|Budget: $15 million||Financed by: Intrepid Pictures; Rogue|
|Domestic Gross: $7,749,851||Domestic Distributor: Rogue|
|Overseas Gross: $4,242,163|
Directed by: Asif Kapadia
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Produced by: Aaron Ryder
The Return was co-financed by Intrepid Pictures and Focus’ short lived genre label Rogue for an estimated $15 million and Focus Intl. sold overseas rights at the American Film Market and signed Sarah Michelle Gellar to the project a few weeks after The Grudge became a hit. Rogue scheduled The Return in the US in 1,986 theaters, only one month after Gellar was seen in The Grudge 2 and it opened against Stranger Than Fiction and A Good Year. It pulled in a poor $4,479,621 placing #9 for the weekend led by holdover Borat and was also hurt by Saw III still going strong in its third frame. The Return sank 61.5% in its second frame to $1,723,615 and promptly lost most of its theater count and quickly left theaters with $7,749,851. Rogue would see back about $4.2 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would leave most of the modest P&A costs in the red and the budget untouched. UIP (joint distribution between Universal and Paramount) released The Return in the UK moderately wide in 225 theaters to just $547,468 and it closed with a weak $1,134,154 — which posted the strongest overseas number. The overseas cume was $4.2 million and Universal sold off the foreign rights to numerous distributors, who saw very little in return.