Beyond The Sea
- Directed By: Kevin Spacey
- Written By: Kevin Spacey, Lewis Colick
- Release Date: December 17, 2004
- Domestic Distributor: Lionsgate
- Cast: Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, John Goodman
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $24 million||Financed by: Visionview; Babelsberg; Royal Bank of Scotland; Endgame Entertainment|
|Domestic Box Office: $6,318,709||Overseas Box Office: $2,128,906|
Just before production began on Beyond The Sea, the original backers MDP Worldwide and MGM, who would also distribute, pulled out of the project. The $24 million budget was then secured from the German based Babelsberg, which put up $6.1 million, the UK tax financier Visionview put up the majority of funds, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Endgame Entertainment also contributed capital. Element X sold the film to foreign distributors. Lionsgate acquired US distribution rights after MGM dropped the film and and Beyond The Sea was dated for December 17 as a potential Oscar hopeful.
After an expensive promotional 10-show concert tour featuring Kevin Spacey singing Bobby Darin tunes, Beyond The Sea landed mixed to poor reviews and saw a weak debut in limited release. This self-indulgent stinker, toplined by a far too old Kevin Spacey, was booked into in 6 theaters and grossed $45,264 with a soft $7,544 per screen average. It expanded to 383 theaters in its third weekend to $1,340,773 with a $3,500 per screen average. Beyond The Sea never expanded beyond 383 theaters and closed its run with $6,318,709.
Entertainment distributed in the UK to a terrible $898,527. Beyond the Sea was dumped in Germany and grossed all of $89,291. The overseas cume was just $2,128,906. After the film flopped, Royal Bank of Scotland reaffirmed its commitment to financing low-budget movies, after being exposed to high investment costs of expensive box office duds, like Beyond The Sea. Spacey has not directed another movie since this picture.