WASHINGTON (July 23, 2013)—“Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure,” a state-of-the-art adventure film made for large-format and digital 3-D and 2-D cinemas in museums, zoos, aquariums and science centers, surpassed $50 million in total worldwide gross box office, National Geographic Cinema Ventures (NGCV) has announced.
Funded in part through a grant from the National Science Foundation, the film is narrated by Tony Award-winning actor Liev Schreiber, with an original score by long-time musical collaborators Richard Evans, David Rhodes and Peter Gabriel. “Sea Monsters” has been exhibited in more than 400 theaters in over 30 countries in 17 languages since its release in 2007. On 3-D digital and large-screen platforms, the film takes audiences back 82 million years, following a family of Dolichorhynchops, known informally as “Dollies,” as they traverse ancient waters populated with saber-toothed fish, prehistoric sharks and giant squid. The film weaves together spectacular photorealistic animation with standout finds from paleontological digs around the world — discoveries that shed light on the film’s incredible cast of characters.
“‘Sea Monsters’ is the quintessential giant-screen film, with appeal to all ages,” said Mark Katz, president of NGCV distribution. “Its success and longevity in theaters around the world is a testament to that appeal, as well as to its outstanding story and stunning visuals, not to mention its ability to transport audiences to a world they can only imagine.”
Directed by Sean MacLeod Phillips and produced by Lisa Truitt and Jini Durr, “Sea Monsters” has received worldwide critical acclaim since its release in 2007. Described by The Washington Post as “‘Finding Nemo’ with a ‘Wow’ factor of about 100,” the film offers audiences a state-of-the-art 3-D experience unlike any other.
“Sea Monsters” has won numerous international awards, including Best Film from GSCA, Golden Reel for Best Sound Editing from Motion Picture Sound Editors and Outstanding Visual Effects Special Venue from the Visual Effects Society.
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About National Geographic Cinema Ventures
National Geographic Cinema Ventures is responsible for production and distribution of giant screen, 3-D and specialty films. Over the last decade, NGCV has produced or released a number of successful films, including Oscar-nominated documentaries “Restrepo” and “The Story of the Weeping Camel”; giant-screen award-winning films “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure,” “U2 3D,” “Mysteries of Egypt” and “Forces of Nature”; and feature-length films “The Last Lions” and “Life in a Day.” Lisa Truitt is president of NGCV, and Mark Katz is president of NGCV distribution. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/movies.