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The Hunter (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $176,669Details
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THE HUNTER is the story of Martin, a skilled and ruthless mercenary sent into the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for a tiger believed to be extinct. Hired by an anonymous company that wants the tiger’s genetic material, Martin arrives in Tasmania posing as a scientist. He proceeds to set up base camp at a broken-down farmhouse, where he stays with a family whose father has gone missing. Usually a loner, Martin becomes increasingly close to the family; however, as his attachment to the family grows, Martin is led down a path of unforeseen dangers, complicating his deadly mission.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
70% - Fresh
62% - Upright

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: April 6th, 2012 (Limited) by Magnolia Pictures
Video Release: July 3rd, 2012 by Magnolia Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for language and brief violence.
(Rating bulletin 2210, 2/15/2012)
Running Time: 101 minutes
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Keywords: Corporate Malfeasance, Mercenaries, Missing Person, Early / Simultaneous Video on Demand release, False Identity, Environment, Voiceover/Narration, Prescription Drug Abuse, Addiction, Depression, Young Child Dealing with the Death of a Parent, Death of a Spouse or Fiancée / Fiancé, Death of a Sibling, Orphan, Surprise Twist, Dysfunctional Family
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Magnolia Pictures, Screen Australia, Screen NSW, Screen Tasmania, Fulcrum Media Finance, Madman Entertainment, Entertainment One
Production Countries: Australia

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,723 $1,055 Jun 8, 2012 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,824 $2,654 Jun 1, 2012 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,635 $1,076 May 25, 2012 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,099 $1,537 May 18, 2012 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,485 $1,910 May 11, 2012 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,101 $9,959 May 4, 2012 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,088 $23,392 Apr 27, 2012 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,507 $29,193 Apr 20, 2012 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,102 $27,202 Apr 13, 2012 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 8,291 $19,032 Apr 6, 2012 3


Sam Neill    Jack
Morgana Davies    Sass
Jacek Koman    Middleman
Callan Mulvey    Rival Hunter
John Brumpton    Publican
Dan Wyllie    Pool Player
Sullivan Stapleton    Doug
Jamie Timony    Free
Dan Spielman    simon
Maia Thomas    Shakti
Marc Watson-Paul    Jarrah

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Vincent Sheehan
Screenwriter    Alice Addison
Original Adaptation by    Wain Fimeri
Original Adaptation by    Daniel Nettheim
Based on the novel THE HUNTER    Julia Leigh
Executive Producer    Liz Watts
Executive Producer    Anita Sheehan
Executive Producer    Paul Wiegard
Cinematographer    Robert Humphreys
Editor    Roland Gallois
Production Manager    Steven Jones-Evans
Costume Designer    Emily Seresin
Casting Director    Jane Norris
Composer    Matteo Zingales
Composer    Michael Lira
Composer    Andrew Lancaster
Music Supervisor    Andrew Kotatko
Sound Designer    Sam Petty
Sound Designer    Liam Egan

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for July 3rd, 2012

July 4th, 2012

After a run of several good weeks, it is a complete disaster on the home market this week. The best selling first run release will be... nothing. This is because there is no first run release coming out this week. According to, the best selling new release of the week is Midsomer Murders: Set 20, while the top ten is dominated by limited releases and Blu-ray catalogue titles. This makes choosing a Pick of the Week difficult, because there are so few prime releases. Rocko's Modern Life: Season Three is on the short list for contenders, as is The Hunter on Blu-ray. But in the end, I went with God Bless America on either DVD or Blu-ray. It's a great movie and there's a surprising number of extras on the DVD. More...

Featured DVD / Blu-ray Review: The Hunter

July 3rd, 2012

The Hunter is an Australian film that never managed to crack the top ten in its native market and finished with just over $1 million there. That's equivalent to about $10 million here, given the relative size of the two markets. It debuted in Video on Demand here before a short theatrical run. Now it's coming out on DVD and Blu-ray, but will it find a larger audience? More...

Per Theater Chart: Damsels in Delight

April 10th, 2012

Damsels in Distress topped the per theater chart with an average of $14,647 in four theaters. This suggests some potential to expand, although it is too soon to tell if the film will earn some measure of mainstream success. Bully slipped to second place with an average of $12,292 in six theaters, but it should expand now that it has been given a PG-13 rating. We Have a Pope surprised with an average of $10,456 in three theaters. More...

Are Limited Releases Spreading Hope or Distress?

April 6th, 2012

It's a pretty big week for limited releases, although due to the holidays, we don't have hard theater counts for most of them. There are a large number of films that are earning some real measure of buzz and / or very positive reviews. Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope might have had the best hope at finding an audience, but it is coming out on Video on Demand as well as in theaters. Likewise, The Hunter has an impressive cast and good reviews, but opened Video on Demand previously, and that tends to kill a film's box office chances. Damsels in Distress could be the big hit as well as it does have a few actors, and a director, that have Indie cred. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/04/06 56 $19,032   4 $4,758   $19,032 3
2012/04/13 55 $27,202 +43% 9 $3,022   $54,982 10
2012/04/20 57 $29,193 +7% 13 $2,246   $96,170 17
2012/04/27 63 $23,392 -20% 17 $1,376   $135,436 24
2012/05/04 70 $9,959 -57% 14 $711   $158,219 31
2012/05/11 103 $1,910 -81% 5 $382   $165,435 38
2012/05/18 94 $1,537 -20% 3 $512   $168,216 45
2012/05/25 68 $1,076 -30% 3 $359   $170,544 52
2012/06/01 88 $2,654 +147% 7 $379   $173,623 59
2012/06/08 101 $1,055 -60% 4 $264   $176,432 66

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/04/06 66 $27,780   4 $6,945   $27,780 7
2012/04/13 55 $39,197 +41% 9 $4,355   $66,977 14
2012/04/20 58 $45,067 +15% 13 $3,467   $112,044 21
2012/04/27 58 $36,216 -20% 17 $2,130   $148,260 28
2012/05/04 67 $15,265 -58% 14 $1,090   $163,525 35
2012/05/11 93 $3,154 -79% 5 $631   $166,679 42
2012/05/18 74 $2,789 -12% 3 $930   $169,468 49
2012/05/25 73 $1,501 -46% 3 $500   $170,969 56
2012/06/01 87 $4,408 +194% 7 $630   $175,377 63
2012/06/08 108 $1,292 -71% 4 $323   $176,669 70

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