Jersey Boys

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  • Directed By: Clint Eastwood
  • Written By: Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice
  • Release Date: June 20, 2014
  • Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros
  • Cast: Vincent Piazza, John Lloyd Young, Steve Schirripa, Christopher Walken

Box Office Info:
Budget: $41.8 million Financed by: Warner Bros; RatPac
Domestic Gross: $47,047,013 Overseas Gross: $20,622,000

Jersey Boys was in development at Sony for years with Jon Favreau attached as director, but it never materialized.  Producer Graham King took the project from Sony to Warner Bros with Favreau still attached.  Warner Bros then sent Jersey Boys into turnaround in 2012, as the studio thought the project had limited international appeal — which would end up being the case when Clint Eastwood boarded the project and it quickly went into production.

The gross budget for Jersey Boys was $58.6 million and after rebates, the net cost was $41.8 million.  It was majority financed by Warner Bros and Brett Ratner’s RatPac had a 25% stake in the picture.

Warner Bros positioned Jersey Boys as adult summer counter-programming to popcorn fare and it was tracking for a mid-teens opening.  It was dated for June 20, 2014 and bowed against Think Like a Man Too.  Reviews were mixed and the audience skewed even older than expected and it pulled in a soft $13,319,371 — placing #4 for the weekend led by Think Like A Man Too.  The film declined 42.1% in its second frame to $7,712,264 and a modest 33.2% third weekend drop to $5,155,145 but ended its run with a disappointing $47,047,013.

Jersey Boys did poorly outside of the US market, earning only $20,622,000 and bombing even in Italy, where Eastwood is loved, where it pulled in just over $1 million.  The worldwide cume was $67.6M and WB would see returned about $37.1M after theaters take their percentage of the gross — which leaves much of the P&A expenses in the red and the budget untouched by the theatrical receipts.  Eastwood and WB would strike gold a few months later with American Sniper.

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