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Return (2011)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $16,124Details
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Back from a tour of duty, Kelli can't wait to rejoin her old life in the Rust Belt town in which she’s always lived. She's ready to experience the old feelings of everyday life - the carpet under her bare feet, a cold beer in front of the television, the smell of her baby’s head. But slowly, her world comes to feel unfamiliar. Her friends love her but seem preoccupied with trifles. Her children need more focused attention than she can give, and as much as he tries, her husband doesn't understand what she's been through. As Kelli's dislocation ripples through her world, she risks becoming an outsider. When she’s thrown back on her own resources Kelli has to struggle to find a new way forward.


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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: February 10th, 2012 (Limited) by Dada Films
Video Release: February 28th, 2011 by Focus World
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 98 minutes
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Keywords: Returning Soldiers, PTSD, Dysfunctional Family, Therapists / Therapy, Relationships Gone Wrong, Iraq War, Infidelity
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Dada Films, Focus World
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,787 $977 Mar 16, 2012 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,488 $544 Mar 9, 2012 31
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 8,531 $1,921 Feb 24, 2012 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 9,893 $1,327 Feb 17, 2012 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 9,923 $6,717 Feb 10, 2012 3


Michael Shannon    Mike
John Slattery    Bud
Talia Balsam    Julie
Paul Sparks    Ed
Louisa Krause    Shannon

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Liza Johnson
Producer    Noah Harlan
Producer    Ben Howe
Producer    Liza Johnson
Executive Producer    Abigail Disney
Executive Producer    Meredith Vieira
Executive Producer    Amy Rapp

Awards Season: Silver Linings for Limited Releases

November 28th, 2012

The Independent Spirit Awards has a special place in the Awards Season. The nominations are the unoffficial start of Awards Season, but the actual awards aren't given out until Oscar weekend, so they are the beginning at the end of Awards Season. They also help out a lot of limited releases that would otherwise not get enough buzz, although they are not so good at predicting Oscar wins. This year, two films tied for most nominations, Moonrise Kingdom and The Silver Linings Playbook, both of which earned five nominations. They weren't the only films to earn multiple nominations though. More...

Jazzing Up the Per Theater Chart

February 14th, 2012

Chico and Rita started its run on top of the per theater chart with $21,400 in one theater. Given its reviews and its Oscar nomination, it should have no trouble expanding at least somewhat. The overall number one film, The Vow, was in second place on the per theater chart with an average of $13,929. Safe House was close behind with $12,880. It's not too common for wide releases to earn more than $10,000 on the per theater chart at this time of year, so to have two of them do so on the same weekend is doubly impressive. The final film in the $10,000 club was Rampart with an average of $12,089. Like Chico and Rita it should expand for similar reasons. (I.E. Strong reviews and major nominations.) More...

Limited Releases run Rampart

February 10th, 2012

First of all, I'm equally proud and ashamed for making that pun in the title. Secondly, it's another Oscar week on the limited releases with three Oscars nominees on the list: Chico and Rita, In Darkness, and 2012 Oscar Shorts coming out. Additionally, while Rampart didn't earn any Oscar nods, it did pick up an Independent Spirit Award nomination, so there are some high quality movies to check out this week. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/02/10 76 $6,717   3 $2,239   $6,717 3
2012/02/17 89 $1,327 -80% 1 $1,327   $10,128 10
2012/02/24 89 $1,921 +45% 1 $1,921   $13,003 17
2012/03/09 105 $544   1 $544   $13,547 31
2012/03/16 99 $977 +80% 2 $489   $15,615 38

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/02/10 74 $8,801   3 $2,934   $8,801 7
2012/02/17 98 $2,281 -74% 1 $2,281   $11,082 14
2012/02/24 96 $1,921 -16% 1 $1,921   $13,003 21
2012/03/09 105 $1,635   1 $1,635   $14,638 35
2012/03/16 96 $1,486 -9% 2 $743   $16,124 42

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