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Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $49,509,935Details
International Box Office $242,306Details
Worldwide Box Office $49,752,241
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  3. Box Office
  4. International
  5. Video Sales
  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
94% - Certified Fresh
Audience
87% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: November 25th, 1987 (Wide) by Paramount Pictures
International Releases: April 28th, 1988 (Wide) (Germany)
Video Release: July 22nd, 1997 by Paramount Home Video, released as Planes, Trains and Automobiles
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Keywords: Road Trip, Buddy Comedy, Thanksgiving, Travel Industry, Widow/Widower, Non-Chronological, Surprise Twist
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Comedy
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 16th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 818 $93,698 Mar 11, 1988 110
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 840 $124,918 Mar 4, 1988 103
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 842 $156,692 Feb 26, 1988 96
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 724 $231,214 Feb 19, 1988 89
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 657 $309,406 Feb 12, 1988 82
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 523 $507,429 Feb 5, 1988 75
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 535 $701,601 Jan 29, 1988 68
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 598 $919,122 Jan 22, 1988 61
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 600 $1,421,230 Jan 15, 1988 54
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 470 $2,659,500 Jan 8, 1988 47
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 418 $4,024,857 Jan 1, 1988 40
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 722 $4,029,708 Dec 25, 1987 33
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,711 $2,638,790 Dec 18, 1987 26
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,904 $3,698,739 Dec 11, 1987 19
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,108 $5,069,770 Dec 4, 1987 12
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,344 $7,009,482 Nov 27, 1987 5
Widest Opening Weekend 3,507 1,118 Nov 27, 1987 5

Cast

   Neal Page
   Del Griffith
Kevin Bacon    Taxi Racer
Larry Hankin    Doobie
Dylan Baker    Owen
Michael McKean    State Trooper
Susan Kellerman    Waitress
Edie McClurg    Car Rental Agent
Ben Stein    Wichita Airport Representative

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Casting Director    Janet Hirshenson
Casting Director    Jane Jenkins

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for November 6th, 2012

November 6th, 2012

It's a mixed week on the home market. Granted, there are about a dozen Amazing Spider-man releases coming out this week, but not till Friday. The second best selling new release is Arthur Christmas, which missed expectations last year. Another major release of the week is The Muppets Christmas Carol, which is making its Blu-ray debut, but it is a catalogue title and likely won't sell a huge number of units. On a side note, the screener is late, but I've seen the film so many times that seeing it one more time likely won't change my opinion of the film, but I'm not sure if it is Pick of the Week material. On the other hand, I'm very sure Sunset Boulevard's Blu-ray debut is worthy of that title. More...

Featured Blu-ray Review: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

November 3rd, 2012

Last year, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles was one of three films released on DVD as Best Buy / Future Shop exclusives. (Where this was an exclusive depends on which side of the 49th parallel you live.) Now it is coming out on wide release, so for those who do all of their shopping on Amazon.com can grab it. Is it worth picking up if you missed it the first time? More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for October 11th, 2011

October 12th, 2011

It's not a particularly strong week on the home market. The biggest first run release coming out this week is Horrible Bosses, which was a surprise $100 million hit. Green Lantern will likely be the best selling release of the week, but it disappointed with critics and at the box office. As far as the best of the best goes, The Tree of Life Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack is the best bet as far as Pick of the Week goes, bu there are a few others that are worth picking up. There are also a couple of late arrivals that deserve honorable mentions this week: Castle: Season Three and Dumbo - Blu-ray Combo Pack. More...

Featured Blu-ray Review: Airplane, Naked Gun, and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

October 8th, 2011

At the end of September, a trio of comedies from the 1980s were released on Blu-ray for the first time: Airplane, The Naked Gun, and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. At the moment, they are exclusive to Best Buy in the States and Future Shop up here in Canada. But are they worth going out of your way to grab? More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1987/11/27 3 $7,009,482   1,118 $6,270   $10,131,242 5
1987/12/04 2 $5,069,770 -28% 1,118 $4,535   $17,050,728 12
1987/12/11 4 $3,698,739 -27% 1,578 $2,344   $22,220,620 19
1987/12/18 6 $2,638,790 -29% 1,610 $1,639   $26,099,453 26
1987/12/25 7 $4,029,708 +53% 1,684 $2,393   $31,933,063 33
1988/01/01 7 $4,024,857 n/c 1,684 $2,390   $39,074,006 40
1988/01/08 7 $2,659,500 -34% 1,571 $1,693   $42,783,481 47
1988/01/15 12 $1,421,230 -47% 1,081 $1,315   $45,076,982 54
1988/01/22 15 $919,122 -35% 898 $1,024   $46,444,520 61
1988/01/29 11 $701,601 -24% 775 $905   $47,438,733 68
1988/02/05 11 $507,429 -28% 605 $839   $48,171,779 75
1988/02/12 13 $309,406 -39% 390 $793   $48,636,852 82
1988/02/19 13 $231,214 -25% 317 $729   $48,944,890 89
1988/02/26 13 $156,692 -32% 222 $706   $49,183,283 96
1988/03/04 12 $124,918 -20% 163 $766   $49,371,065 103
1988/03/11 13 $93,698 -25% 123 $762   $49,509,935 110

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1987/11/27 2 $8,859,198   1,118 $7,924   $11,980,958 9
1987/12/04 2 $6,540,923 -26% 1,118 $5,851   $18,521,881 16
1987/12/11 4 $4,938,782 -24% 1,578 $3,130   $23,460,663 23
1987/12/18 6 $4,442,692 -10% 1,610 $2,759   $27,903,355 30
1987/12/25 7 $7,145,794 +61% 1,684 $4,243   $35,049,149 37
1988/01/01 7 $5,074,832 -29% 1,684 $3,014   $40,123,981 44
1988/01/08 7 $3,531,771 -30% 1,571 $2,248   $43,655,752 51
1988/01/15 12 $1,869,646 -47% 1,081 $1,730   $45,525,398 58
1988/01/22 12 $1,211,734 -35% 898 $1,349   $46,737,132 65
1988/01/29 8 $927,218 -23% 775 $1,196   $47,664,350 72
1988/02/05 8 $663,096 -28% 605 $1,096   $48,327,446 79
1988/02/12 11 $386,230 -42% 390 $990   $48,713,676 86
1988/02/19 11 $312,915 -19% 317 $987   $49,026,591 93
1988/02/26 10 $219,556 -30% 222 $989   $49,246,147 100
1988/03/04 10 $170,090 -23% 163 $1,043   $49,416,237 107

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
Germany 4/28/1988 $0 0 0 0 $0
 
International Total$242,306