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City of Ember (2008)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $7,871,693Details
International Box Office $9,958,551
Worldwide Box Office $17,830,244
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $7,206,141 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $7,206,141
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  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Full Financials
  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics RottenAudience Spilled
Critics
53% - Rotten
Audience
46% - Spilled

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$38,000,000
Domestic Releases: October 10th, 2008 (Wide) by 20th Century Fox
Video Release: January 20th, 2009 by Fox Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG for mild peril and some thematic elements
Comparisons: vs. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
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Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Genre:Adventure
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Fantasy
Production Companies: Walden Media

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,323 $7,587 Jan 9, 2009 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,497 $10,122 Jan 2, 2009 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,841 $10,521 Dec 26, 2008 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,319 $8,921 Dec 19, 2008 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,349 $16,760 Dec 12, 2008 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,409 $27,861 Dec 5, 2008 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,291 $54,470 Nov 28, 2008 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,644 $62,389 Nov 21, 2008 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,765 $97,067 Nov 14, 2008 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,042 $133,651 Nov 7, 2008 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,190 $225,045 Oct 31, 2008 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,175 $476,742 Oct 24, 2008 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,701 $1,730,755 Oct 17, 2008 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,588 $3,129,473 Oct 10, 2008 3
Widest Opening Weekend 2,179 2,022 Oct 10, 2008 3
Movies with Leggiest Opening Weekend 841 3.22 Oct 10, 2008 1
Movies with Most Front-Loaded Opening Weekend 958 31.1% Oct 10, 2008 1

Cast

   Lina Mayfleet
   Doon Harrow
Bill Murray    Mayor Cole
Martin Landau    Sul
Mary Kay Place    Mrs. Murdo
Toby Jones    Barton Snode
Marianne Jean-Baptiste    Clary
Mackenzie Crook    Looper
Tim Robbins    Loris Harrow
Amy Quinn    Poppy
Catherine Quinn    Poppy
B.J. Hogg    Mayor's Guard

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Composer    Andrew Lockington

Contest - Obsessed with Winning

April 17th, 2009

The last weekend in April brings us four wide releases, sort of. Half of the new films are opening in fewer than 2,000 theaters, while none of them appear to be a lock for box office success, and this could make predictions this week a little trickier. The widest release, Obsessed, may or may not finish in first place, but it is this week's target film. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office of Obsessed. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a copy of City of Ember on DVD, as well as Nickelback: Live at Sturgis 2006 on DVD. Meanwhile, whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will also win a copy of City of Ember on DVD. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

DVD Sales - All Max and No Payne

February 3rd, 2009

New releases were all over the top 30 this week, including Max Payne, which took first place with 543,000 units sold for the week and $12.92 million in sales. More...

DVD Rentals - Saw Seen While Payne Maxed Out

February 3rd, 2009

New releases were just as spread out on the rental chart as they were on the sales chart, including taking the top two spots with Max Payne generating about 25% more revenue than Saw V. More...

DVD Releases for January 20, 2009 - Part I

January 20th, 2009

A terrible week for first run releases. There are five such releases on this week's list, but they has a combined haul of around $130 million, and nearly $100 million of that came from two films. With no big releases, we had to look other places for the DVD Pick of the Week. Repo! The Genetic Opera on Blu-ray is a clear contender for that title, but its lack of mass appeal is troublesome. This American Life - Season Two is a safer pick, but it is a Borders Exclusive release. Regardless of these issues, both releases are worthy of the DVD Pick of the Week. Despite the weakness at the top, there are still more than enough total releases to cause this column to stretch into two parts. The second part can be found here. More...

Box Office is not in Payne, but not Exactly Healthy Either

October 20th, 2008

It was a mixed weekend at the box office. The new releases were not able to match modest expectations, which caused the overall box office to drop 2% to $100 million compared to last weekend. However, this was close to 4% higher than the same weekend last year. Even better, year-to-date, 2008 has now just over $7.51 billion in ticket sales while at the same point in 2007, total receipts were just under $7.51 billion. With High School Musical 3 and Saw V opening this Friday, we could see continued growth at the box office. More...

Most New Releases Turn Out to be Dogs

October 13th, 2008

With four wide releases this past weekend, I knew not all of them would be hits, but I also didn't expect all of them to be misses. Perhaps that's not entirely fair, and given the production budgets involved, not all films flopped at the box office, but enough did that overall box office receipts dropped 10% to $102 million. Compared to the same week last year, that still represents an increase, albeit by less than 3%, which is more or less in line with ticket price inflation. Year-to-date, 2008 and 2007 have both brought in $7.38 billion, but 2008 has had the edge the past few weeks and could retake the lead this upcoming weekend. More...

Weekend Estimates: Chihuahua Still Champ as Openers Falter

October 12th, 2008


Movie Website Reviews for Weekend of October 10, 2008

October 12th, 2008

There are plenty of sites on this week's list, but the best of these sites are only above average and none of them rise to the level of an award worthy site. Hopefully next week will be better. More...

