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Underworld: Awakening (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $62,321,039Details
International Box Office $98,058,891Details
Worldwide Box Office $160,379,930
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $19,163,389 Details
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $10,216,339 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $29,379,728
Further financial details...

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


Vampire warrioress Selene, escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans, and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,201-1,300) 1,280 $62,321,039
All Time International Box Office (Rank 801-900) 875 $98,058,891
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 901-1,000) 965 $160,379,930
All Time Domestic Box Office for R Movies (Rank 301-400) 354 $62,321,039
All Time International Box Office for R Movies (Rank 101-200) 190 $98,058,891
All Time Worldwide Box Office for R Movies (Rank 201-300) 230 $160,379,930

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

Movie Details

Production Budget:$70,000,000
Domestic Releases: January 20th, 2012 (Wide) by Sony Pictures
January 20th, 2012 (IMAX) by Sony Pictures
Video Release: May 12th, 2012 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence and gore, and for some language.
(Rating bulletin 2203, 12/21/2012)
Running Time: 89 minutes
Franchise: Underworld
Comparisons: vs. Dracula Untold
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Keywords: 3-D, Vampire, Werewolf, War, IMAX: DMR
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Fantasy
Production Companies: Screen Gems, Lakeshore Entertainment, Sketch Films
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Super Bowl (All Movies, 3-Day) 125 $5,500,744 Feb 3, 2012 17
Super Bowl (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 219 $6,230,009 Feb 3, 2012 17
Fastest to $50m 792 $50,458,407 Feb 3, 2012 15
Biggest Domestic January Weekend 46 $25,306,725 Jan 20, 2012 3

Leading Cast


Supporting Cast

Stephen Rea    Dr. Jacob Lane
Michael Ealy    Detective Sebastian
Theo James    David
India Eisley    Eve
Sandrine Holt    Lida
Charles Dance    Thomas

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

Production and Technical Credits

Len Wiseman    Screenwriter
John Hlavin    Screenwriter
J. Michael Straczynski    Screenwriter
Allison Burnett    Screenwriter
Len Wiseman    Story Creator
John Hlavin    Story Creator
Tom Rosenberg    Producer
Gary Lucchesi    Producer
Len Wiseman    Producer
Richard Wright    Producer
David Kern    Executive Producer
James McQuaide    Executive Producer
David Coatsworth    Executive Producer
Eric Reid    Executive Producer
Skip Williamson    Executive Producer
Henry Winterstern    Executive Producer
Ken Grevioux    Character Creator
Danny McBride    Character Creator
Scott Kevan    Cinematographer
Jeff McEvoy    Editor
Paul Haslinger    Composer
Claude Pare    Production Designer
Gary Myers    Art Director
Martina Javorova    Art Director
Douglas Higgins    Set Designer
Jay Mitchell    Set Designer
Megan Poss    Set Designer
David Clarke    Set Designer
Shane Vieau    Set Decorator
Monique Prudhomme    Costume Designer
Chris Duesterdiek    Sound Mixer
Lee Gilmore    Sound Effects Editor
Michael Babcock    Re-recording Mixer
Tim LeBlanc    Re-recording Mixer
Joel Whist    Special Effects Coordinator
Paul Barry    Assistant Director
Brad Martin    Second Unit Director
Brad Martin    Stunt Coordinator
Tricia Wood    Casting Director
Deborah Aquila    Casting Director

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

Blu-ray Sales: Grey Brightens Up Blu-ray

June 7th, 2012

Getting caught up on the Blu-ray sales chart after a massive overhaul of the database, which hopefully you didn't notice too much. We're splitting the two weeks into two articles, otherwise they would be just too cumbersome. We start with the week ending May 20th, which featured six new releases on the chart. Top spot went to The Grey with 375,000 units sold, but in terms of revenue, it was in second place with $7.50 million. Its opening week Blu-ray share was 51%, which even just last year would have been momentous, but now is standard for a first-run release for any action or adventure film. More...

DVD Sales: A Colorful Couple Weeks on DVD

June 5th, 2012

After a major change on the back end of site, we have two weeks of home market numbers to get to, starting with the week ending on May 20th. New releases dominated the chart taking the top three spots and four of the top six. The Grey earned first place with 360,000 units / $6.12 million. This is a fine start given its theatrical run, but not an exceptional one. More...

Blu-ray Sales: Underworld Reaches for the Sky

May 23rd, 2012

The same four new releases that charted on the DVD sales chart also charted on the Blu-ray sales chart this week, with just one addition. (And that one addition is actually related to the top film.) Leading the way was Underworld: Awakening, which earned $11.77 million from 590,000 units sold. Its opening week Blu-ray share was 56%, which is becoming commonplace for action films. More...

