Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

Budget: $80 million Financed by: Warner Bros; Village Roadshow
Domestic Gross: $55,675,313 Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros
Overseas Gross: $84,398,077
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Abbie Cornish
Produced by: Deborah Snyder

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole box officeWarner Bros and Village Roadshow financed the animated Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole and after a 40% Australian tax rebate the budget was estimated at $80 million.  Warner Bros distributed Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole in the US and even after an expensive ad spend, the film opened with just $16,112,211 — coming in behind Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and a week after the cheap animated dud Alpha & Omega.  Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole saw modest weekly declines, but closed its run with a disappointing $55,675,313.  Warner Bros would see back about $30.6 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would likely cover most of the ad spend, but wouldn’t put a dent in the budget.  Overseas the film did a bit better than its US run, but still only pulled in mediocre numbers with $84.3 million which was not strong enough to lift the weak US run out of the red.  Australia based Village Roadshow distributed in their home country to a soft $1,699,808 opening weekend, coming in second for the weekend behind Despicable Me, which was in its fourth week of release.  Legend of the Guardians closed its run with a poor $4,669,462.  A planned franchise was aborted after the disappointing worldwide numbers.  Warner Bros and Village Roadshow had a string of animated fare that flopped, beginning with Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, then Legend of the Guardians and 2011’s Happy Feet Two.