|Budget: $25 million (estimated)||Financed by: New Line|
|Domestic Gross: $8,330,720||Domestic Distributor: New Line|
|Overseas Gross: $5,154,425|
Directed by: Les Mayfield
Samuel L. Jackson
Produced by: Rob Fried
New Line financed The Man with a budget in the mid $20 million range and sold off overseas rights, which would partially cover their investment in this turkey. New Line opened the film in the US in 2,040 theaters and it was dead on arrival with $4,065,014 — placing #6 for the weekend led by The Exorcism of Emily Rose and it took in just a few hundred thousand more than New Line’s hit Wedding Crashers in its 9th weekend. The pic declined 50.6% in its second weekend to $2,009,547 and promptly lost most of its theater count. The Man closed its run after only 5 weeks with $8,330,720. New Line would see returned about $4.5 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, leaving most of their P&A costs and budget in the red. Entertainment distributed in the UK and opened the film in 240 theaters where it tanked with $605,921 and closed after three weeks with $1,511,071 which was the strongest overseas numbers. Roadshow dumped the film in Australia, where it grossed a mere $107,196 and its overseas cume was $5,154,425 across numerous distributors. The Man was sent straight to video in Germany and many smaller markets. Director Les Mayfield followed up this hack job with the New Line comedy Code Name: The Cleaner, which ended his directing career.