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Total Recall (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $58,877,969Details
International Box Office $152,978,119Details
Worldwide Box Office $211,856,088
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $13,766,730 Details
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $15,271,923 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $29,038,653
Further financial details...

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


Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he's got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police - controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen, the leader of the free world - Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter to find the head of the underground resistance and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,301-1,400) 1,355 $58,877,969
All Time International Box Office (Rank 501-600) 536 $152,978,119
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 601-700) 698 $211,856,088

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.

Movie Details

Production Budget:$125,000,000
Domestic Releases: August 3rd, 2012 (Wide) by Sony Pictures
Video Release: December 18th, 2012 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, some sexual content, brief nudity, and language.
(Rating bulletin 2230, 7/4/2012)
Running Time: 117 minutes
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Keywords: Remake, Robot, Dystopia, Faulty Memory, Visual Effects, Terrorism, Surprise Twist, Secret Identity, Political, Corporate Malfeasance, IMAX: DMR
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Science Fiction
Production Companies: Sony Pictures, Original Film
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Fastest to $50m 849 $50,775,008 Aug 17, 2012 16
Biggest Domestic August Weekend 57 $25,577,758 Aug 3, 2012 3

Lead Ensemble Members

   Douglas Quaid/Hauser
   Lori Quaid

Supporting Cast

Bryan Cranston    Cohaagen
John Cho    McClane
Bill Nighy    Matthias

For a description of the different acting role types we use to categorize acting perfomances, see our Glossary.

Production and Technical Credits

Kurt Wimmer    Screenwriter
Mark Bomback    Screenwriter
Ronald Shusett    Story Creator
Dan O’Bannon    Story Creator
Jon Povill    Story Creator
Kurt Wimmer    Story Creator
Gary Goldman    Story Creator
Neal H. Moritz    Producer
Toby Jaffe    Producer
Ric Kidney    Executive Producer
Len Wiseman    Executive Producer
Paul Cameron    Cinematographer
Christian Wagner    Editor
Harry Gregson-Williams    Composer
Patrick Tatopoulos    Production Designer
Brandt Gordon    Supervising Art Director
Patrick Banister    Art Director
Spiro Razatos    Second Unit Director
William Cheng    Set Designer
Tucker Doherty    Set Designer
Vladislav Fedorov    Set Designer
David G. Fremlin    Set Designer
Itsuko Kurono    Set Designer
Aleks Marinkovich    Set Designer
Russell Moore    Set Designer
Sorin Popescu    Set Designer
Doug Slater    Set Designer
Carolyn Loucks    Set Decorator
Sanja Milkovic Hays    Costume Designer
Glen Gauthier    Sound Mixer
Stephen Hunter Flick    Sound Designer
Paul Massey    Re-recording Mixer
David Giammarco    Re-recording Mixer
Clay Pinney    Special Effects Supervisor
Laird McMurray    Special Effects Supervisor
Peter Chiang    Visual Effects Supervisor
Fay McConkey    Visual Effects Producer
Monette Dubin    Visual Effects Producer
John Stoneham, Jr.    Stunt Coordinator
Andy Gill    Stunt Coordinator
Jeff Imada    Fight Choreographer
Brad Martin    Fight Choreographer
Paulina kucharski    Associate Producer
Luc Etienne    Assistant Director
Joshua Bleibtreu    Second Unit Camera
Debra Zane    Casting Director
Charles Maynes    Sound Designer

The bold credits above the line are the "above-the-line" credits, the other the "below-the-line" credits.

Blu-ray Sales: Week of January 6th: In the Loop

February 24th, 2013

New releases were a bit of a mess, as Christmas Day was a Tuesday, so there were a few releases that came out the following Monday. One of those releases, Looper, led the Blu-ray sales chart during the week of January 6th with 317,000 units / $6.66 million. Its opening week Blu-ray share was just 34%, which is lower than I was expecting. More...

Blu-ray Sales: Post-Christmas Slump Hits Hard

February 5th, 2013

Given how bad the new releases were, it's no surprise none of them reached the top of the Blu-ray sales chart. (While Looper was awarded the Pick of the Week, it actually came out on the following Monday, while the sales week ends on Sunday, so the numbers will be included in next week's results.) The Dark Knight Rises returned to first place with 314,000 units / $7.65 million for the week giving it totals of 3.90 million units / $79.93 million. It is one of the best selling Blu-rays of all time and about 50% more than The Dark Knight's current running tally. More...

