Thunderbirds has pushed Britain's leading movie company to the brink of crisis - because the film's performed so badly at the box office.

The $77.4 million (GBP43 million) film - starring Ben Kingsley and SOPHIA MYLES - has become WORKING TITLE's most expensive project in its 22-year history. But the 60s TV puppet show adaptation has pulled in a mere $5.4 million (GBP3 million) on its first three weeks of release in the UK.

Staff at the firm - responsible for hits including Bridget Jones's Diary and FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL - now fear the massive losses suffered will force bosses to make employment cuts.

A movie industry source says, "Thunderbirds' failure to do the business has proved a big shock."

24/08/2004 13:43