Lady In The Water
|Budget: $75 million||Financed by: Warner Bros; Legendary|
|Domestic Gross: $42,285,169||Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros|
|Overseas Gross: $30,500,000||
Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Bryce Dallas Howard
Produced by: Sam Mercer
Lady In The Water was originally going to be set up at Disney, which offered $50 million for the production, but director M. Night Shyamalan had a public break up with Disney after the quality of the script was criticized. Shyamalan’s hubris spawns a tell-all book (The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale) about the Disney friction, but backfires when not only the film flops, but that he comes across as an egomaniacal asshole. Warner Bros and Legendary stepped in to finance the film for $75 million and gave Lady In The Water a strong marketing push estimated at $70 million. Lady in the Water opened in the US in 3,235 theaters and it received mostly awful reviews and pulled in a disappointing $18,044,396 — placing #3 for the weekend. Disney not only dodged an expensive bullet, but won the weekend with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest in its third frame and following was the new opener Monster House. The pic proved to have weak legs and fell 60.4% in its second weekend to $7,144,275 and its third frame saw a 62.1% decline to $2,711,191. It continued to post large weekly declines and closed its run with $42,285,169. Overseas, Lady in the Water pulled in a terrible $30.5 million for Warner Bros, bombing in almost every territory. The worldwide total was $72.7 million, leaving Warner Bros with about $39.9 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross. Domestic home video sales were $12.5 million. It was estimated that Lady In The Water would be a write down between $20 – $30 million.