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The Thing (2011)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $16,928,670Details
International Box Office $10,573,144Details
Worldwide Box Office $27,501,814
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $5,293,680 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $4,340,684 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $9,634,364
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  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer

Synopsis

Antarctica: an extraordinary continent of awesome beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when a creature is unearthed by a crew of international scientists. In the thriller The Thing, paranoia spreads among a group of researchers as they encounter something inhuman that has the ability to turn itself into an exact replica of any living being. Paleontologist Kate Lloyd has traveled to the desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across a ship buried in the ice, she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. But it is about to wake up. When a simple experiment frees the thing from its frozen prison, Kate must join the crew’s pilot, Carter, to keep it from killing them off one at a time. And in this vast, intense land, a parasite that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics RottenAudience Spilled
Critics
35% - Rotten
Audience
42% - Spilled

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$38,000,000
Domestic Releases: October 14th, 2011 (Wide) by Universal
International Releases: December 2nd, 2011 (Wide) (United Kingdom)
Video Release: January 31st, 2012 by Universal Home Entertainment, released as The Thing (2011)
MPAA Rating: R for strong creature violence and gore, disturbing images, and language.
(Rating bulletin 2174, 6/1/2011)
Running Time: 102 minutes
Franchise: The Thing
Comparisons: vs. The Final Destination
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Keywords: Alien Invasion, Doppelganger, One Location, Marooned, Foreign Language, Delayed Sequel, Prequel, Academics, Shapeshifter, Parasite
Source:Remake
Genre:Horror
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Fantasy
Production Companies: Universal Pictures, Strike Entertainment, Morgan Creek Productions
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,667 $64,925 Nov 11, 2011 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,096 $264,955 Nov 4, 2011 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,791 $857,325 Oct 28, 2011 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,987 $3,069,875 Oct 21, 2011 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,073 $8,493,665 Oct 14, 2011 3
Widest Opening Weekend 879 2,996 Oct 14, 2011 3

Cast

   Kate Lloyd
   Baxton Carter
Ulrich Thomsen    Dr. Sander Halvorson
   Adam Goldman
   Jameson
Paul Braunstein    Griggs
   Edvard Wolner
Kim Bubbs    Juliette
Jorgen Langhelle    Lars
Jan Gunnar Røise    Olav
Stig Henrik Hoff    Peder
Kristofer Hivju    Jonas
Jo Adrian Haavind    Henrik
Carsten Bjornlund    Karl
Jonathan Walker    Colin
Ole Martin Aune Nilsen    Matias
Michael Brown    Security Guard

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    Eric Heisserer
Based on the Story "Who Goes There"    John Campbell
Producer    Marc Abraham
Producer    Eric Newman
Executive Producer    J. Miles Dale
Executive Producer    David Foster
Executive Producer    Lawrence Turman
Executive Producer    Gabrielle Neiland
Cinematographer    Michel Abramowicz
Production Designer    Sean Haworth
Editor    Julian Clarke
Editor    Peter Boyle

Blu-ray Sales: In the Driver's Seat

February 14th, 2012

New releases dominated the Blu-ray sales chart with as many as four in the top five. (Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a bit of an odd case, but more on that in a second.) Drive led the way with 420,000 units / $8.39 million giving it an opening week Blu-ray share of 57%. This is a great opening compared to the film's theatrical run. More...

DVD Sales: Searching for Treasure on the Home Market

February 14th, 2012

While there were a lot of new releases on this week's DVD sales chart, it was clearly a case of quantity over quality as even the best selling release was merely mediocre. Treasure Buddies was top dog with sales of 381,000 units / $6.47 million during its opening week. This is roughly in line with the previous installment, but below average for the franchise. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for January 31st, 2012

January 31st, 2012

It's kind of an unusual week on the home market with five first run releases coming out on DVD and Blu-ray. However, all five films missed expectations in one degree or another. Some were outright bombs by anyone's definition, while others were expected to struggle to find a large audience, just not by as much as they did. That is not to say they were all bad movies. In fact one of them, Drive, has done quite well during Awards Season and the Blu-ray Combo Pack is a contender for Pick of the Week. Its main competition is To Kill A Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition, which is also coming out on a Blu-ray Combo Pack. It's a coin toss, but I'm going with the latter over the former. More...

