The Big Wedding
- [Total: 3 Average: 1.3]
- Directed By: Justin Zackham
- Written By: Justin Zackham
- Release Date: April 26, 2013
- Domestic Distributor: Lionsgate
- Cast: Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Robin Williams
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $35 million||Financed by: Millennium Films; Lionsgate|
|Domestic Gross: $21,819,348||Overseas Gross: $26,606,623|
Millennium Films co-financed The Big Wedding for $35 million and kicked off pre-sales at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. This remake of the 2006 French film Mon frère se marie, was scooped up by Lionsgate for domestic and UK distribution and the mini-major contributed just under $10 million toward the budget. Filming was completed in mid 2011 and The Big Wedding was first dated for October 19, 2012 and then pushed back to April 26, 2013 — where it opened as counter-programming to the male skewing Pain And Gain. Tracking was pointing to a modest $10 million opening and Lionsgate offered buy-one-get-one-free tickets to help drum up interest.
The Big Wedding received awful reviews, which did not help entice older auds to pay for a ticket and it pulled in a poor $7,591,663 in 2,633 theaters. It placed #4 for the weekend led by Pain And Gain. Audiences gave The Big Wedding a terrible C+ cinemascore and it declined 48.9% in its second frame to $3,881,857 and then saw a slight 35.8% third session drop to $2,490,362. It then fell 51.4% to $1,210,204 in frame four and promptly lost most of its theater count. The domestic run closed with $21,819,348. Lionsgate would see back about $12 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, leaving at least half of their P&A spend in the red and their contribution to the budget at a loss.
Lionsgate saw a weak $1.9 million from the UK gross. Australian distributor Roadshow saw a modest $4.5 million which posted the strongest overseas numbers and the overseas total was just $26.6 million across numerous distributors.