Blu-ray Sales: New Releases are Far From Perfect

January 25th, 2013

There were plenty of new releases to chart this week, but none of them were able to top the Blu-ray sales chart. In fact, most missed the top ten. This left Ted on top for the second weekend in a row with 558,000 units / $13.93 million giving it totals of 1.86 million units / $39.92 million after two. These are amazing Blu-ray totals for a comedy. More...

DVD Sales: Ted Takes Down the Competition

January 23rd, 2013

While there were a number of new releases to reach the to 30 of the DVD sales chart this week, Ted was able to remain in first place. It sold an additional 1.04 million units while generating $18.59 million, lifting its totals to 2.71 million units / $45.24 million after two weeks of release. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for December 18th, 2012

December 16th, 2012

It's the last week before Christmas, which means it is the last chance for last minute gifts. There are a number of first-run releases coming out this week, some of which are not coming out till Friday, or even next Monday. There are also quite a few limited releases and TV on DVD releases hitting the home market this week. However, none of these were big hits and very few earned strong praise from critics. That doesn't mean there are none that are worth picking up. In fact, we have a trio of contenders for Pick of the Week. Shameless: The Complete Second Season on DVD or Blu-ray; Pitch Perfect on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack; and Arbitrage on DVD or Blu-ray. It was a close call, but in the end I went with Arbitrage. Also coming out this week is Rush: 2012 - CD and Blu-ray in a Deluxe Edition or Super Deluxe Edition, which is a clear winner of Puck of the Week. More...

International Box Office: Expendables Fight Their Way to the Top

September 13th, 2012

The Expendables 2 opened in China and that helped propel it into first place with $41.62 million on 5,930 screens in 48 markets for an international total of $157.29 million. Unfortunately, as it is usually the case, no numbers for China were released, but were likely more than half the film's weekend haul. It also opened in South Korea earning third place with $1.58 million on 394 screens over the weekend for a total of $1.81 million. More...

International Box Office: Rises Returns to the Top

September 5th, 2012

Thanks to its opening in China, The Dark Knight Rises returned to the top of the international chart with $49.8 million on 10,000 screens in 64 markets. The film now has $577.7 million internationally and $1.009 billion worldwide, becoming just the twelfth film to reach that milestone. In China, the film earned $28.5 million on 4,100 screens, which was easily enough for first place. The film had to settle for second place in Italy with $4.95 million on 914 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $8.75 million. More...

International Box Office: Expendables Brave the Competition

August 29th, 2012

The Expendables 2 remained in first place with $25.96 million on 5,672 screens in 33 markets for a total of $66.76 million. It debuted in first place in Spain with $2.45 million on 459 screens, which is significantly more than the original made in Spain when it opened. Meanwhile, it added $3.13 million on 815 screens in Russia, for a total of $14.22 million after two weeks of release in that market. This is more than its predecessor earned in total in Russia. More...

International Box Office: International Box Office is Essential for The Expendables

August 23rd, 2012

The Expendables 2 earned first place during its international debut with $23.01 million on 3,741 screens in 19 markets. It was led by Russia where it made $8.12 million on 804 during its opening weekend. It also topped the chart in Mexico ($3.32 million on 1,249) and in Italy ($1.91 million on 379). It only managed fourth place in the U.K. with $3.12 million on 451 screens. By comparison, The Expendables earned much less in Russia, Mexico, and Italy, but much more in the U.K. Overall, the sequel has made a little more than its predecessor, but it is too soon to tell where it will end up. More...

International Box Office: Rising to Another Milestone

August 15th, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises remained in first place with $35.1 million on 12,000 screens in 58 markets over the weekend. After nearly a month in release, it has $446.6 million internationally and $836.2 million worldwide. It became just the 33rd film to reach $800 million worldwide. The film had no major market openings this past weekend, but has yet to open in Italy, while it should have enough left to get to $900 million with relative ease, getting to $1 billion will be a whole lot harder. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Legacy Leads Competition, Weekend Still Weak

August 13th, 2012

The Bourne Legacy was easily able to win the weekend box office race, finishing within $1 million of predictions. In fact, most of the top five finished within roughly $1 million of predictions. This helped the overall box office climb 16% from last weekend. However, the overall box office was still weak when compared to last year down 8.4%. 2012's lead over 2011 shrank to just 3.5% at $7.01 billion to $6.78 billion and if we don't turn things around soon, we might see 2012 relinquish the lead before the winter holiday season begins. More...

