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Flight of the Phoenix (2004)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $21,009,180Details
International Box Office $13,000,000
Worldwide Box Office $34,009,180
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A group of air crash survivors are stranded in the Mongolian desert with no chance of rescue. Facing a brutal environment, dwindling resources, and an attack by desert smugglers, they realize their only hope is doing the "impossible"--building a new plane from the wreckage.


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Movie Details

Production Budget:$75,000,000
Domestic Releases: December 17th, 2004 (Wide) by 20th Century Fox
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some language, action and violence
Running Time: 113 minutes
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Keywords: Marooned
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Davis Entertainment
Production Countries: Namibia,
United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,423 $1,056 Mar 11, 2005 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,995 $7,993 Mar 4, 2005 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,898 $18,946 Feb 25, 2005 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,943 $31,579 Feb 18, 2005 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,714 $68,576 Feb 11, 2005 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,677 $105,061 Feb 4, 2005 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,071 $115,329 Jan 28, 2005 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,514 $133,127 Jan 21, 2005 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,206 $347,735 Jan 14, 2005 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,433 $1,578,988 Jan 7, 2005 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,236 $3,050,635 Dec 31, 2004 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,192 $2,666,898 Dec 24, 2004 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,925 $5,019,430 Dec 17, 2004 3
Widest Opening Weekend 1,412 2,604 Dec 17, 2004 3
Movies with Leggiest Opening Weekend 918 3.35 Dec 17, 2004 1
Movies with Most Front-Loaded Opening Weekend 1,053 29.9% Dec 17, 2004 1


   Frank Towns
Hugh Laurie    Ian
Tony Curran    Rodney
Kirk Jones    Jeremy
Jared Padalecki    Davis
Scott Michael Campbell    Liddle
Jacob Vargas    Sammi
Kevork Malikyan    Rady
Paul Ditchfield    Dr. Gerber
Martin 'Mako' Hindy    Newman
Bob Brown    Kyle
Anthony Wong    Lead Smuggler
Yi-Ding Wang    Smuggler
Kee-Yick Cheng    Smuggler
Vernon Lehmann    Smuggler
Derek Barton    Voice Actor
Jim Lau    Voice Actor

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    John Davis
Producer    William Aldrich
Producer    Wyck Godfrey
Producer    T. Alex Blum
Screenwriter    Scott Frank
Screenwriter    Edward Burns
Based on novel    Elleston Trevor
Based on the screenplay "Flight of the Phoenix (1965)"    Lukas Heller
Executive Producer    Ric Kidney
Director of Photography    Brendan Galvin
Production Designer    Patrick Lumb
Editor    Don Zimmerman
Composer    Marco Beltrami
Assistant Director    Julian Wall
Assistant Director    Lisa Satriano
Second Unit Director    Jimmy Roberts
Unit Production Manager    Ric Kidney
Production Manager (Namibia)    Guy Nockels
Production Supervisor    Shelly Kidney
Supervising Art Director    Andrew Menzies
Art Director    Christopher James Bass
Art Director    Alan Hook
Set Decorator    Matthew Sullivan
Set Decorator    Eliza Solesbury
Second Unit Photography    Ciaran Barry
Costume Designer    George L. Little
Costume Supervisor    Darion Hing
Production Sound Mixer    Ian Voigt
Sound Mixing    Jim Bolt
Sound Mixing    D.M. Hemphill
Re-recording Mixer    Tim McColm
Re-recording Mixer    Denis St. Amand
Re-recording Mixer    William Stein
Supervising Sound Editor    Jay Wilkinson
Supervising Dialogue Editor    Jim Brookshire
Dialogue Editor    Susan Shackelford Dawes
Music Editor    Bill Abbott
Music Editor    Jeff Carson
Department Head Makeup    Fiona Connon
Department Head Hairstylist    Gerry Jones
Casting Director    Deborah Aguila
Casting Director    Tricia Wood
Casting (UK)    Sarah Trevis
Stunt Coordinator    Jimmy Roberts
Stunt Coordinator    Bob Brown
Stunt Coordinator    Jim Churchman

