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Punisher: War Zone (2008)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $8,050,977Details
International Box Office $2,106,557
Worldwide Box Office $10,157,534
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $11,924,730 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $1,636,602 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $13,561,332
Further financial details...

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  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Full Financials
  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics RottenAudience Spilled
27% - Rotten
42% - Spilled

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Production Budget:$35,000,000
Domestic Releases: December 5th, 2008 (Wide) by Lionsgate
Video Release: March 17th, 2009 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment, released as The Punisher: War Zone
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive strong brutal violence, language and some drug use
Franchise: Punisher
Comparisons: vs. Deadpool
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Source:Based on Comic/Graphic Novel
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Super Hero
Production Companies: Lionsgate, Marvel Studios, Valhalla Motion Pictures, MHF Zweite Academy Film
Production Countries: Germany,
United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,799 $193,995 Dec 19, 2008 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,934 $1,383,898 Dec 12, 2008 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,159 $4,271,451 Dec 5, 2008 3
Widest Opening Weekend 1,558 2,508 Dec 5, 2008 3
Movies with Leggiest Opening Weekend 1 2.57 Dec 5, 2008 1
Movies with Most Front-Loaded Opening Weekend 4 39.0% Dec 5, 2008 1


   Frank Castle / The Punisher
Dominic West    Billy Russo / Jigsaw
Doug Hutchison    Looney Bin Jim
Colin Salmon    Paul Budiansky
Wayne Knight    Linus Lieberman / Microchip
Dash Mihok    Martin Soap
Julie Benz    Angela Donatelli
Stephanie Janusauskas    Grace

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Nick Santora
Screenwriter    Art Marcum
Screenwriter    Matt Holloway
Executive Producer    Oliver Hengst
Executive Producer    Ernst-August Schnieder
Executive Producer    Ari Arad
Executive Producer    Ogden Gavanski
Executive Producer    Michael Paseornek
Executive Producer    John Sacchi
Executive Producer    Kevin Feige
Co-Producer    Jack Murray
Co-Producer    Gary Ventimiglia
Cinematographer    Steve Gainer
Editor    William Yeh
Composer    Michael Wandmacher
Music Supervisor    Dan Hubbert
Production Designer    Andrew Neskorommy
Set Decorator    Francois Senecal
Set Decorator    Annika Krausz
Set Decorator    Michel Clement
Set Decorator    Andrew Law
Costume Designer    Odette Gadoury
Sound Mixer    Claude LaHaye
Sound Mixer    Claude Hazanavicius
Supervising Sound Editor    Gregory Hedgepath
Supervising Sound Editor    Frank T. Smathers
Sound Designer    Gregory Hedgepath
Visual Effects Supervisor    Robert Short
Stunt Coordinator    Pat E. Johnson
Assistant Director    John McKeown
Associate Producer    Bill Johnson
Associate Producer    Wolfgang Schamburg
Casting Director    Tricia Wood
Casting Director    Jennifer Smith
Casting Director    Deborah Aquila

DVD Releases for April 14th, 2009 - Part II

April 14th, 2009

Not a busy week on the home market with the least number of new releases on this week for a number of weeks. (It seems busier than it is, because of all of the spotlight reviews. In fact, there are as many spotlight reviews as there are simple mentions. Additionally, there are more spotlight reviews for late arrivals than there are for this week's releases.) Looking for the best of the best, there's not a lot on top worth of the DVD Pick of the Week. The release I'm looking forward to the most is Lost in Austen - Buy from Amazon, which I'm awarding the DVD Pick of the Week. Thanks to the number of spotlight reviews, this week's list had to be split into two with the second part found here. More...

DVD Sales - Twilight Shines Bright

March 31st, 2009

It was a strange week on the sales chart, as the best new release didn't come out last Tuesday. Twilight came out on Saturday, sold an estimated 3 million units on its first day and 4.65 million units over two. And with that, it instantly became the second-best-selling DVD of 2009 in terms of units sold, and the best in terms of raw dollars. More...

DVD Rentals - Role Models Punishes New Releases

March 31st, 2009

Only two new release charted this week leaving Role Models in first place with 13% more revenue than second place Twilight. More...

DVD Releases for March 17th, 2009

March 17th, 2009

This is a smaller list than it should be as there were no fewer than six DVDs on this list where I am supposed to receive a screener, but the screener is late. The next few weeks could be busy, as I attempt to catch up. In the meantime, there are a trio of serious contenders for DVD Pick of the Week, starting with Murnau, a box set that is a must have for silent movie fans, especially those who enjoy F.W.Murnau. Also up for the honor is Degrassi - The Next Generation - Season Seven, which is fast becoming one of the longest running kids shows ever. Finally, Bolt is making its debut on a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack on Sunday, and the movie is fantastic, while the Blu-ray has enough exclusives to be worth the small premium in price. (On a side note, there have been reports that Hounddog's home market debut was pushed back to this week, but that appears not to be the case. It could have been pulled from the schedule temporarily, or it might have been canceled entirely.) More...

