|Budget: $55 million||Financed by: Lakeshore Entertainment; Paramount; Motion Picture Production GmbH & Co. Ertste KG|
|Domestic Gross: $34,244,097||Domestic Distributor: Paramount|
|Overseas Gross: $11,252,437|
Directed by: William Friedkin
Tommy Lee Jones
Benicio Del Toro
Produced by: James Jacks
Director William Friedkin helmed this production and continued to raise eyebrows in hollywood, not for controversial material in the film, but that of nepotism — since every studio considered him unemployable and yet Paramount which was run by his wife Sherry Lansing, would hire him for big budget productions. The Hunted was snatched up by Lakeshore Entertainment after Disney put the project into turnaround. Lakeshore financed the film with Paramount for $55 million, with some production coin from the German Tax shelter Motion Picture Production GmbH & Co. Ertste KG. The Hunted was to complete production in 2001, but Benicio Del Toro suffered a wrist injury with only 8 shooting days left, which shut production down in June 2001 and was delayed until in February 2002 — and all costs of suspending production were covered by insurance. After completion, The Hunted was originally dated for release in October 2002, but then pushed back to March 14, 2003 opening against Agent Cody Banks and Willard and it would also be competing for auds with Tears Of The Sun in its second weekend. The pic received mixed to poor reviews and Paramount booked it into 2,516 theaters to a soft $13,482,638. It placed #3 for the weekend led by the holdover Bringing Down The House and audiences gave the film a terrible C cinemascore. The Hunted dropped 51.7% the following weekend to $6,510,154 and closed its run with a disappointing $34,244,097. Paramount would see back about $18.8 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not cover their P&A expenses or any of the budget. The Hunted flopped in every territory overseas, grossing just $1.9 million in the UK and Spain posted the highest gross with only $2 million and most markets pulled in under one million. The overseas total was $11,252,437. After The Hunted posted heavy red ink for Paramount, Sherry Lansing attached her husband to a big budget project about mob lawyer Sidney Korshak, which again drew criticism of nepotism, but in 2004 Lansing left the studio and the project never materialized. William Friedkin has not directed another big budget studio production after The Hunted, but rebounded critically with the low budget Bug in 2006.