Stealth

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  • Directed By: Rob Cohen
  • Written By: W.D. Richter
  • Release Date: July 29, 2005
  • Domestic Distributor: Sony
  • Cast: Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx

Box Office Info:
Budget: $138 millionFinanced by: Sony
Domestic Gross: $32,116,746Overseas Gross: $44,816,126


Director Rob Cohen turned down the sequel to his hit XXX, which became the box office disaster XXX: State of the Union, to helm the box office disaster Stealth.  Sony financed this $138 million stinker and fast tracked it through development in 2003 to make its prime summer release date on July 29, 2005.  Despite a lack of star power, this high concept action fare was given an expensive marketing blitz, but this derivative 2001 and Top Gun knockoff was tracking soft going into release.

Along with troubling tracking, Stealth was set to open just one week after Michael Bay’s expensive action pic The Island opened to a disastrous $12.4 million, which would also be targeting the same audience.  It bowed against Sky High and Must Love Dogs and predictably received awful reviews.  Stealth opened far worse than expected with $13,251,545 — placing #4 for the weekend led by holdovers Wedding Crashers and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Stealth sank 55.3% in its second frame to $5,923,794 and followed that with a 63.7% third weekend nosedive to $2,151,768.  The domestic run closed with only $32,116,746.

Stealth also performed poorly overseas, bombing in every country, with the exception of an ok $10.5 million from Japan.  The overseas cume was just $44,816,126.  The worldwide total was $76.9M, leaving Sony with about $42.2M after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not even cover half of the global P&A costs or any of the budget.  Losses on Stealth were at least $125 million, making this one of the top 10 biggest movie flops on record.

After a disappointing 2005, Sony replaced Columbia TriStar prexy of worldwide marketing Geoffrey Ammer after a string of flops that included Stealth, Zathura, Bewitched, Lords of Dogtown and XXX: State of the Union.  Rob Cohen was in development on The 8th Voyage of Sinbad with Keanu Reeves, but Sony canceled the project after Stealth flopped.  Sony packaged Stealth and Bewitched for a larger than expected $12M for broadcast sales to both ABC and TBS.

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