|Budget: $43 million||Financed by: Vanguard Animation; Ealing Studios; UK Film Council|
|Domestic Gross: $19,478,106||Domestic Distributor: Disney|
|Overseas Gross: $42,268,782|
Directed by: Gary Chapman
Produced by: John H. Williams
The producers of Valiant originally tried to launch the CG toon for $25 million, but settled on a cash budget of $32.5 million, with $7.5 million in deferrals. Financing was by Vanguard Animation and Ealing Studios and the production received £2.58 million ($4 million) from the UK Film Council’s Premiere Fund. Valiant’s final costs came in at $43 million and Odyssey Entertainment pre-sold the foreign rights to distributors, which sold well. Disney acquired US rights for $10 million and spent far more on P&A costs. Disney opened Valiant in 2,014 theaters, trying to court family auds against openers The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Red Eye. It tanked with $5,914,722 coming in #8 for the weekend. The animated pic declined 40.7% in its second frame to $3,505,126 and closed its US run with a poor $19,478,106. Disney would see returned about $10.7 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, leaving much of their P&A expenses and acquisition cost in the red. Valiant did moderately better overseas, but still posted poor numbers in most markets, with the exception of a decent $15.9 million gross for Entertainment in the UK. The overseas cume was $42,268,782 across many distributors and Vanguard followed Valiant in 2006 with the more expensive flop Happily N’Ever After.