Weekend Wrap-up: Paranormal Wasn't Just Your Regular Hit

October 24th, 2011

The industry as a whole has to be breathing a small sigh of relief after the weekend numbers started to come in. Paranormal Activity 3 broke records over the weekend helping the overall box office along the way. It grew 38% compared to last weekend, hitting $121 million. Unfortunately, that was still 6% lower than the same weekend Last year. Year-to-date, 2011 is 4% behind 2010's pace at $8.38 billion to $8.73 million and there's little hope that deficit will go away by the end of the year. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Real Steel Dances Its Way to a Tight First Place Finish

October 17th, 2011

This past weekend was one the industry would love to forget. It was one of the worst weekend of the entire year. The total box office haul was just $88 million, which was 7.5% lower than last weekend and an absolute stunning 33% lower than the same weekend last year. A year-over-year discrepancy like that usually only occurs when there's a misalignment in the calendar. (Summer starting a week later than it did the year before. A major holiday falling a week later than it did the year before. Halloween or Christmas Day landing on the weekend.) It was so bad, that the top five films this year barely made more than Jackass 3D opened with last year. Footloose was the only new release that made any real impact, but it wasn't enough to overtake Real Steel on top of the chart. Meanwhile, 2011 lost more ground to 2010 and it is now down by 4% at $8.23 billion to $8.56 billion. If we are to see a recovery, it will have to happen really fast. More...

Weekend Estimates: Footloose Reboot Tripped by Steel

October 16th, 2011

A decent opening for the Footloose remake wasn't quite enough to take top spot at the box office this weekend thanks to a good second weekend for Real Steel. The inspirational robot boxing movie dropped 40% from its debut to $16.3 million, which will most likely be enough to keep Footloose in second place. It is projected to make $16.1 million this weekend. Well behind them is The Thing, which is expected to make just $8.7 million. Thanks to the general weakness of the market, that's going to be enough for third, but it's not going to make much of a dent in the marketing costs for the movie, let alone its production costs. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will the Box Office Footlose or Footwin?

October 13th, 2011

Firstly, I would like to apologize for the Footloose / Footlose pun in the title. It is unacceptable, even by my standards. Secondly, we are going to lose. This weekend last year Jackass 3D broke the record for biggest October weekend and there's no chance that feat will be replicated this weekend. In fact, there's almost no chance this weekend will match Red's opening last year. Footloose, The Thing, and The Big Year won't earn $50 million over the weekend combined. We really need the win, but all evidence points to a tough loss in the year-over-year comparison. More...

2011 Preview: October

October 1st, 2011

There is a little bit of good news going into October, as September did help close the year-to-date deficit, even if it was by a small amount. Unfortunately, we really needed a better result to be optimistic about our chances of closing that gap entirely by the end of the year. Even worse, this month represents the last chance 2011 has to catch up to 2010. I know there are two additional months left in the year, but October of 2010 was a soft month with four of the five weekends showing year-over-year declines. If October 2011 is even weaker, the odds of making up the $300 million deficit will be all but gone. It becomes even more troubling that there are no movies opening in October that are guaranteed to be monster hits. So, while October of 2010 was weak compared to October of 2009, it looks like it will be stronger than October of 2011. Hopefully I'm just being pessimistic. There are a couple films that have a shot at $100 million and I will be surprised if none of them at least come close to that milestone, but the slate of films is weaker than I would like. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/10/14 3 $8,493,665   2,996 $2,835   $8,493,665 3
2011/10/21 9 $3,069,875 -64% 2,995 $1,025   $14,049,220 10
2011/10/28 16 $857,325 -72% 1,394 $615   $16,075,075 17
2011/11/04 26 $264,955 -69% 384 $690   $16,744,635 24
2011/11/11 43 $64,925 -75% 141 $460   $16,907,450 31

