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10,000 BC Box Office: Roland Emmerich’s Global Hit of Sorts

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10,000 BC movie Camilla Belle10,000 BC movie with Camilla Belle: Roland Emmerich’s prehistoric critical disaster has become an early 2008 box office hit – to a point.
  • 10,000 BC box office: Featuring Camilla Belle and Steven Strait, Roland Emmerich’s critically panned prehistoric adventure was this past weekend’s top movie in the domestic market. On the downside, that may not be enough for the mega-budget production to recover its overall cost at the box office alone.

10,000 BC box office: Roland Emmerich’s reviled prehistoric adventure tops domestic weekend chart – and yet…

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March 7–9 weekend box office: Despite all the spears U.S. critics have thrown its way, Roland Emmerich’s Warner Bros.-distributed prehistoric adventure 10,000 BC was the no. 1 movie at the North American (U.S. and Canada only) box office, grossing an okay $35.9 million from 3,410 venues as per final studio figures found at

Just okay?

The tale of a bunch of grunting mammoth hunters (among them Steven Strait and Cliff Curtis) and a comely blue-eyed maiden (Camilla Belle), Warners’ 10,000 BC movie cost a reported $105 million (as always, not including marketing and distribution expenses). For that reason, a $35.9 million domestic debut from 3,410 venues is no more than just okay.

International moviegoers for the rescue?

On the plus side, 10,000 BC has also opened in 20 overseas territories, where it collected an estimated $25.3 million. In other words, if – and this is a big if – there are going to be profits stemming from its theatrical run, the recipients of said profits should thank the international market.

Also in the 10,000 BC movie cast: Mo Zinal, Nathanael Baring, Joel Virgel, Ben Badra Affif, Mona Hammond, Marco Khan, Reece Ritchie, and Joel Fry. The narration is provided by veteran Omar Sharif (Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nominee for Lawrence of Arabia, 1962).

Update: Roland Emmerich’s 10,000 BC ultimately collected a relatively underwhelming $94.8 million domestically and a far better (estimated) $175 million internationally. Worldwide total: $269.8 million – an impressive sum, but not quite enough to make the prehistoric adventure a profitable blockbuster.

10,000 BC’s top international markets were Mexico ($17.3 million), Spain ($13.1 million), the United Kingdom/Ireland ($11.3 million), China ($10.9 million), Japan ($9.5 million), Germany ($8.9 million), Russia/CIS ($8.8 million), Italy ($8.2 million), France ($7.8 million), and South Korea ($7.6 million).

College Road Trip is a distant no. 2 while The Bank Job goes bust

Also this past weekend, Walt Disney Pictures’ flop-in-the-making College Road Trip trailed 10,000 BC by a wide margin, opening at no. 2 with a paltry $13.6 million from 2,706 locations.

In the $25 million family comedy, Martin Lawrence plays as an overprotective father determined to ensure that his college-age daughter (Raven-Symoné) will enroll in the right institution (of his choice). Also in the cast: Kym Whitley, Brenda Song, Arnetia Walker, and veteran Donny Osmond. Roger Kumble directed.

In fifth place (also trailing holdover Vantage Point’s $7.4 million), Lionsgate’s real-life-based, London-set heist thriller The Bank Job debuted with a meager $5.9 million from 1,603 venues. In the cast of this $20 million box office dud: Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Keeley Hawes, and Daniel Mays. Roger Donaldson directed.

Female-focused Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day disappoints

Lastly, this past weekend’s fourth “major” release was Focus Features’ Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, an Anglo-American coproduction starring two Oscar-pedigreed U.S. actresses: Nominee Amy Adams (Junebug, 2005) as a flamboyant American entertainer and winner Frances McDormand (Fargo, 1996) as the titular British governess.

Set in pre-World War II London, this romantic comedy – which received mixed-to-positive reviews – opened in eleventh place with only $2.5 million from 535 sites.

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day also features Lee Pace, Tom Payne, Mark Strong, Shirley Henderson, Ciarán Hinds, Matt Ryan, Stephanie Cole, and 10,000 BC’s Mo Zinal. Bharat Nalluri directed.

10,000 BC Box Office: Roland Emmerich’s Global Hit of Sorts” notes

Unless otherwise noted, “10,000 BC Box Office: Roland Emmerich’s Global Hit of Sorts” box office information via Box Office Mojo. Budget info – which should be taken with a grain of salt – via BOM and/or other sources (e.g., the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Screen Daily, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety,, etc.).

Comments about 10,000 BC, College Road Trip, The Bank Job, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, and other titles being hits/profitable or flops/money-losers at the box office (see paragraph below) are based on the available data about their production budget, additional marketing and distribution expenses (as a general rule of thumb, around 50 percent of the production cost), and worldwide gross (as a general rule of thumb when it comes to the Hollywood studios, around 50–55 percent of the domestic gross and 40 percent of the international gross goes to the distributing/producing companies).

Bear in mind that data regarding rebates, domestic/international sales/pre-sales, and other credits and/or contractual details that help to alleviate/split production costs and apportion revenues are oftentimes unavailable, and that reported international grosses may be incomplete (i.e., not every territory is fully – or even partially – accounted for).

Also bear in mind that ancillary revenues (domestic/global television rights, home video sales, streaming, merchandising, etc.) can represent anywhere between 40–70 percent of a movie’s total take. However, these revenues and their apportionment are only infrequently made public.

Camilla Belle 10,000 BC movie image: Warner Bros.

10,000 BC Box Office: Roland Emmerich’s Global Hit of Sorts” last updated in September 2023.

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