Seeking Justice

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  • Directed By: Roger Donaldson
  • Written By: Todd Hickey & Robert Tannen
  • Release Date: March 16, 2012
  • Domestic Distributor: Anchor Bay
  • Cast: Nicolas Cage, January Jones, Guy Pearce

Box Office Info:
Budget: $21.8 million Financed by: Endgame Entertainment
Domestic Gross: $411,746 Overseas Gross: $11,944,052

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Endgame Entertainment financed what was originally titled The Hungry Rabbit Jumps from a well liked script that was on the blacklist and was going to be a staring vehicle for Tobey Maguire.  Maguire ended up producing what would be released as the generic sounding Seeking Justice, which was poorly received and featured Nic Cage on autopilot.  

The gross budget for Seeking Justice was $31 million and the net cost was reduced to $21.8 million after a large Louisiana tax credit.  The picture was pre-sold by FilmNation to overseas distributors, which sold well based on the commercial appeal of the premise, the cast and the director and distributors were not deterred that the film did not yet have a US distributor.

Seeking Justice was released in a handful of major markets in late 2011, while Endgame was still having trouble securing a domestic distributor.  Paramount distributed in the UK where it flopped with $948,244 and numbers in Italy were equally poor at $967,184.  A few weeks after Seeking Justice did poor box office business in those few markets, all the majors passed on domestic distribution and Endgame sold the pic to Anchor Bay, which has little muscle when it comes to theatrical releases.  Cage’s bankable star wattage had taken a nosedive from duds like Trespass, Drive Angry, Bangkok Dangerous and his career was basically in direct to video territory.

On March 16, 2012 Anchor Bay opened the movie with little awareness at 231 locations and it grossed a terrible $249,912 with a $1,082 per screen average.  The film was removed from all but 74 theaters in its second weekend and took in $32,064 and was out of release after its third week with $411,746.  Six months later, another interchangeable Cage vehicle Stolen was also given a similar limited release.

The overseas gross was just $11,944,052 across many distributors and Seeking Justice was sent straight to video in Germany.

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