(Long Island, N.Y.) Award winning director Roland Emmerich who was born in West Germany produced yet another colossal hit movie “10,000 B.C.” which topped the box office in its opening week raking in over $35.7 million last week.
The movie tells the story of a prehistoric man and his quest, which included slaying several mammoth monsters and saber tooth tigers along the way, to gain security for the future of his beloved tribe. Several reviewers gave poor ratings prior to the movie’s release last week but “10,000 B.C.” managed to usurp those negative remarks despite a cast with no proven star power both in the US and internationally. It was shot in several locations worldwide majority of which was filmed in Namibia. Other filming locations spanned different geographies of New Zealand and South Africa including the cities of Queenstown, Warnaco and Southland in New Zealand.
Director Roland Emmerich who also co-wrote the movie with best-pal Harald Kloser both of which are members of the Writers Guild Association in America have made several box-office shattering movies in the past including “Godzilla” in 1998, “Independence Day” in 1996, “Eight Legged Freaks” in 2002 and “The Day after Tomorrow” in 2004.
“”10,000 B.C.” came in well behind the openings of past blockbusters from director Roland Emmerich “Independence Day,” “Godzilla” whose best debut came four years ago with “The Day After Tomorrow” at $68.7 million. Those movies opened up in the summer. We’re very strong for this time of year,” said Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner.
Rounding out the top five for last week’s best performers at the Box-Office are the movies “College Road Trip” at second gathering in over $14 million. A far third ranks “Vantage Point” with $7.5 Million in sales. Previous weekend top movie “Semi Pro” from New Line Cinema which stars Will Ferrell tumbles to the fourth spot making just $5.8 million in its second week while debuting at the fifth spot is a movie produced by Lion Gate films called “The Bank Job” with $5.7 million in total sales.
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