Happy Madison Productions
|Film and Television Production Company|
|Industry||Films and Television|
|Founded||July 28, 1999|
|Headquarters||Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City, California, U.S.|
|Products||Films and Television|
Happy Madison Productions is an American film and television production company founded in 1999 by Adam Sandler which is best known for its comedy films. Happy Madison takes its name from the films Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison, two box office successes starring Sandler himself, both produced by Robert Simonds. The elderly man depicted in the logo is Sandler's late father, Stanley.
In addition to various Sandler-produced films, the company has also released films produced by others, such as Steven Brill (Little Nicky, Mr. Deeds), Dennis Dugan (The Benchwarmers, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2), Frank Coraci (Click, Zookeeper, Blended), Fred Wolf (Strange Wilderness, The House Bunny), Tom Brady (The Animal, The Hot Chick, Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star), Peter Segal (Anger Management, 50 First Dates, The Longest Yard), and Nicholaus Goossen (A Day with the Meatball, Grandma's Boy, The Shortcut).
The 1998 films The Waterboy and The Wedding Singer helped jump start Sandler's movie career and production company. He produced The Waterboy and co-wrote the script with Tim Herlihy. The film was extremely profitable, earning over $160 million in the United States alone and made Sandler a successful actor with The Waterboy becoming his second $100 million film in a year, along with The Wedding Singer.
The company's production office is located in the Judy Garland building on the Sony Pictures Studios lot in Culver City, California while its corporate and parent company offices (Happy Madison, Inc.) are located in Manchester, New Hampshire run by Adam's brother Scott.
The company used to have a subsidiary, Madison 23 Productions, which was aimed towards the drama genre. The only production under Madison 23 was Reign Over Me, starring Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle. This studio company on the trailer of Funny People and the poster and trailer for Reign Over Me is also known as "Mr. Madison Productions". However, after the financial failure of Reign Over Me, the "Madison 23" label was shut down. Upcoming films include Pixels, a feature film based on the internet short by Patrick Jean (scheduled for release on May 15, 2015); Richard Pryor: Is it Something I Said?, a biography about the comedian; as well as others in development including Golddiggers 101 and The Gilmores of Beverley Hills, according to IMDB and Movie Insider.
|1999||Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo||Mike Mitchell||Buena Vista Pictures||$17 million||$92,938,755|
|2000||Little Nicky||Steven Brill||New Line Cinema||$85 million||$58,292,295|
|2001||The Animal||Luke Greenfield||Columbia Pictures||$47 million||$84,772,742|
|Joe Dirt||Dennie Gordon||$17.7 million||$30,987,695|
|2002||Mr. Deeds||Steven Brill||$50 million||$171,269,535|
|The Master of Disguise||Perry Andelin Blake||$16 million||$43,411,001|
|Eight Crazy Nights||Seth Kearsley||$34 million||$23,833,131|
|The Hot Chick||Tom Brady||Buena Vista Pictures||$34 million||$54,639,553|
|2003||Anger Management||Peter Segal||Columbia Pictures||$75 million||$195,745,823|
|Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star||Sam Weisman||Paramount Pictures||$17 million||$23,794,648|
|2004||50 First Dates||Peter Segal||Columbia Pictures||$75 million||$196,482,882|
|2005||The Longest Yard||Paramount Pictures/Columbia Pictures||$82 million||$190,320,588|
|Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo||Mike Bigelow||Columbia Pictures||$22 million||$45,109,561|
|2006||Grandma's Boy||Nicholaus Goossen||20th Century Fox||$5.5 million||$37,856,991|
|The Benchwarmers||Dennis Dugan||Columbia Pictures||$33 million||$64,957,291|
|Click||Frank Coraci||$82.5 million||$237,681,299|
|2007||I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry||Dennis Dugan||Universal Pictures||$85 million||$186,072,214|
|Reign Over Me||Mike Binder||Columbia Pictures||$20 million||$22,222,308|
|2008||Strange Wilderness||Fred Wolf||Paramount Pictures||$20 million||$6,964,734|
|The House Bunny||Columbia Pictures||$25 million||$70,442,940|
|You Don't Mess with the Zohan||Dennis Dugan||$90 million||$201,802,891|
