A Man Apart
|Budget: $36 million||Financed by: New Line; Hannover Leasing|
|Domestic Gross: $26,736,098||Domestic Distributor: New Line|
|Overseas Gross: $17,614,828|
Directed by: F. Gary Gray
Produced by: Michael De Luca
New Line financed A Man Apart for $36 million and partnered with Hannover Leasing to tap into the German tax shelter fund market to get capital for the film. Three New Line films would receive coin from the deal struck with Hannover — A Man Apart, Life As A House and I Am Sam. Originally titled El Diablo, the Vin Diesel vehicle finished production in early 2001, but was delayed four times after poor test screenings and New Line ordering reshoots. A Man Apart’s theatrical release was a gloomy prospect, but it was eventually given a wide release in April 2003 and while the film was languishing in the New Line vaults, director F. Gary Gray completed another project — the remake The Italian Job, which was released a few weeks after A Man Apart. The pic opened against Phone Booth, which would be competing for similar auds and A Man Apart came in #3 for the weekend with $11,019,224 when Phone Booth debuted at #1. It collapsed in its second weekend 59.5% to $4,457,668 and its final cume was $26,736,098. New Line would see back about $14.6 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would leave part of the P&A costs in the red and their exposure to the budget at a loss. New Line did sell off overseas distribution rights to many distributors, which would help limit their exposure to the budget. A Man Apart was a dud overseas, with $2 million from the UK as the highest gross and the overseas cume was $17,614,828.