- [Total: 3 Average: 1]
- Directed By: Anne Fletcher
- Written By: David Feeney, John Quaintance
- Release Date: May 8, 2015
- Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros
- Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Sofía Vergara, Matthew Del Negro
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $35 million||Financed by: MGM; Warner Bros (New Line); Rat-Pac|
|Domestic Gross: $34,580,201||Overseas Gross: $17,100,000|
Hot Pursuit was originally in development at Universal under the title Don’t Mess With Texas in 2013, but the studio put the project into turnaround. MGM then scooped up the project to fully finance, which was already packaged with Reese Witherspoon and Sofía Vergara as the leads. Warner Bros’ New Line division eventually came on to co-finance 37.5% of the costs, with MGM covering 50% and Rat-Pac 12.5% for the $35 million budget and Warner Bros would distribute Hot Pursuit. To keep costs down, the production was moved to Louisiana for large tax rebates, while retaining the Texas setting.
Hot Pursuit was dated for May 8, 2015 as counter programming to the second weekend of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Warner Bros heavily marketed the picture, with over $35 million just in television ads and millions more in print, poster, online, etc — with a domestic P&A spend north of $45M. Tracking was pointing to an opening between $15 million – $20 million.
Hot Pursuit received awful reviews and came in below expectations with $13,942,258 in 3,003 theaters — placing a distant #2 for the weekend led by the Avengers sequel. Audiences gave the buddy comedy a toxic C+ cinemascore and the movie sank 59% the following weekend to $5,722,488. The domestic run closed with $34,580,201.
Overseas numbers were terrible and stalled with just $17.1 million, with Mexico posting the highest gross at only $2.5 million. Hot Pursuit did not receive a theatrical run in France. The worldwide total was $51.6M and WB would see returned about $28.3M after theaters take their percentage of the gross — leaving much of the global P&A expenses in the red and the budget at a loss.