Box Office Going to the Dogs?

October 9th, 2008

The truth is that we have too many movies right now. It's hard enough for most films to thrive at the box office, and it is nearly impossible for them to do it when they have to deal with so much competition. This week we have four films opening wide, which is half as many new openers as last week. However, all four are opening in more in 2,000 theaters, which is twice as many as last week. Despite this onslaught of new films, we might have a holdover come out on top, as Beverly Hills Chihuahua has a decent shot at repeating at number one. More...

Cast Updates - October 2, 2008

October 2nd, 2008

This week's round of new casting information contains updates for Paper Man, Sherlock Holmes, Kung Fu Panda 2, and more! More...

2008 Preview: October

October 1st, 2008

September ends, and for that we are all very grateful. However, while we are entering the final push for 2008 at the box office, things don't look too rosy for the upcoming month. First of all, there are way too many films opening, including eight that are opening or expanding on the first weekend. Of those two, maybe three will thrive. Most will sink without being noticed, which could negatively affect the overall box office going forward. On the other hand, there are a few films opening this month that could be players come Awards Season, which is just around the corner. Perhaps this will help a few mid-level hits rise above the crowd. More...

Cast Updates - August 28, 2008

August 28th, 2008

This week's round of new casting information contains updates for City of Ember, Flash of Genius, Toy Story 3, and more! More...

Cast Updates - August 23, 2008

August 23rd, 2008

This week's round of new casting information contains updates for Extract, Gnomeo and Juliet, My Life in Ruins, and more! More...

New Movie US Release Dates - May 20, 2007

May 20th, 2007

This week's round of new movie release information contains release dates for The Game Plan, Prom Night, Ice Age 3 and more. More...

The shaded area represents the expected performance range for a film, based on its opening weekend box office. 95% of films fall within the shaded area. If a film trends towards the top end of the shaded area, it has good legs compared to the average film; if it trends towards the bottom end of the shaded area, it has poor legs. The predictive area is based on movies from the past 5 years.

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2008/10/10 11 $3,129,473   2,022 $1,548   $3,129,473 3
2008/10/17 15 $1,730,755 -45% 2,023 $856   $5,926,753 10
2008/10/24 22 $476,742 -72% 536 $889   $6,872,812 17
2008/10/31 28 $225,045 -53% 257 $876   $7,221,478 24
2008/11/07 35 $133,651 -41% 180 $743   $7,416,488 31
2008/11/14 37 $97,067 -27% 171 $568   $7,571,177 38
2008/11/21 40 $62,389 -36% 148 $422   $7,658,330 45
2008/11/28 42 $54,470 -13% 111 $491   $7,743,762 52
2008/12/05 47 $27,861 -49% 83 $336   $7,781,625 59
2008/12/12 55 $16,760 -40% 63 $266   $7,807,276 66
2008/12/19 58 $8,921 -47% 40 $223   $7,823,153 73
2008/12/26 58 $10,521 +18% 25 $421   $7,841,892 80
2009/01/02 65 $10,122 -4% 23 $440   $7,862,312 87
2009/01/09 65 $7,587 -25% 19 $399   $7,871,693 94

