|Budget: $65 million||Financed by: Stratus Film Co.; Equity Pictures|
|Domestic Gross: $34,639,939||Domestic Distributor: Miramax|
|Overseas Gross: $43,304,786|
Directed by: Florent-Emilio Siri
Produced by: Bob Yari
Hostage was in development at MGM, but they put the project into turnaround in 2002 after two costly Bruce Willis flops, Bandits and Hart’s War. Joe Roth’s Revolution Studios picked it up from MGM and dropped it and Hostage finally landed at the Bob Yari owned Stratus Film Co. Stratus financed Hostage for $65 million and the German film fund Equity Pictures also contributed some capital to the production. Harvey Weinstein took US distribution rights at Miramax when the film was still in production, after he saw 40 minutes of footage. The Bob Yari owned Syndicate Films Intl. also sold international rights to distributors, which would help limit their exposure to the budget. In 2004, the Weinsteins were in negotiations with parent company Disney about their future at Miramax and numerous films in their pipeline were delayed because they were unsure of the amount of finances Disney would allocate to them for the next fiscal year. They initially put Hostage back onto the market and screened it for potential buyers, but held onto the pic and scheduled a January 21 release. Hostage was moved to March 11 and Miramax opened the film in 2,123 theaters and saw one of Bruce Willis’s worst openings for a big budget action film at $10,214,734. It placed #4 for the weekend led by the animated family pic Robots. Hostage declined a modest 41.4% in its second frame to $5,989,221 but the film burned out with a weak $34,639,939. Miramax would see back about $19 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, less than their P&A spend and unreported acquisition cost. Hostage pulled in mostly soft numbers overseas, with $7.7 million in the UK for distributor Entertainment, as the strongest showing. The film bombed in Australia with $1.4 million and grossed a poor $1.5 million in Italy and saw a mediocre $5 million from France. The overseas cume was $43,304,786 across numerous distributors.