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The Express (2008)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $9,793,406Details
International Box Office $19,903
Worldwide Box Office $9,813,309
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $7,664,805 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $7,664,805
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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 FreshAudience Upright
Critics
61% - Fresh
Audience
74% - Upright

Movie Details

Production Budget:$37,500,000
Domestic Releases: October 4th, 2008 (Sneak Peek) by Universal
October 10th, 2008 (Wide) by Universal
Video Release: January 20th, 2009 by Universal Home Entertainment, released as Express, The
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic content, violence and language involving racism, and for brief sensuality (re-rating, originally PG-13)
Comparisons: vs. Hacksaw Ridge
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Keywords: Football, Biography, Inspirational Sports
Source:Based on Factual Book/Article
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Relativity Media, Davis Entertainment

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,527 $151,225 Oct 31, 2008 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,237 $453,750 Oct 24, 2008 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,478 $2,191,810 Oct 17, 2008 10
Widest Opening Weekend 1,118 2,808 Oct 10, 2008 3

Cast

   Ernie Davis
   Ben Schwartzwalder
Omar Benson Miller    Jack Buckley
Darrin DeWitt Henson    Jim Brown
Charles S. Dutton    Pops
Justin Martin    Young Ernie Davis
Geoff Stults    Bob Lundy
Clancy Brown    Roy Simmons Sr.
Saul Rubinek    Art Modell

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    Charles Leavitt
Production Designer    Nelson Coates

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...

Contest - Express Delivery - Winning Announcement

October 15th, 2008

The winners of our Express Delivery contest were determined and they are... 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...

Contest - Express Delivery

October 3rd, 2008

The widest release of next week is The Express, which is an inspirational sports movie, which tend to be predictable players at the box office. It is also the target film on this week's Box Office Prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office of The Express. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a mini-poster from How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, a copy of South Of Pico on DVD, Pathology on DVD, Cyborg Solider on DVD, and finally Kill Switch 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 mini-poster from How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, as well as Cyborg Solider on DVD, Kill Switch on DVD, as well as Deception on DVD. Finally, one additional entrant will be chosen at random to receive the final copies of Cyborg Solider on DVD and Kill Switch on DVD. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! 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...

New Movie US Release Dates - August 30, 2008

August 30th, 2008

This week's round of new movie release information contains release dates for Australia, Extreme Movie, New York, I Love You and more! 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...

New Movie US Release Dates - August 3, 2008

August 3rd, 2008

This week's round of new movie release information contains release dates for The Haunting of Molly Hartley, Nothing Like the Holidays, Not Easily Broken and more! More...

New Movie US Release Dates - December 16, 2007

December 16th, 2007

This week's round of new movie release information contains not only the general weekly update, but also an a number of release updates we had missed earlier. More...

New Movie US Release Dates - July 29, 2007

July 29th, 2007

This week's round of new movie release information contains release dates for Hellboy 2, The Mummy 3, The Pink Panther 2 and more. More...

New Movie US Release Dates - June 8, 2007

June 8th, 2007

This week's round of new movie release information contains release dates for Death Race, Prince of Persia, Narnia 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 6 $4,562,675   2,808 $1,625   $4,562,675 3
2008/10/17 12 $2,191,810 -52% 2,810 $780   $8,214,570 10
2008/10/24 23 $453,750 -79% 605 $750   $9,314,770 17
2008/10/31 32 $151,225 -67% 263 $575   $9,589,875 24

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2008/10/10 6 $1,543,985   2,808 $550   $1,543,985 1
2008/10/11 6 $1,894,805 +23% 2,808 $675   $3,438,790 2
2008/10/12 7 $1,123,885 -41% 2,808 $400   $4,562,675 3
2008/10/13 6 $575,640 -49% 2,808 $205   $5,138,315 4
2008/10/14 9 $295,100 -49% 2,808 $105   $5,433,415 5
2008/10/15 9 $266,425 -10% 2,808 $95   $5,699,840 6
2008/10/16 9 $322,920 +21% 2,808 $115   $6,022,760 7
2008/10/17 12 $758,685 +135% 2,810 $270   $6,781,445 8
2008/10/18 12 $955,400 +26% 2,810 $340   $7,736,845 9
2008/10/19 15 $477,725 -50% 2,810 $170   $8,214,570 10
2008/10/20 14 $154,550 -68% 2,810 $55   $8,369,120 11
2008/10/21 14 $167,500 +8% 2,810 $60   $8,536,620 12
2008/10/22 14 $155,800 -7% 2,810 $55   $8,692,420 13
2008/10/23 14 $168,600 +8% 2,810 $60   $8,861,020 14
2008/10/24 - $151,250 -10% 605 $250   $9,012,270 15
2008/10/25 - $202,675 +34% 605 $335   $9,214,945 16
2008/10/26 - $99,825 -51% 605 $165   $9,314,770 17
2008/10/27 - $30,225 -70% 605 $50   $9,344,995 18
2008/10/28 - $30,195 n/c 605 $50   $9,375,190 19
2008/10/29 - $30,335 n/c 605 $50   $9,405,525 20
2008/10/30 - $33,125 +9% 605 $55   $9,438,650 21
2008/10/31 - $38,135 +15% 263 $145   $9,476,785 22
2008/11/01 - $73,640 +93% 263 $280   $9,550,425 23
2008/11/02 - $39,450 -46% 263 $150   $9,589,875 24
2008/11/03 - $13,150 -67% 263 $50   $9,603,025 25
2008/11/04 - $15,780 +20% 263 $60   $9,618,805 26
2008/11/05 - $11,835 -25% 263 $45   $9,630,640 27
2008/11/06 - $13,085 +11% 263 $50   $9,643,725 28

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2008/10/10 7 $6,022,760   2,808 $2,145   $6,022,760 7
2008/10/17 14 $2,838,260 -53% 2,810 $1,010   $8,861,020 14
2008/10/24 23 $577,630 -80% 605 $955   $9,438,650 21
2008/10/31 32 $205,075 -64% 263 $780   $9,643,725 28

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
1/25/20091197,511 97,511$1,949,245$1,949,2451

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