The Iron Giant

L. Bird pkeets at
Fri Jul 2 10:00:44 CDT 2004

Well, maybe that's right about "fails to find an audience," then.  I guess 
they were hoping for a huge success right off the bat.  Still I don't think 
the movie has done badly.  If you add rentals and video/DVD sales to the 
worldwide gross, then certainly they've gotten their money back--just not a 
quickly as they'd have liked.

>>Hmmm.  Here's what the IMDB says about it.   There's some confusion about
>the budget, or maybe some creative accounting going on.  However, if the
>budget was $70M, they still made $10M worldwide.

>IMDB also links to news items , such as:


>The Iron Giant Produces A Thud
30 August 1999 (StudioBriefing)
Warner Bros. execs are expressing dismay over the failure of Iron Giant, The
(1999) to attract an audience, despite loud protests by parents and
politicians over the lack of family films. The animated film, which opened
to largely favorable reviews, has grossed only $18.9 million in three
weekends. Today's (Monday) USA Today quoted Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Warner's
president of production, as saying: "People always say to me, 'Why don't you
make smarter family movies?' ... The lesson is: Every time you do, you get

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