There Be Dragons
|Budget: $36 million||Financed by: Mount Santa Fe Espana; Mount Santa Fe; Antena 3 Films|
|Domestic Gross: $1,069,334||Domestic Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn|
|Overseas Gross: $3,303,308|
Directed by: Roland Joffé
Produced by: Ignacio Núñez
This $36 million Spain-US backed film was financed by Mount Santa Fe Espana and Mount Santa Fe in the US. From operating in two different countries, Mount Santa Fe would recoup tax breaks from both countries. They contributed 80% of the budget and Antena 3 Films and small investments from over 100 sources would contribute to the remainder of the budget. Aurum Producciones acquired Spanish rights and the film did mediocre business bringing in $3 million in Spain. Director Roland Joffé’s career hit the toilet after the 2007 torture porn flop Captivity and There Be Dragons was also savaged by critics. Samuel Goldwyn picked up rights in the US and opened the film in 259 theaters to $705,537 with a weak $2,724 per screen average. There Be Dragons sank 79.8% in its second frame to $142,288 and closed after just four weeks with $1,069,334. There Be Dragons tried to appeal to the Christian marketplace, but the film was dumped direct to video in a handful of countries it found distribution. After this, Joffé immediately went into production on the doomed The Lovers, which was beset by financing woes and was dumped straight to video in 2015 after years on the shelf.