Remake Rumble Part 1: Action/Sci-Fi

This week in response to the release of Total Recall I’m going to be putting together a little showcase of other recent (or not so recent) remakes, comparing them to their original source material in terms of budget*, financial success**, and overall Quality***.  I’ll give in depth numbers for seven sets of films and a full list of other remakes in the genre (Not including Foreign-to-American adaptations) including links to the original movie(s) for each.

The Italian Job (1969) Vs. The Italian Job (2003) Peter Collinson     [Director]     F. Gary Gray

             Michael Caine, Noel Coward     [Starring]     Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron

     84%     [Tomatometer]     72%

     7.3     [IMDb Score]     6.9

       $17,640,000     [Budget]     $70,930,000

                           n/a     [Domestic Gross]     $125,461,000

      The Winner:  Tie

Clash of the Titans (1981) Vs. Clash of the Titans (2010)

    Desmond Davis     [Director]     Louis Leterrier

    Laurence Olivier, Harry Hamlin      [Starring]     Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson

     65%     [Tomatometer]     28%

     6.7     [IMDb Score]     5.8

          $35,510,000    [Budget]     $125,000,000

          $97,060,000     [Domestic Gross]     $163,215,000

      The Winner:  Original

3:10 to Yuma (2007) Vs. 3:10 to Yuma (1957)

                   Delmer Daves     [Director]     James Mangold

                          Glenn Ford, Van Heflin      [Starring]     Russel Crowe, Christian Bale

                95%     [Tomatometer]     88%

                   7.7     [IMDb Score]     7.8

                                      n/a    [Budget]     $57,771,000

                   $14,600,000     [Domestic Gross]     $56,307,000  

                 The Winner:  Remake

     Planet of the Apes (1968) Vs. Planet of the Apes (2001)

Franklin J. Schaffner     [Director]     Tim Burton

               Charlton Heston  [Starring]  Mark Wahlberg

                89%     [Tomatometer]     45%

                   8.0     [IMDb Score]     5.6

                    $35,940,000    [Budget]     $123,360,000

                  $202,000,000     [Domestic Gross]     $222,050,000

                 The Winner:  Original (By Far)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) Vs. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

  Oliver Hirschbiegel     [Director]     Philip Kaufman

               Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter  [Starring]  Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams

        97%     [Tomatometer]     95%

       7.9     [IMDb Score]     7.3

              $3,029,000    [Budget]     $11,570,000

         $23,790,000     [Domestic Gross]     $82,440,000

         The Winner:  Tie

King Kong (1933) Vs. King Kong (2005)

Merian C. Cooper     [Director]     Peter Jackson

Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong   [Starring]  Naomi Watts, Jack Black

        100%     [Tomatometer]     84%

       8.0     [IMDb Score]     7.4

              $11,160,000    [Budget]     $229,110,000

         $28,317,000     [Domestic Gross]     $241,280,000

         The Winner:  Original (I prefer the Remake)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) Vs. The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

        Robert Wise     [Director]     Scott Derrickson

      Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal   [Starring]  Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly

94%     [Tomatometer]     21%

    7.9     [IMDb Score]     5.5

         $9,960,000    [Budget]     $80,950,000

      $15,360,000     [Domestic Gross]     $80,250,000

         The Winner:  Original by Far

Other Action/Sci-Fi Remakes

Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

Death Race (2008)

Flight of the Phoenix (2004)

Get Carter (2000)

Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)

Rollerball (2005)

Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)

The Mechanic (2011)

The Mummy (1999)

The Time Machine (2002)

Walking Tall (2004)


*Budget does not include many significant costs of the film i.e. Marketing Costs.  Budgets Adjusted for Inflation for 2010.

**Numbers given are Domestic Grosses and do not include DVD sales, Merchandising Revenue, or any other sort of revenue that Studios ultimately receive from a film.  Grosses Adjusted for Inflation for 2010.

***Winners are based on critical consensus, not personal opinion.

About r361n4

I'm a student at the University of Washington Majoring Business. I've always loved movies and my goal is to work on the financial side of the film industry. Until then though, I figure I'll spare my friends from my opinions and shout them from a digital mountaintop for anyone who's interested. After all, if a tree falls in a forest and nobody blogs about it, does it really happen?
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7 Responses to Remake Rumble Part 1: Action/Sci-Fi

  1. atothewr says:

    Nice list. The original King Kong also wins by what it did for special effects. A lot of the stuff they did in that movie was new at the time and is still being used today.

    • r361n4 says:

      Yeah, I guess my personal feeling on the matter is I respect movies for advancing aspects of cinema but that doesn’t mean I have to like them better than other movies that have had years to improve on those original method. The original King Kong special effects may have been more ground-breaking but the remake is undeniably more realistic and engaging.

      Just curious, what would you say is your favorite and least favorite remakes (all genres included)?

      • atothewr says:

        The Hills Have Eyes was a solid remake and though I like the original Dawn of the Dead better, the remake was pretty special.
        The Fog jumps off at me as worst remake. Most of the remakes I don’t like are just ones that feel like a cash in.
        I would agree about the remake of King Kong. They also did a lot of stuff in that one that was ground breaking as well.

  2. Reblogged this on nirav says and commented:
    હમણા જ જયારે ટોટલ રિકોલ જોવાયું , ત્યારે મનોમન જ અગાઉ ના ટોટલ રિકોલ સાથે સરખામણી કરવાની ઈચ્છા સળવળી , પણ ઉફ એ તો જોવાણું જ નોતું ! ચાલો સારું થયું કારણ કે મોટાભાગની ગુસપુસ ને સાચી માનીએ તો અગાઉનું થોડુક ઝબરદસ્ત હતું એવું સાંભળ્યું . [ માટે automatic ગ્લાની નિવારણ થઇ ગયું , : ) ]

    ઓકે , તો એ ઉપરથી એ જાણવાની ઈચ્છા થઇ કે આ મારું હારું , આપણે હમણાથી બોલીવુડ ( બોલી શકતું ઝાડ ! ) માં જે રીમેક બનાવવાની ખંજવાળ ઉપડી છે { જો કે એ તો ઓમ ધબ્બાય નમ: થઇ જ ચુકી છે }, તો આવી ચળ હોલીવુડ ( પવિત્ર ઝાડ ! ) માં કેવીક હાલતી હશે ? અને કેટલેક અંશે સફળ થઇ હશે ?

    અને આપણે ક્યુરોસીટી યાનની ઘોયડે ઇન્ટરનેટ રૂપી ગ્રહ પર સફળતાપૂર્વક લેન્ડ કર્યું અને એક ખજાનો ગોતી કાયઢો !

    So , presenting the ” Reblog – About the past Remakes ” from the Superb Website
    with the permission of Mr.Rorschach ( The reviewer ) . it’s been much grateful to him .

    He has analysed in different categories like Action/Sci-fi , Drama , Comedy/Musical .

    So Enjoy the Analysis , and at last . . . { રોસ્ચેક , યાદ આવ્યું ? વોચમેન માં જે દબંગની ઘોયડે ગુનેગારોની પથારી ફેરવતો હોય છે , A Great Character – Cold blooded . }

    Thank’s to you , Mr. Rorschach .

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