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Happy Madison Productions

Happy Madison Productions
Type Film and Television Production Company
Industry Films and Television
Founded 1999
Founders Adam Sandler
Headquarters Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City, California, U.S.
Key people Adam Sandler
Barry Bernardi
Allen Covert
Jack Giarraputo
Tim Herlihy
Heather Parry
Scott Sandler
Products Films 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), 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[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.


  • Filmography 1
  • Critical reception 2
  • Television 3
    • Other 3.1
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Year Film Director Distributor(s) Budget Gross (worldwide)
1999 Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo Mike Mitchell Touchstone Pictures
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 Touchstone Pictures
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 Pictures
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
Columbia 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 MGM
Columbia Pictures
$80 million $169,852,759
Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star Tom Brady Columbia Pictures $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] $243,645,494[5]
2014 Blended[6][7] Frank Coraci[8] Warner Bros. $40 million $111,600,155[9]
2015 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2[10] Andy Fickman Columbia Pictures N/A N/A
Pixels[11][12] Chris Columbus
Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser[13] Fred Wolf Crackle
TBA Candy Land[14] Kevin Lima N/A
Summer School remake[15]
Untitled Tonka Trucks movie[16]
Bad Toys II feature film[17]

Critical reception

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.

Year Film Metacritic Rotten
1999 Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo 30 23%
2000 Little Nicky 38 22%
2001 The Animal 43 30%
2001 Joe Dirt 20 11%
2002 Mr. Deeds 24 22%
2002 The Master of Disguise 12 1%
2002 Eight Crazy Nights 23 12%
2002 The Hot Chick 29 21%
2003 Anger Management 52 43%
2003 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star 36 23%
2004 50 First Dates 48 44%
2005 The Longest Yard 48 31%
2005 Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo 23 9%
2006 Grandma's Boy 33 18%
2006 The Benchwarmers 25 11%
2006 Click 45 32%
2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry 37 14%
2007 Reign Over Me 61 64%
2008 Strange Wilderness 12 0%
2008 The House Bunny 55 41%
2008 You Don't Mess with the Zohan 54 37%
2008 Bedtime Stories 33 25%
2009 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 39 33%
2009 The Shortcut
2009 Funny People 60 68%
2010 Grown Ups 30 10%
2011 Just Go with It 33 19%
2011 Zookeeper 30 14%
2011 Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star 9 0%
2011 Jack and Jill 23 3%
2012 That's My Boy 31 20%
2012 Here Comes the Boom 40 38%
2013 Grown Ups 2 19 7%
2014 Blended 31 14%

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".  
  3. ^ "Taylor Lautner to Join Adam Sandler in 'Grown Ups 2' (Exclusive)".  
  4. ^ Kaufman, Amy. "With 'Grown Ups 2' poised for strong debut, will 'Pacific Rim' flop?". 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". April 24, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Frank Coraci to Direct Adam Sandler's Next". March 8, 2013. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Blended (2014)".  
  10. ^ "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Set for April 17, 2015". 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". Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  13. ^ "David Spade is Back for Joe Dirt 2!". Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  14. ^ Fleming, Mike (31 January 2012). "Hasbro’s ‘Candy Land’ Lands With Adam Sandler". Deadline. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  15. ^ Kit, Borys (2 April 2012). "Adam Sandler's Happy Madison to Produce 'Summer School' Remake (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  16. ^ "Sony Pictures Animation Drives Tonka Trucks to the Big Screen". June 11, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Adapting 'Bad Toys II' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. July 25, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 

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