- Directed By: Harold Ramis
- Written By: Harold Ramis, Gene Stupnitsky, Lee Eisenberg
- Release Date: June 19, 2009
- Domestic Distributor: Sony
- Cast: Jack Black, Michael Cera, Oliver Platt
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $65 million||Financed by: Sony|
|Domestic Gross: $43,337,279||Overseas Gross: $19,020,621|
This lame studio comedy is only notable for sadly being director Harold Ramis’ final film before his death in 2014. Production took place in Louisiana where a massive six-acre set was built and Ramis stated the budget was “in the high-medium range” between $65M – $70M. Sony dated Year One for June 19, 2009 and it was positioned for younger male auds against The Proposal, courting femme auds.
This critically reviled pic opened into a market saturated with comedy fare already in release — The Hangover, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and the flops Land Of The Lost and Imagine That. Year One opened in line with projections with a decent start at $19,610,304 — placing #4 for the weekend led by The Proposal. Year One fell a huge 69.3% in its second weekend to $6,022,444 and continued to post large weekly declines and closed its domestic run with a weak $43,337,279.
Overseas numbers were a poor $19M for a worldwide total of $62.3M. Sony would see returned about $34.2M after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which leaves much of the global P&A expenses in the red and the budget untouched by the theatrical receipts.