|Bedtime Stories||Adam Shankman||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures||$80 million||$212,874,442|
|2009||Paul Blart: Mall Cop||Steve Carr||Columbia Pictures||$26 million||$183,293,131|
|The Shortcut||Nicholaus Goossen||Anchor Bay Entertainment||$5 million||N/A|
|Funny People||Judd Apatow||Universal Pictures||$75 million||$71,585,235|
|2010||Grown Ups||Dennis Dugan||Columbia Pictures||$80 million||$271,419,251|
|2011||Just Go with It||$80 million||$214,945,591|
|Zookeeper||Frank Coraci||$80 million||$169,852,759|
|Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star||Tom Brady||$10 million||$2,529,395|
|Jack and Jill||Dennis Dugan||$79 million||$149,673,788|
|2012||That's My Boy||Sean Anders||$70 million||$57,719,093|
|Here Comes the Boom||Frank Coraci||$42 million||$73,100,172|
|2013||Grown Ups 2||Dennis Dugan||$80 million||$246,645,494|
|2014||Blended||Frank Coraci||Warner Bros.||$40 million||$126,794,610|
|2015||Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2||Andy Fickman||Columbia Pictures||$30 million||$103.7 million|
|Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser||Fred Wolf||Crackle||N/A||N/A|
|Pixels||Chris Columbus||Columbia Pictures||$88 million|
|The Ridiculous Six||Frank Coraci||Netflix||N/A|
|2016||The Do Over||Steven Brill|
|This section requires expansion. (April 2012)|
Happy Madison's films have, for the most part, received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics. The production company has put out three films considered to be some of the worst ever made. As of June 2012, the only films to have received a 'fresh' rating are Reign Over Me and Funny People. Happy Gilmore received a 'fresh' rating, but was not an official Happy Madison production. Yet most movies, as per the table above, have been commercial successes relative to their production costs.
NOTE: Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes scores are out of 100.
- Rules of Engagement (2007–13) (with Game Six Productions, CBS Television Studios and Sony Pictures Television)
- The Gong Show with Dave Attell (2008)
- Nick Swardson's Pretend Time (2010–11) (with Culver Entertainment)
- Breaking In (2011–12) (with Adam F. Goldberg Productions and Sony Pictures Television)
- The Goldbergs (2013) (with Adam F. Goldberg Productions and Sony Pictures Television)
- New Hampshire Secretary of State Corporate Information for Happy Madison, Inc.
- "Grown Ups Sequel Planned". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved 2011-12-07.
- "Taylor Lautner to Join Adam Sandler in 'Grown Ups 2' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
- Kaufman, Amy. "With 'Grown Ups 2' poised for strong debut, will 'Pacific Rim' flop?". latimes.com. Retrieved 2013-07-31.
- "Grown Ups 2 (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2013-07-31.
- "Adam Sandler Swaps Paramount Western For Blended Family Fare At Warner Bros". Deadline. February 21, 2013. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
- "Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore Comedy Blended Set For May 23, 2014". ComingSoon.net. April 24, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
- "Frank Coraci to Direct Adam Sandler's Next". ComingSoon.net. March 8, 2013. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
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- "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Set for April 17, 2015". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
- "David Spade is Back for Joe Dirt 2!". Comingsoon.net. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
- "Look out, Adam Sandler! It's Donkey Kong's Space Invading Frogger!". Entertainment Weekly. November 10, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
- "Michelle Monaghan Joins the Cast of Pixels". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
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- "Comedy about middle school statutory rape? Does Adam Sandler's That's My Boy go too far?". Fox News. 2012-04-30. Retrieved 2013-12-19.
- "Is Adam Sandler Serious With That's My Boy? | DrJays.com Live | Fashion. Music. Lifestyle". Live.drjays.com. 2012-05-21. Retrieved 2013-12-19.
- "Adam Sandler's new movie That's My Boy exploits child victims of sexual assault. Please boycott the movie. | National Coalition For Men". NCFM. Retrieved 2013-12-19.