A Sound Of Thunder
|Budget: $52 million (estimated)||Financed by: Franchise Pictures; Apollo Media; Crusader Entertainment|
|Domestic Gross: $1,900,451||Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros|
|Overseas Gross: $9,765,014|
Directed by: Peter Hyams
Produced by: Elie Samaha
A Sound Of Thunder was financed by Franchise Pictures, the German tax shelter fund Apollo Media and Crusader Entertainment and was greenlit with an $80 million budget back in 2002, but the notoriously scummy Franchise Pictures went bankrupt late in production and it is estimated the final budget is around $52 million. The film languished on the shelf for three years. Franchise Pictures, the financing company behind infamous disasters like Battlefield Earth and Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, saw its founder Elie Samaha responsible for a $77 million judgement against him personally for inflating film’s budgets so that his financing partners end up covering most, or in some cases, all of the production costs. A Sound Of Thunder saw a few scraps of cash left over for completing visual effects, which is a problem when the film is vfx driven with dinosaurs and futuristic city environments and even though this is not a movie review site, I must report the vfx are hilariously bad. Warner Bros was contractually forced to release this film in the US with unfinished visuals and this was their final picture in their long standing arrangement with the now defunct Franchise Pictures. For obvious reasons Warner Bros dumped A Sound Of Thunder with minimal marketing and opened the film in 816 theaters, over the slow Labor Day frame, where it predictably grossed a poor $917,398. The small audience the film attracted, awarded A Sound Of Thunder with a hateful D- cinemascore and it sank 69% in its second weekend to $284,527 and was promptly pulled out of all, but 62 theaters. The film closed out its run with $1,900,451. The overseas cume was $9.7 million, across multiple distributors and it went straight to video in most major markets.