Get Him to the Greek & Killers box office: Ticket sales remain in the doldrums after two new comedies fail to click with audiences
June 4–6 weekend box office: Following a Memorial Day weekend to forget, things remain wobbly at the North American (U.S. and Canada only) box office as two new releases – Universal’s Get Him to the Greek, featuring Russell Brand and Jonah Hill, and Killers, featuring Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl – have failed to lure moviegoers back into theaters.
As a result, DreamWorks Animation’s computer-animated 3D fantasy Shrek Forever After was the top movie for the third consecutive weekend, grossing $25.5 million (down 41 percent) as per final studio figures found at boxofficemojo.com. Total to date: $183.2 million.
Russell Brand-Jonah Hill comedy Get Him to the Greek about to become Universal’s latest dud
At no. 2, Universal’s unenthusiastically received Nicholas Stoller-directed comedy Get Him to the Greek took in $17.6 million from 2,697 locations, averaging a mediocre $6,515 per venue on its debut weekend. Budget: $40 million (as always, not including marketing and distribution expenses).
For comparison’s sake: The previous (and first) Nicholas Stoller-Russell Brand collaboration, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, opened with $17.7 million in April 2008, averaging $6,335 per site. The $30 million comedy also featuring Jason Segel (credited for the creation of the characters seen in Get Him to the Greek), Kristen Bell, and Mila Kunis went on to collect $63.2 million domestically and $42.2 million internationally.
With little-to-no chance of growing into either a domestic or an international hit, Get Him to the Greek is on its way to becoming Universal’s latest box office dud. Besides Russell Brand and Jonah Hill, the cast includes Elisabeth Moss, Rose Byrne, Colm Meaney, and Sean Combs.
Katherine Heigl-Ashton Kutcher action comedy Killers about to become an even bigger flop
At no. 3, Lionsgate’s Robert Luketic-directed action comedy Killers, which was not reviewed by critics prior to its opening – never a good sign – brought in $15.8 million from 2,859 locations, averaging only $5,539 per site.
Besides Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl, the Killers movie cast includes Tom Selleck and Catherine O’Hara. Budget: A hefty $75 million.
And that means Killers, whose international appeal is at best dubious, is on its way to becoming a not insignificant dud, joining a less-than-stellar list of recent Lionsgate releases that includes Kick-Ass, Why Did I Get Married Too?, and From Paris with Love.
Not even the international box office could rescue these two
Update: Get Him to the Greek ultimately collected $61 million domestically and $30.7 million internationally. Worldwide total: $91.7 million.
Barring some contractual sleight-of-hand, rentals (the amount that goes to the distributing/producing companies) won’t get even close to covering the comedy’s production, marketing, and distribution costs.
Its top international markets were, as is often the case with American comedies, the United Kingdom/Ireland ($10.9 million), Australia ($8.4 million), and Germany ($5.1 million).
An even bigger domestic dud than Get Him to the Greek, the costlier Killers ultimately collected $47.1 million in the U.S. and Canada, and $51.1 million internationally. Worldwide total: $98.2 million.
In sum: An indisputable box office flop in relation to its budget.
Its top international markets were France ($5.2 million), Australia ($5 million), the United Kingdom/Ireland ($4.9 million), Russia/CIS ($4.2 million), and Germany ($3.3 million).
“Killers Box Office: Kutcher + Heigl Comedy Thriller Flops Globally” notes
Unless otherwise noted, “Killers Box Office: Kutcher + Heigl Comedy Thriller Flops Globally” box office information via Box Office Mojo. Budget info – which should be taken with a grain of salt – via BOM and/or other sources (e.g., the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Screen Daily, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Deadline.com, etc.).
Comments about Get Him to the Greek, Killers, and other titles being hits/profitable or flops/money-losers at the box office (see paragraph below) are based on the available data about their production budget, additional marketing and distribution expenses (as a general rule of thumb, around 50 percent of the production cost), and worldwide gross (as a general rule of thumb when it comes to the Hollywood studios, around 50–55 percent of the domestic gross and 40 percent of the international gross goes to the distributing/producing companies).
Bear in mind that data regarding rebates, domestic/international sales/pre-sales, and other credits and/or contractual details that help to alleviate/split production costs and apportion revenues are oftentimes unavailable, and that reported international grosses may be incomplete (i.e., not every territory is fully – or even partially – accounted for).
Also bear in mind that ancillary revenues (domestic/global television rights, home video sales, streaming, merchandising, etc.) can represent anywhere between 40–70 percent of a movie’s total take. However, these revenues and their apportionment are only infrequently made public.
Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher Killers movie image: Melissa Moseley | Lionsgate.
“Killers Box Office: Kutcher + Heigl Comedy Thriller Flops Globally” last updated in September 2023.