Now, maybe Seth Rogen and his longtime creative partner Evan Goldberg don't expect The Night Before to become a mainstream holiday classic, but they probably expect it to crack the century mark as that's the bar they've managed to already set. Neighbors and This is the End both managed to make over a hundred million domestically, and The Green Hornet was just two million shy itself! Plus to be fair, before the whole Sony Hack fiasco, The Interview was probably expected to pass the century mark as well.
In fact, save for a few scenes at Rockefeller Center, most of The Night Before was shot in August 2014, months before the infamous Sony Hack took place in late November. Therefore Rogen and Goldberg, at the time, likely felt they could take the box office hit for a passion project which re-teamed them 50/50's Jonathan Levine, a film which only brought in thirty-five million TOTAL. Add to that Joseph Gordon-Levitt's recent failure to reach any significant box office heights with The Walk, plus Anthony Mackie'sown recent flops with Our Brand is Crisis, Love the Coopers and likely the same day digital and theatrical release Shelter.
So yeah, Rogen should just keep reminding himself that thisis a passion project, along with Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights - another example of a Jewish comedian trying to get some Hanukah movies onto the board as well. Besides, it's not like Rogen needs a hit too badly here. Sure he's coming off of The Interview, but next year he's not only got sure fire hit Neighbors 2, but his first original animated movie Sausage Party. Animation has been very good to Seth Rogen. And that, along with his other successes, has allowed him to make this Christmas gift for YOU with love. Question is, even if his intentions are good, is this just a crappy gift?.
The Night Before Official Red Band Trailer #1...