Cowboys and Aliens

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $100,240,551Details
International Box Office $75,669,764
Worldwide Box Office $175,910,315
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $24,680,510 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $23,770,466 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $48,450,976
Further financial details...

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Synopsis

1875. New Mexico Territory. A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don't welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde. It's a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he's been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella, he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents-townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors-all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics RottenAudience Spilled
Critics
44% - Rotten
Audience
44% - Spilled

Movie Details

Production Budget:$163,000,000
Theatrical Release: July 29th, 2011 (Wide) by Universal
August 9th, 2011 (IMAX) by Universal
Video Release: December 6th, 2011 by Universal Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of western and sci-fi action and violence, some partial nudity and a brief crude reference
(Rating bulletin 2178, 6/29/2011)
Keywords: Surprise Twist, Foreign Language, Visual Effects, Independent/Other Comics, Faulty Memory, Alien Invasion, IMAX: DMR
Source:Based on Comic/Graphic Novel
Genre:Action
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Science Fiction
Production Companies: DreamWorks Pictures, Reliance BIG Entertainment, Imagine Entertainment, K/O Paper Products, Fairview Entertainment, Platinum Studios

Blu-ray Sales: Overall Sales are in Remission

The Blu-ray sales chart was both busy and slow this week. On the one hand, there were five new releases that charted this week, including three in the top ten. On the other hand, only one of those new releases, Contagion, did any significant business. It was able to sell 274,000 units while generating $4.93 million in revenue, giving it an opening week Blu-ray share of 40%. That's a very good share for a drama, but its overall home market run is disappointing. More...

Blu-ray Sales: Apes Rise, Blu-rays Fall

Rise of the Planet of the Apes led the way on the Blu-ray sales chart, but with only a few new releases that managed to chart, the overall sales were weak. Planet of the Apes sold 675,000 units generating $15.59 million. Its opening week Blu-ray share was 49%, which was good compared to the average of the format, but weak for the genre. Last minute Christmas sales may have resulted in deeper discounts for DVDs than Blu-rays, at least as a percentage, which could be a mitigating factor. More...

Blu-ray Sales: Hanging Out on Top

The Hangover II was the first of three new releases on top of this week's Blu-ray sales chart, selling 951,000 units while generating $16.89 million. Its opening week Blu-ray share was 42%, which was good for a comedy. More...

DVD Sales: Helping Itself to First Place

New releases took four or five of the top five spots on the DVD sales chart this week. (The Smurfs is a bit of a complicated case, but more on that in a second.) First place went to The Help with 1.75 million units sold generating $29.78 million in revenue. More...

Awards Season: SAG Spreads the Love

The SAG nominations were handed out this week, and while The Help led the way with four nods, it wasn't the only film that earned multiple nominations. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for December 6th, 2011

I hate this time for year, because of the holidays. Due to the five-day Thanksgiving long weekend and the Christmas shipping rush, screeners are even more likely to arrive late. Most of the prime releases I'm supposed to review are still on route. It makes it hard to keep up to date on reviews, plus it makes it really hard to figure out what the Pick of the Week should be. The Help is in contention, but I want to see the Blu-ray first. In the end, I went with the The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: Extended Trilogy Box Set on Blu-ray. More...

Weekend Wrap-up: Paranormal Wasn't Just Your Regular Hit

The industry as a whole has to be breathing a small sigh of relief after the weekend numbers started to come in. Paranormal Activity 3 broke records over the weekend helping the overall box office along the way. It grew 38% compared to last weekend, hitting $121 million. Unfortunately, that was still 6% lower than the same weekend Last year. Year-to-date, 2011 is 4% behind 2010's pace at $8.38 billion to $8.73 million and there's little hope that deficit will go away by the end of the year. More...

International Box Office: Quarter Billion Reasons to Say Smurf

For the third weekend in a row, The Smurfs earned first place on the international chart. This time they pulled in $26.82 million on 9,023 screens in 48 markets for a total of $258.27 million internationally and $384.22 million worldwide. It was a pretty slow weekend in terms of new releases (it earned $739,000 on 137 screens in Denmark) but that changes next weekend with an opening in Japan, while Australia and Italy are also just around the corner. Even if the film had no markets left to open in, it would still get to $300 million internationally and $400 million worldwide, but even with these three major markets, it probably won't hit any other major milestones. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Apes Conquer Box Office

It seems summer is still around as the box office was stronger than expected. Not only did Rise of the Planet of the Apes earn more than last year's number one film, The Other Guys, by a large margin, but the rest of the box office was also able to gain ground on 2010. Granted, with a total haul of $167 million, it was down 7% from last weekend. But more importantly, it was up by 26% from last year. Year-to-date 2011 has pulled in $6.68 billion, which is still 5% lower than this point last year, but we are closing the gap and if the fall is as strong as the summer was, we could still squeeze out a win. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Apes Rise Above the Competition?

