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Happy Madison Productions
Film and Television Production Company
Industry Films and Television
Founded December 10, 1999; 18 years ago (1999-12-10)
Founder Adam Sandler
Headquarters Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City, California, U.S.
Key people
Adam Sandler (CEO)
Allen Covert
Jack Giarraputo
Tim Herlihy
Heather Parry
Scott Sandler
Products Films and Television
Parent Happy Madison, Inc.
Website adamsandler.com

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 production logo is Sandler's late father, Stanley, who also says the accompanying audio, "Terrific."

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 while its corporate and parent company offices (Happy Madison, Inc.) are located in Manchester, New Hampshire[1] run by Adam's brother Scott.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Director Distributor Budget Gross (worldwide)
1999 Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo Mike Mitchell Buena Vista Pictures (Touchstone Pictures) $17 million $92,938,755
2000 Little Nicky Steven Brill New Line Cinema $85 million $58,292,295
2001 Joe Dirt Dennie Gordon Columbia Pictures $17.7 million $30,987,695
The Animal Luke Greenfield $47 million $84,772,742
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 (Touchstone 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 Reign Over Me Mike Binder $20 million $22,222,308
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry Dennis Dugan Universal Pictures $85 million $186,072,214
2008 Strange Wilderness Fred Wolf Paramount Pictures $20 million $6,964,734
You Don't Mess with the Zohan Dennis Dugan Columbia Pictures $90 million $201,802,891
The House Bunny Fred Wolf $25 million $70,442,940
Bedtime Stories Adam Shankman Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (Walt Disney Pictures) $80 million $212,874,442
2009 Paul Blart: Mall Cop Steve Carr Columbia Pictures $26 million $183,293,131
Funny People Judd Apatow Universal Pictures/Columbia Pictures $75 million $71,585,235
The Shortcut Nicholaus Goossen Leomax $1 million N/A
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[2] Dennis Dugan[3] $80 million[4] $246,645,494[5]
2014 Blended[6][7] Frank Coraci[8] Warner Bros. $40 million $126,794,610[9]
2015 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2[10] Andy Fickman Columbia Pictures $30 million $103,700,000
Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser[11] Fred Wolf Crackle N/A N/A
Pixels[12][13] Chris Columbus Columbia Pictures $88 million $244,900,000
The Ridiculous 6 Frank Coraci Netflix $60 million N/A
2016 The Do-Over Steven Brill $40 million
2017 Sandy Wexler N/A
2018 The Week Of Robert Smigel
Father of the Year[14] Tyler Spindel
2019 Murder Mystery Kyle Newacheck
TBD Untitled Animated Film[15] TBA STX Entertainment

Critical reception[edit]

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.[16][17][18][19]

Year Film Rotten
Tomatoes
Metacritic
1999 Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo 23% 30
2000 Little Nicky 22% 38
2001 Joe Dirt 11% 20
2001 The Animal 30% 43
2002 Mr. Deeds 22% 24
2002 The Master of Disguise 1% 12
2002 Eight Crazy Nights 12% 23
2002 The Hot Chick 22% 29
2003 Anger Management 43% 52
2003 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star 23% 36
2004 50 First Dates 44% 48
2005 The Longest Yard 31% 48
2005 Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo 9% 23
2006 Grandma's Boy 18% 33
2006 The Benchwarmers 11% 25
2006 Click 32% 45
2007 Reign Over Me 64% 61
2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry 14% 37
2008 Strange Wilderness 2% 12
2008 You Don't Mess with the Zohan 37% 54
2008 The House Bunny 42% 55
2008 Bedtime Stories 25% 33
2009 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 33% 39
2009 Funny People 68% 60
2009 The Shortcut N/A N/A
2010 Grown Ups 10% 30
2011 Just Go with It 19% 33
2011 Zookeeper 14% 30
2011 Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star 0% 9
2011 Jack and Jill 3% 23
2012 That's My Boy 20% 31
2012 Here Comes the Boom 38% 40
2013 Grown Ups 2 7% 19
2014 Blended 14% 31
2015 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 6% 14
2015 Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser 10% N/A
2015 Pixels 17% 27
2015 The Ridiculous 6 0% 18
2016 The Do-Over 5% 22
2017 Sandy Wexler 32% 39
2018 The Week Of 22% 41
2018 Father of the Year 0% N/A

Television[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ New Hampshire Secretary of State Corporate Information for Happy Madison, Inc. Archived 2011-06-05 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Grown Ups Sequel Planned". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  3. ^ "Taylor Lautner to Join Adam Sandler in 'Grown Ups 2' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  4. ^ Kaufman, Amy. "With 'Grown Ups 2' poised for strong debut, will 'Pacific Rim' flop?". latimes.com. Retrieved 2013-07-31. 
  5. ^ "Grown Ups 2 (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2013-07-31. 
  6. ^ "Adam Sandler Swaps Paramount Western For Blended Family Fare At Warner Bros". Deadline. February 21, 2013. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore Comedy Blended Set For May 23, 2014". ComingSoon.net. April 24, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Frank Coraci to Direct Adam Sandler's Next". ComingSoon.net. March 8, 2013. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Blended (2014)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Set for April 17, 2015". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  11. ^ "David Spade is Back for Joe Dirt 2!". Comingsoon.net. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "Look out, Adam Sandler! It's Donkey Kong's Space Invading Frogger!". Entertainment Weekly. November 10, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Michelle Monaghan Joins the Cast of Pixels". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  14. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (3 May 2017). "David Spade, Bridgit Mendler, Nat Faxon, & More Co-Star In 'Who Do You Think Would Win?' For Netflix". Retrieved 22 January 2018. 
  15. ^ Amid Amidi (May 24, 2016). "Adam Sandler Will Write and Star In Animated Feature For STX Entertainment". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved February 17, 2018. 
  16. ^ "The tragedy of Adam Sandler". Salon. 2011-11-14. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  17. ^ "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. 
  18. ^ "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. 
  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. 
  20. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 12, 2016). "Drama 'Notorious', Comedy 'Imaginary Mary' Picked Up To Series At ABC". Deadline. 

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