Big Daddy is a 1999 American comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan, starring Adam Sandler, Joey Lauren Adams, and Jon Stewart. The movie tells the story of Sonny Koufax (Adam Sandler), a slacker who adopts a five-year-old boy to prove to his girlfriend that he is ready for commitment. In this review, we will be discussing the box office performance of the film.
Box Office Performance:
“Big Daddy” was released on June 25, 1999, and grossed $41.5 million during its opening weekend. The movie went on to earn $163.5 million domestically and $234.8 million worldwide, making it a box office success. “Big Daddy” was the fifth highest-grossing film of 1999, and it solidified Adam Sandler’s status as a box office draw.
The movie’s success can be attributed to Adam Sandler’s popularity at the time, as well as the film’s marketing campaign that emphasized the heartwarming story of a man learning to become a father figure. The film was also successful in DVD sales, becoming one of the top rentals in its year of release.
“Big Daddy” received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 40% approval rating based on 104 reviews, with an average rating of 4.9/10. The website’s critical consensus reads, “Adam Sandler acquits himself admirably, but his charm isn’t enough to compensate for Big Daddy’s jarring shifts between crude humor and mawkish sentimentality.”
Critics praised Adam Sandler’s performance, with some noting that he brings a genuine warmth to the character of Sonny Koufax. However, others criticized the film’s crude humor and uneven tone. Despite the mixed reviews, “Big Daddy” has gained a cult following over the years, with fans appreciating its humor and heart.