Aliens In The Attic

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  • Directed By: John Schultz
  • Written By: Mark Burton, Adam F. Goldberg
  • Release Date: July 31, 2009
  • Domestic Distributor: FOX
  • Cast: Carter Jenkins, Austin Butler, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Nealon

Box Office Info:
Budget: $45 million Financed by: FOX; Regency; Dune
Domestic Gross: $25,200,412 Overseas Gross: $32,680,644

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In March 2006, FOX purchased Mark Burton’s Aliens In The Attic spec (originally titled They Came From Upstairs) for a huge $1.75 million against $2.25 million — which is a truly massive payday for an E.T./Gremlins knockoff.   FOX co-financed Aliens In The Attic with Regency and additional capital from Dune for $45 million.

FOX originally set the release for February 2009, but the studio sent the movie back for last minute reshoots and vfx tinkering that they scheduled for April.  Aliens In The Attic was pushed back to July 31 and bowed against Funny People and The Collector.  Reviews were mostly negative and it opened into a market with a glut of family fare in release: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, G-Force and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.

Tracking was pointing to a low teens opening, but it tanked with $8,008,423 — placing #5 for the slow weekend led by Funny People.  Aliens In The Attic fell 49.8% the following weekend to $4,021,478 and then sank 63.9% to $1,449,859 in its third session.  The domestic run closed with a poor $25,200,412.

The film did not fare much better overseas for FOX, with a total of $32.6 million in receipts.  The worldwide box office was $57.8M and the studio would see returned about $31.7M after theaters take their percentage of the gross — which would not cover even half of the global P&A expenses or any of the budget.

In 2011 Regency founder Arnon Milchan fired and took over duties for Co-Chairmen Bob Harper and Hutch Parker, after a string of non-performers like Aliens In The Attic, the less expensive Monte Carlo and the disappointing domestic returns on Love & Other Drugs.

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