August begins with two wide releases, include one opening in well over 3,000 theaters, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and one that's just below the saturation level, The Change-Up. This time last year, the one-two punch came from The Other Guys and Step Up 3D, which combined to earn just over $51 million. There are some who think Rise of the Planet of the Apes will earn that much by itself. That's a little too bullish for me, but it does suggest 2011 should extend its winning streak over 2010 to four weeks. More...

Contest: Cowboys and Gods: Winning Announcement

The winners of our Cowboys and Gods contest were determined and they are... More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Cowboys Win Close Race

It was a very, very close race for top spot at box office this weekend with the top two films separated by less than $1 million. In the end, it was Cowboys and Aliens that came out on top, even though it finished on the low end of predictions. However, with The Smurfs earning much more than expected, the overall box office take was a surprisingly brisk $180 million. This was still 6% lower than last weekend, but more importantly, 24% higher than the same weekend last year. Year-to-date, 2011 has brought in $6.42 billion, or about 6% less than last year's pace. With a little luck, 2011 will be able to close that gap a bit more before the end of summer. More...

Weekend Estimates: Cowboys and Smurfs in Box Office Tie

Universal and Sony showed how compromise is done on Sunday, as each studio settled on an identical weekend estimate, with Cowboys & Aliens and The Smurfs tied on an estimated $36,206,250. That's a slight disappointment for Cowboys (although certainly up from the worst fears of a few weeks ago) and above expectations for Smurfs, which showed the resilience of kids movies to weak reviews and gave 3D a needed boost. More...

Weekend Predictions: Can Cowboys Overtake Captain?

Summer is starting to wind down and while there are no sure-fire monster hits opening from now until November, there are still a few more potential $100 million hits coming out before we can close the book on the summer. Cowboys and Aliens is one of these films, and while it is clearly the biggest new release of the week, it still has competition from Captain America: The First Avenger during its opening weekend. On the high end, the film could earn more than the combined openings of last year's three wide releases. Even on the low end, it should have no trouble topping last year's number one film. This should help 2011 win over 2010 for the third week in a row, which is enough to be considered a streak. More...

Contest: Cowboys and Gods

Summer is starting to come to a close and that makes the box office prediction contest a little more difficult to set up. For instance, next week there are three wide releases, but quite frankly, none of them seem like big box office hits, so which one should be the target film? Cowboys and Aliens is opening the widest, so that's the film we are going with. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for Cowboys and Aliens. 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 Thor: Tales of Asgard on Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack. 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 Thor: Tales of Asgard on Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

2011 Preview: July

July starts with one of the most important holidays of the year, which is good news for the industry, as June was a little weaker than expected, at least on average. None of the films were shockingly bad at the box office, even if a few missed early predictions by significant degrees. But conversely, none really shocked analysts with their box office prowess. As such, 2011 continued to slide a little further behind 2010's pace, a trend the movie industry hopes will end this month. Fortunately, that is a reasonable goal. Last July was home to two $100 million movies, two $200 million movies, and a one $300 million movie, assuming you count The Twilight Saga: Eclipse as a July film. This time around, we could see two films top $300 million, assuming you count Transformers: Dark of the Moon as a July release. Meanwhile, there are several potential $100 million films. I count up to six films with a statistically significant shot at reaching the century mark, but I would be amazed if more than half of them got there. More...

