Sleepless

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  • Directed By: Baran bo Odar
  • Written By: Andrea Berloff
  • Release Date: January 13, 2017
  • Domestic Distributor: Open Road
  • Cast: Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, Scoot McNairy

Box Office Info:
Budget: $30 millionFinanced by: Open Road; Riverstone Pictures
Domestic Gross: $20,783,704Overseas Gross: $12,133,649


Sleepless was originally in development at Warner Bros, which scooped up the remake rights about two months before the 2011 French film Sleepless Night even opened.  WB eventually put the project into turnaround and in January 2015, Open Road (joint distribution between theater chains Regal and AMC) acquired the rights with Jamie Foxx attached as the lead.  Sleepless was the first in-house production setup at Open Road, which previously only acquired movies for distribution.

In June 2015, Open Road and Riverstone Pictures (part of India-based Reliance Entertainment) announced a co-financing, multi-year partnership on 2-4 movies per year and Sleepless would be the first film under that arrangement.   The budget for Sleepless was $30 million.  Open Road also inked a distribution partnership with FilmNation, which would sell their movies to international distributors — and sales for the picture kicked off at the 2015 European Film Market in Berlin in early February.

Open Road first dated Sleepless for February 24, 2017 but moved it forward to the Martin Luther King holiday frame, on January 13.  Sleepless opened into a crowded market with a glut of new openers and prestige award fare targeting adult auds.  It bowed against The Bye Bye Man, Live By Night, Monster Trucks and the wide expansion of Patriots Day (also co-starring Michelle Monaghan) and the semi-wide expansion of Silence.  There was very little buzz going into release and tracking was pointing to an opening under $10 million.

Despite sporting a decent cast, Sleepless resembled a D grade actioner throwback, along the lines of something Cannon Films would produce in the 1980s.  Open Road booked it into 1,803 theaters and did not screen this stinker for critics and it pulled in a soft $8,344,128 — placing #8 for the weekend led by holdover Hidden Figures.  The few reviews that eventually posted were mostly awful.  For its second frame, it took a 58.6% nosedive to $3,453,212 and it fell 49.3% to $1,750,083 in its third weekend.  The domestic run closed with $20,783,704.

Sleepless pulled in just $12.1 million from its overseas rollout.

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