Weekend Estimates: Bourne and Campaign Knock Out Batman

August 12th, 2012

After another lengthy run for the country's number one film, we will have a new top movie this weekend thanks to a strong debut for The Bourne Legacy, which will beat The Dark Knight Rises after Batman spent three weekends atop the chart. Universal is predicting that their franchise reboot will pick up about $40.3 million this weekend, somewhat behind The Bourne Legacy's $69.2 million debut, but very creditable for movie that takes the franchise in a new direction. Even better for the overall market, The Campaign is predicted to post $27.4 million for Warner Bros., which will be enough for second place. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Bourne Live Up to Its Legacy?

August 9th, 2012

The Bourne Legacy should have no trouble dominating the box office this weekend and it might become the last $100 million hit of the summer. On the other hand, it might not be the only $100 million hit opening this week. The Campaign is an R-rated comedy, which should do better than most and at least has an outside shot at reaching the century club. Hope Springs is counter-programming aimed at a more mature target demographic and its chances over the weekend are not great, but its legs could be strong. Finally, there's Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D, which is only playing in about 800 theaters, but it could squeeze into the top ten. This week last year the new releases were led by The Help while a returning film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, topped the chart. Neither film made $30 million over the weekend, which is something The Bourne Legacy should do with ease, so 2012 should pull out a win. Hopefully that is the case, because year-over-year, 2012 has been losing big time lately. More...

International Box Office: Rises Remains Top Draw

August 8th, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises held onto first place with $66.7 million on 15,400 screens in 58 markets lifting its totals to $378.1 million internationally and $732.0 million worldwide. Since last week, it cracked $300 million internationally and became just the 49th film to reach $700 million worldwide. The film had no major market openings this past weekend, but still finished in first place in Mexico with $5.38 million on 2,370 screens and in Brazil with $4.76 million on 904 screens. In those two markets, it has two-week totals of $21.28 million and $15.28 million respectively. It was forced into second place in the U.K., but earned $6.67 million on 567 screens over the weekend for a total of $63.53 million after two. The film still has a few markets left to open in, including Italy, so it isn't quite done yet. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: New Releases Can't Rise to the Occasion

August 6th, 2012

As I've mentioned before, for a film to repeat at the top of the box office, it generally just needs to earn a massive opening and to avoid a big fall during its sophomore stint. However, for a film to earn first place at the box office three times in a row, it needs help from weak new releases. This is certainly the case with The Dark Knight Rises. Granted, it did hold on better than expected this weekend, but the two new releases, Total Recall and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, were so far behind that The Dark Knight Rises would have won with ease, even if it just missed expectations. The weakness in the new releases resulted in the overall box office falling 8.5% from last week to just $123 million. More importantly, this was 27% lower than the same weekend last year. 2012 is still head of 2011's pace, but the margin has been reduced to just 4.2% at $6.80 billion to $6.53 billion. If things don't turn around soon, 2012 might relinquish its lead before the end of the year. More...

Weekend Estimates: Dark Knight Recalled for Third Weekend

August 5th, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises will become the third film this year to top the weekend box office chart for three weeks running, thanks in part to another reasonably strong weekend (down 41% from last time), but mainly because Total Recall will muster only a decidedly so-so $26 million on debut, according to Sony's Sunday estimate. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is expected to pull in about $14.7 million for Fox, rounding out another weekend where new movies have failed to catch on with audiences. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Dark Knight Complete Threepeat, or Will Recall Rise to the Top?

August 2nd, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises should have a relatively easy time earning first place this weekend, but the new releases are stronger than last week. There are some that think Total Recall will earn first place, but there are also some who think it won't open with as much as the original opened with, despite more than 20 years of inflation and a change in the business that favors bigger opening weekends. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is playing counter-programming and while there's not a lot of direct competition in theaters, it is still aiming for a midlevel hit, and no more. Last year, Rise of the Planet of the Apes opened with more than $54 million and there's really no chance that will be replicated this weekend and August will very likely start out on a losing note. More...

