Tower Heist

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $78,046,570Details
International Box Office $75,423,782
Worldwide Box Office $153,470,352
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $14,224,682 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $5,156,637 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $19,381,319
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Synopsis

Queens native Josh Kovaks has managed one of the most luxurious and well-secured residences in New York City for more than a decade. Under his watchful eye, nothing goes undetected. In the swankiest unit atop Josh's building, Wall Street titan Arthur Shaw is under house arrest after being caught stealing two billion from his investors. The hardest hit among those he defrauded? The tower staffers whose pensions he was entrusted to manage. With only days before Arthur gets away with the perfect crime, Josh's crew turns to petty crook Slide to plan the nearly impossible...to steal what they are sure is hidden in Arthur's guarded condo. Though amateurs, these rookie thieves know the building better than anyone. Turns out they've been casing the place for years, they just didn't know it.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics
68% - Fresh
Audience
49% - Spilled

Movie Details

Production Budget:$85,000,000
Theatrical Release: November 4th, 2011 (Wide) by Universal
Video Release: February 21st, 2012 by Universal Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language and sexual content
(Rating bulletin 2190, 9/21/2011)
Keywords: Suicide, Surprise Twist, Voiceover/Narration, Ensemble, Revenge, Upstairs / Downstairs, Class Warfare, Heist, White Collar Crime, Thanksgiving
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Comedy
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction

DVD Sales: Boots Walks All Over Competition

Puss in Boots remained in first place on the DVD sales chart during its first full week of release. It sold an additional 798,000 units and generating $12.16 million in revenue for totals of 1.65 million units / $26.74 million so far. More...

DVD Sales: Boots Snatches Top Spot

Puss in Boots opened in top spot on the DVD Sales Chart despite coming out on Friday instead of Tuesday. Over the weekend, it sold 851,000 units generating $14.58 million in sales. As a point of comparison, Shrek Forever After sold about twice as many during its first week of release, but it was a Tuesday release and it came out during the heart of Christmas shopping season. More...

Blu-ray Sales: Puss Rises Above Tower

Like it did on the DVD Sales Chart, Puss in Boots opened on first place on the Blu-ray sales chart. It sold 571,000 units generating $15.99 million in sales, and that's just from Friday through Sunday. Its opening Blu-ray share was 40%, which is excellent for a kid's movie. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for February 21st, 2012

It's a mixed week on the home market. The biggest hit coming out on Tuesday is Tower Heist, which struggled compared to expectations and its production budget. The rest of Tuesday's offerings include more wide releases that missed at the box office, some TV on DVD releases from cable networks, as well as a few limited releases of note. Fortunately, there is a film coming out on Friday that is picking up the slack. Puss in Boots also missed expectations at the box office, at least domestically. However, it earned more than $500 million worldwide, not to mention an Oscar nomination. It is also the easy choice for Pick of the Week. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Tower Heist

Tower Heist originally started out as a vehicle for Eddie Murphy and he was going to lead an all-star ensemble of African American comedians. When that didn't work out, he left the project and it bounced around for several years before finally gelling. In that time, he returned to the project in a key role. Six years from inception to screen is perhaps not quite long enough to be considered development hell by everyone, but most will agree there were a lot of changes behind-the-scenes. Does this adversely affect the final product? Or did it just take a while to get all the pieces in just the right place? More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Immortals Avoid a Quick Death

We finally had some good news, as there was a surprise hit at the box office. Immortals opened with substantially more than expected, while the rest of the top five at least came within $500,000 of weekend predictions. This led to an increase from last weekend of 20% to $136 million, while compared to last year, the box office was 12% higher. There is still some bad news. For instance, 2011 is still behind 2010's pace by about 4% at $8.83 billion to $9.19 billion. Also, in order to catch up, we need to maintain year-over-year gains that are about twice as high as they were this weekend. I don't see that happening. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Sandler Slay Immortals, or Will Boots Beat Them All?

