee Sobieski
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $30 million||Financed by: Millennium; Emmett/Furla; Equity Pictures|
|Domestic Gross: $17,213,467||Overseas Gross: $15,379,918|
88 Minutes was announced by Millennium at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, with Millennium handling pre-sales to international distributors. Millennium was making the transition from direct to video action and genre schlock to bigger budget projects with an A-list cast. Their first slate of mid to large budget fare were all money losers and with the exception of 16 Blocks, were all serious critical failures — The Black Dahlia, 88 Minutes, The Wicker Man and both Edison (Edison Force in the US) & The Contract were dumped straight to video.
This trainwreck starring Al Pacino with a horrifying hair piece was financed for $30 million by Millennium, Emmett/Furla and the German tax shelter fund Equity Pictures. 88 Minutes was filmed in 2005 and while it secured distribution in most overseas markets, it did not land a domestic distributor. In early 2007, most distributors began to dump 88 Minutes straight to video. While it was already on the home market in dozens of countries, in May 2007 at Cannes, Millennium sold this turkey to Sony for $6 million for US distribution rights and a few remaining overseas territories.
After rotting on the shelf for three years, Sony dated 88 Minutes for April 18, 2008. Critics eviscerated the picture, with most calling it Pacino’s worst movie — and far worse than Revolution (1985). It bowed against The Forbidden Kingdom and Forgetting Sarah Marshall and was tracking to pull in a modest $10M opening. 88 Minutes was dead on arrival with $6,957,216 — placing #4 for the weekend led by The Forbidden Kingdom. The pic saw a 48.3% second frame decline to $3,593,890 and a steep 57% drop in weekend three to $1,545,084. The domestic run closed with just $17,213,467. Sony would see back about $9.5 million after theaters take their cut of the gross, which would not cover the P&A spend or their acquisition cost.
88 Minutes pulled in a small $15.3 million across numerous offshore distributors, with Spain posting the highest gross at $3.9 million. Five months later director Jon Avnet, Al Pacino, Millennium & Emmett/Furla would see their next dreadful collaboration Righteous Kill flop.