Dolphin Tale 2
|Budget: $36 million||Financed by: Alcon Entertainment|
|Domestic Gross: $42,024,533||Domestic Distributor: Alcon Entertainment (through Warner Bros)|
|Overseas Gross: $15,800,000|
Directed by: Charles Martin Smith
Produced by: David Yates
Dolphin Tale 2 was financed by Alcon Entertainment for $36 million and Alcon had a poor 2014, posting over $30 million in losses earlier in the year on the Johnny Depp flop Transcendence, their small budgeted film The Good Lie was barely released and their commercial followup to the moderate hit Dolphin Tale pulled in about half the worldwide gross of its predecessor. The sequel was first dated for September 19, but moved up a week to September 12, where it opened against No Good Deed. Alcon paid for the expensive P&A costs in the US and distributed through Warner Bros, which receives a fee for use of its resources.
Dolphin Tale 2 had $23.4 million in national TV spots (as per iSpot.tv) going into release and millions more were spent after its opening — plus additional millions spent on print, online, radio, etc. Alcon also received exposure from a promotional tie-in with Burger King. The family pic was tracking around $20 million, which is near what the first installment opened with, but Dolphin Tale 2 came in below expectations with $15,873,397 — placing #2 for the weekend led by No Good Deed. The pic posted a 44.1% second frame decline to $8,868,076 which was not a strong enough hold to break out and the sequel closed its run with $42,024,533. Alcon would see returned about $23.1 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not cover the P&A spend, plus their fee to Warner Bros.
Warner Bros distributed Dolphin Tale 2 overseas with a terrible total of $15.8 million. Recorded domestic home video sales were an ok $20.1 million (less after resellers take their cut and manufacturing costs). Ashley Judd also co-starred in the box office dud The Identical, which was released the previous weekend.