Sinbad: Legend Of The Seven Seas
- [Total: 18 Average: 2.9]
- Directed By: Patrick Gilmore, Tim Johnson
- Written By: John Logan
- Release Date: July 2, 2003
- Domestic Distributor: DreamWorks
- Cast: Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $60 million||Financed by: DreamWorks|
|Domestic Gross: $26,483,452||Overseas Gross: $54,284,432|
DreamWorks financed Sinbad: Legend Of The Seven Seas for $60 million and incurred one of the biggest write-downs on record, taking a colossal $125 million loss on the animated film after a massive worldwide marketing spend. The legendary Arab sailor gets the big screen mistreatment courtesy of Jeffrey Katzenberg, who turned the classic character into a Sicilian going on Greek adventures. The huge failure of Sinbad: Legend Of The Seven Seas marked the end of traditional animation for DreamWorks.
Sinbad: Legend Of The Seven Seas was dated for the prime holiday frame on July 2, 2003. In addition to the traditional P&A blitz, tens of millions were also wasted from corporate promotional tie-ins with Baskin-Robbins, Burger King Corp., General Mills, Hewlett Packard, M&M’s Brand, Valpak, Speedway SuperAmerica and Hasbro action figures. Sinbad bowed against Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde and it was tracking to open between $15 million and $20 million. Sinbad also saw direct competition with Finding Nemo, which was in its 6th weekend and still going strong. It pulled in a disastrous $6,874,477 — placing #6 for the weekend and coming in miles behind Terminator 3, Legally Blond 2 and Finding Nemo. The film saw a modest 37.3% second weekend decline to $4,310,834 but tumbled 56.2% in its third weekend to $1,890,171 and quickly bombed out of theaters with $26,483,452. DreamWorks would see returned about $14.5 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross.
UIP (joint distribution between Universal and Paramount) put Sinbad out in most overseas markets to soft numbers. France posted the highest gross with $7.9 million and the offshore cume was $54,284,432.
DreamWorks had an awful 2003 that hemorrhaged untold millions off the studio’s bottom line, with Old School being their only hit and Biker Boyz, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, Head of State and Anything Else doing terrible business.