DVD Releases for December 5, 2006

December 5th, 2006

The first week of the month is often the busiest, and that's the case here. However, while there are a lot of big releases, there's not much in the way of quality to be found. The best of the recent releases is Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest, but that was weak compared to the original (although a fun ride nonetheless). In order to find the DVD Pick of the week one must travel deeper... into the list of box sets (The Premiere Frank Capra Collection - Buy from Amazon), special editions (Black Christmas - Special Edition - Buy from Amazon), and TV on DVD (Dungeons & Dragons - The Complete Series - Buy from Amazon). Of those three, I'm giving the honor to The Premiere Frank Capra Collection - Buy from Amazon, but all three could end up in my DVD collection before long. More...

Smiths' Summer Tour Continues

August 14th, 2005

Mr. and Mrs. Smith opened in Belgium with $1.7 million on 80 screens, easily enough for first place and had a similar result with $480,000 in Poland. It also remained in first place in France with $2.88 million, (despite falling 54% there) and in the Netherlands with $740,000. In Germany the film remained in second place for the third straight week with $3.06 million for a $17.06 million running tally. The film now have $140 million in territories where Fox is handling the distribution and $192 million overall. More...

Island Vacation

August 7th, 2005

The Island managed a couple of first place finished over the weekend, but the results were still less than impressive. In Australia the film opened with $1.404 million for a close victory while in Hong Kong it earned a disappointing $490,000 over the weekend and $520,000 including previews. It's best market continued to be South Korea with $3.167 million, down 38% from last weekend dropping to second place along the way. On the other hand, no wide openings and a mere 23% drop-off allowed the film to rise to first in New Zealand. Overall the film added $7.64 million to its $24.1 million running tally on the international scene and will opens in several markets this weekend including the U.K., Germany and Spain. More...

Late Numbers Lift Charlie into Top Five

July 31st, 2005

Early numbers had Mr. and Mrs. Smith taking fifth place on the overall international box office charts, but better than expected results has Charlie and the Chocolate Factory overtaking them $6.7 million to $5.4 million. It's biggest single market continues to be France where the film dipped just 6% during its second weekend there earning $3,533,857 for a $9,034,141 running tally. But it was even more impressive in Belgium where the film shot up by 68% to $400,000 for the weekend and $785,000 in total. The film also opened in first place in three markets, Brazil with $1.1 million on 200 screens, Holland with $625,000 on 124 screens, and South Africa with $275,000 on 41 screens. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has $13.3 million so far and opens in a couple of important markets this weekend, (The U.K. and Mexico.) More...

The Smiths' Honeymoon in Asia Continues

July 17th, 2005

Mr. and Mrs. Smith continues its excellent run in Asia with a $2.2 million opening in 450 theatres in China. The film also added $1.8 million in South Korea for an $18 million running total in that market, (although it was pushed out of the top spot in that market. Overall the film made $4 million pushing its total to $117 million internationally and $275 million worldwide. More...

Slow Dancing to $100 million

May 8th, 2005

Golden Week helped Shall We Dance? climb 19% to $2,250,195 for the weekend and $7,270,348 during its run. The film now has $90.3 million internationally and could break $100 million if it continues to show strong legs in Japan. More...

International: Constantine Continues to Climb

May 1st, 2005

It was a good news, bad news kind of weekend for Constantine. The film remained in top spot in Japan with $2,330,027 on 349 screens for a $9,011,671 running tally in the market. Bad news, it dropped 37% during its second weekend in the market, which is really steep for Japan. Overall the film brought in $3 million on 1,200 screens in 40 markets for a international box office of $136.4 million. More...

