Released in US cinemas on Boxing Day, Django Unchained has become Quentin Tarantino’s highest grossing film to date. With the film still on major release in the US, and lots of Oscar nominations to give it a boost later on, Django Unchained has so far taken a respectful $130 million.
Inglorious Basterds held the top spot for Tarantino’s box office earnings, taking a total of $120 million in the US back in 2009. Django Unchained has safely passed that figure, making it Tarantino’s most successful film, and it only just see’s it’s UK release today. Tarantino has an army of fans, most of which tend to pick up his films on DVD & Blu-ray, and the box office is not somewhere Tarantino could exactly be called a success. Yes his films are terrific, but the money they make don’t always do the films justice.
Jackie Brown on took $39 million, and his Grindhouse effort, Death Proof, flopped with $25 million. Pulp Fiction reigned supreme until the Basterds came along, grossing $100 million plus back in 1994. However, considering inflation, based on todays ticket prices, Pulp Fiction would be the clear winner with $197 million.
Django Unchained has been a huge success, and it is partly to do with the massive controversy surrounding the film and its story. The film has made headlines constantly for what feels like ages, and this has done nothing to put people off, if anything all this talk of the films subject matter has helped it sell more tickets!
The five Oscar nominations (Best Picture, Screenplay, Cinematography, Sound Editing and Supporting Actor) will also give the film a huge boost come the ceremony, and the fact Christoph Waltz won best supporting actor at the Golden Globes and Tarantino won Best Screenplay, will only add to the films success. Inglorious Basterds certainly benefitted, after having no less than eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Cinematography and Editing. The film eventually won Best Supporting Actor, again for Christoph Waltz.
The Weinstein Company are very happy with Django Unchained and its box office success. Harvey Weinstein said “Bob and I have had the most extraordinary filmmaker relationship with Quentin Tarantino and we are proud to be here for this incredible milestone. We also appreciate working with Amy Pascal, Michael Lynton, and the incredible Sony team on this project. They have been great partners internationally.”