|Budget: $39 million||Financed by: Universal|
|Domestic Gross: $25,514,517||Domestic Distributor: Universal|
|Overseas Gross: $13,354,947|
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Produced by: Barry Mendel
Universal purchased the rights to the canceled Firefly series from FOX and financed Serenity for $39 million. Universal originally scheduled an April 22 release, but it was pushed back to September 30 and opened against the flop Into The Blue, The Greatest Game Ever Played and the wide expansion of A History Of Violence. Serenity was booked into 2,188 theaters and came in on the lower end of its modest expectations with $10,086,680 — placing #2 over the slow weekend led by holdover Flightplan. Despite receiving an A cinemascore from the fanbase that showed up opening weekend, the film did not have the strong legs it needed to break out and it declined 46.9% the following weekend to $5,352,090. Serenity saw a 54.3% third frame drop to $2,443,870 and promptly lost most of its theater count. The pic left theaters with a disappointing $25,514,517. UIP (joint distribution between Universal and Paramount) released the film overseas to mostly terrible numbers. Serenity was released wide in the UK in 355 theaters and grossed $4,840,196 which posted the film’s highest overseas numbers. The overseas cume was a mere $13,354,947 and Universal dumped the film straight to video in a few smaller markets. The worldwide gross was $38.8 million and Universal would see back about $21.3 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not cover their P&A costs or any of the budget. After Serenity tanked in theaters, the film has had a long and prosperous life on home video. On a completely trivial side note, Serenity was the first hacked movie on the unsuccessful HD DVD format in January 2007 by Muslix64.