Flushed Away

Budget: $149 million Financed by: DreamWorks Animation
Domestic Gross: $64,665,672 Domestic Distributor: Paramount (DreamWorks)
Overseas Gross: $113,454,338
Directed by: David Bowers
Sam Fell
Hugh Jackman
Produced by: Peter Lord

flushed away box officeFlushed Away was financed by DreamWorks Animation for $149 million and released through their distribution deal with Paramount.  Flushed Away opened in the US against The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause and the two films competing for family audiences, cannibalized each other.  Paramount stated that they were contractually required to keep the release date after corporate deals were locked in with promotional tie-ins two years prior.  Flushed Away opened slightly behind Santa with $18,814,323 — placing #3 for the weekend led by the surprise hit Borat.  The pic had a great second weekend hold, declining only 11.7% to $16,606,526 but it sank 60.3% in its third frame when the animated Happy Feet opened.  It closed its US run with a troubling $64,665,672.  The overseas cume was a soft $113.4 million, which was inline with most of Aarman’s previous stop-motion features that cost a fraction of this expensive CG toon.  A solid $22 million from the UK was the strongest market.  After an expensive worldwide ad spend, Flushed Away ended as one of the biggest flops on record with DreamWorks Animation taking a massive $109 million write down on the film.  DreamWorks Animation and Aardman severed their relationship after the film posted the huge loss.