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Something Borrowed Movie Box Office: Panned Romantic Comedy Founders

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  • Something Borrowed movie box office: Directed by Luke Greenfield, and starring Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin, Warner Bros.’ critically eviscerated romantic comedy is bound to become a sizable money-loser.

Something Borrowed movie box office: Starring Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin, critically upbraided woman-centered romantic comedy flops

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May 6–8 weekend box office (cont.): Opening at no. 4 – right behind TriStar/Sony Pictures’ romantic comedy-drama Jumping the Broom ($15.2 million) – Alcon Entertainment’s Warner Bros.-distributed romantic comedy Something Borrowed brought in $13.9 million from 2,904 North American (U.S. and Canada only) locations as per final studio figures found at

The good news: That’s $800,000 above the studio’s Sunday estimate.

Reality check: Directed by Luke Greenfield, and starring Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin, Something Borrowed averaged a so-so $4,802 per venue. Perhaps worse than “so-so,” as the romantic comedy cost a reported $35 million (as always, not including marketing and distribution expenses).

Comparison to Katherine Heigl’s Life as We Know It

For comparison’s sake: Directed by Greg Berlanti, and starring Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, and Josh Lucas, Warner Bros.’ romantic comedy Life as We Know It opened with $14.5 million from 3,150 locations in October 2010, ending its run with $53.4 million domestically, in addition to $52.3 million (apparently incomplete) internationally. Worldwide total: $105.7 million. Budget: $38 million.

So, could Something Borrowed reach $100 million worldwide?

Chances are it won’t get even near that figure. Domestic reviews have been merciless (3 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes’ “top critics”) while neither Hudson nor Goodwin are significant international box office draws.

Something Borrowed movie cast

Besides Oscar nominee Kate Hudson (Almost Famous, 2000) and Ginnifer Goodwin as best friends whose mutual devotion is threatened by the inconvenience that the latter has had a drunken night of sex with the former’s fiancé, the Something Borrowed cast includes Colin Egglesfield as the titular “something,” John Krasinski as the two girlfriends’ bestie and confidante, Steve Howey, Ashley Williams, Geoff Pierson, and Jill Eikenberry.

Based on Emily Giffin’s 2005 novel, the screenplay is credited to Jennie Snyder Urman. Two-time Best Actress Oscar winner Hilary Swank (Boys Dont Cry, 1999; Million Dollar Baby, 2004) is one of the film’s producers.

Better-than-expected domestic take

Update: Although far, far behind Katherine Heigl’s Life as We Know It, the Kate Hudson-Ginnifer Goodwin romantic comedy Something Borrowed ultimately managed to gross a surprisingly less-than-terrible $39 million domestically and $26.1 million (likely incomplete) internationally. Worldwide total: $65.1 million.

That’s a money-losing cume.

Its top international markets were Australia ($3.9 million), the United Kingdom/Ireland ($3.5 million), Germany ($2.4 million), Russia/CIS ($2.4 million), Mexico ($2.3 million), Brazil ($1.8 million), and Spain ($1.2 million).

French and Japanese figures were unavailable at Box Office Mojo.

Top Five’s fifth title

Lastly, rounding out the Top Five movies on this past Mother’s Day weekend was Carlos Saldanha’s computer-animated musical adventure Rio, which pulled in $8.5 million (down 43 percent on its fourth weekend). Domestic total: $115.2 million. Worldwide: An estimated $407.2 million.

Voice cast: Oscar nominees Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, 2010) and Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, 2008).

Something Borrowed Movie Box Office: Panned Romantic Comedy Founders” notes

Also this past weekend: Directed by Jodie Foster and starring Mel Gibson, the psychological drama The Beaver has turned out to be a box office bomb.

Unless otherwise noted, “Something Borrowed Movie Box Office: Panned Romantic Comedy Founders” 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,, etc.).

Comments about Something Borrowed 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.

Colin Egglesfield and Kate Hudson Something Borrowed movie image: Warner Bros.

Something Borrowed Movie Box Office: Panned Romantic Comedy Founders” last updated in August 2023.

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