DVD Sales: Unbreakable Vow

May 23rd, 2012

There was a weird mix of new releases and ancient holdovers on the top of the DVD sales chart this week. (Maybe "ancient" is overstating things.) Leading the way was The Vow with an impressive opening week sales of 810,000 units / $13.76 million. Given its domestic box office numbers, this is a great start and it is likely already profitable. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for May 8th, 2012

May 7th, 2012

It's yet another very slow week on the home market. Boy, I feel like a broken record saying that every week, but it is true. It's especially true this week, as I'm having trouble picking out any release that is worth of Pick of the Week. In the end I went with a Doctor Who release. There are three of them coming out this week, but Story 153: The Happiness Patrol is the only one that is truly good, as opposed to the other two, which are weak installments that have a few fans that defend them. More...

International Box Office: More Milestones were not Impossible for Mission

February 8th, 2012

Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol has reached two milestones since last week, reaching $400 million internationally and $600 million worldwide. It added $24.31 million on 6,259 screens in 51 markets over the weekend and now has $420.83 million internationally and $626.03 million worldwide. Of its weekend haul, $20 million came from China, which was $7 million more than last week's opening. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Many Reasons to Celebrate Weekend Results

February 7th, 2012

It was Super Bowl weekend, which apparently some people care about. (Not me. Go B.C. Lions!) The crossover audience between the Super Bowl and most movies is quite high, so it is no real shock that the box office was down compared to last weekend. However, it was only down 8% to $116 million. This was 33% higher than the same weekend last year. Both Chronicle and The Woman in Black topped expectations by significant degrees, while the weakest movie the top five missed weekend predictions by less than $1 million. Year-to-date, 2012 is ahead of 2011's pace by 12% at $964 million to $850 million. Before we get too excited, by this weekend in 2010, the box office had already pulled in $1.21 billion. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will the Box Office Remain in the Black?

February 2nd, 2012

There are two important dates in February: Valentine's Day and Presidents Day. This weekend deals with neither of those, so it is probably going to be a little soft at the box office. On the other hand, all three films opening this weekend, Big Miracle, Chronicle, and The Woman in Black, have overall positive reviews and are averaging around 75% positive (That might change by the end of the evening as more reviews come in.) By comparison, this weekend last year saw the release of The Roommate and Sanctum, both of which earned terrible reviews and neither of which earned a lot at the box office. Those two films combined earned just under $25 million over the weekend, while there's a slim, slim chance The Woman in Black will make that much by itself. Even on the low end, the top two new releases should match that, while this year appears to have the advantage with depth as well. I'm almost feeling optimistic. ... I may have just cursed the box office. More...

International Box Office: Ghost Rises Again

February 1st, 2012

It was a good weekend for Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol. It crossed $200 million domestically and jumped back to first place on the international chart with $25.23 million on 6,411 screens in 56 markets. It now has $369.37 million internationally and $571.93 million worldwide, which is the best in the franchise. The film earned first place with $12.7 million on 3000 screens in China, but had to settle for second place in Italy with $3.01 million on 575. It will quickly cross $600 million worldwide, even though it has no more major markets left to open in. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Colorful Results over the Weekend

January 30th, 2012

January completed the sweep this weekend, despite slipping 6% from last weekend to $126 million over the weekend. This was still 16% higher than the same weekend last year, meaning three out of the four weekends in January saw double-digit gains over 2011 and by the end, 2012's lead over 2011 was 12% at $812 million to $726 million. I'm starting to get a little optimistic and hopefully this trend will continue next month. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Grey Skies Clear Up?

January 26th, 2012

There are three important questions that need to be answered this weekend. Can the box office finish the January sweep this weekend? Will Liam Neeson's box office reliability overcome Open Road's inexperience? And shouldn't The Grey be spelled The Gray? That is how it is spelled in America, as opposed to the U.K. Last year the number one film, The Rite, opened with less than $15 million. However, there were a total of five films with more than $10 million over the weekend. This year does look weaker, but it should be close. All it will take is one film to be a surprise hit and 2012 can come out a head for the fourth weekend in a row. More...

International Box Office: Sherlock on Top, but International Flavor in the top Five

January 25th, 2012

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows was again the top film on the international box office, even though it fell significantly from last week. It generated an additional $18.3 million on 7,505 screens in 57 markets for totals of $261.3 million internationally and $439.6 million worldwide. Getting to $400 million worldwide is more than enough to show a profit, unless it cost a ridiculous amount for global prints and advertising. There were no major new markets to report on last weekend, but it did add $2.38 million on 422 screens over the weekend in Brazil, giving the film a total of $8.08 million after two. Up next is France this weekend, while it opens in Japan in March. $300 million internationally is pretty much a given, unless it bombs in those two markets, while if it does well, it could reach $500 million worldwide. More...

