Fox News.com- 5/16/05
'Sahara' Dry as the Desert
While the entire film business waits and prays for "Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith" to save the industry, there are more immediate problems at hand.
The biggest one is "Sahara."
So far, the $130 million "Raiders of the Lost Ark" homage has grossed only $64.5 million domestically and $23.8 million internationally.
Sometimes a movie with middling reviews, but lots of action and sexy stars, can stir up enough interest abroad to offset domestic losses.
But Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz have not played that well across the seas. English-speaking counties such as Britain, Australia and New Zealand have had lukewarm responses to it. Japan and Italy have been equally unexcited.
"Sahara" was directed by Breck Eisner, son of soon-to-be-former Disney chief Michael Eisner. It was his first blockbuster production.
Hopefully, it will be his last.
(The article goes on to discuss how the film comes close to matching the money-losing prowess of "Around the World in 80 Days")
Is anyone else concerned that not only does Eisner have progeny, but they are making movies?