|Budget: $50m (estimated)||Financed by: Disney (Touchstone)|
|Domestic Gross: $24,020,403||Domestic Distributor: Disney (Buena Vista)|
|Overseas Gross: $10,788,000|
Disney financed The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, reporting the budget between $25m – $30m in early development, but at the time of release it was listed as an expensive $50m production. Disney released The Life Aquatic through their Touchstone label and the film pulled in a very strong $113,085 in 2 theaters, with a $56,542 per screen average. Playing in a crowded end of the year holiday market, the Oscar hopeful received mixed reviews and struggled as it expanded and general audiences gave it a hateful D cinemascore. The Life Aquatic expanded to 1,105 theaters in its third weekend, over the Christmas frame to a soft $4,547,181 and the film dropped only 2.7% over the New Year frame to $4,424,122 — but the film quickly lost traction, declining 38% the following weekend to $2,744,639 and The Life Aquatic never expanded beyond 1,105 theaters and closed with a weak $24,020,403. Disney released the film overseas to mostly poor numbers, with a soft $3m from the UK as the strongest showing and the film performed poorly in France with $1.5m. The overseas total was a mere $10,788,000.