|Budget: $65 million||Financed by: Working Title; StudioCanal|
|Domestic Gross: $6,880,917||Domestic Distributor: Universal|
|Overseas Gross: $21,402,720|
Directed by: Jonathan Frakes
Produced by: Tim Bevan
Thunderbirds was financed by the UK based Universal owned Working Title and also StudioCanal for $65 million. Thunderbirds was a long in development pet project for Working Title heads Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, who bought the rights in the early 1990s. After the movie opened to disastrous numbers Bevan said to the latimes: “When you make as many movies as we do, there’s going to be a train wreck. It’s unfortunate it was on one that cost a lot of money.” Universal distributed the family film in the US and the poorly reviewed Thunderbirds flopped opening weekend with a terrible $2,766,810 — placing #11 for the weekend led by The Village. The expensive dud The Manchurian Candidate also bowed. The pic saw a 54.5% second weekend decline to $1,257,785 and promptly lost most of its theater count. Thunderbirds was pulled from release after only four weeks with $6,880,917. Thunderbirds grossed a disappointing $10.1 million in the UK, which was the strongest worldwide territory and it flopped in every other market. The overseas total was just $21,402,720. Universal dumped the film straight to video in Italy and a few smaller markets. The worldwide gross was $28.2 million, returning about $15.5 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would leave much of the P&A expenses in the red and the budget at a loss.