2011 continues to stumble to the finish line and I'm starting to get more than a little depressed at the overall box office numbers. This week we have three wide releases, if you stretch the definition of wide a little bit, as J. Edgar will open in less than 2,000 theaters. On the other hand, both Jack and Jill and Immortals are opening in 3,000 theaters and both have a shot at first place. However, Puss in Boots has an even better shot at holding onto first place for the third weekend in a row. While this is good news for Puss in Boots, it's bad news for the box office as a whole. It will likely earn substantially less than last year's number one film, Megamind. The combined openings of the three wide releases coming out this week will likely be larger than three wide releases from last year. If there's a pleasant surprise or two, 2011 will be able to earn the win. At least there's little chance we will see the kind of year-over-year declines we saw the last two weeks. More...

International Box Office: Feeling Adventurous

The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn remained on top of the international chart during its second weekend of release, while it crossed the $100 million milestone over the weekend. It expanded into more than two dozen new markets, but most were of the smaller variety. Overall, it made $38.98 million on 7,103 screens in 45 markets, for a total of $123.55 million so far. Russia was the only real exception, where it opened in second place with $4.81 million on 788 screens. It plummeted 74% in France, but still added $6.99 million on 850 screens for a two-week total of $33.44 million. On the other hand, it remained in first place in Spain with $5.19 million on 819 screens over the weekend, for a total of $16.62 million after two. At this point, $200 million internationally is a given, which is likely close to the film's total budget. If it can close close to that figure here, it will break even before the lucrative home market. More...

Contest: Better Listen to the Buzz: Winning Announcement

The winners of our Better Listen to the Buzz contest were determined and they are... More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: New Releases Can't Give Puss the Boot

November began like most of 2011 has gone, on a losing note. We are running out of time to turn things around and this weekend it wasn't even close. Neither Tower Heist nor A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas put up much of a fight at the box office and, if it weren't for Puss in Boots's incredible hold, the numbers would have been nothing short of tragic. Granted, the box office rose by 9% from last weekend to $114 million, but that was 24% lower than the same weekend last year. Year-to-date, 2011 is behind 2010 by 4% at $8.66 billion to $9.02 billion and, at this point, I'd settle for that situation not getting any worse from now till the New Year. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Heist Tower Above the Competition, or Will the Box Office Feel Ripped Off?

October ended on a winning note, but overall the month was terrible. Only two films released that month will get to $100 million, while there were five that were bombs. The industry is hoping things will turn around starting this weekend. That might be tricky, as the two new releases opening this weekend, Tower Heist and A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas are no where near as strong as last year's new releases. Tower Heist likely won't top Due Date, while Harold and Kumar won't open as strongly as For Colored Girls... did. And that's not even taking into account Megamind, which led the way. If 2011 is to catch up to 2010, it will need to average 20% growth year-over-year. However, it is far more likely we will see 20% drop-off this weekend. More...

2011 Preview: November

October was a bit of a write-off. After the last weekend of September, the 2011 box office was about $280 million behind 2010's pace, but after the final weekend in October, that gap increased to $340 million. November will obviously bring in more box office dollars than October did. After all, it has one of the most important long holiday weekends of the year, Thanksgiving. However, the important question is not, "Can this November top last month?" It's, "Can this November top last year?" The biggest hit of last November was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I, which earned just shy of $300 million. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 should match that figure. Tangled reached $200 million and maybe Happy Feet 2 will match that figure, but that's far less certain. There's a chance The Muppets will match Megamind while Tower Heist should top Due Date. If Jack and Jill and / or Hugo can become surprise $100 million hits and one of the limited releases can become a monster hit, like The King's Speech was able to, then suddenly the box office looks whole lot rosier going into the final month of the year. It's possible, but it's kind of like getting a backdoor full house in Texas Hold'em to beat a straight. I wouldn't bet on it. On the other hand, there doesn't appear to be many Skyline, The Next Three Days or Faster films that bombed at the box office. So while we might not be as strong at the top, there is better depth this year and hopefully that will be enough. More...

