Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie
|Budget: $14 million||Financed by: Big Idea|
|Domestic Gross: $25,581,229||Domestic Distributor: Artisan|
|Overseas Gross: $34,002|
& Phil Vischer
Directed by: Mike Nawrocki
After a long successful run of short straight to video VeggieTales episodes, Big Idea unwisely decided to finance an animated feature version of its successful franchise for about $14 million. Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie was distributed in the US by Artisan Entertainment, who only had P&A costs on the line and decided to go moderately wide in its first week of release in 940 theaters, courting faith based audiences in the south and the midwest. Jonah had an ok start with $6,201,345 — placing #6 for the weekend led by Red Dragon. It expanded to 1,174 theaters in its second weekend to diminishing returns where it fell 40.9% to $3,662,880 but the pic held on its third frame with $3,906,223. Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie closed its US run with $25,581,229 — almost covering Artisan’s P&A costs after theaters take their percentage of the gross.
Bad news for Big Idea, who saw no revenue back from the theatrical title since P&A costs were not recouped and Big Idea went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. They were sold off at auction to Classic Media for $19.3 million. The new Big Idea management decided to get back into the theatrical market in 2008 with The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie and it flopped and they were sold off again. The animated feature saw a brief theatrical release in Iceland and Russia to all of $34,002.