2012 Preview: August

August 1st, 2012

July was another bad month with five of the seven films missing expectations. Only one matched expectations, or came close enough to call it a victory, while another film is too close to call. 2012 is still ahead of 2011, but that margin did shrink last month, despite the performance of The Dark Knight Rises, which earned $300 million during the month. Looking ahead to August, there are fourteen films opening wide, maybe fifteen, making it the busiest month in a long time. Of those releases, five or six have a shot at $100 million, while none will get much beyond that point. Maybe The Bourne Legacy will be a surprise hit and match the average of its predecessors, but most analysts wouldn't be willing to bet money on that. By comparison, last August only had two films that topped $100 million, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Help. I don't think any film opening this August will match those two films, but we have much better depth this time around. Hopefully we will be able to extend our lead this month, unlike the last two months. More...

Contest: Top Dog

July 27th, 2012

Next week there are two wide releases coming out, Total Recall and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. I think it is a safe bet Total Recall will come out on top of the box office... Actually, it is a safe bet The Dark Knight Rises will complete the hat trick on top of the box office chart, while Total Recall will be the best of the new releases. However, since our prizes this week are aimed at kids, we will use Dog Days as the target film for this week's box office prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. 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 iCarly: Season Four 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 copy of iCarly: Season Four on DVD. Finally, one other entrant will be chosen regardless of what they predicted, and they will win the last copy of iCarly: Season Four on DVD. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/08/03 2 $25,577,758   3,601 $7,103   $25,577,758 1
2012/08/10 5 $8,013,040 -69% 3,601 $2,225   $44,101,432 2
2012/08/17 10 $3,472,829 -57% 2,434 $1,427   $51,755,272 3
2012/08/24 14 $1,760,436 -49% 1,576 $1,117   $55,173,773 4
2012/08/31 19 $868,526 -51% 756 $1,149   $56,738,151 5
2012/09/07 24 $467,562 -46% 502 $931   $57,627,693 6
2012/09/14 31 $276,506 -41% 303 $913   $58,074,625 7
2012/09/21 28 $281,785 +2% 322 $875   $58,462,950 8
2012/09/28 31 $160,066 -43% 239 $670   $58,731,578 9
2012/10/05 42 $83,735 -48% 167 $501   $58,877,969 10

