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 Post subject: Heston's Sci-Fi films by box office gross
PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:04 pm 
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Here's a list of Heston's Science Fiction films by order of box office gross, adjusted for inflation:
(source: HubPages hub for Heston http://cogerson.hubpages.com/hub/Charlt ... ltsGrosses)

1. PLANET OF THE APES (1968) $200.30 million Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall

2. BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES (1970) $97 million James Franciscus, Charlton Heston

3. THE OMEGA MAN (1971) $42.1 million Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe

4. SOYLENT GREEN (1973) $35.8 million Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson

5. SOLAR CRISIS (1990) :?: (probable $3 or $4 million only)


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:17 pm 
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Such a shame that The Omega Man and Soylent Green weren't bigger hits, though I guess the budgets weren't that big so they made a nice profit, anyway.

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 Post subject: Re: Heston's Sci-Fi films by box office gross
PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 7:31 pm 
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Detective Thorn wrote:
Such a shame that The Omega Man and Soylent Green weren't bigger hits, though I guess the budgets weren't that big so they made a nice profit, anyway.

Yeah, that's one thing which is not considered when presenting just these simple box office numbers - that is, the budgets of the various films. A film like KHARTOUM didn't gross any more than THE OMEGA MAN, but the budget for KHARTOUM (inflated dollars) was probably in the $75 million range. With THE OMEGA MAN, what need was there for big budget dollars? Chuck probably got a good salary, but how much budget did they need for stuff like empty streets? I'd guess that the budget for THE OMEGA MAN would fall into the $15-$20 million range (films cost less to make back then, even if inflating the figures - actual budget was probably $3-$4 million), which means its gross was pretty good for that film.


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 Post subject: Re: Heston's Sci-Fi films by box office gross
PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 1:41 am 
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Detective Thorn wrote:
Such a shame that The Omega Man and Soylent Green weren't bigger hits...

I happened across more box office information on a Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_1 ... ted_States I was surprised to see that The Omega Man was the #1 film at the U.S. box office on its 2nd through 4th weekends (it may have expanded to more theaters in its 2nd weekend).
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# Weekend end date| Film| Box office _______ Notes
31 August 1, 1971 Shaft $1,482,943
32 August 8, 1971 The Omega Man $3,294,924 The Omega Man reached #1 in its second weekend release.
33 August 15, 1971 The Omega Man $2,424,895
34 August 22, 1971 The Omega Man $1,294,924

There might be extenuating circumstances, such as there being no other popular films released on those weeks, but this still surprised me because I always thought that The Omega Man had so-so box office, but there it is spelled out in box office history - the number one film for 3 weeks in a row! (Omega indeed!) :neville:

btw, those are actual grosses, not inflated; in other words, you'd have to multiply those numbers by 5 or 6 to get figures which are adjusted for inflation.


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I don't remember the circumstances around him saying it, but I remember Heston calling The Omega Man a hit in his book.

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Detective Thorn wrote:
I don't remember the circumstances around him saying it, but I remember Heston calling The Omega Man a hit in his book.

I believe he said that-because he'd had some recent financial failures-he needed a hit and got one with The Omega Man. Have a feeling he said that he regarded The Omega Man as a good but not great film but the most important thing was that it was a big hit at a time in his career where he felt he needed one.


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 Post subject: Re: Heston's Sci-Fi films by box office gross
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That rings a bell, thanks for clearing that up!

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