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2008/10/10 10 $973,047   2,022 $481   $973,047 1
2008/10/11 10 $1,271,641 +31% 2,022 $629   $2,244,688 2
2008/10/12 10 $884,785 -30% 2,022 $438   $3,129,473 3
2008/10/13 8 $471,941 -47% 2,022 $233   $3,601,414 4
2008/10/14 12 $200,336 -58% 2,022 $99   $3,801,750 5
2008/10/15 11 $180,545 -10% 2,022 $89   $3,982,295 6
2008/10/16 11 $213,703 +18% 2,022 $106   $4,195,998 7
2008/10/17 15 $506,694 +137% 2,023 $250   $4,702,692 8
2008/10/18 15 $738,512 +46% 2,023 $365   $5,441,204 9
2008/10/19 14 $485,549 -34% 2,023 $240   $5,926,753 10
2008/10/20 - $113,836 -77% 2,023 $56   $6,040,589 11
2008/10/21 - $110,642 -3% 2,023 $55   $6,151,231 12
2008/10/22 - $111,143 n/c 2,023 $55   $6,262,374 13
2008/10/23 - $133,696 +20% 2,023 $66   $6,396,070 14
2008/10/24 - $135,456 +1% 536 $253   $6,531,526 15
2008/10/25 - $198,617 +47% 536 $371   $6,730,143 16
2008/10/26 - $142,669 -28% 536 $266   $6,872,812 17
2008/10/27 - $28,579 -80% 536 $53   $6,901,391 18
2008/10/28 - $29,921 +5% 536 $56   $6,931,312 19
2008/10/29 - $29,056 -3% 536 $54   $6,960,368 20
2008/10/30 19 $36,065 +24% 536 $67   $6,996,433 21
2008/10/31 - $43,121 +20% 536 $80   $7,039,554 22
2008/11/01 - $104,221 +142% 536 $194   $7,143,775 23
2008/11/02 - $77,703 -25% 536 $145   $7,221,478 24
2008/11/03 - $13,821 -82% 536 $26   $7,235,299 25
2008/11/04 - $20,941 +52% 536 $39   $7,256,240 26
2008/11/05 - $13,635 -35% 536 $25   $7,269,875 27
2008/11/06 - $12,962 -5% 536 $24   $7,282,837 28
2008/11/07 - $34,960 +170% 180 $194   $7,317,797 29
2008/11/08 - $62,138 +78% 180 $345   $7,379,935 30
2008/11/09 - $36,553 -41% 180 $203   $7,416,488 31
2008/11/10 - $14,111 -61% 180 $78   $7,430,599 32
2008/11/11 - $26,679 +89% 180 $148   $7,457,278 33
2008/11/12 - $8,816 -67% 180 $49   $7,466,094 34
2008/11/13 - $8,016 -9% 180 $45   $7,474,110 35
2008/11/14 - $26,440 +230% 171 $155   $7,500,550 36
2008/11/15 - $44,435 +68% 171 $260   $7,544,985 37
2008/11/16 - $26,192 -41% 171 $153   $7,571,177 38
2008/11/17 - $6,900 -74% 171 $40   $7,578,077 39
2008/11/18 - $6,006 -13% 171 $35   $7,584,083 40
2008/11/19 - $6,244 +4% 171 $37   $7,590,327 41
2008/11/20 - $5,614 -10% 171 $33   $7,595,941 42
2008/11/21 - $16,168 +188% 148 $109   $7,612,109 43
2008/11/22 - $27,345 +69% 148 $185   $7,639,454 44
2008/11/23 - $18,876 -31% 148 $128   $7,658,330 45
2008/11/24 - $6,244 -67% 148 $42   $7,664,574 46
2008/11/25 - $8,145 +30% 148 $55   $7,672,719 47
2008/11/26 - $8,935 +10% 110 $81   $7,681,654 48
2008/11/27 - $7,638 -15% 110 $69   $7,689,292 49
2008/11/28 - $20,365 +167% 111 $183   $7,709,657 50
2008/11/29 - $21,874 +7% 111 $197   $7,731,531 51
2008/11/30 - $12,231 -44% 111 $110   $7,743,762 52
2008/12/01 - $2,594 -79% 111 $23   $7,746,356 53
2008/12/02 - $2,592 n/c 111 $23   $7,748,948 54
2008/12/03 - $2,110 -19% 111 $19   $7,751,058 55
2008/12/04 - $2,706 +28% 111 $24   $7,753,764 56
2008/12/05 - $7,105 +163% 83 $86   $7,760,869 57
2008/12/06 - $12,078 +70% 83 $146   $7,772,947 58
2008/12/07 - $8,678 -28% 83 $105   $7,781,625 59
2008/12/08 - $2,475 -71% 83 $30   $7,784,100 60
2008/12/09 - $2,791 +13% 83 $34   $7,786,891 61
2008/12/10 - $1,920 -31% 83 $23   $7,788,811 62
2008/12/11 - $1,705 -11% 83 $21   $7,790,516 63
2008/12/12 - $4,840 +184% 63 $77   $7,795,356 64
2008/12/13 - $7,731 +60% 63 $123   $7,803,087 65
2008/12/14 - $4,189 -46% 63 $66   $7,807,276 66
2008/12/15 - $1,317 -69% 63 $21   $7,808,593 67
2008/12/16 - $1,483 +13% 63 $24   $7,810,076 68
2008/12/17 - $2,673 +80% 63 $42   $7,812,749 69
2008/12/18 - $1,483 -45% 63 $24   $7,814,232 70

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2008/10/10 11 $4,195,998   2,022 $2,075   $4,195,998 7
2008/10/17 15 $2,200,072 -48% 2,023 $1,088   $6,396,070 14
2008/10/24 22 $600,363 -73% 536 $1,120   $6,996,433 21
2008/10/31 30 $286,404 -52% 257 $1,114   $7,282,837 28
2008/11/07 35 $191,273 -33% 180 $1,063   $7,474,110 35
2008/11/14 36 $121,831 -36% 171 $712   $7,595,941 42
2008/11/21 44 $93,351 -23% 148 $631   $7,689,292 49
2008/11/28 45 $64,472 -31% 111 $581   $7,753,764 56
2008/12/05 47 $36,752 -43% 83 $443   $7,790,516 63
2008/12/12 59 $23,716 -35% 63 $376   $7,814,232 70
2008/12/19 60 $17,139 -28% 40 $428   $7,831,371 77
2008/12/26 57 $20,819 +21% 25 $833   $7,852,190 84
2009/01/02 67 $11,916 -43% 23 $518   $7,864,106 91
2009/01/09 67 $7,587 -36% 19 $399   $7,871,693 98

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
1/25/20099105,225 105,225$2,103,448$2,103,4481

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