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/08/03 2 $9,092,341   3,601 $2,525   $9,092,341 1
2012/08/04 2 $9,347,521 +3% 3,601 $2,596   $18,439,862 2
2012/08/05 2 $7,137,896 -24% 3,601 $1,982   $25,577,758 3
2012/08/06 2 $3,002,968 -58% 3,601 $834   $28,580,726 4
2012/08/07 2 $3,182,578 +6% 3,601 $884   $31,763,304 5
2012/08/08 3 $2,263,587 -29% 3,601 $629   $34,026,891 6
2012/08/09 3 $2,061,501 -9% 3,601 $572   $36,088,392 7
2012/08/10 6 $2,450,953 +19% 3,601 $681   $38,539,345 8
2012/08/11 5 $3,226,561 +32% 3,601 $896   $41,765,906 9
2012/08/12 5 $2,335,526 -28% 3,601 $649   $44,101,432 10
2012/08/13 6 $1,012,200 -57% 3,601 $281   $45,113,632 11
2012/08/14 6 $1,307,909 +29% 3,601 $363   $46,421,541 12
2012/08/15 7 $953,685 -27% 3,601 $265   $47,375,226 13
2012/08/16 6 $907,217 -5% 3,601 $252   $48,282,443 14
2012/08/17 10 $1,061,563 +17% 2,434 $436   $49,344,006 15
2012/08/18 10 $1,431,002 +35% 2,434 $588   $50,775,008 16
2012/08/19 10 $980,264 -31% 2,434 $403   $51,755,272 17
2012/08/20 10 $409,193 -58% 2,434 $168   $52,164,465 18
2012/08/21 10 $508,740 +24% 2,434 $209   $52,673,205 19
2012/08/22 11 $368,070 -28% 2,151 $171   $53,041,275 20
2012/08/23 10 $372,062 +1% 2,151 $173   $53,413,337 21
2012/08/24 14 $527,014 +42% 1,576 $334   $53,940,351 22
2012/08/25 14 $771,574 +46% 1,576 $490   $54,711,925 23
2012/08/26 15 $461,848 -40% 1,576 $293   $55,173,773 24
2012/08/27 15 $202,387 -56% 1,576 $128   $55,376,160 25
2012/08/28 15 $224,087 +11% 1,576 $142   $55,600,247 26
2012/08/29 16 $131,945 -41% 1,326 $100   $55,732,192 27
2012/08/30 - $137,433 +4% 1,326 $104   $55,869,625 28
2012/08/31 - $216,728 +58% 756 $287   $56,086,353 29
2012/09/01 - $319,620 +47% 756 $423   $56,405,973 30
2012/09/02 - $332,178 +4% 756 $439   $56,738,151 31
2012/09/03 - $218,968 -34% 756 $290   $56,957,119 32
2012/09/04 - $80,950 -63% 756 $107   $57,038,069 33
2012/09/05 - $59,302 -27% 756 $78   $57,097,371 34
2012/09/06 - $62,760 +6% 756 $83   $57,160,131 35
2012/09/07 - $130,344 +108% 502 $260   $57,290,475 36
2012/09/08 - $221,269 +70% 502 $441   $57,511,744 37
2012/09/09 - $115,949 -48% 502 $231   $57,627,693 38
2012/09/14 - $85,199   303 $281   $57,883,318 43
2012/09/15 - $125,969 +48% 303 $416   $58,009,287 44
2012/09/16 - $65,338 -48% 303 $216   $58,074,625 45
2012/09/21 - $83,762   322 $260   $58,264,927 50
2012/09/22 - $125,184 +49% 322 $389   $58,390,111 51
2012/09/23 - $72,839 -42% 322 $226   $58,462,950 52
2012/09/28 - $48,203   239 $202   $58,619,715 57
2012/09/29 - $70,470 +46% 239 $295   $58,690,185 58
2012/09/30 - $41,393 -41% 239 $173   $58,731,578 59
2012/10/05 - $23,693   167 $142   $58,817,927 64
2012/10/06 - $35,518 +50% 167 $213   $58,853,445 65
2012/10/07 - $24,524 -31% 167 $147   $58,877,969 66

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/08/03 2 $36,088,392   3,601 $10,022   $36,088,392 1
2012/08/10 6 $12,194,051 -66% 3,601 $3,386   $48,282,443 2
2012/08/17 10 $5,130,894 -58% 2,151 $2,385   $53,413,337 3
2012/08/24 15 $2,456,288 -52% 1,326 $1,852   $55,869,625 4
2012/08/31 19 $1,290,506 -47% 756 $1,707   $57,160,131 5
2012/09/07 24 $637,988 -51% 502 $1,271   $57,798,119 6
2012/09/14 32 $383,046 -40% 303 $1,264   $58,181,165 7
2012/09/21 27 $390,347 +2% 322 $1,212   $58,571,512 8
2012/09/28 32 $222,722 -43% 239 $932   $58,794,234 9
2012/10/05 44 $83,735 -62% 167 $501   $58,877,969 10

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
12/23/201210209,732 209,732$3,638,850$3,638,8501
12/30/201213145,316-31% 355,048$2,609,875$6,248,7262
1/6/201310115,441-21% 470,489$2,073,320$8,322,0463
1/13/20131757,492-50% 527,981$1,032,556$9,354,6024
1/20/20132027,058-53% 555,039$480,821$9,835,4235
2/10/20131929,753 623,170$537,934$10,993,7298
2/17/20132046,198+55% 669,368$736,858$11,730,5879

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
12/23/20124310,028 310,028$7,242,262$7,242,2621
12/30/20125101,229-67% 411,257$2,526,670$9,768,9322
1/6/2013464,960-36% 476,217$1,621,394$11,390,3263
1/13/2013929,034-55% 505,250$724,680$12,115,0064
1/20/20131020,371-30% 525,622$406,609$12,521,6155
1/27/20131213,870-32% 539,492$276,852$12,798,4676
2/3/20131412,207-12% 551,699$253,548$13,052,0157

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