Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
|Budget: $70 million||Financed by: Summertime Entertainment|
|Domestic Gross: $8,462,027||Domestic Distributor: Clarius Entertainment/Freestyle Releasing|
|Overseas Gross: $11,645,586|
& Daniel St. Pierre
Directed by: Will Finn
& Ryan Carroll
Produced by: Roland Carroll
Summertime Entertainment secured the $70 million budget for Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return and through various means of unethical, but grey area legal fundraising, Ryan and Roland Carroll who run Summertime actually made a profit on one of the biggest flops of 2014. The two brothers reportedly fundraised the budget, promising massive returns from individual donors and kept over $15 million of the raised cash as their fee. For a more detailed write-up of their shady shenanigans, see this article from The Wrap. In 2013, Hyde Park International took on worldwide sales duties. New distributor Clarius Entertainment, who had a terrible 2014, picked up domestic distribution from the questionable Summertime and Legends Of Oz: Dorothy’s Return would be their first film out of the gate.
Clarius dated the pic for May 9, where it would bow against Neighbors and Moms’ Night Out and compete for auds with Rio 2 in its 5th week in release. Clarius partnered with rent-a-distributor Freestyle Releasing for distribution logistics and booking. Legends Of Oz: Dorothy’s Return received awful reviews and was tracking for about a $12 million opening weekend, but bombed with $3,747,780 in 2,658 theaters — placing #8 for weekend led by Neighbors. The film declined 47.8% in its second frame to $1,957,456 and promptly lost most of its screen count. The domestic run closed with only $8,462,027. With new startup distributor Clarius receiving a small percentage of the ticket price (Regal pays out only 34% to independent distributors, for example) they didn’t see more than $3.5 million in returns — which leaves most of their modest P&A spend as a loss.
Overseas the film pulled in a poor $11.6 million across numerous distributors and was dumped straight to video in Germany. This was Summertime Entertainment’s first and last project. Clarius released And So It Goes two months later, which did poorly and Before I Go To Sleep was a wipeout in October and they quickly ran out of funds and relabeled themselves Aviron Pictures in 2015 — and released one picture My All American — which tanked.