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  • Directed By: Tony Leondis
  • Written By: Chris McKenna
  • Release Date: September 19, 2008
  • Domestic Distributor: MGM
  • Cast: John Cusack, John Cleese, Steve Buscemi

Box Office Info:
Budget: $25 million Financed by: Exodus Film Group
Domestic Box Office: $19,528,602 Overseas Box Office: $11,218,902

The budget for Igor was $25 million and it was financed by Exodus Film Group.   The Weinstein Company handled international sales to distributors, which kicked off at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and the project sold well.  The Weinstein Company was originally set as the domestic distributor and they announced that they would partner with Exodus on a sequel which would go into production shortly.  While TWC was high on the commercial potential for Igor, they set up a promotional tie in with CKE Restaurants, which owns Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, to help market the animated film.  The Weinstein Co. had a co-distribution arrangement with MGM, but disagreements emerged over the release and marketing and TWC sold back its stake in the film and MGM distributed Igor in the US.

Igor was dated for September 19, when there was a void of family films in the market.  It landed mostly poor reviews and bowed against Lakeview Terrace, My Best Friend’s Girl and Ghost TownIgor opened within its modest expectations at $7,803,347 — placing #4 for the slow weekend led by Lakeview Terrace.  Igor saw a good hold the following weekend, declining 31% to $5,383,912 but then collapsed 67.7% in week three when the family pic Beverly Hills Chihuahua opened.  The domestic run closed with a poor $19,528,602.  MGM would see returned about $10.7 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross — leaving much of the P&A expenses in the red.

Igor posted poor numbers overseas with just $11.2 million in receipts across many distributors.  German distributor Constantin dumped it straight to video.  The weak box office killed off the sequel.

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