|Budget: $65 million||Financed by: Sony|
|Domestic Gross: $29,258,869||Domestic Distributor: Sony (Columbia)|
|Overseas Gross: $35,062,632|
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Produced by: Michael De Luca
This belated follow up to 1995’s Jumanji was financed for $65 million by Sony and distributed through their Columbia division. After Zathura was tracking poorly Sony held two weekends of sneak previews in over 500 theaters to spread word of mouth. Despite generally positive reviews, Zathura had the misfortune to be sandwiched between the release dates of the family skewing Chicken Little and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It opened with a soft $13,427,872 in 3,223 theaters, placing #2 for the weekend, behind Chicken Little in its second frame. The following weekend Zathura sank 61.8% to $5,133,592, when Harry Potter took most of the box office to itself. The pic saw a modest 31% third weekend decline to $3,541,291 over the Thanksgiving holiday, but then The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe entered the market and Zathura was pulled after just five weeks in release and cumed $29,258,869. Overseas, Zathura did not fare much better, pulling in a weak $35,062,632 with $7.6 million from the UK as the highest gross. The worldwide total was $64.3 million and Sony would see back about $35.3 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would leave part of the P&A costs in the red, as well as the budget. After a disappointing 2005, Sony replaced Columbia TriStar prexy of worldwide marketing Geoffrey Ammer after a string of flops that included Zathura, Bewitched, Lords of Dogtown, XXX: State of the Union and Stealth. Domestic home video sales were $22.1 million (less after resellers take their cut and manufacturing costs).