|Budget: $75 million||Financed by: Warner Bros|
|Domestic Gross: $13,596,911||Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros|
|Overseas Gross: $429,507|
& Peter Farrelly
Directed by: Bobby Farrelly
Produced by: Bradley Thomas
Osmosis Jones was produced by Warner Bros Feature Animation, which saw success first with Space Jam (1996) and then money losers Quest for Camelot (1998) and The Iron Giant (1999). The film, which was a mix of traditional animation, CG and live-action was in development back in 1998 and was formally greenlit in June 1999 and WB was so high on the project that they also ordered a 13-episode animated TV series spinoff for Kids WB. Warner Bros also planned on huge cross promotional tie-ins with major corporations, but WB clearly lost faith in the project during post production and nothing major materialized. Trendmasters Inc. had a toyline ready for mass production, but major chains had no interest in stocking them and that was abandoned. The only tie-in that was released was a Scholastic book.
The animation was directed by Tom Sito and Piet Kroon and the live action segments were helmed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly and the brothers received full directing credits. Osmosis Jones cost $75 million and was released on August 10 with little fanfare from the studio. It opened against American Pie 2 and The Others and was tracking poorly going into release and performed worse than expected with $5,271,248 in 2,305 theaters. It placed #7 for the weekend led by American Pie 2. Osmosis Jones declined 52.5% the following weekend to $2,504,428 and quickly bombed out of theaters with $13,596,911.
Warner Bros dumped the film overseas and it grossed an anemic $429,507 in a fleeting theatrical release. WB would see back about $7.7 million of the worldwide cume after theaters take their percentage of the gross, barely putting a dent in their modest P&A expenses and leaving the budget in the red. Warner Bros Feature Animation was mostly disbanded after Osmosis Jones and another live-action/animation hybrid Looney Tunes: Back In Action was the final deathblow to the department in 2003.
Three months later, The Farrelly Brothers saw box office success with Shallow Hal for FOX and back in March they produced the flop Say It Isn’t So for FOX.