|Budget: $68 million||Financed by: Warner Bros; Castle Rock; Village Roadshow|
|Domestic Gross: $33,715,436||Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros|
|Overseas Gross: $42,000,000|
Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan
Produced by: Charles Okun
Warner Bros, Castle Rock and Village Roadshow evenly contributed to the $68 million budget for Dreamcatcher, with Warner Bros distributing. Based on a Stephen King novel, directed by veteran Lawrence Kasdan and co-written by William Goldman, Dreamcatcher had major talent behind the project and the sci-fi/horror/buddy film mashup was savaged by critics. Scatilogical humor and poop based horror did not bring in older audiences for, well, obvious reasons and also adding to its troubles was the Iraq invasion, which began the day prior to its release and news coverage of the war kept many auds at home. Warner Bros also tacked on an animated Matrix short Flight of the Osiris to the film, to attract audiences. Dreamcatcher opened in 2,945 theaters against View From The Top, Piglet’s Big Movie and Boat Trip and pulled in $15,027,423 — placing #2 for the slow weekend led by Bringing Down The House in its third frame. Audiences gave the pic a poor C+ cinemascore and the film took a 55.8% nosedive the following weekend to $6,638,459. After steep weekly drops, Dreamcatcher closed with $33,715,436. Village Roadshow distributed in their home country Australia to a poor $1,892,168 and their massive profits from the Matrix franchise were cut in half from the awful numbers Dreamcatcher, The Adventures Of Pluto Nash, Analyze That and Eight Legged Freaks pulled in. Warner Bros distributed in almost every territory, where Dreamcatcher pulled in generally poor numbers, totaling $42 million. The worldwide total was $75.7 million, leaving WB with about $41.6 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross — leaving part of the P&A costs in the red and the budget also in red. Veteran director Lawrence Kasdan found himself out of work after Dreamcatcher for 9 years and finally directed the low budget Darling Companion outside of the studio system.