- Directed By: Les Mayfield
- Written By: Jim Piddock, Margaret Oberman, Stephen Carpenter
- Release Date: September 9, 2005
- Domestic Distributor: New Line
- Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Eugene Levy, Miguel Ferrer
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $25 million||Financed by: New Line|
|Domestic Box Office: $8,330,720||Overseas Box Office: $5,154,425|
The budget for The Man was $25 million and New Line financed and sold off overseas rights, which would partially cover their investment in this flop. The pairup of Samuel L. Jackson and Eugene Levy was met with bad buzz, after both actors had been slumming it in paycheck roles for years and The Man was yet another disposable project. Director Les Mayfield followed this up with the New Line comedy Code Name: The Cleaner, which ended his directing career.
The Man was dated for September 9, 2005 and it bowed against The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Reviews were terrible and it was dead on arrival with $4,065,014 — placing #6 for the weekend led by The Exorcism of Emily Rose. It declined 50.6% in its second weekend to $2,009,547 and promptly lost most of its theater count. The Man closed its domestic 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 The Man tanked 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.