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Pet Sematary (1989)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $52,795,778Details
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Rotten Tomatoes
Critics RottenAudience Upright
43% - Rotten
60% - Upright

Movie Details

Production Budget:$11,500,000
Domestic Releases: April 21st, 1989 (Wide) by Paramount Pictures
Video Release: September 19th, 2000 by Paramount Home Video
Franchise: Pet Sematary
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Keywords: Doctors, Dysfunctional Family, Terminal Illness, Hauntings, In-Laws / Future In-Laws, Dream Sequence, Curses, Zombies, Non-Chronological, Scary Kids, Voiceover/Narration, Novel or Other Work Adapted by Author
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Fantasy
Production Countries: United States


Fred Gwynne    Jud Crandall
Denise Crosby    Rachel Creed
Stephen King    Minister
Dale Midkiff    Louis Creed

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for October 2nd, 2012

October 2nd, 2012

It's the first week of the month and there is a wide variety of releases worth checking out, but not exactly a strong selection of best sellers. The biggest first-run release is Dark Shadows and while I'm looking forward to possibly reviewing the Blu-ray Combo Pack, I don't think it will be a huge hit. New Girl: Season One and The Princess Bride: 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray look great, but I'm waiting for the screeners to make final decisions. I won't get a chance to review Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection, but it is a contender for Pick of the Week. The winner of that honor is Cinderella Blu-ray, which is a classic, even if it is a little old-fashioned. More...

Featured Blu-ray Review: Pet Sematary

October 1st, 2012

I don't want to be buried in a Pet Sematary,
I don't want to live my life again.
That song has been stuck in my head all week. At least it is a good song. Pet Sematary is making its Blu-ray debut this week, hence the Ramones induced mind worm. When the film first came out, it only earned mixed reviews, but it earned nearly $60 million on a production budget that was just under $12 million. At the time, it was the biggest hit by Stephen King, in terms of raw dollars at the domestic box office. (One could argue Carrie and Stand By Me were more profitable based on percentages earned.) The film is now 20 years old. Does it live up to its box office numbers? Or is it one of Stephen King's lesser films in terms of quality? Is the Blu-ray worth picking up if you are a fan? More...

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Daily Box Office Performance

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1989/04/21 1 $12,046,179   1,585 $7,600   $12,046,179 3
1989/04/28 1 $8,380,098 -30% 1,585 $5,287   $24,424,407 10
1989/05/05 2 $6,338,594 -24% 1,585 $3,999   $33,235,322 17
1989/05/12 4 $3,969,591 -37% 1,585 $2,504   $38,873,385 24
1989/05/19 5 $2,601,910 -34% 1,585 $1,642   $42,684,762 31
1989/05/26 7 $2,552,076 -2% 1,439 $1,774   $46,089,818 38
1989/06/02 9 $1,710,585 -33% 1,248 $1,371   $48,403,050 45
1989/06/09 9 $1,546,552 -10% 1,097 $1,410   $50,779,106 52
1989/06/16 9 $1,260,000 -19% 923 $1,365   $52,795,778 59

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