The Last Witch Hunter

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  • Directed By: Breck Eisner
  • Written By: Cory Goodman, Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless
  • Release Date: October 23, 2015
  • Domestic Distributor: Lionsgate
  • Cast: Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood

Box Office Info:
Budget: $80 million (estimated)Financed by: Lionsgate
Domestic Gross: $27,367,660Overseas Gross: $119,569,250


The Last Witch Hunter is another failed attempt by Lionsgate to spawn a series after Mortdecai, American Ultra and Child 44 were all groomed to be their next big franchise in 2015.  Lionsgate mitigates their risk on expensive projects by pre-selling the film to overseas distributors and their financial model usually leaves them on the line for around $13 million of the production costs — plus the ever growing expense of domestic marketing, which usually runs north of $30 million.  The budget for The Last Witch Hunter was $80 million and its box office failure left Lionsgate with a write-down of $7.2 million.  

Lionsgate dated the pic for October 23, against a glut of low budget wide openers — Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Rock The Kasbah, Jem and The Holograms and the wide expansion of Steve Jobs.  Reviews were poor.  The Last Witch Hunter was tracking for an opening between $15 – $19 million, but came in far below expectations with $10,812,861 — placing #4 for the weekend led by The Martian in its fourth frame.  It fell 52.3% to $5,162,398 in its second weekend and saw a 49.7% third frame decline to $2,598,464.  The domestic run ended with just $27,367,660.  Lionsgate would see returned about $15 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross.

The Last Witch Hunter fared better in a few overseas markets, pulling in $119.5 million across many distributors, with China posting the highest numbers at $27.4 million.

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  1. It’s a solid movie and I look forward to the sequel. You’ve gotta know what your getting into, it’s no titanic or saving private ryan, just a solid action movie.

  2. I really liked this film and would like to see its world explored more. Unfortunately I never even heard of it until several years after its release. Perhaps it poor box office performance was more down to crappy marketing…?

  3. Loved this film. Again to reiterate others, this is a go to film watched time and again. Why do the big companies claim there are no good stories for films. But they keep rebooting old films. Everyone I’ve talked to and people coming out of the cinema when I went to see this, all were saying they couldn’t wait for the sequel .
    It’s 2019 and still would go to see this or no 2.
    And hey, it’s not the “Vin Diesel” thing either.

    • I loved and enjoyed watching “The last witch hunter”. It was such an amazing movie, I can’t wait for part 2.

      even now, I just watched it with my family.

      Please make a sequel

  4. I liked this movie and judging by the comencom I’m not the only one. They should do a sequel without Vin Diesel, outside of the Fast and Furious movies that guy is box office poison.

  5. They should definitely make a sequel. My husband and myself have watched and enjoyed the first one several times. We and most of our friends wait for the dvd’s to come out to see most movies, (we all feel going out to the movies are a waste of money when we will be able to own it for less than the cost of two tickets within two months)and we dont know anyone who’s seen this movie who didnt enjoy it.

  6. Family, friends, and myself have all watched the movie. We loved it, they are baking off from theater sales when many people just wait til it comes to DVD.

    US citizens are well known for doing this, so you can’t just count on those figures alone.

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