Shares of the Hollywood studio were down 1 percent in
extended trading on Tuesday, after falling as much as 6 percent
immediately after the results were released.
Three of DreamWorks' last four movies have had weak box office
returns and the company has so far taken charges totaling about
$157.5 million, more than its revenue in the quarter ended March
The studio, which made the popular "Shrek" and "Kung Fu Panda"
series, is aiming to make sequels as they require less
advertisement costs and their international ticket sales often
exceed those of their predecessors.
DreamWorks bad run at the box office started with the release of
"Rise of the Guardians" in late 2012. That was followed by weak
results for "Turbo" last year and continued with "Mr. Peabody &
Sherman", a time-travel comedy about a talking genius dog and
the boy he adopts, released in March.
While the box office results of "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" and
"Turbo" were similar, the former had higher production costs and
the latter was helped by a larger consumer products and
licensing program, Chief Financial Officer Lew Coleman said on a
As of last weekend, "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" had grossed about
$260.8 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo, a
website that tracks theater ticket sales.
DreamWorks reported a net loss of $42.9 million, or 51 cents per
share for the first quarter, due to a $57 million charge for "Mr. Peabody &
Sherman". The studio earned $5.6 million, or 7 cents per share, a year earlier.
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The movie contributed revenue of $3 million to total revenue of
$147.2 million in the quarter. Analysts were expecting revenue of
$137.2 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
DreamWorks' hopes now rest on the June release of "How to Train Your
Dragon 2" — a sequel that picks up five years after the protagonist
"Hiccup" and his dragon "Toothless" united Vikings and dragons on Berk Island.
The studio's upcoming slate of movies include "Dragons" 2 and 3,
"The Penguins of Madagascar", "Kung Fu Panda 3" as well as sequels
to "Puss in Boots".
DreamWorks said it would release "The Croods" — a film that tracks a
prehistoric family's road trip and the company's only successful
movie in the past year — in international pay TV markets in the
Shares of the company closed at $26.37 on the Nasdaq on Tuesday.
(Reporting by Lehar Maan in Bangalore; editing by Ted Kerr and Savio
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