- Directed By: Robert Luketic
- Written By: Jason Hall, Barry L. Levy, Joseph Finder
- Release Date: August 16, 2013
- Domestic Distributor: Relativity
- Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Amber Heard
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $35 million||Financed by: Demarest Films; E Stars Entertainment; Reliance; IM Global|
|Domestic Box Office: $7,385,015||Overseas Box Office: $8,784,939|
Paranoia was originally in development at Paramount back in 2003, which purchased the novel rights for a high six figure amount, but the project never materialized. Paranoia began to move forward again in 2012, when IM Global took control over the property and handled pre-sales, which kicked off at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. The budget for Paranoia was $35 million and in addition to strong pre-sales to distributors, the financing came from Reliance, IM Global, Beijing based E Stars Entertainment — and not even three months after they entered the film world of financing, Demarest Films made the mistake of joining the co-financing partnerships of Paranoia.
Relativity acquired domestic rights for the movie at Cannes and Paranoia would be one of many flops that led the company into bankruptcy in 2015. Relativity first dated Paranoia for October 4, but then pushed it forward to August 16 and dated Out Of The Furnace for Oct 4 (which was eventually moved to November). It bowed against Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Kick-Ass 2 and Jobs and was tracking very poorly with an opening estimated in the mid to high single digits.
There were no bankable actors toplining the picture — Liam Hemsworth could not draw flies and Harrison Ford’s drawing power had practically vanished within the decade and he had just weathered the colossal flop Cowboys & Aliens and two and a half months after this turkey he was back on screens in the bomb Ender’s Game. Reviews were awful and Paranoia tanked with a miserable $3,528,376 in 2,459 theaters — placing #13 for the weekend led by The Butler. The head of marketing Terry Curtin at Relativity was replaced a week after Paranoia crashed and burned at the box office. Audiences gave the pic a poor C+ cinemascore and it took a 62.8% nosedive in its second weekend to $1,313,251 and promptly lost most of its theater count. The domestic run closed with just $7,385,015. Relativity would see back about $4 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would leave their acquisition cost and the expensive ad spend mostly in the red.
Overseas, Paranoia pulled in only $8.7 million, across many presumably unhappy distributors. The film received a token March 2014 UK theatrical release and premiered on home video a few days later.