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 Post subject: Heston Disaster films by box office gross
PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:34 pm 
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Here's a list of Heston's Disaster films by order of box office gross, adjusted for inflation:
(source: HubPages hub for Heston http://cogerson.hubpages.com/hub/Charlt ... ltsGrosses)
EDIT: Hub Pages moved to new site - here's the new site, numbers are a bit more now: http://www.ultimatemovierankings.com/ch ... on-movies/

1. EARTHQUAKE (1974) -- $335.5 million Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy

2. AIRPORT 1975 (1974) -- $236.9 million Charlton Heston, Karen Black, George Kennedy

3. TWO MINUTE WARNING (1976) -- $ 74.7 million Charlton Heston, John Cassavetes

4. SKYJACKED (1972) -- $ 69.2 million Charlton Heston, Yvette Mimieux, James Brolin

5. GRAY LADY DOWN (1978) -- $ 23.1 million Charlton Heston, David Carradine, Stacy Keach


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 Post subject: Re: Heston Disaster films by box office gross
PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:22 pm 
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Two Minute Warning must have had a pretty big budget, since Chuck said in his book that the movie tanked, while the adjusted figure suggests it made a good amount of money at a time when people were getting sick of disaster movies.

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 Post subject: Re: Heston Disaster films by box office gross
PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 7:20 pm 
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Well, it's all relative, as they say. Compared to EARTHQUAKE, TWO MINUTE WARNING was a flop. :lol: The thinking back then, by Hollywood execs, was that TWO MINUTE WARNING would gross as much as EARTHQUAKE (before the film actually opened). Obviously, it didn't even come close. The expectations were just way too high and this probably also colored how the film was looked upon afterwards. Its gross was pretty good for an average movie, but, as you said, its budget was probably more than average - it had a lot of well-paid actors, for starters (not superstars but many who would get a decent paycheck).


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 Post subject: Re: Heston Disaster films by box office gross
PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:49 pm 
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Chrysagon wrote:
Well, it's all relative, as they say. Compared to EARTHQUAKE, TWO MINUTE WARNING was a flop. :lol: The thinking back then, by Hollywood execs, was that TWO MINUTE WARNING would gross as much as EARTHQUAKE (before the film actually opened). Obviously, it didn't even come close. The expectations were just way too high and this probably also colored how the film was looked upon afterwards. Its gross was pretty good for an average movie, but, as you said, its budget was probably more than average - it had a lot of well-paid actors, for starters (not superstars but many who would get a decent paycheck).


I've got a book about the films of Frank Sinatra, in the section about Pal Joey the author says that some reports claimed the film was a big hit and others labelled it as a massive commercial failure-he said the truth was probably somewhere in between those two extremes. Perhaps that was the case with this film-not as big a hit as the studio expected but also not a terrible flop.

Two-Minute Warning is a fine film, after Soylent Green it's probably my favourite Heston film of the 70's.


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