- Beverly Hills Chihuahua box office: Raja Gosnell’s chic chihuahua movie easily topped Ridley Scott’s Oscar-pedigreed spy thriller Body of Lies, starring tough guys Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe.
Beverly Hills Chihuahua movie box office: Dog-centered comedy adventure far outgrosses Oscar-pedigreed spy thriller Body of Lies
Oct. 10–12 weekend box office: Walt Disney Pictures’ Raja Gosnell-directed comedy-adventure Beverly Hills Chihuahua remained in the no. 1 slot at the U.S. and Canada box office on its second weekend out, grossing $17.5 million (down 40 percent). Cume: $52.5 million – a solid figure for a production budgeted at $20 million (as always, not including marketing and distribution expenses).
The tale of the misadventures of a spoiled chihuahua whose life in wealthy, sparklingly clean, crime-free Southern California is upended after she’s dognapped while on vacation in dirt-poor, dingy, dangerous Mexico, Beverly Hills Chihuahua stars Americans Jamie Lee Curtis and Piper Perabo as, respectively, a wealthy American businesswoman and her reckless niece; Colombian Manolo Cardona as a Mexican gardener; and Mexican José María Yazpik as a Mexican dogfight ringleader.
In the Beverly Hills Chihuahua voice cast: Drew Barrymore, Andy Garcia, Plácido Domingo, Leslie Mann, Loretta Devine, Michael Urie, Edward James Olmos, Paul Rodriguez, George Lopez, and Cheech Marin as various dogs, an iguana, and a rat.
Critics weren’t that impressed, but it looks like domestic moviegoers wanted their talking doggies and that’s that.
Update: Disney’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua ultimately collected $94.5 million domestically and a more modest $54.8 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $149.3 million – an impressive figure for a $20 million chihuahua movie.
Its top international markets were Spain ($8 million), Mexico (undecided on whether this is surprising or not, with $7.7 million), the United Kingdom/Ireland ($5.5 million), Italy ($5.2 million), and Australia ($4.6 million).
Poorly received Leonardo DiCaprio-Russell Crowe thriller has dreary debut
At no. 3 this past weekend, the high-profile Warner Bros. release Body of Lies earned a paltry $12.9 million from 2,710 locations. A series of negative reviews were surely no help.
Adding insult to injury, the Oscar-pedigreed $70 million spy/political thriller – directed by nominee Ridley Scott (Thelma & Louise, 1991; etc.), written by winner William Monahan (The Departed, 2006), starring nominee Leonardo DiCaprio (The Aviator, 2004; etc.) and winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator, 2000) – not only trailed Disney’s chic chihuahua movie but also Screen Gems’ cheapo, starless horror flick Quarantine ($14.2 million).
Also in the Body of Lies cast: Mark Strong, Oscar Isaac, Golshifteh Farahani, and Ali Suliman.
Update: Ridley Scott’s Body of Lies ultimately collected a mediocre $39.4 million domestically and a sturdier $76.5 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $115.9 million – that’s $35 million less than the global gross of the $50 million-cheaper Beverly Hills Chihuahua.
Body of Lies’ top international markets were Japan ($9.7 million), Spain ($7.6 million), France ($7 million), Italy ($6 million), Germany ($5.4 million), Australia ($4.9 million), and the United Kingdom/Ireland ($4.4 million).
Beverly Hills Chihuahua is tops, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist has disappointing opening weekend
Oct. 3–5 weekend box office: Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Piper Perabo, and a chihuahua named Angel, Raja Gosnell’s Disney-distributed Beverly Hills Chihuahua debuted with a strong $29.3 million, comfortably topping the domestic chart.
Trailing Beverly Hills Chihuahua and the Shia LaBeouf-Michelle Monaghan thriller Eagle Eye ($17.7 million; see further below), Peter Sollett’s romantic comedy-drama Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist opened with a weak $11.3 million from 2,421 venues.
In the cast: Michael Cera and Kat Dennings as the titular characters, which have no connection to those played by William Powell and Myrna Loy (Nora – no “h”) in the 1934 hit The Thin Man and its sequels. Budget: $10 million.
Also in the Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist cast: Alexis Dziena, Ari Graynor, and Jay Baruchel.
Update: Peter Sollett’s Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist ultimately collected $31.5 million domestically and a measly $2.1 million internationally (likely incomplete), for a worldwide total of $33.6 million.
Its top international market (among those listed at BOM) was the United Kingdom/Ireland ($1.1 million).
Shia LaBeouf scores with actioner Eagle Eye, Richard Gere-Diane Lane reunion tanks
Sept. 26–28 weekend box office: Critical derision or no, DreamWorks’ D.J. Caruso-directed political actioner Eagle Eye topped the U.S. and Canada box office with a sturdy $29.2 million from 3,510 sites.
This is Transformers actor Shia LaBeouf’s second 2008 hit, following Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Also in the Eagle Eye cast: Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, and Oscar nominee Billy Bob Thornton (for the Sling Blade screenplay, 1996). Budget: $60 million.
At no. 2, George C. Wolfe’s Nights in Rodanthe opened with a far more modest $13.4 million. Based on Nicholas Sparks novel, the romantic drama stars Richard Gere and Oscar nominee Diane Lane (Unfaithful, 2002 – which also starred Gere).
Also in the Nights in Rodanthe cast: James Franco, Scott Glenn, Christopher Meloni, Carolyn McCormick, Viola Davis, Pablo Schreiber, Mae Whitman, and Charlie Tahan.
Eagle Eye & Nights in Rodanthe global box office
Update: D.J. Caruso’s Eagle Eye ultimately collected $101.4 million domestically and $77.3 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $178.8 million – probably enough for the actioner to break even at the box office alone.
Its top international markets were Japan ($13.3 million), South Korea ($10.7 million), the United Kingdom/Ireland ($5.5 million), Australia ($5.2 million), Russia/CIS ($4.6 million), Germany ($3.4 million), Mexico ($2.8 million), France ($2.7 million), and Spain ($2.3 million). (BOM’s Italian figure – $205,000 – is likely incomplete.)
The Richard Gere-Diane Lane pairing in Nights in Rodanthe ultimately collected a mediocre $41.9 million domestically and $42.5 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $84.4 million.
Its top international markets were Italy ($8.8 million), Germany ($6.5 million), Japan ($4.2 million), Spain ($4 million), and Australia ($3.2 million). (BOM’s minuscule French figures are in all likelihood incomplete.)
“Beverly Hills Chihuahua Movie Box Office” endnotes
Unless otherwise noted, “Beverly Hills Chihuahua Movie Box Office: Chic Dog Comedy Beats Oscar-Pedigreed Spy Thriller” 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, Deadline.com, etc.).
Comments about Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Body of Lies, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Eagle Eye, Nights in Rodanthe, 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.
Angel and Piper Perabo Beverly Hills Chihuahua movie image: Walt Disney Pictures.
Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan Eagle Eye movie image: Paramount Pictures.
“Beverly Hills Chihuahua Movie Box Office: Chic Dog Comedy Beats Oscar-Pedigreed Spy Thriller” last updated in October 2022.