Dolphin Tale 2
- Directed By: Charles Martin Smith
- Written By: Charles Martin Smith, Karen Janszen, Noam Dromi
- Release Date: September 12, 2014
- Domestic Distributor: Alcon Entertainment (through Warner Bros)
- Cast: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $36 million||Financed by: Alcon Entertainment|
|Domestic Box Office: $42,024,533||Overseas Box Office: $15,800,000|
The budget for Dolphin Tale 2 was $36 million and it was financed by Alcon Entertainment and they also paid for the expensive P&A costs in the US and distributed through Warner Bros, which receives a fee for use of its resources. Alcon had a poor 2014, posting over $30 million in losses earlier in the year on the Johnny Depp flop Transcendence, their small budgeted film The Good Lie was barely released and their commercial follow up to the moderate hit Dolphin Tale pulled in about half the worldwide gross of its predecessor. The sequel was first dated for September 19, but moved up a week to September 12, where it opened against No Good Deed.
Dolphin Tale 2 was given a strong marketing push, with $23.4M in national TV spots (as per iSpot.tv) going into release and millions more were spent after its opening — plus additional millions spent on print, online, radio, etc. for a domestic P&A spend north of $35M. Alcon also received exposure from a promotional tie-in with Burger King. The family pic was tracking around $20 million, which is near what the first installment opened with, but Dolphin Tale 2 came in below expectations with $15,873,397 — placing #2 for the weekend led by No Good Deed. It posted a 44.1% second frame decline to $8,868,076 which was not a strong enough hold to break out and the sequel closed its run with $42,024,533. Alcon would see returned about $23.1 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not cover the P&A spend, plus their fee to Warner Bros.
Warner Bros distributed Dolphin Tale 2 overseas with a terrible total of $15.8 million.