Beyond The Sea

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  • 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.

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