Contest: Better Listen to the Buzz

There are two films opening wide next week, Tower Heist and A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas. The former is earning better than expected buzz, while the latter is aimed at people who enjoy a good buzz and will probably be too stoned to find the theaters. As such, we're going with Tower Heist as the the target film in this week's box office prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for Tower Heist. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a copy of Victorious: Season One, Volume One on DVD. (Volume Two comes out on Tuesday and the review should go online on Sunday. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will win a copy of iCarly: Season Three on DVD. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

Cast

Ben Stiller    Josh Novaks
Eddie Murphy    Slide
Casey Affleck    Charlie
Alan Alda    Arthur Shaw
Matthew Broderick    Mr. Fitzhugh
Judd Hirsch    Mr. Simon
Tea Leoni    Special Agent Claire Denham
Michael Peņa    Enrique Dev'Reaux
Gabourey Sidibe    Odessa
Stephen McKinley Henderson    Lester
Nina Arianda    Miss Iovenko
Marcia Jean Kurtz    Rose
Juan Carlos Hernandez    Manuel
Harry O'Reilly    Special Agent Densk
Peter Van Wagner    Marty Klein, Esq.
Zeljko Ivanek    Director Mazin
Lynne Rossetto Kasper    Radio Host
Annika Pergament    NASDAQ/News Reporter
Clem Cheung    Kwan
Robert Downey, Sr.    Judge Romos
Max Russell Pratts    Kid in Lobby
Nathan Malnik    Kid in Lobby
Jarod Malnik    Kid in Lobby
Julie Vilanova    Kid in Lobby
Cynthia Patsos    Kid in Lobby
Kate Upton    Mr. Hightower's Mistress
Marilyn Kim    Mrs. Jin
Judianny Compres    Rita
Omar Nicodemo    Tower Security
Dylan Ratigan    News Reporter
Johnny Tran    Huang
Monika Plocienniczak    TV News Reporter
James Colby    Special Agent Huggins
Edward Noone    Special Agent
Frank Pesce    Riker's Prison Guard
Annie Park    Girl in Mall
Christina Calph    Victoria's Secret Saleswoman
Kevin Pariseau    Swarovski Jewelry Salesman
Desmin Borges    Modell's Sneaker Salesman
Jessica Szohr    Sasha
Village    Tower Security Officer
Brian Distance    Tower Security Officer
Les Papp II    Tower Security Officer
Michael Stratton    Tower Security Officer
Christopher Arocho Rivaro    Doorman
Craig Castaldo    Radioman
Dwight 'Heavy D' Myers    Courthouse Guard
Veronika Korvin    Maid
Robert Clohessy    Parade Cop
Jan Owen    Mrs. Cronan
Lucky Park    Lucy the Dog
Robert Christian    Arresting Special Agent
Mark Philip Patrick    Arresting Special Agent
Paul R. Hickert    Arresting Special Agent
Kelvin Davis    Arresting Speical Agent
Chris Breslin    Arresting Special Agent
Ty Jones    Shaw's Prison Guard
Ted Lochwyn    Shaw's Prison Guard
Madison Knopp    Charlie and Sashs's Baby
Troy Hall    Delivery Man
Julie T. Pham    Huang's Wife
Bojun Wang    Huang's Son
Juanita Howard    Mr. Newhouses's Wife
Bob Roseman    Josh's Prison Guard

Production and Technical Credits

Director    Brett Ratner
Screenwriter    Ted Griffin
Screenwriter    Jeff Nathanson
Story Creator    Adam Cooper
Story Creator    Bill Collange
Story Creator    Ted Griffin
Producer    Brian Grazer
Producer    Eddie Murphy
Producer    Kim Roth
Executive Producer    Bill Carraro
Executive Producer    Karen Kahela Sherwood
Director of Photography    Dante Spinotti
Production Designer    Kristi Zea
Editor    Mark Helfrich
Visual Effects Supervisor    Mark Russell
Costume Designer    Sarah Edwards
Composer    Christophe Beck
Casting    Kathleen Chopin