Contest: Get Real: Winning Announcement

January 25th, 2012

The winners of our Get Real contest were determined and they are... More...

IMAX: Sky High Opening for Underworld

January 25th, 2012

Underworld: Awakening broke a record for IMAX with $3.6 million over the weekend, or 15% of its total box office. This is a record for a digital release on the format. It also pulled in $1.0 million internationally for a $4.6 million opening weekend. Meanwhile, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate became the first Chinese film to reach $10 million on IMAX in its native country and now sits in third place on the all time IMAX chart in that market. (Only Avatar and Transformers: Dark of the Moon are ahead of it.) More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Underworld Rises to the Top

January 23rd, 2012

2012 has gone three for three in the year-over-year comparison. This weekend we have a couple films do a little better than expected and a couple films struggle a little bit, but the overall box office was up 1% from last weekend to $134 million. More importantly, the box office was up 30% from last year. Not only did we have better strength on top with Underworld: Awakening earning $25 million, but we also had much stronger depth. This bodes well going into next week and hopefully January will complete the sweep when compared to last year. Year-to-Date, 2012 now has a 15% lead over 2011 at $748 million to $653 million. It is still far too early to declare victory, but every dollar earned now puts us one dollar closer to matching last year's total. More...

Weekend Estimates: Underworld Awakens Box Office

January 22nd, 2012

A solid $25.4 million projected opening for Underworld: Awakening this weekend, backed by a better-than-expected $19.1 million for Red Tails will help give the industry a healthy start to 2012. Based on studio estimates released on Sunday, business this weekend should be up about 30% from the same weekend last year, and 2012 is currently running about 11% ahead of 2011. Obviously there's a long way to go, but early momentum is always useful. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will the Box Office Wake Up?

January 19th, 2012

It's very early in the year, but so far 2012 is on a winning streak. Will that streak continue this weekend? This weekend we have three wide releases, Underworld: Awakening, Red Tails, and Haywire, plus a wide expansion, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Conversely, last year there was only one wide release, No Strings Attached, plus only one holdover that earned more than $10 million, The Green Hornet. This year we should have five films earning more than $10 million and this depth should help 2012 earn a win in the year-over-year comparison. More...

Contest: Get Real

January 13th, 2012

There are a trio of wide releases debuting next week, but evidence suggests Underworld: Awakening is the clear favorite of the three and it is 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 Underworld: Awakening. 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 Real Steel on Blu-ray Combo Pack. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

2012 Preview: January

January 1st, 2012

2011 ended, and really that's the only good news we got from the entire month of December. That's not snark either. Of the eleven films opening or expanding wide that month, six will definitely miss expectations by significant margins and with the other five it is too soon to tell, (it depends on how well they hold up during the New Year's Day long weekend). Only Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol can be considered a pleasant surprise, and even then it might not match original expectations. Looking forward, the only really good piece of news for this January is that last January was a pretty bad as well. Only two films, The Green Hornet and No Strings Attached, beat expectations by significant margins, while The Dilemma bombed hard enough to nearly wipe out those gains. This time around, the biggest hit will likely be Beauty and the Beast's 3D re-release, but even then, I doubt it will do as well as The Lion King's 3D re-release. There's a good chance the year will start off on a sour note, just like 2011 ended. More...

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/01/20 1 $25,306,725   3,078 $8,222   $25,306,725 1
2012/01/27 2 $12,352,802 -51% 3,078 $4,013   $44,978,415 2
2012/02/03 5 $5,500,744 -55% 2,636 $2,087   $54,253,665 3
2012/02/10 10 $2,480,156 -55% 1,657 $1,497   $58,914,525 4
2012/02/17 16 $1,136,686 -54% 826 $1,376   $61,380,487 5
2012/02/24 31 $242,887 -79% 260 $934   $62,149,833 6
2012/03/02 46 $72,270 -70% 79 $915   $62,321,039 7

