|Budget: $40 million||Financed by: Franchise Pictures; MHF Zweite Academy Film|
|Domestic Gross: $20,453,431||Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros|
|Overseas Gross: $6,438,418|
Directed by: Andrew Fleming
Produced by: Elie Samaha
Michael Douglas had a terrible 2003 beginning with his lower budgeted dud It Runs In The Family opening the month prior to The In-Laws. The film’s main backer Franchise Pictures was already facing serious legal action at the time of The In-Laws release — the notorious production company run by Elie Samaha, who would inflate his picture’s budgets, so that his fiscal partners end up shouldering most of the production costs and sometimes 100% of the production costs. The budget has been reported at $40 million, but with Franchise Pictures, it could be anything. The In-Laws also received coin from the German Tax shelter fund MHF Zweite Academy Film. Warner Bros would distribute in the US through their output deal with Franchise. The In-Laws opened over the Memorial Day frame against another comedy Bruce Almighty, in 2,652 theaters and placed 5th for the weekend with a poor $7,319,848. The In-Laws declined 48.9% the following weekend to $3,741,063 and quickly faded away with a poor $20,453,431. Warner Bros would see back about $11.2 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, far less than their P&A expenses. Michael Douglas’ production company Further Films was given a two year first-look deal at Warner Bros after The In-Laws wrapped production, but after the film flopped Warner Bros did not do any business with Further.
The film was a disaster in the UK, opening wide in 237 theaters to a miserable $176,176 with a $743 per screen average and it was yanked out of release after two weeks with just $390,248. Italy was the only market that pulled in more than $1 million, with $1.2 million and the overseas cume was a terrible 6,438,418.
In 2012, MHF Zweite Academy Film would sue Warner Bros for continuing to collect on revenue from from The Whole Ten Yards, Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Sever and The In-Laws, after Warner Bros lost the rights to the films after Franchise Pictures collapsed. Warner Bros was to pay $432,578 to settle and continue to collect revenue and report accounting data on the films, only to not pay and not report the data and lead to another suit in 2015 also regarding the lost rights of the rom-com Laws Of Attraction.