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  • Acclaimed Flop: Critics loved Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, many of them walking into the theatre expecting to hate it and ending up gushing about it. Despite that, theatres didn't feel the same way about scheduling it, nor did audiences about seeing it if they even knew it was out. While it did eventually make its money back ($17,655,201 against a $10 million budget), this was in spite of earning money at a snail's pace and having virtually no presence in international cinemas.
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  • California Doubling: Owing to budget constraints, Kit Kittredge was filmed in and around Toronto, and in Tottenham, Ontario, which stood in for Cincinnati.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Abigail Breslin wore a blonde wig for the title role, and Madison Davenport, who is naturally blonde, had to dye her hair to a brunette shade for her part as Ruthie.
  • Franchise Killer: Killed adaptations of the historical AG books for a long time, as it didn't sell well given how this was a niche film at best, and it didn't help that the aforementioned Bratz adaptation made theatre owners leery with showing "yet another doll movie". American Girl has never returned to theatres, though they did eventually start adapting the historical books again for Amazon Prime Video, and talks about a future theatrical adaptation with MGM are being made as well.
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  • Screwed By The Studio: Several theaters who were burned by the experience of the Bratz movie often barely advertised it or waited up to a month after it came out to begin showing it, despite having good reviews.

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