The Real Reason These DreamWorks Animated Movies Got Bombed

Sinbad is an important film in the history of DreamWorks Animation. For one, it was the studio’s latest foray into hand-drawn animation. It’s no surprise that DreamWorks dropped the format, given that Sinbad wasn’t just a box office underperformer. Sinbad was a real financial debacle.

by Sinbad the box office race started with a $6.8 million opening weekend. Not only did this crude put Sinbad behind newcomers like Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Legally Blonde 2: red, white and blondebut it also opened under the sixth weekend of The world of Nemo. Any hope that Sinbad’s national run would improve from there would be unfulfilled. According Numbers, Sinbad only grossed $26.5 million domestically and $54.3 million internationally on a budget of $60 million. A few weeks after its release, DreamWorks Animation co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg said The New York Times that the studio would no longer produce hand-drawn animated projects as a result of by Sinbad failure. Computer-animated features such as Shrek and Madagascar have proven to be standard for DreamWorks ever since.

Two years after its theatrical release, by Sinbad the exact financial losses were made public when, according to the Los Angeles Times, DreamWorks co-founder David Geffen revealed that the project lost $125 million. In the process, the heroic Sinbad nearly bankrupted the studio. Given these kinds of losses, it’s no surprise that Sinbad ended up being a watershed moment for DreamWorks Animation as a company.