- [Total: 5 Average: 3.4]
- Directed By: Judd Apatow
- Written By: Judd Apatow
- Release Date: July 31, 2009
- Domestic Distributor: Universal
- Cast: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Jonah Hill
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $75 million||Financed by: Universal; Sony; Relativity|
|Domestic Gross: $51,855,045||Overseas Gross: $19,730,190|
Funny People was budgeted at $75 million, with 50% of the financing coming from Relativity, 25% from Universal and 25% from Sony. Universal handled distribution in most markets. Funny People was dated for July 31, 2009 and the studio expected an opening between $30 million to $40 million, as they thought the movie had broad 4-quadrant appeal. Universal Chairman Marc Shmuger and Co-Chairman David Linde signed director Judd Apatow to a three picture deal the day before the movie opened and two months later both Shmuger and Linde would be fired with Funny People as one of the many reasons for their departure — as well as a string of recent Universal flops, including Duplicity, State of Play, Land of the Lost and the out of control budgets for the as of yet to be released The Wolfman and Green Zone.
Reviews were mixed to lukewarm, most of which criticized the very, very, very long and seemingly endless running time. Funny People came in below expectations with $22,657,780 — though it did win the weekend box office. It marked another box office disappointment for R rated Adam Sandler fare after Punch-Drunk Love and Reign Over Me. Funny People dropped like a stone in its second weekend 64.8% to $7,986,435 and continued to post huge declines and ended its domestic run with $51,855,045.
Overseas, the numbers were a grim $19.7 million, with a $5.9 million gross in Australia as the strongest market. The worldwide total was $71.5M and Universal would see back about $39.3M after theaters take their percentage of the gross, leaving a large part of the worldwide ad spend at a loss and the budget in the red.