|Budget: $25 million||Financed by: Mandate Pictures|
|Domestic Gross: $292,437||Domestic Distributor: Sony|
|Overseas Gross: $5,494,715|
Directed by: Rodrigo García
Produced by: Joe Drake
In 2005 Senator Intl. became a standalone company, breaking away from its German parent Senator Entertainment and company head Joe Drake renamed it Mandate Pictures. Mandate Pictures set up the $25 million in financing for Passengers and pre-sold rights to distributors, which sold well. Passengers and Stranger Than Fiction were the first projects setup at Mandate and Sony signed on to distribute the pics in the US. Sony first dated Passengers for release on September 5 and sat on this stinker without even releasing a poster or a trailer until a week before its release date and then pushed the release to October 24. Sony dumped Passengers with little to no public awareness and didn’t screen it for critics. It opened in 125 theaters to just $172,544 opening weekend — it even opened below Rachel Getting Married which was in 112 theaters in its fourth weekend, which Anne Hathaway would nab an Oscar nom for. Passengers lasted just two weeks in theaters and ended its brief run with $292,437.
The film pulled in poor numbers overseas across numerous distributors with Italy’s small gross of $758,564 being the strongest territory and it went straight to video in the UK, Germany and most smaller markets. The offshore cume was $5.4 million.