|Budget: $41.1 million||Financed by: Nu Image/Millennium|
|Domestic Gross: $10,721,033||Domestic Distributor: Summit|
|Overseas Gross: $30,165,431||
Directed by: Patrick Lussier
Produced by: Michael De Luca
Nicolas Cage tax recovery project #158. Drive Angry was financed by Nu Image/Millennium with a gross budget of $48,299,159 and after a large Louisiana tax credit, the net budget was $41.1 million. Millennium had also been Nicolas Cage’s best employer for years, as they handed him many starring vehicles, all of which were money losers. Their working relationship began with The Wicker Man, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009), Drive Angry and Trespass (2011) and Stolen (2012).
Summit handled international sales and distributed in the US. Drive Angry was dated for February 25 which was just one month after another subpar genre movie starring Cage Season Of The Witch was in theaters. Summit invested into a solid marketing spend, but tracking was pointing to a soft $10 million opening. Drive Angry bowed against Hall Pass and was dead on arrival with $5,187,625 — placing #9 over the slow weekend led by Hall Pass. Audiences gave the film a poor C+ cinemascore and Drive Angry sank 57.1% to $2,225,659 in its second frame and then promptly lost most of its theater count. The domestic run closed with just $10,721,033. Summit would see back about $5.8 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which barely dents the ad spend.
Drive Angry did poor business in almost every overseas territory and grossed just $30,165,431, which would post losses for the dozens of distributors who picked up the expensive 3D title. Cage’s star power certainly took a hit, which had been waning from over exposure in paycheck projects.