|Budget: $28.5 million||Financed by: Mandalay Pictures; VIP Medienfonds 3|
|Domestic Gross: $6,303,762||Domestic Distributor: Warner Independent|
|Overseas Gross: $14,822,463||
Directed by: John Maybury
Produced by: Steven Soderbergh
The Jacket began development at Mandalay Pictures in 1998, when the company began a 4 year partnership with Paramount, where the studio would distribute their movies domestically. In 2002, Mandalay moved off the Paramount lot and this project landed a financing arrangement in late 2003 between Mandalay Pictures and a now defunct German tax shelter VIP Medienfonds 3 — which quickly raised $181 million at the end of the year in 2003 where 3000 rich German citizens invested for a huge tax write off. Summit handled pre-sales to distributors.
Warner Independent acquired US distribution rights and The Jacket would be the specialty label’s first wide release movie. It was dated for March 4, 2005 as counter programming to The Pacifier and Be Cool. After a confusing marketing campaign that stressed odd distorted dream imagery over anything that might connect with audiences, the film was booked into 1,331 theaters and tanked with $2,723,682 — placing #10 for the weekend led by The Pacifier. The Jacket declined 50.8% in its second weekend to $1,339,283 and promptly lost most of its theater count. The film closed with just $6,303,762. Warner Independent would see returned about $3.4 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, far less than their modest P&A spend.
Constantin distributed in Germany and the German funded film was dumped straight to video in 2006. The Jacket grossed a total of only $14,822,463 overseas, across numerous distributors.