A $60 million total domestic box office take for a Hollywood studio summer movie starring Will Smith is unfortunately considered a failure – especially when the movie’s budget is $130 million.
Thank goodness for international box office, because, the movie grossed over $183 million overseas, for a total worldwide box office take of $243 million.
Although, again, considering that it’s a special-effects-heavy Will Smith summer movie, co-starring his son, Jaden Smith, $243 million is still considered an overall let-down, believe it or not. I don’t make the rules here…
Will Smith is an international superstar who’s seemingly *transcended* race, with appeal to almost every circle, so expectations tend to be high with every outing. For example, Hancock grossed over $624 million worldwide; I am Legend, over $585 million; even The Pursuit of Happyness, which wasn’t your typical CGI-heavy summer tentpole movie, managed over $307 million globally.
So, in comparison, $243 million worldwide is considered something of a disappointment. Although this was much more his son, Jaden’s movie, than Will’s. But the Will Smith name tends to be money-in-the-bank.
All that to say, with those figures, I can only assume that a lot of you didn’t see After Earth when it was in theaters, meaning you were maybe waiting instead to see it as a rental (or purchase) on DVD/Blu-ray or VOD, right?
If so, you should know that Sony will release the movie on home video, on October 8, 2013.
Ahead of that date, the studio has released a full 9 minutes of the film online, to entice you to want to pick up a copy and check it out – especially if you skipped it in theaters.
Watch the footage (a sequence from early in the film) below. You can preorder the film on DVD and Blu-ray on Amazon.com: