|Budget: $21 million||Financed by: Imagenation; Participant|
|Domestic Gross: $970,816||Domestic Distributor: Summit|
|Overseas Gross: $5,400,000|
Directed by: Jodie Foster
Produced by: Steve Golin
Imagenation co-financed the $21 million film with Participant and Summit handled pre-sales. The Beaver had just one problem, its lead actor who would turn the film into something that the public kept away from like it was diseased. Summit acquired domestic rights and this was to be a comeback vehicle for Mel Gibson, that is until another hateful rant made the public rounds and turned Gibson into a toxic asset that no studio or film could possibly overcome. The Beaver was originally scheduled for a 2010 release, but Summit delayed the pic until April 2011 and then until May 6, 2012, with a wide expansion planned. Summit quietly put The Beaver in 22 theaters opening weekend to $107,577 with a weak $4,890 per screen average. The Beaver expanded at its widest to only 168 theaters to a final domestic gross of just $970,816. Interest was minimal overseas as well, with the film pulling in only $5.4 million across numerous distributors, even grossing just $95k in Australia, which the Gibson co-founded Icon distributed. Director Jodie Foster paid for screeners to be sent out to Oscar voters after the nominations were announced, not for voter consideration but so that her peers could actually see her movie.