The Weekend the Box Office Stood Still

December 15th, 2008

It was a rough week for new releases as none of the three debut films managed to live up to expectations, in dramatic fashion in some cases. However, holdovers did pick up some of the slack to help the overall box office to $92 million over the weekend. That was 11% higher than last weekend, but 43% lower than the same weekend last year when I Am Legend opened. Or you could compare it to the weekend when The Golden Compass opened, in which case it was nearly 12% higher. Either is acceptable. As for the year-to-date numbers, 2008 extended its lead over 2007 to 1.4% at $8.96 billion to $8.84 billion. It appears that 2008's lead is safe this late in the year, at least in terms of raw dollars. Ticket sales, on the other hand, will decline. More...

Contest - Punish the Competition - Winning Announcement

December 9th, 2008

The winner of our Punish the Competition contest were determined and they are... More...

Holiday Guests Hang Around Another Week

December 9th, 2008

The results at the box office were mixed over the weekend with a couple of films topping expectations while a few others failed at that task. Overall, box office receipts were $82 million, which was 50% lower than last weekend; however, it was Thanksgiving long weekend last weekend so a sharp drop-off was expected. Compared to the same weekend last year, 2008 was better, but by only 0.5%. Year-to-date, 2008's lead on 2007 is now 0.5% at $8.72 billion to $8.68 billion. More...

Weekend Estimates: Four Christmases Stays Top

December 7th, 2008

Four Christmases held on at the top of the chart for a second weekend, according to studio estimates released on Sunday. The comedy fell only 41%, the best hold in the top ten, and easily topped the chart ahead of Twilight, which had a better third week, down around 50% to $13 million. The wide openers were generally weak. Punisher: War Zone only managed $4 million in 2,508 theaters. Cadillac Records did much better on a per theater basis, averaging over $5,000 per location, but limited release in 686 theaters meant it was only able to land in 9th place with $3.5 million. More...

Movie Website Reviews for Weekend of December 5, 2008

December 7th, 2008

This is the weakest week for wide releases for the entire holiday season, but there were still several sites that are worth checking. This includes The Punisher - War Zone's Official Site, which is the best of the best and the winner of the Weekly Website Award. More...

Holdovers to Punish New Releases

December 4th, 2008

There are three wide releases this week, if you have a more forgiving definition of the term, "wide." Of these three films, none have a shot at first place, while two of them might not reach the top ten. Additionally, the holdovers will take a tumble as this is a post-holiday weekend. The only bright news is this weekend last year was even worse. More...

2008 Preview: December

December 1st, 2008

We end the year with a winning streak, one that will hopefully continue right through the New Year holiday. It seems nearly every film released this month is either an Oscar contender or a potential $100 million hit. Sometimes both. If all six films with box office potentials of $100 million or more reach that milestone, and Bolt and Four Christmases have the legs to make it there as well, we could set the record for most $100 million released in a single year. (It is currently at 29 films set in 2003.) More...

Contest - Punish the Competition

November 28th, 2008

December starts the way it usually does, slowly. There's only one truly wide release, The Punisher: War Zone, and it is this week's target film. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office of The Punisher: War Zone. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win A Lobster Tale on DVD and Conspiracy 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 Lobster Tale on DVD, as well as Tony Hawk's Secret Skatepark Tour - Volume 2 on DVD. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

New Movie US Release Dates - May 18, 2008

May 18th, 2008

This week's round of new movie release information contains release dates for Igor, Soul Men, Hotel for Dogs and more! More...

New Movie US Release Dates - December 2, 2007

December 2nd, 2007

This week's round of new movie release information contains release dates for Shutter, Midnight Meat Train, The Punisher: War Zone and more! More...

Cast Updates - October 11, 2007

October 11th, 2007

This week's round of new casting information contains updates for Avatar, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Star Trek XI, 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
2008/12/05 8 $4,271,451   2,508 $1,703   $4,271,451 3
2008/12/12 14 $1,383,898 -68% 2,508 $552   $7,011,427 10
2008/12/19 25 $193,995 -86% 385 $504   $7,948,159 17

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2008/12/05 6 $1,665,020   2,508 $664   $1,665,020 1
2008/12/06 8 $1,476,202 -11% 2,508 $589   $3,141,222 2
2008/12/07 8 $1,130,229 -23% 2,508 $451   $4,271,451 3
2008/12/08 6 $386,547 -66% 2,508 $154   $4,657,998 4
2008/12/09 7 $358,966 -7% 2,508 $143   $5,016,964 5
2008/12/10 7 $316,085 -12% 2,508 $126   $5,333,049 6
2008/12/11 7 $294,480 -7% 2,508 $117   $5,627,529 7
2008/12/12 14 $399,261 +36% 2,508 $159   $6,026,790 8
2008/12/13 14 $572,852 +43% 2,508 $228   $6,599,642 9
2008/12/14 13 $411,785 -28% 2,508 $164   $7,011,427 10

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2008/12/05 8 $5,627,529   2,508 $2,244   $5,627,529 7
2008/12/12 13 $2,126,635 -62% 2,508 $848   $7,754,164 14
2008/12/19 32 $296,813 -86% 385 $771   $8,050,977 21

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
3/22/20096190,111 190,111$3,452,416$3,452,4161
3/29/20091373,844-61% 263,955$1,456,182$4,908,5972
4/5/20092044,232-40% 308,187$862,772$5,771,3693
4/12/20092853,972+22% 362,159$1,060,911$6,832,2804
4/19/20092734,419-36% 396,578$668,235$7,500,5155

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
7/26/20091813,915 13,915$280,934$280,93419

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