“The movie was a flop.” The New York Times .
As soon as it opened, the movie flopped and only grossed about $30 million. Smith eventually sold his movie (he also made a film at Cannes that was a hit) to Fox Searchlight for $45 million, who made a further m
[T]he studio, which is run by Rupert Murdoch, has a policy of not discussing specific matters to the press other than saying that the movie did not do well.
When asked about the situation earlier this month Smith told The Guardian he did not know what Weinstein was up to and only knew how Weinstein worked when he appeared as an executive producer in The Sopranos. In the film Smith played a film salesman who falls for a prostitute from the bar, and in the same movie he becomes engaged to a woman named Molly who wants someone who is a good guy with real ambition to be her boyfriend:
When the film made money, Hollywood began to realize that, if Smith would play an affable film salesman, then that would be an even better movie. So the story became rewrited in the press as “The Smiths are dating a prostitute,” but as we have seen there is quite a different motivation that motivates the Smith’s. The Smiths are not really dating anyone. I am not sure how much is made out of their “romance” anyway, and maybe it would be more accurate to say that they are in love. (More on this in a bit.) According to the Guardian, the Smiths are in love with the actress Holly Hunter, who plays Molly (or “Lizzy” as they say in the script) in the movie and actually have been since before the film premiered. Smith sold his film to Fox Searchlight for $45 million in 1998. Fox Searchlight did not make a profit from The Smiths .
So who is selling the film now? So far, The Weinstein Company seems to be a seller of a few films that have not received the critical reception they deserve, and I believe that may change. Smith’s next film will be called The Dark Side , and it will be a thriller. He sold a script to Paramount for $120 million and in an interview with Variety released on October 14, he said, “After The Dark Side came out, all the producers were like, ‘He’s out of his mind. Let’s keep working.’ Then they asked me to sell it to Warner (Pict