DREAMCATCHER

Budget: $68m Financed by: Warner Bros; Castle Rock; Village Roadshow
Domestic Gross: $33,715,436 Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros
Overseas Gross: $42,000,000

dreamcatcher 2003Warner Bros, Castle Rock and Village Roadshow evenly contributed to the $68 million budget for Dreamcatcher, with Warner Bros distributing.  Based on a Stephen King novel, directed by veteran Lawrence Kasdan and co-written by William Goldman, Dreamcatcher had major talent behind the project and the sci-fi/horror/buddy film mashup was savaged by critics.  Scatilogical humor and poop based horror did not bring in older audiences for, well, obvious reasons and the film attracted under 25 year old males in its first weekend — and underperformed, which would lead to its quick death at the box office.  Warner Bros also tacked on an animated Matrix short Flight of the Osiris to the film, to attract audiences.  Dreamcatcher opened in 2,945 theaters to $15,027,423 and audiences gave it a poor C+ cinemascore and the film took a 55.8% nosedive the following weekend to $6,638,459.  After steep weekly drops, Dreamcatcher closed with $33,715,436.  Village Roadshow distributed in their home country Australia to a poor $1,892,168 and their massive profits from the Matrix franchise were cut in half from the awful numbers Dreamcatcher, The Adventures Of Pluto Nash, Analyze That and Eight Legged Freaks pulled in.  Warner Bros distributed in almost every territory, where Dreamcatcher pulled in generally poor numbers, totaling $42 million.  The worldwide total was $75.7 million, leaving the financiers with about $41.6 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross — leaving part of the P&A costs in the red and the budget also in red.  Director Lawrence Kasdan found himself out of work after Dreamcatcher for 9 years and finally directed the low budget Darling Companion outside of the studio system.