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Cast

Daniel Craig    Jake Lonergan
Abigail Spencer    Alice
Buck Taylor    Alice
Matt Taylor    Luke Claiborne
Cooper Taylor    Mose Claiborne
Clancy Brown    Meacham
Paul Dano    Percy Dolarhyde
Chris Browning    Jed Parker
Adam Beach    Nate Colorado
Sam Rockwell    Doc
Ana de la Reguera    Maria
Noah Ringer    Emmett Taggart
Brian Duffy    Deputy
Olivia Wilde    Ella
Keith Carradine    Sheriff John Taggart
Brendon Wayne    Charlie Lyle
Gavin Grazer    Ed
Toby Huss    Roy Murphy
Wyatt Russell    Little Mickey
Jimmy Jatho    Saloon Patron
Harrison Ford    Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde
Kenny Call    Greavy
Walt Goggins    Hunt
Julio Cedillo    Bronc
James Noel Garret    Gang Member
David Patrick O'Hara    Pat Dolan
Troy Gilbert    Red
Chad Randall    Bull McCade
Scout Hendrickson    Jake's Gang Member
Raoul Trujillo    Black Knife
David Midthunder    Apache Warrior 1
Moses Brings Plenty    Apache Warrior 2
Phillip Pike    Apache Singer
Calum Blaylock    Apache Singer
Paul Ortega    Medicine Man
Nathaniel Chee    Apache Dancer
Robyn Simmons    Apache Dancers
Simon Choneska    Apache Dancer
David Chee    Apache Dancer
Vonda Tso    Apache Dancer
Lariat Geronimo    Apache Dancer
Freddie Apache    Apache Dancer
Oliver Enjady    Apache Dancer
Hoyle Osborne    Pianist
Rex Ridout    Fiddler

Production and Technical Credits

Director    Jon Favreau
Screenwriter    Roberto Orci
Screenwriter    Alex Kurtzman
Screenwriter    Damon Lindelof
Screenwriter    Mark Fergus
Screenwriter    Hawk Ostby
Story Creator    Scott Mitchell Rosenberg
Producer    Brian Grazer
Producer    Ron Howard
Producer    Alex Kurtzman
Producer    Roberto Orci
Producer    Scott Mitchell Rosenberg
Executive Producer    Steven Spielberg
Executive Producer    Jon Favreau
Executive Producer    Denis L. Stewart
Executive Producer    Bobby Cohen
Executive Producer    Ryan Kavanaugh
Cinematographer    Matthew Libatique
Production Designer    Scott Chambliss
Editor    Dan Lebental
Editor    Jim May
Costume Designer    Mary Zophres
Special Make-up Effects    Shane Mahan
Visual Effects Supervisor    Roger Guyett
Co-Producer    Chris Wade
Co-Producer    Dan Forcey
Co-Producer    Karen Gilchrist
Composer    Harry Gregson-Williams
Casting Director    Sarah Halley Finn
Sound Designer    Christopher Boyes
Re-recording Mixer    Christopher Boyes