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/11/04 1 $8,062,980   3,367 $2,395   $8,062,980 1
2011/11/05 2 $10,489,215 +30% 3,367 $3,115   $18,552,195 2
2011/11/06 2 $5,472,995 -48% 3,367 $1,625   $24,025,190 3
2011/11/07 2 $1,515,150 -72% 3,367 $450   $25,540,340 4
2011/11/08 2 $1,969,695 +30% 3,367 $585   $27,510,035 5
2011/11/09 1 $1,380,470 -30% 3,367 $410   $28,890,505 6
2011/11/10 2 $1,801,345 +30% 3,367 $535   $30,691,850 7
2011/11/11 4 $4,768,550 +165% 3,370 $1,415   $35,460,400 8
2011/11/12 4 $5,459,400 +14% 3,370 $1,620   $40,919,800 9
2011/11/13 4 $2,545,815 -53% 3,370 $755   $43,465,615 10
2011/11/14 5 $692,450 -73% 3,370 $205   $44,158,065 11
2011/11/15 5 $894,645 +29% 3,370 $265   $45,052,710 12
2011/11/16 5 $725,550 -19% 3,370 $215   $45,778,260 13
2011/11/17 5 $655,515 -10% 3,370 $195   $46,433,775 14
2011/11/18 6 $2,147,775 +228% 2,942 $730   $48,581,550 15
2011/11/19 6 $3,265,620 +52% 2,942 $1,110   $51,847,170 16
2011/11/20 6 $1,691,650 -48% 2,942 $575   $53,538,820 17
2011/11/21 6 $676,880 -60% 2,942 $230   $54,215,700 18
2011/11/22 6 $971,005 +43% 2,942 $330   $55,186,705 19
2011/11/23 9 $1,281,835 +32% 2,489 $515   $56,468,540 20
2011/11/24 8 $1,555,625 +21% 2,489 $625   $58,024,165 21
2011/11/25 9 $2,869,840 +84% 2,474 $1,160   $60,894,005 22
2011/11/26 8 $3,018,280 +5% 2,474 $1,220   $63,912,285 23
2011/11/27 10 $1,286,495 -57% 2,474 $520   $65,198,780 24
2011/11/28 9 $346,360 -73% 2,474 $140   $65,545,140 25
2011/11/29 10 $408,210 +18% 2,474 $165   $65,953,350 26
2011/11/30 10 $333,985 -18% 2,474 $135   $66,287,335 27
2011/12/01 9 $357,495 +7% 2,474 $145   $66,644,830 28
2011/12/02 9 $1,250,080 +250% 2,404 $520   $67,894,910 29
2011/12/03 9 $1,838,405 +47% 2,404 $765   $69,733,315 30
2011/12/04 10 $865,440 -53% 2,404 $360   $70,598,755 31
2011/12/05 9 $263,250 -70% 2,404 $110   $70,862,005 32
2011/12/06 9 $324,540 +23% 2,404 $135   $71,186,545 33
2011/12/07 9 $276,460 -15% 2,404 $115   $71,463,005 34
2011/12/08 9 $300,525 +9% 2,404 $125   $71,763,530 35
2011/12/09 10 $734,495 +144% 2,069 $355   $72,498,025 36
2011/12/10 10 $1,117,255 +52% 2,069 $540   $73,615,280 37
2011/12/11 11 $506,905 -55% 2,069 $245   $74,122,185 38
2011/12/12 10 $175,865 -65% 2,069 $85   $74,298,050 39
2011/12/13 11 $206,900 +18% 2,069 $100   $74,504,950 40
2011/12/14 10 $196,555 -5% 2,069 $95   $74,701,505 41
2011/12/15 11 $186,210 -5% 2,069 $90   $74,887,715 42
2011/12/16 13 $276,250 +48% 1,315 $210   $75,163,965 43
2011/12/17 14 $407,750 +48% 1,315 $310   $75,571,715 44
2011/12/18 15 $217,025 -47% 1,315 $165   $75,788,740 45
2011/12/19 15 $124,925 -42% 1,315 $95   $75,913,665 46
2011/12/20 15 $105,200 -16% 1,315 $80   $76,018,865 47
2011/12/21 - $43,890 -58% 418 $105   $76,062,755 48
2011/12/22 - $50,160 +14% 418 $120   $76,112,915 49
2011/12/23 - $58,015 +16% 283 $205   $76,170,930 50
2011/12/24 - $31,130 -46% 283 $110   $76,202,060 51
2011/12/25 - $48,110 +55% 283 $170   $76,250,170 52
2011/12/26 - $67,920 +41% 283 $240   $76,318,090 53
2011/12/27 - $53,770 -21% 283 $190   $76,371,860 54
2011/12/28 - $53,865 n/c 283 $190   $76,425,725 55
2011/12/29 - $55,185 +2% 283 $195   $76,480,910 56
2011/12/30 - $96,140 +74% 253 $380   $76,577,050 57
2011/12/31 - $73,370 -24% 253 $290   $76,650,420 58
2012/01/01 - $83,495 +14% 253 $330   $76,733,915 59
2012/01/02 - $68,310 -18% 253 $270   $76,802,225 60
2012/01/03 - $34,155 -50% 253 $135   $76,836,380 61
2012/01/04 - $30,360 -11% 253 $120   $76,866,740 62
2012/01/05 - $27,830 -8% 253 $110   $76,894,570 63
2012/01/06 - $92,925 +234% 295 $315   $76,987,495 64
2012/01/07 - $138,650 +49% 295 $470   $77,126,145 65
2012/01/08 - $72,275 -48% 295 $245   $77,198,420 66
2012/01/09 - $23,600 -67% 295 $80   $77,222,020 67
2012/01/10 - $28,025 +19% 295 $95   $77,250,045 68
2012/01/11 - $23,665 -16% 295 $80   $77,273,710 69
2012/01/12 - $23,595 n/c 295 $80   $77,297,305 70
2012/01/13 - $70,215 +198% 260 $270   $77,367,520 71
2012/01/14 - $98,800 +41% 260 $380   $77,466,320 72
2012/01/15 - $72,785 -26% 260 $280   $77,539,105 73
2012/01/16 - $49,400 -32% 260 $190   $77,588,505 74
2012/01/17 - $20,785 -58% 260 $80   $77,609,290 75
2012/01/18 - $16,885 -19% 260 $65   $77,626,175 76
2012/01/19 - $16,920 n/c 260 $65   $77,643,095 77
2012/01/20 - $50,595 +199% 220 $230   $77,693,690 78
2012/01/21 - $90,205 +78% 220 $410   $77,783,895 79
2012/01/22 - $37,400 -59% 220 $170   $77,821,295 80
2012/01/23 - $13,195 -65% 220 $60   $77,834,490 81
2012/01/24 - $15,395 +17% 220 $70   $77,849,885 82
2012/01/25 - $14,285 -7% 220 $65   $77,864,170 83
2012/01/26 - $15,350 +7% 220 $70   $77,879,520 84
2012/01/27 - $37,410 +144% 174 $215   $77,916,930 85
2012/01/28 - $61,770 +65% 174 $355   $77,978,700 86
2012/01/29 - $30,455 -51% 174 $175   $78,009,155 87
2012/01/30 - $8,710 -71% 174 $50   $78,017,865 88
2012/01/31 - $10,440 +20% 174 $60   $78,028,305 89
2012/02/01 - $8,695 -17% 174 $50   $78,037,000 90
2012/02/02 - $9,570 +10% 174 $55   $78,046,570 91

