The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
|Budget: $60 million||Financed by: Disney|
|Domestic Gross: $24,020,403||Domestic Distributor: Disney (Buena Vista)|
|Overseas Gross: $10,788,000|
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Produced by: Scott Rudin
Disney financed The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou and in an interview with Wes Anderson in the latimes, the original $53 million budget climbed to $60 million. Disney released The Life Aquatic through their Touchstone label and gave the pic an exclusive two week run at L.A.’s Grove and Lincoln Square in Manhattan. It pulled in a very strong $113,085 in the two theaters, with a $56,542 per screen average. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou expanded to 1,105 theaters in its third weekend, over the crowded Christmas frame against Meet the Fockers, the wide expansion of The Aviator, The Phantom of the Opera, Fat Albert and Darkness. The Oscar hopeful received mixed reviews and struggled with a soft $4,547,181 — placing #9 for the weekend led by Fockers and the holdover Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Audiences gave the film a hateful D cinemascore. The Life Aquatic declined only 2.7% over the New Year frame to $4,424,122 — but the film quickly lost traction, declining 38% the following weekend to $2,744,639 and The Life Aquatic never expanded beyond 1,105 theaters. It closed with only $24,020,403. Disney released the film overseas to mostly terrible numbers, with a soft $3 million from the UK as the strongest gross and the film performed poorly in France with $1.5 million. The overseas cume was a mere $10,788,000. The worldwide total was $34.8 million, leaving Disney with about $19.1 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not cover P&A expenses and leave the budget in the red.