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The Back-up Plan Movie Box Office: Alex O’Loughlin & Jennifer Lopez Pairing Fizzles

The Back-up Plan movie Alex O'Loughlin shirtlessThe Back-up Plan movie with Alex O’Loughlin: Middling box office figures, as the naked torso of the romcom’s buffed-up leading man hasn’t been enough to lure moviegoers into theaters.
  • The Back-up Plan movie box office: Starring Alex O’Loughlin and Jennifer Lopez, Alan Poul’s romantic comedy has failed to entice domestic audiences.
  • Is DreamWorks Animation’s costly How to Train Your Dragon a hit or a flop?

The Back-up Plan movie box office: Shirtless Alex O’Loughlin or no, Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy has weak debut

April 23–25 weekend box office: Starring Jennifer Lopez and Alex O’Loughlin, Alan Poul’s The Back-up Plan debuted with a mere $12.2 million, according to final studio figures found at boxofficemojo.com. That’s a hugely disappointing figure for a movie playing at 3,280 theaters.

Unless the CBS Films-distributed romantic comedy grows a pair of sturdy back-up legs (awful pun totally intended), it won’t even earn enough at the North American (U.S. and Canada) box office to match its $35 million production cost. Remember: As a rule of thumb, studios get only about 50-55 percent of a movie’s domestic gross.

And that means this past weekend’s true success story was that of DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon, which, after five weekends out, officially topped the domestic box office chart for the first time (with $15.4 million).

Officially?

How to tally your grosses

Well, the 3D fantasy would also have been the previous weekend’s box office winner if it weren’t for the fact that distributor Lionsgate found a way to kick Kick-Ass to the no. 1 slot by adding the comedy actioner’s Thursday night tally to its opening-weekend total.

Of course, final tallies would also look quite different if studios reported attendance figures instead of increasingly 3D/IMAX-inflated box office grosses (which boost the total take of movies like How to Train Your Dragon). But they don’t. And no one seems to care either way.

Somewhat ironically, when How to Train Your Dragon came out, it was considered by some a commercial “disappointment” because of its hefty $165 million budget. Indeed, there’s no way on Earth the computer-animated fantasy adventure will recoup its production cost domestically.

But never worry. That’s why international moviegoers exist. Their mission: To come to the rescue of Hollywood’s domestic underperformers.

Directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, How to Train Your Dragon features the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, and America Ferrera.

The Back-up Plan & How to Train Your Dragon worldwide gross

Update: The Jennifer Lopez-Alex O’Loughlin romantic comedy The Back-up Plan flopped both domestically and internationally: $37.5 million and $40 million, respectively. Worldwide total: 77.5 million.

Its top international markets were France ($4.2 million), Brazil ($3.4 million), Australia ($3.4 million), and Mexico ($3.1 million).

A Best Animated Feature Academy Award nominee, How to Train Your Dragon eventually grossed $217.6 million domestically and $277.3 million internationally. Worldwide total: A remarkable $494.9 million.

Its top international markets were the United Kingdom/Ireland ($26.5 million), South Korea ($25.1 million), Russia/CIS ($23.5 million), France ($22.6 million), Australia ($16.9 million), Germany ($15.5 million), Mexico ($14.4 million), Spain ($12.5 million), and Brazil ($11.5 million).

The $494.9 million figure was enough to guarantee a couple of sequels:

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) collected $177 million domestically and $444.5 million internationally. Worldwide total: $621.5 million. Budget: $145 million.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) collected $160.9 million domestically and $363.6 million internationally. Worldwide total: $524.5 million. Budget: $129 million.


The Back-up Plan Movie Box Office” endnotes

Unless otherwise noted, “The Back-up Plan Movie Box Office: Alex O’Loughlin & Jennifer Lopez Pairing Fizzles” 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 The Back-up Plan, How to Train Your Dragon, 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.

Alex O’Loughlin The Back-Up Plan movie image: CBS Films.

The Back-up Plan Movie Box Office: Alex O’Loughlin & Jennifer Lopez Pairing Fizzles” last updated in October 2022.

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Connie -

The Backup Plan was a disappointing romantic comedy that was not worth the price of my movie ticket. I can see why it got such terrible reviews.

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Rusty -

Life is rough, it’s just great relaxation to see Jennifer fall in love with Alex (Zoe and Stan).

If I wanted to think hard, I’d read or take a night class….I need to escape and enjoy an evening watching a very handsome Alex O’Loughlin (STAN) woo JLo (Zoe)

Yeah for the Back Up Plan!

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MichaelC2B -

I loved The Back-Up Plan - I have seen it several times and can’t wait for the DVD to come out. You just can’t go wrong with Alex O!

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suzanne faith -

I AM THRILLED ALEX’S NUMBERS ARE GOING UP FOR THE bACK UP PLAN…HE WON’T NEED ANY “BACK UP” WHEN CBS DOES THEIR THING AND PUTS HIM IN THE REAL LIMELIGHT WITH HAWAII FIVE 0. HE WILL REALLY SHINE IN A DRAMA LIKE THAT WHERE HE CAN BE ALL MASCULINE AND SEXY WITH HELP FROM NO ONE. I DO, HOWEVER, THANK OLE JEN FOR GIVING HIM HIS FIRST BIG SCEEN OPPORTUNITY. (CAN’T COUNT LOSER LIKE WHITEOUT….UGH) PLEASE ALEX, GAIN WEIGHT, GET A GOOD TAN TO SHOW OFF THOSE BEAUTIFUL BLUE/GREEN EYES (WITH SUNSCREEN OF COURSE) AND GROW THAT THICK GORGEOUS HAIR LONGER!!! YUM YUM SUZANNE YOUR FOREVER FAN

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Crystal Bowersox -

It seems that JLo wants to team up with all the newest hunks around… :D

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Clara -

So far this year The Runaways is the best movie that no one has seen yet. Anyone associated with the making of The Backup Plan should be banned from Hollywood. My sister wanted a night away from ehr kids so we went to see it. As a woman I was offended. Is this what Hollywood wants us to watch? The Backup Plan and The Bounty Hunter should sweep next years Razzies.

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Eveann -

i love the back-up Plan … because of Alex O’Loughlin , great actor!

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