‘Just Go With It’ becomes 12th Adam Sandler movie to gross over $100 million domestically
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Adam Sandler’s latest comedy ‘Just Go With It’ passed the $100-million mark at the domestic box office this weekend, making it the 12th film featuring the comedian to pass that financial milestone.
The movie, which stars Sandler as a man who fools women into liking him by pretending that he is getting divorced, was released in mid-February and has since made $100.3 million, according to an estimate from distributor Sony Pictures. The movie has made less money overseas, so far collecting $62.8 million from 23 foreign markets including Russia, Brazil and Germany.
Since 2000, every film released in over 2,500 theaters that the actor has been in has made that much money, with the exception of 2009’s ‘Funny People’ and 2004’s ‘Spanglish.’ Both of those movies were comedies with strong dramatic plot lines that failed to resonate with broader audiences.
Sandler’s biggest hit in the U.S. was 1999’s ‘Big Daddy,’ about an unlikely foster father, which collected $163.5 million. His lowest-grossing movies were smaller films with darker subject matter. 2007’s ‘Reign Over Me,’ in which he played a man whose family died in 9/11, was released in under 2,000 theaters but only made $19.7 million. The Paul Thomas Anderson-directed ‘Punch-Drunk Love,’ which played in under 1,500 theaters, made $17.8 million in 2002.
Few other comedians hold as much stock with moviegoers as Sandler does at the domestic box office. Eddie Murphy has been in nine live-action films that have topped $100 million, but the majority of those movies were released over a decade ago. Will Ferrell has had leading roles in five live-action films that have grossed over $100 million, but in recent years, a number of his films -- including 2009’s ‘Land of the Lost’ and ‘Semi-Pro’ in 2008 -- failed to make even half that much money. Excluding animated films, Ben Stiller has been in eight movies which have made more than $100 million; Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson have starred in seven respectively; Kevin James in five.
-- Amy Kaufman