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/11/04 2 $24,025,190   3,367 $7,135   $24,025,190 3
2011/11/11 4 $12,773,765 -47% 3,370 $3,790   $43,465,615 10
2011/11/18 6 $7,105,045 -44% 2,942 $2,415   $53,538,820 17
2011/11/25 10 $7,174,615 +1% 2,474 $2,900   $65,198,780 24
2011/12/02 9 $3,953,925 -45% 2,404 $1,645   $70,598,755 31
2011/12/09 11 $2,358,655 -40% 2,069 $1,140   $74,122,185 38
2011/12/16 14 $901,025 -62% 1,315 $685   $75,788,740 45
2011/12/23 26 $137,255 -85% 283 $485   $76,250,170 52
2011/12/30 24 $253,005 +84% 253 $1,000   $76,733,915 59
2012/01/06 21 $303,850 +20% 295 $1,030   $77,198,420 66
2012/01/13 29 $241,800 -20% 260 $930   $77,539,105 73
2012/01/20 31 $178,200 -26% 220 $810   $77,821,295 80
2012/01/27 35 $129,635 -27% 174 $745   $78,009,155 87

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
2/26/20123392,083 392,083$6,661,490$6,661,4901
3/4/20125149,266-62% 541,349$2,983,827$9,645,3182
3/11/20121374,912-50% 616,261$1,382,876$11,028,1933
3/18/20122145,500-39% 661,761$909,545$11,937,7384
3/25/20122724,382-46% 686,143$442,046$12,379,7845
4/1/20122816,848-31% 702,991$262,155$12,641,9396

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
2/26/20122158,874 158,874$3,175,890$3,175,8901
3/4/2012635,373-78% 194,247$883,980$4,059,8702
3/11/20121415,519-56% 209,766$387,825$4,447,6953
3/18/2012199,066-42% 218,832$224,011$4,671,7064

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