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/07/29 2 $13,087,485   3,750 $3,490   $13,087,485 1
2011/07/30 1 $13,181,250 +1% 3,750 $3,515   $26,268,735 2
2011/07/31 1 $10,162,555 -23% 3,750 $2,710   $36,431,290 3
2011/08/01 2 $4,276,050 -58% 3,750 $1,140   $40,707,340 4
2011/08/02 2 $4,256,250 n/c 3,750 $1,135   $44,963,590 5
2011/08/03 2 $3,506,250 -18% 3,750 $935   $48,469,840 6
2011/08/04 2 $3,150,225 -10% 3,750 $840   $51,620,065 7
2011/08/05 4 $4,673,730 +48% 3,754 $1,245   $56,293,795 8
2011/08/06 3 $6,363,030 +36% 3,754 $1,695   $62,656,825 9
2011/08/07 3 $4,692,695 -26% 3,754 $1,250   $67,349,520 10
2011/08/08 4 $1,745,610 -63% 3,754 $465   $69,095,130 11
2011/08/09 6 $1,970,850 +13% 3,754 $525   $71,065,980 12
2011/08/10 7 $1,464,060 -26% 3,754 $390   $72,530,040 13
2011/08/11 6 $1,332,670 -9% 3,754 $355   $73,862,710 14
2011/08/12 7 $2,201,150 +65% 3,310 $665   $76,063,860 15
2011/08/13 6 $3,177,600 +44% 3,310 $960   $79,241,460 16
2011/08/14 7 $2,432,555 -23% 3,310 $735   $81,674,015 17
2011/08/15 9 $959,885 -61% 3,310 $290   $82,633,900 18
2011/08/16 9 $1,026,100 +7% 3,310 $310   $83,660,000 19
2011/08/17 9 $795,025 -23% 3,310 $240   $84,455,025 20
2011/08/18 8 $827,500 +4% 3,310 $250   $85,282,525 21
2011/08/19 11 $1,195,035 +44% 2,213 $540   $86,477,560 22
2011/08/20 11 $1,792,530 +50% 2,213 $810   $88,270,090 23
2011/08/21 12 $1,228,215 -31% 2,213 $555   $89,498,305 24
2011/08/22 13 $420,470 -66% 2,213 $190   $89,918,775 25
2011/08/23 13 $453,440 +8% 2,213 $205   $90,372,215 26
2011/08/24 13 $387,275 -15% 2,213 $175   $90,759,490 27
2011/08/25 13 $386,985 n/c 2,213 $175   $91,146,475 28
2011/08/26 15 $662,575 +71% 1,559 $425   $91,809,050 29
2011/08/27 14 $1,021,145 +54% 1,559 $655   $92,830,195 30
2011/08/28 13 $693,755 -32% 1,559 $445   $93,523,950 31
2011/08/29 16 $218,260 -69% 1,559 $140   $93,742,210 32
2011/08/30 16 $233,850 +7% 1,559 $150   $93,976,060 33
2011/08/31 17 $202,670 -13% 1,559 $130   $94,178,730 34
2011/09/01 17 $202,425 n/c 1,559 $130   $94,381,155 35
2011/09/02 15 $444,375 +120% 1,185 $375   $94,825,530 36
2011/09/03 14 $699,150 +57% 1,185 $590   $95,524,680 37
2011/09/04 14 $734,885 +5% 1,185 $620   $96,259,565 38
2011/09/05 14 $622,125 -15% 1,185 $525   $96,881,690 39
2011/09/06 - $124,425 -80% 1,185 $105   $97,006,115 40
2011/09/07 - $106,650 -14% 1,185 $90   $97,112,765 41
2011/09/08 - $101,101 -5% 1,185 $85   $97,213,866 42
2011/09/09 18 $234,555 +132% 920 $255   $97,448,421 43
2011/09/10 18 $381,800 +63% 920 $415   $97,830,221 44
2011/09/11 17 $211,600 -45% 920 $230   $98,041,821 45
2011/09/12 16 $64,400 -70% 920 $70   $98,106,221 46
2011/09/13 - $69,045 +7% 920 $75   $98,175,266 47
2011/09/14 - $59,800 -13% 920 $65   $98,235,066 48
2011/09/15 - $64,400 +8% 920 $70   $98,299,466 49
2011/09/16 - $150,130 +133% 614 $245   $98,449,596 50
2011/09/17 - $239,460 +60% 614 $390   $98,689,056 51
2011/09/18 - $141,220 -41% 614 $230   $98,830,276 52
2011/09/19 - $40,215 -72% 614 $65   $98,870,491 53
2011/09/20 - $45,745 +14% 614 $75   $98,916,236 54
2011/09/21 - $39,605 -13% 614 $65   $98,955,841 55
2011/09/22 - $42,675 +8% 614 $70   $98,998,516 56
2011/09/23 - $81,075 +90% 345 $235   $99,079,591 57
2011/09/24 - $124,225 +53% 345 $360   $99,203,816 58
2011/09/25 - $72,450 -42% 345 $210   $99,276,266 59
2011/09/26 - $20,700 -71% 345 $60   $99,296,966 60
2011/09/27 - $24,075 +16% 345 $70   $99,321,041 61
2011/09/28 - $22,325 -7% 345 $65   $99,343,366 62
2011/09/29 - $22,450 +1% 345 $65   $99,365,816 63
2011/09/30 - $54,225 +142% 241 $225   $99,420,041 64
2011/10/01 - $84,350 +56% 241 $350   $99,504,391 65
2011/10/02 - $48,220 -43% 241 $200   $99,552,611 66
2011/10/03 - $15,665 -68% 241 $65   $99,568,276 67
2011/10/04 - $17,985 +15% 241 $75   $99,586,261 68
2011/10/05 - $16,870 -6% 241 $70   $99,603,131 69
2011/10/06 - $18,250 +8% 241 $76   $99,621,381 70
2011/10/07 - $43,260 +137% 206 $210   $99,664,641 71
2011/10/08 - $63,860 +48% 206 $310   $99,728,501 72
2011/10/09 - $40,170 -37% 206 $195   $99,768,671 73
2011/10/10 - $18,540 -54% 206 $90   $99,787,211 74
2011/10/11 - $14,420 -22% 206 $70   $99,801,631 75
2011/10/12 - $13,390 -7% 206 $65   $99,815,021 76
2011/10/13 - $13,425 n/c 206 $65   $99,828,446 77
2011/10/14 - $42,640 +218% 208 $205   $99,871,086 78
2011/10/15 - $62,385 +46% 208 $300   $99,933,471 79
2011/10/16 - $35,360 -43% 208 $170   $99,968,831 80
2011/10/17 - $11,440 -68% 208 $55   $99,980,271 81
2011/10/18 - $14,560 +27% 208 $70   $99,994,831 82
2011/10/19 - $13,605 -7% 208 $65   $100,008,436 83
2011/10/20 - $14,505 +7% 208 $70   $100,022,941 84
2011/10/21 - $29,485 +103% 131 $225   $100,052,426 85
2011/10/22 - $40,615 +38% 131 $310   $100,093,041 86
2011/10/23 - $24,915 -39% 131 $190   $100,117,956 87
2011/10/24 - $7,860 -68% 131 $60   $100,125,816 88
2011/10/25 - $9,825 +25% 131 $75   $100,135,641 89
2011/10/26 - $9,170 -7% 131 $70   $100,144,811 90
2011/10/27 - $9,790 +7% 131 $75   $100,154,601 91
2011/10/28 - $16,835 +72% 91 $185   $100,171,436 92
2011/10/29 - $27,755 +65% 91 $305   $100,199,191 93
2011/10/30 - $15,925 -43% 91 $175   $100,215,116 94
2011/10/31 - $7,280 -54% 91 $80   $100,222,396 95
2011/11/01 - $6,370 -13% 91 $70   $100,228,766 96
2011/11/02 - $5,460 -14% 91 $60   $100,234,226 97
2011/11/03 - $6,325 +16% 91 $70   $100,240,551 98

