Budgeted just under $20m, Tideland was financed by Hanway Films, Telefilm Canada awarded the film $1.9m from its Canadian Feature Film Fund and UK based Foresight Films provided financing via section 48 tax funding. Hanway sold the international rights to distributors worldwide. Tideland premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to scathing reviews and all the major US distributors passed on the film and the toxic reception saw most foreign distributors dump the film. ThinkFilm eventually picked up Tideland for US distribution and director Terry Gilliam traveled the country doing a small amount of promotion himself. Tideland opened in 1 theater with a weak $7,276 for the weekend and expanded to only 9 theaters and left after four weeks with $66,453. Revolver Entertainment distributed in the UK and and put the film out in just 7 theaters to a total of $109,578. France posted the highest numbers with a dismal $179,997 while playing in a moderately wide release in 111 theaters. The film was dumped straight to video in most markets. The careless ThinkFilm, who would stop operating in 2008 and head in to bankruptcy, even screwed up the aspect ratio on the initial DVD release.