Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock
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Star Trek: The Search for Spock (1984)
Production Budget: $18,000,000
Worldwide Box office: $87,000,000
Total Profit: $69,000,000
Return on Investment: 383.3%
With the death of Spock in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and it being seemingly impossible to bring him back fans were universally received to see the title of the next entry in the series, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, after all there was never any chance they would search for a dead man only to not find him right? and the fans came out in droves to see their hero resurrected.
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The Search for Spock was one of the dreaded odd entries in the franchise, and while it, along with the rest of the odd entries, holds a lower spot in the minds of many fans its easy to forget all of the great moments this movie offers, sure it brings back Spock, but remember the other good points, Doctor McCoy going as ‘fruity as a nut cake’, the sudden and inexplicable end of transwarp drive, the plot to steal the flagship, and of course the destruction of that same iconic flagship.
With the script for the movie being ordered just days after the opening of The Wrath of Khan, writer Harve Bennett said it was the fastest green lit movie he ever worked on. The Search for Spock is littered with classic moments, and acted as not only the follow-up to the excellent Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan but also the setup for the excellent Star Trek IV: The Voyage home. It’s outstanding 383.3% Return on Investment is good for number three on this list.