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/01/20 1 $9,339,076   3,078 $3,034   $9,339,076 1
2012/01/21 1 $10,202,990 +9% 3,078 $3,315   $19,542,066 2
2012/01/22 1 $5,764,659 -44% 3,078 $1,873   $25,306,725 3
2012/01/23 1 $2,110,492 -63% 3,078 $686   $27,417,217 4
2012/01/24 1 $2,131,064 +1% 3,078 $692   $29,548,281 5
2012/01/25 1 $1,539,354 -28% 3,078 $500   $31,087,635 6
2012/01/26 1 $1,537,978 n/c 3,078 $500   $32,625,613 7
2012/01/27 3 $3,391,464 +121% 3,078 $1,102   $36,017,077 8
2012/01/28 2 $5,460,453 +61% 3,078 $1,774   $41,477,530 9
2012/01/29 2 $3,500,885 -36% 3,078 $1,137   $44,978,415 10
2012/01/30 2 $941,104 -73% 3,078 $306   $45,919,519 11
2012/01/31 2 $1,071,832 +14% 3,078 $348   $46,991,351 12
2012/02/01 2 $886,902 -17% 3,078 $288   $47,878,253 13
2012/02/02 2 $874,668 -1% 3,078 $284   $48,752,921 14
2012/02/03 6 $1,705,486 +95% 2,636 $647   $50,458,407 15
2012/02/04 5 $2,725,541 +60% 2,636 $1,034   $53,183,948 16
2012/02/05 5 $1,069,717 -61% 2,636 $406   $54,253,665 17
2012/02/06 4 $567,880 -47% 2,636 $215   $54,821,545 18
2012/02/07 4 $610,921 +8% 2,636 $232   $55,432,466 19
2012/02/08 4 $504,208 -17% 2,636 $191   $55,936,674 20
2012/02/09 4 $497,695 -1% 2,636 $189   $56,434,369 21
2012/02/10 11 $670,503 +35% 1,657 $405   $57,104,872 22
2012/02/11 11 $1,091,613 +63% 1,657 $659   $58,196,485 23
2012/02/12 10 $718,040 -34% 1,657 $433   $58,914,525 24
2012/02/13 9 $246,003 -66% 1,657 $148   $59,160,528 25
2012/02/14 8 $596,213 +142% 1,657 $360   $59,756,741 26
2012/02/15 9 $248,381 -58% 1,657 $150   $60,005,122 27
2012/02/16 10 $238,679 -4% 1,657 $144   $60,243,801 28
2012/02/17 - $293,409 +23% 826 $355   $60,537,210 29
2012/02/18 - $468,731 +60% 826 $567   $61,005,941 30
2012/02/19 15 $374,546 -20% 826 $453   $61,380,487 31
2012/02/20 - $213,420 -43% 826 $258   $61,593,907 32
2012/02/21 - $115,844 -46% 826 $140   $61,709,751 33
2012/02/22 - $96,242 -17% 826 $117   $61,805,993 34
2012/02/23 - $100,953 +5% 826 $122   $61,906,946 35
2012/02/24 - $68,156 -32% 260 $262   $61,975,102 36
2012/02/25 - $108,215 +59% 260 $416   $62,083,317 37
2012/02/26 - $66,516 -39% 260 $256   $62,149,833 38
2012/02/27 - $23,791 -64% 260 $92   $62,173,624 39
2012/02/28 - $26,908 +13% 260 $103   $62,200,532 40
2012/02/29 - $22,568 -16% 260 $87   $62,223,100 41
2012/03/01 - $25,669 +14% 260 $99   $62,248,769 42
2012/03/02 - $19,033 -26% 79 $241   $62,267,802 43
2012/03/03 - $33,234 +75% 79 $421   $62,301,036 44
2012/03/04 - $20,003 -40% 79 $253   $62,321,039 45

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/01/20 1 $32,625,613   3,078 $10,600   $32,625,613 1
2012/01/27 2 $16,127,308 -51% 3,078 $5,240   $48,752,921 2
2012/02/03 5 $7,681,448 -52% 2,636 $2,914   $56,434,369 3
2012/02/10 10 $3,809,432 -50% 1,657 $2,299   $60,243,801 4
2012/02/17 17 $1,663,145 -56% 826 $2,013   $61,906,946 5
2012/02/24 30 $341,823 -79% 260 $1,315   $62,248,769 6
2012/03/02 49 $72,270 -79% 79 $915   $62,321,039 7

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
5/13/20122442,302 442,302$7,514,711$7,514,7111
5/20/20125153,571-65% 595,873$2,736,635$10,251,3462
5/27/20121077,891-49% 673,764$1,200,300$11,451,6473
6/3/20121349,069-37% 722,833$879,316$12,330,9634
6/10/20122230,074-39% 752,907$538,625$12,869,5885
6/24/20122625,404 794,224$422,214$13,559,4597
1/22/20172410,173 1,256,423$69,990$18,761,634246

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
5/13/20121258,957 258,957$5,383,716$5,383,7161
5/20/2012371,196-73% 330,153$1,357,706$6,741,4222
5/27/2012727,534-61% 357,687$549,854$7,291,2763
6/3/20121116,658-40% 374,345$332,002$7,623,2784
6/17/20122010,949 395,051$218,642$8,036,7586
6/24/2012209,350-15% 404,401$186,814$8,223,5727

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