Remake Rumble Part 2: Drama

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.  Today, Let’s look at Dramatic remakes.

 Cape Fear (1962) Vs. Cape Fear (1991)


      J. Lee Thompson     [Director]     Martin Scorsese

Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum     [Starring]     Robert De NiroNick Nolte

       95%     [Tomatometer]     76%

        7.8     [IMDb Score]     7.3

              Low Budget     [Budget]     $55,310,000

         $149,500,000     [Domestic Gross]     $125,000,000

         The Winner:  Tie

  The Karate Kid (1984) Vs. The Karate Kid (2010)


John G. Avildsen     [Director]     Harald Zwart

    Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita      [Starring]     Jackie ChanJaden Smith

      90%     [Tomatometer]     67%

      7.1     [IMDb Score]     6.2

             Low budget    [Budget]     $40,000,000

          $188,040,000     [Domestic Gross]     $163,215,000

       The Winner:  Original

  Ocean’s Eleven (1960) Vs. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

          Lewis Milestone     [Director]     Steven Soderbergh

 Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin      [Starring]     George ClooneyBrad Pitt

     46%     [Tomatometer]     82%

      6.5     [IMDb Score]     7.7

                           n/a    [Budget]     $104,851,000

          $40,030,000     [Domestic Gross]     $226,240,000  

          The Winner:  Remake

 The Poseidon Adventure (1972) Vs. Poseidon (2006)

                      Ronald Neame     [Director]     Wolfgang Petersen

Gene HackmanErnest Borgnine  [Starring]  Josh LucasKurt Russell

              79%     [Tomatometer]     33%

              7.1     [IMDb Score]     5.6

                    $25,760,000    [Budget]     $172,770,000

            $435,380,000     [Domestic Gross]     $65,540,000

            The Winner:  Original (By Far)

     The Stepford Wives (1975) Vs. The Stepford Wives (2004)

 Bryan Forbes    [Director]     Frank Oz

                Katharine RossPaula Prentiss  [Starring]  Nicole KidmanMatthew Broderick

        67%     [Tomatometer]     26%

        6.9     [IMDb Score]     5.1

                               n/a   [Budget]     $103,000,000

          $16,030,000     [Domestic Gross]     $68,090,000

         The Winner:  Original

    Straw Dogs (1971) Vs. Straw Dogs (2011) 

Sam Peckinpah     [Director]     Rod Lurie

          Dustin Hoffman, Susan George   [Starring]  James MarsdenKate Bosworth

        91%     [Tomatometer]     42%

       7.6     [IMDb Score]     5.7

              $17,300,000    [Budget]     $25,000,000

         $50,300,000     [Domestic Gross]     $10,310,000

         The Winner:  Original 

The Manchurian Candidate (1962) Vs. The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

John Frankenheimer     [Director]     Jonathan Demme

          Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey   [Starring]   Denzel WashingtonLiev Schreiber

    98%     [Tomatometer]     81%

     8.1     [IMDb Score]     6.6

         $19,600,000    [Budget]     $91,550,000

        $53,030,000     [Domestic Gross]     $75,530,000

         The Winner:  Original 

  Other Drama Remakes

        Four Brothers (2005)

       Meet Joe Black (1998)

     Mighty Joe Young (1998)

            Scarface (1983)

              Solaris (2002)



*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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8 Responses to Remake Rumble Part 2: Drama

  1. can i Reblog this on my regional language based blog ?

    • r361n4 says:

      Sure, if you could mention me any place as the original that’d be great but I’m not too concerned about it. What Region?

      • actually , i am blogging in one of the regional language of Indian languages , that’s ” GUJARATI ” .

        So , i thought when i would reblog this on my blog , you can not understand the language , so i asked for your permission .

        i am writing about ” the books that i have read and the movies i have watched “in my blog .

      • r361n4 says:

        No worries, repost away 🙂 Unfortunately I’m not nearly as multi-lingual as I’d like to be so I won’t be able to fully appreciate your posts but I’ll be sure to check in from time to time

  2. atothewr says:

    Poseidon should have been great, look at the cast they got for the remake. Surprising to see.

    • r361n4 says:

      Yeah, I mean it wasn’t terrible and at the time it came out I hadn’t seen the original so I had nothing to compare it to unfavorably. The Director had even had previous success with water-based thrillers (Das Boot and Perfect Storm) so it had high expectations across the board, and none of those expectations ended up being realized

  3. 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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