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/10/14 3 $3,250,660   2,997 $1,085   $3,250,660 1
2011/10/15 3 $3,340,545 +3% 2,997 $1,115   $6,591,205 2
2011/10/16 3 $1,902,460 -43% 2,997 $635   $8,493,665 3
2011/10/17 3 $659,035 -65% 2,997 $220   $9,152,700 4
2011/10/18 3 $748,335 +14% 2,997 $250   $9,901,035 5
2011/10/19 4 $568,990 -24% 2,997 $190   $10,470,025 6
2011/10/20 4 $509,320 -10% 2,997 $170   $10,979,345 7
2011/10/21 9 $1,003,325 +97% 2,995 $335   $11,982,670 8
2011/10/22 9 $1,302,825 +30% 2,995 $435   $13,285,495 9
2011/10/23 9 $763,725 -41% 2,995 $255   $14,049,220 10
2011/10/24 6 $284,525 -63% 2,995 $95   $14,333,745 11
2011/10/25 7 $329,450 +16% 2,995 $110   $14,663,195 12
2011/10/26 8 $269,550 -18% 2,995 $90   $14,932,745 13
2011/10/27 8 $285,005 +6% 2,995 $95   $15,217,750 14
2011/10/28 - $271,830 -5% 1,394 $195   $15,489,580 15
2011/10/29 - $355,470 +31% 1,394 $255   $15,845,050 16
2011/10/30 - $230,025 -35% 1,394 $165   $16,075,075 17
2011/10/31 - $132,430 -42% 1,394 $95   $16,207,505 18
2011/11/01 - $97,580 -26% 1,394 $70   $16,305,085 19
2011/11/02 - $83,985 -14% 1,394 $60   $16,389,070 20
2011/11/03 - $90,610 +8% 1,394 $65   $16,479,680 21
2011/11/04 - $78,720 -13% 384 $205   $16,558,400 22
2011/11/05 - $124,795 +59% 384 $325   $16,683,195 23
2011/11/06 - $61,440 -51% 384 $160   $16,744,635 24
2011/11/07 - $23,040 -63% 384 $60   $16,767,675 25
2011/11/08 - $24,960 +8% 384 $65   $16,792,635 26
2011/11/09 - $23,010 -8% 384 $60   $16,815,645 27
2011/11/10 - $26,880 +17% 384 $70   $16,842,525 28
2011/11/11 - $21,925 -18% 141 $155   $16,864,450 29
2011/11/12 - $26,855 +22% 141 $190   $16,891,305 30
2011/11/13 - $16,145 -40% 141 $115   $16,907,450 31
2011/11/14 - $5,005 -69% 141 $35   $16,912,455 32
2011/11/15 - $5,640 +13% 141 $40   $16,918,095 33
2011/11/16 - $5,005 -11% 141 $35   $16,923,100 34
2011/11/17 - $5,570 +11% 141 $40   $16,928,670 35

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/10/14 3 $10,979,345   2,996 $3,665   $10,979,345 7
2011/10/21 9 $4,238,405 -61% 2,995 $1,415   $15,217,750 14
2011/10/28 16 $1,261,930 -70% 1,394 $905   $16,479,680 21
2011/11/04 26 $362,845 -71% 384 $945   $16,842,525 28
2011/11/11 42 $86,145 -76% 141 $611   $16,928,670 35

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
United Kingdom 12/2/2011 $0 0 1 1 $1,875,025 10/20/2015
 
Rest of World $8,698,119
 
International Total$10,573,144 10/20/2015

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
2/5/20125121,151 121,151$2,110,450$2,110,4501
2/12/20121931,828-74% 152,979$577,042$2,687,4922
2/19/20122618,694-41% 171,673$357,616$3,045,1083
2/26/20122617,411-7% 189,084$323,148$3,368,2564
3/4/20122818,249+5% 207,333$281,400$3,649,6565

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
2/5/2012585,574 85,574$2,052,927$2,052,9271
2/12/20121222,618-74% 108,192$541,478$2,594,4052

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