Rise Of The Guardians
|Budget: $145 million||Financed by: Dreamworks Animation|
|Domestic Gross: $103,412,758||Domestic Distributor: Paramount|
|Overseas Gross: $203,528,912||
Directed by: Peter Ramsey
Produced by: Guillermo del Toro
DreamWorks Animation financed Rise Of The Guardians for $145 million and the pic marked the final release through Paramount, which the animation company was in contract with for the last seven years for distribution. Rise Of The Guardians opened over the Thanksgiving frame and faced competition with Wreck-It Ralph, which was still going strong in its fourth weekend in release. Rise Of The Guardians came in far below expectations with $23,773,465 — placing #4 for the weekend led by The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Skyfall and the DreamWorks co-production Lincoln and Rise came in slightly ahead of Wreck-It Ralph. The pic posted a 43.7% second frame decline to $13,388,852 and it leveled off the following weekend, posting a 22.3% drop. Rise Of The Guardians continued to post modest weekly declines and it managed to climb to $103,412,758. The film took in a decent sized overseas cume at $203,528,912 bringing the worldwide total to $306.9 million — but after the massive worldwide P&A spend, DreamWorks Animation took an $87 million write down on the picture and laid off more than 350 employees because of its box office failure.