International Box Office Busier than Weekend Before

April 17th, 2005

The Pacifier finally debut across Australia after playing in Queensland and Victoria for the past two weeks; the massive expansion allowed the film to climb to first place with $1.125 million on 267 screens. That lifted its total in the market to $3.41 million so far and the film should have strong legs. Add to that its $1.75 million opening in Spain and $590,000 in Belgium and the film managed $4.1 million over the weekend, which doubled its early total to $8.1 million. More...

Incredible Start on the Home Market

March 26th, 2005

As expected, The Incredibles topped the home market this week taking first place in DVD and VHS rentals, ($8.16 million and $1.48 million respectively) as well as DVD and VHS Sales. As mentioned last week, The Incredibles sold 5 million DVDs on its first day of release alone, however, no figure has been released for its weekly sales total. More...

Baby Takes Fifth in Close Race

March 20th, 2005

After gathering in all the data the winner for the race for fifth place is Million Dollar Baby, I think. It would need to lost more than 40% from last week's total and that's not taking into account its openings in South Korea at $1,515,672 and second place, its $110,000, third place debut in Finland, $86,000 in Russia, $50,000, second place debut in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, exact weekend totals are unknown but it is estimated at $6 million raising its international total to $43 million so far. More...

Ladder Climbs to the Top

March 19th, 2005

Ladder 49 topped both the DVD rental charts, ($8.39 million) and the VHS rental charts ($1.61 million) for $10.00 million total rentals for its first week of release. Granted, it was a slow week for releases as no other new release made it in the top twenty on combined rentals. More...

Swimming with Sharks

March 13th, 2005

Shark Tale finished its international run with a second place $2.08 million opening in Japan on 485 screens. Its $4,296 per screen average it quite low for the market and generally means the film won't have the usual legs films in Japan have. The film performed much better in Italy where it finished first again with $3.0 million, down just 23% during its sophomore stint. Overall it took in $5.2 million to raise its international total to $181 million, but without any more openings it might struggle to hit $200 million. More...

Phoenix is Reborn on the Home Market

March 12th, 2005

Flight of the Phoenix was clearly a disappointment when it was release in theatres last December, but it's fortunes turned around at the home market. Opening week of release saw the remake bring in $7.27 million in DVD rentals and $1.23 million in VHS rentals. Combined they represent nearly half the film's $21.0 million domestic box office. More...

The Aviator Soars Higher than Before

March 6th, 2005

The Aviator beat weekend estimates by a substantial margin leading to a $5.9 million box office on 3000 screens in 34 markets. The multi-Oscar winning movie has hit $86.2 million internationally and will cross $200 million worldwide before too long. The film dropped a spot to fifth place in South Korea with $834,660 for the week and slipped to second in Australia with $798,000. The only market the film opened it was Argentina, where it easily took top spot with $232,000. More...

DVD Releases for March 1, 2005

February 28th, 2005

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Absorbent and yellow and porous is he!
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Twelve Tops the Best of the Rest

February 27th, 2005

Ocean's Twelve may have dropped out of the top five, but it is still going strong with $4.5 million on 1400 screens in 35 markets for an international box office of $225.8 million so far. No new openings means the heist film had to rely on holdovers likes its $2.5 million during its third weekend in the U.K. and $1.4 million during its fifth week of release in Japan, finishing second in both those markets. More...

Theatre Owners want the Rings to Return

December 20th, 2004

This weekend was the first year anniversary of the last of the Lord of the Rings movies, and the box office really missed its impact. The weekend was almost exactly flat with last weekend, but down 24.6% from last year. However, if you discount the top movie for each, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events this year and Return of the King for last year, then 2004 is up by more than 11%. The year-to-date comparisons have 2004 up by a mere 1.4% at $8.66 billion. More...

Not an Unfortunate Weekend for Moviegoers

December 17th, 2004

The look for this weekend is much different than it was at the beginning of the month as a few films had their release dates shuffled. That won't change what film will take first place, but the rest of the top five might be affected. More...

