The Good Dinosaur 2015 is Pixar’s lowest-grossing movie, which was plagued by story troubles, production delays, and reports of directors being switched mid-production. The Good Dinosaur has a budget of at least $200 million and a worldwide P&A expense of around $150 million. Pixar’s sixteenth film, The Good Dinosaur, was also their first flop.
Pixar is no stranger to retooling and switching directors during production, but this film had a six-year battle to get to the big screen. In September 2013, Disney announced that the film will be postponed from its original May 30, 2014 release date to November 25, 2015, in order to restructure the script, replace director Bob Peterson, and recast the majority of the voice performers. Peterson’s replacement by Peter Sohn was the fourth time Pixar fired a director in the middle of a project. The original filmmakers of Ratatouille, Cars 2, and Brave were all fired.
There were cross-promotional tie-ins with Subway, Barnes & Noble, SunMaid, and hundreds of other companies, as well as college campus tours with Pixar artists, a lot of time and money spent, and a lot of interest in The Good Dinosaur. Despite the lengthy production, the film received mixed reviews. The picture earned $55,455,687 ($39,155,217 for the weekend), placing it second behind The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 over the five-day holiday period. After the second frame drop, the film’s expected domestic total cume dropped to $140 million, but even that was too optimistic, and it ended with $123,087,120.
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