Happy Madison Productions

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Happy Madison Productions
TypeFilm and Television Production Company
IndustryFilms and Television
FoundersAdam Sandler
HeadquartersSony Pictures Studios, Culver City, California, U.S.
Key peopleAdam Sandler
Barry Bernardi
Allen Covert
Jack Giarraputo
Tim Herlihy
Heather Parry
Scott Sandler
ProductsFilms and Television
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Happy Madison Productions
TypeFilm and Television Production Company
IndustryFilms and Television
FoundersAdam Sandler
HeadquartersSony Pictures Studios, Culver City, California, U.S.
Key peopleAdam Sandler
Barry Bernardi
Allen Covert
Jack Giarraputo
Tim Herlihy
Heather Parry
Scott Sandler
ProductsFilms and Television

Happy Madison Productions is an American film and television production company founded in 1999 by Adam Sandler who is best known for his 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), Aaron Rodgers (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[1] run by Adam's brother Scott.

Its subsidiary, Madison 23 Productions, is aimed towards the drama genre. The first 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". 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.


YearFilmDirectorDistributor(s)BudgetGross (worldwide)
1999Deuce Bigalow: Male GigoloMike MitchellTouchstone Pictures
Buena Vista Pictures
$17 million$92,938,755
2000Little NickySteven BrillNew Line Cinema$85 million$58,292,295
2001The AnimalLuke GreenfieldColumbia Pictures$47 million$84,772,742
Joe DirtDennie Gordon$17.7 million$30,987,695
2002Mr. DeedsSteven Brill$50 million$171,269,535
The Master of DisguisePerry Andelin Blake$16 million$43,411,001
Eight Crazy NightsSeth Kearsley$34 million$23,833,131
The Hot ChickTom BradyTouchstone Pictures
Buena Vista Pictures
$34 million$54,639,553
2003Anger ManagementPeter SegalColumbia Pictures$75 million$195,745,823
Dickie Roberts: Former Child StarSam WeismanParamount Pictures$17 million$23,794,648
200450 First DatesPeter SegalColumbia Pictures$75 million$196,482,882
2005The Longest YardParamount Pictures
Columbia Pictures
$82 million$190,320,588
Deuce Bigalow: European GigoloMike BigelowColumbia Pictures$22 million$45,109,561
2006Grandma's BoyNicholaus Goossen20th Century Fox$5.5 million$37,856,991
The BenchwarmersDennis DuganColumbia Pictures$33 million$64,957,291
ClickFrank Coraci$82.5 million$237,681,299
2007I Now Pronounce You Chuck and LarryDennis DuganUniversal Pictures$85 million$186,072,214
Reign Over MeMike BinderColumbia Pictures$20 million$22,222,308
2008Strange WildernessFred WolfParamount Pictures$20 million$6,964,734
The House BunnyColumbia Pictures$25 million$70,442,940
You Don't Mess with the ZohanDennis Dugan$90 million$201,802,891
Bedtime StoriesAdam ShankmanWalt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
$80 million$212,874,442
2009Paul Blart: Mall CopSteve CarrColumbia Pictures$26 million$183,293,131
The ShortcutNicholaus GoossenAnchor Bay Entertainment$5 millionN/A
Funny PeopleJudd ApatowUniversal Pictures
Columbia Pictures
$75 million$71,585,235
2010Grown UpsDennis DuganColumbia Pictures$80 million$271,419,251
2011Just Go with It$80 million$214,945,591
ZookeeperFrank CoraciMGM
Columbia Pictures
$80 million$169,852,759
Bucky Larson: Born to Be a StarTom BradyColumbia Pictures$10 million$2,529,395
Jack and JillDennis Dugan$79 million$149,673,788
2012That's My BoySean Anders$70 million$57,719,093
Here Comes the BoomFrank Coraci$42 million$73,100,172
2013Grown Ups 2[2]Dennis Dugan[3]$80 million[4]$243,645,494[5]
2014Blended[6][7]Frank Coraci[8]Warner Bros.$40 million$111,600,155[9]
2015Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2[10]Andy FickmanColumbia PicturesN/AN/A
Pixels[11][12]Chris Columbus
TBACandy Land[13]Kevin LimaN/A
Summer School remake[14]
Untitled Tonka Trucks movie[15]
Bad Toys II feature film[16]

Critical reception[edit]

Happy Madison's films have, for the most part, received mixed to negative critical reception. As of June 2012, the only films to have received a 'fresh' rating are Reign Over Me and Funny People. Yet most movies, as per the table above, have been commercial successes relative to their production costs.

1999Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo3023%
2000Little Nicky3822%
2001The Animal4330%
2001Joe Dirt2011%
2002Mr. Deeds2422%
2002The Master of Disguise121%
2002Eight Crazy Nights2312%
2002The Hot Chick2921%
2003Anger Management5243%
2003Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star3623%
200450 First Dates4844%
2005The Longest Yard4831%
2005Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo239%
2006Grandma's Boy3318%
2006The Benchwarmers2511%
2007I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry3714%
2007Reign Over Me6164%
2008Strange Wilderness120%
2008The House Bunny5541%
2008You Don't Mess with the Zohan5437%
2008Bedtime Stories3325%
2009Paul Blart: Mall Cop3933%
2009The Shortcut
2009Funny People6068%
2010Grown Ups3010%
2011Just Go with It3319%
2011Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star90%
2011Jack and Jill233%
2012That's My Boy3120%
2012Here Comes the Boom4038%
2013Grown Ups 2197%

NOTE: Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes scores are out of 100.




  1. ^ New Hampshire Secretary of State Corporate Information for Happy Madison, Inc.
  2. ^ "Grown Ups Sequel Planned". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
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  4. ^ Kaufman, Amy. "With 'Grown Ups 2' poised for strong debut, will 'Pacific Rim' flop?". latimes.com. Retrieved 2013-07-31. 
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  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. ^ "Look out, Adam Sandler! It's Donkey Kong's Space Invading Frogger!". Entertainment Weekly. November 10, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Michelle Monaghan Joins the Cast of Pixels". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  13. ^ Fleming, Mike (31 January 2012). "Hasbro’s ‘Candy Land’ Lands With Adam Sandler". Deadline. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  14. ^ Kit, Borys (2 April 2012). "Adam Sandler's Happy Madison to Produce 'Summer School' Remake (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  15. ^ "Sony Pictures Animation Drives Tonka Trucks to the Big Screen". ComingSoon.net. June 11, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Adapting 'Bad Toys II' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. July 25, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 

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