Movie Websites Launches for December 10 - December 16

December 16th, 2004

During the past week promotional websites for several movies were launched and some older ones added additional content. Here the list of this week's releases, a couple of new sites and few updates, including this week's winner Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events - Official Site and all subsidiaries. If you know of any new movie websites not on this list feel free to e-mail me with the details. More...

Movie Websites Launches for November 26 - December 2

December 2nd, 2004

During the past week promotional websites for several movies were launched and some older ones added additional content. Here the list of this week's releases, a couple of new sites and few updates, including this week's winner Ocean's Twelve - Official Site. If you know of any new movie websites not on this list feel free to e-mail me with the details. More...

2004 Preview: December

December 1st, 2004

December is a huge month at the box office, but also a very unique one. Massive blockbusters are released side by side with smaller films with only Oscar on their minds. More...

New Movie Release Dates

February 27th, 2004

This week's review of new and changed movie release dates includes changes for The Girl Next Door, Catwoman and The Manchurian Candidate, along with a bunch of movements for limited releases. As usual, if you hear news, please send information to 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
2004/12/17 8 $5,019,430   2,604 $1,928   $5,019,430 3
2004/12/24 13 $2,666,898 -47% 2,604 $1,024   $10,479,474 10
2004/12/31 13 $3,050,635 +14% 2,373 $1,286   $16,720,242 17
2005/01/07 18 $1,578,988 -48% 1,643 $961   $19,351,986 24
2005/01/14 29 $347,735 -78% 519 $670   $20,229,952 31
2005/01/21 37 $133,127 -62% 257 $518   $20,479,056 38
2005/01/28 41 $115,329 -13% 217 $531   $20,642,206 45
2005/02/04 41 $105,061 -9% 215 $489   $20,791,372 52
2005/02/11 50 $68,576 -35% 154 $445   $20,900,803 59
2005/02/18 62 $31,579 -54% 76 $416   $20,956,860 66
2005/02/25 67 $18,946 -40% 48 $395   $20,989,500 73
2005/03/04 81 $7,993 -58% 22 $363   $21,005,551 80
2005/03/11 117 $1,056 -87% 6 $176   $21,009,180 87

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2004/12/17 7 $1,500,000   2,604 $576   $1,500,000 1
2004/12/18 8 $1,951,524 +30% 2,604 $749   $3,557,633 2
2004/12/19 8 $1,461,797 -25% 2,604 $561   $5,019,430 3
2004/12/20 8 $743,000 -49% 2,604 $285   $5,762,000 4
2004/12/21 9 $773,000 +4% 2,604 $297   $6,535,000 5
2005/01/17 31 $54,594   519 $105   $20,284,546 32
2005/02/21 58 $5,872   76 $77   $20,962,732 67

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2004/12/17 9 $7,812,576   2,604 $3,000   $7,812,576 7
2004/12/24 14 $5,857,031 -25% 2,604 $2,249   $13,669,607 14
2004/12/31 14 $4,103,391 -30% 2,373 $1,729   $17,772,998 21
2005/01/07 18 $2,109,219 -49% 1,643 $1,284   $19,882,217 28
2005/01/14 31 $463,712 -78% 519 $893   $20,345,929 35
2005/01/21 37 $180,948 -61% 257 $704   $20,526,877 42
2005/01/28 41 $159,434 -12% 217 $735   $20,686,311 49
2005/02/04 42 $145,916 -8% 215 $679   $20,832,227 56
2005/02/11 51 $93,054 -36% 154 $604   $20,925,281 63
2005/02/18 61 $45,273 -51% 76 $596   $20,970,554 70
2005/02/25 65 $27,004 -40% 48 $563   $20,997,558 77
2005/03/04 81 $10,566 -61% 22 $480   $21,008,124 84
2005/03/11 122 $1,056 -90% 6 $176   $21,009,180 91

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