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  • Directed By: Rodrigo García
  • Written By: Ronnie Christensen
  • Release Date: October 24, 2008
  • Domestic Distributor: Sony
  • Cast: Anne Hathaway, Patrick Wilson, David Morse

Box Office Info:
Budget: $25 million Financed by: Mandate Pictures
Domestic Box Office: $292,437 Overseas Box Office: $5,494,715

In 2005 Senator Intl. became a standalone company, breaking away from its German parent Senator Entertainment and company head Joe Drake renamed it Mandate Pictures.  Mandate Pictures set up the $25 million in financing for Passengers and pre-sold rights to distributors, which sold well.  Passengers and Stranger Than Fiction were the first projects setup at Mandate and Sony signed on to distribute the films in the US.

Sony first dated Passengers for September 5, 2008 and sat on this stinker without even releasing a poster or a trailer until a week before its original release date and then pushed the opening back until October 24.  This Anne Hathaway vehicle was buried and quietly released just three weeks after Sony opened the acclaimed Hathaway starrer Rachel Getting Married, which she landed an Oscar nomination for.  She did not promote this picture and Sony dumped Passengers with little to no public awareness and didn’t screen it for critics.

It was booked into 125 theaters and pulled in just $172,544 — it even opened below Rachel Getting Married which was only playing in 112 theaters.  Passengers lasted just two weeks in cinemas and ended its brief run with $292,437.

The film pulled in poor numbers overseas across numerous distributors with Italy’s small gross of $758,564 being the strongest territory and it went straight to video in the UK, Germany and most smaller markets.  The offshore cume was $5.4 million.

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