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/07/29 1 $36,431,290   3,750 $9,715   $36,431,290 3
2011/08/05 3 $15,729,455 -57% 3,754 $4,190   $67,349,520 10
2011/08/12 6 $7,811,305 -50% 3,310 $2,360   $81,674,015 17
2011/08/19 12 $4,215,780 -46% 2,213 $1,905   $89,498,305 24
2011/08/26 15 $2,377,475 -44% 1,559 $1,525   $93,523,950 31
2011/09/02 14 $1,878,410 -21% 1,185 $1,585   $96,259,565 38
2011/09/09 18 $827,955 -56% 920 $900   $98,041,821 45
2011/09/16 22 $530,810 -36% 614 $865   $98,830,276 52
2011/09/23 26 $277,750 -48% 345 $805   $99,276,266 59
2011/09/30 30 $186,795 -33% 241 $775   $99,552,611 66
2011/10/07 28 $147,290 -21% 206 $715   $99,768,671 73
2011/10/14 30 $140,385 -5% 208 $675   $99,968,831 80
2011/10/21 40 $95,015 -32% 131 $725   $100,117,956 87
2011/10/28 44 $60,515 -36% 91 $665   $100,215,116 94

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
12/11/20114523,147 523,147$8,888,268$8,888,2681
12/18/20117268,927-49% 792,074$4,569,070$13,457,3372
12/25/201113202,701-25% 994,775$3,618,213$17,075,5503
1/1/20121781,760-60% 1,076,535$1,389,102$18,464,6534
1/8/20121171,183-13% 1,147,718$1,112,590$19,577,2435
1/15/20121659,043-17% 1,206,761$863,799$20,441,0426
1/22/20122426,863-55% 1,233,624$402,676$20,843,7187
1/29/20122125,537-5% 1,259,161$381,267$21,224,9868
2/5/20122817,990-30% 1,277,151$267,691$21,492,6779
2/19/2012882,761 1,372,325$1,075,065$22,753,81311

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
12/11/20112472,633 472,633$9,703,158$9,703,1581
12/18/20115181,721-62% 654,354$4,544,844$14,248,0022
12/25/201112155,427-14% 809,782$3,874,806$18,122,8083
1/1/20121033,141-79% 842,922$828,183$18,950,9914
1/8/2012540,322+22% 883,244$863,293$19,814,2845
1/15/2012734,502-14% 917,746$645,876$20,460,1606
1/22/20121120,024-42% 937,770$384,253$20,844,4137
1/29/20121314,398-28% 952,168$258,870$21,103,2838

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