- The Day the Earth Stood Still box office: 20th Century Fox’s remake of its 1951 classic has landed with a loud thud – in relation to its nine-figure budget – on U.S. and Canadian screens. Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly star.
- In other box office news, Warner Bros.’ “family” comedy-drama Four Christmases has brought Reese Witherspoon back to the top of the domestic chart.
The Day the Earth Stood Still remake box office: No. 1 position on the domestic chart likely not enough
Dec. 12–14 weekend box office: Distributed by 20th Century Fox, directed by Scott Derrickson, and starring Keanu Reeves, the critically panned The Day the Earth Stood Still remake was the no. 1 movie on the North American (U.S. and Canada only) chart, with $30.5 million from 3,560 theaters according to final studio figures found at boxofficemojo.com.
The alien non-invasion drama could theoretically reach the $100 million milestone in the domestic market, but that won’t get even close to covering its $80 million budget (as always, not including marketing and distribution costs).
Also in the cast: Oscar winners Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind, 2001) and Kathy Bates (Misery, 1990), Jon Hamm, Jaden Smith, Kyle Chandler, and John Cleese.
Solid global box office gross likely not enough
Update: After dropping nearly 70 percent on weekend no. 2, it became clear that the 2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still remake would not get close to $100 million domestically. Indeed, it ultimately collected only $79.4 million in the U.S. and Canada, in addition to more than twice that amount – $153.7 million – internationally. Worldwide total: $233.1 million.
That’s a solid global figure, though likely not enough for the movie to recover its overall cost at the box office alone.
The Day the Earth Stood Still’s top international markets were Japan ($25.1 million), the United Kingdom/Ireland ($10.9 million), Russia/CIS ($10.2 million), France ($9.8 million), Mexico ($9.6 million), Spain ($8.8 million), Germany ($8.1 million), South Korea ($7.5 million), Italy ($6 million), Australia ($5.6 million), and Brazil ($5 million).
Reese Witherspoon returns to the no. 1 slot with Four Christmases
Dec. 5–7 weekend box office: Starring Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line, 2005) and Vince Vaughn, Seth Gordon’s “family” – or rather, “families” – holiday comedy-drama Four Christmases was the top movie for the second consecutive weekend, raking in $16.8 million while lifting its domestic cume to $69.4 million.
Although the holiday comedy can hardly be called a blockbuster, its sturdy domestic performance is surely good news for Reese Witherspoon, whose commercial allure has been recently battered by a trio of post-Walk the Line commercial disappointments: Rendition, Penelope, and Just Like Heaven.
In fact, when it comes to Witherspoon’s personal box office chart, Four Christmases’ $31.1 million first-weekend (Nov. 28–30) gross trails only that of Andy Tennant’s Sweet Home Alabama, which took in $35.6 million back in September 2002.
Besides Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn, the Four Christmases cast also includes Tim McGraw, Kristin Chenoweth, Jon Favreau, and a quartet of Oscar winners from decades past: Sissy Spacek (Coal Miner’s Daughter, 1980), Mary Steenburgen (Melvin and Howard, 1980), Robert Duvall (Tender Mercies, 1983), and Jon Voight (Coming Home, 1978).
Strong domestic performer
Update: The Reese Witherspoon-Vince Vaughn comedy-drama Four Christmases ultimately collected $120.1 million domestically and $44 million (apparently incomplete) internationally, for a worldwide total of $164.1 million.
Its top international markets were the United Kingdom/Ireland ($15.9 million), Australia ($4.9 million) and Russia/CIS ($2.6 million). Note: France’s figure ($1.8 million) appears to be incomplete.
“The Day the Earth Stood Still Remake Box Office” endnotes
Unless otherwise noted, “The Day the Earth Stood Still Remake Box Office: Keanu Reeves Sci-Fier Bombs Domestically” box office information via Box Office Mojo. Budget info – which should usually be taken with a grain of salt – via BOM and/or other sources.
Comments about The Day the Earth Stood Still, Four Christmases, 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, international 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 can be incomplete (i.e., not every territory is 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.
Keanu Reeves The Day the Earth Stood Still movie image: 20th Century Fox.
“The Day the Earth Stood Still Remake Box Office: Keanu Reeves Sci-Fier Bombs Domestically” last updated in August 2022.