Armageddon
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Title . Armageddon 
Release date: 1 July 1998 (12:01 am Wed) theater release 3,090 expand to 3,127 Fri 3 July 
Armageddon - Official Site 
Touchstone/Disney
Credits . Cast: 
  • Bruce Willis -------------- Harry S. Stamper, maverick world class oil driller
  • Billy Bob Thornton ------- Dan Truman 
  • Liv Tyler ----------------- Grace Stamper, Harry's daughter
  • Ben Affleck -------------- A.J. Frost, crew
  • Will Patton --------------- Charles (Chick) Chapple
  • Peter Stormare ---------- Lev Andropov
  • Keith David ------------- General Kimsey 
  • Steve Buscemi ----------- Rockhound 
  • Owen Wilson ----------- Oscar Choi 
  • William Fichtner --------- Col. William Sharp 
  • Jessica Steen ------------ Co-Pilot Jennifer Watts 
  • Ken Campbell ----------- Max Lennert
  • Grayson McCouch ------ Gruber 
  • Clark Brolly ------------- Freddy Noonan
  • Marshall Teague --------- Colonel Davis
  • Chris Ellis ---------------- Walter Clark
  • Eddie Griffin ------------- Little Guy
  • Michael Clarke Duncan -- Jayotis (Bear) Kurleenbear
  • John Mahon ------------- Karl
  • Grace Zabriskie --------- Dottie
  • Udo Kier ---------------- Psychologist
  • Seiko Matsuda ---------- Asian Tourist - Female
  • Lawrence Tierney -------- Hollis Vernon (Grap) Stamper
  • Charlton Heston --------- Narrator
  • Shawnee Smith
  • Director ---------------- Michael Bay 
    Producer --------------- Michael Bay, Jerry Bruckheimer, Gale Anne Hurd 
    Execu producer -------- Jonathan Hensleigh, Chad Oman, Jim Van Wyck 
    Assoc producer -------- Barry Waldman, Pat Sandston, Kenny Bates 
    Assistant director ------- K. C. Hodenfield 
    Camera ----------------- John Schwartzman 
    Production designer ----- Michael White 
    Music ------------------- Trevor Rabin 
    Costume designer ------- Michael Kaplan, Magali Guidasci 
    Editor ------------------- Mark Goldblatt, Chris Lebenzon, Glen Scantlebury 
    Screenplay -------------- Jonathan Hensleigh, J.J. Abrams 
    Story by ---------------- Robert Roy Pool, Jonathan Hensleigh 
    Adaptation -------------- Tony Gilroy, Shane Salerno 
    Visual effects ------------ Dream Quest Images 
    Rated PG-13 
    Running time 150 min 
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    General 
    Comments
    . "Armageddon" - is the adventure movie about a large asteroid the size of texas that is on a collision course with Earth. Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, and Steve Buscemi lead a gang of wisecracking renegades to save Earth from destruction by the asteroid. Lots of special effects. 

    Budget - Production costs reported to be $140 to 160 million. Marketing and advertising budget reported to be approximately $60 million. 

    ABC - ABC on Monday 30 June 1998 bought the broadcast rights to Armageddon for a reported $25 to $30 million. This is in lie with Godzilla and Deep Impact.  Surprise, the Disney owned ABC acquired the rights to this Disney film plus some others in a package deal for around $40 to $45 million. The deal is for the first 2 runs of Armageddon. The remaining 3 runs are still open, even for purchase by another network. 

    Opening - Armageddon opened in 20 theaters in 19 cities at a midnight showing at 12:01 am Wednesday 1 July. 

    Disney announced that Armageddon will gross an estimated $34.8 million over the Friday-to-Sunday holiday weekend. Estimated total gross since the film's Wednesday release is $52.9 million. 

    The table below compares box office grosses (figures are in $ million) 

    Indpendence Day ----- Opened 4th of July period 1996 
    Men in Black ----------- Opened 4th of July period 1997 
    Armageddon ----------- Opened 4th of July period 1998 
    Godzilla ------------------ Opened Memorial Day period 1998
    estimates
    Movie Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Fri-Sun Tue-Sun  Theaters
    Independence Day 11.1 17.4 17.3 17.7 17.9 14.6 50.2 96.1 2,881 
    Men in Black 4.8 14.0 14.2 15.7 20.2 15.1 51.1 84.1 3,020 
    Godzilla 4.1 8.4 6.0 12.5 16.8 14.7 44.0 62.5 3,310 
    Armageddon 0.0 9.7 8.4 13.6 10.9 10.3 34.8 52.9 3,127 
    Related Items 
     
    "The Making of Armageddon" Paperback - 176 pages (July 1998) 
    Available through Amazon.com. Click on this link for more information including and commentary. Click on cover art at right for larger image. 

     
    "Armageddon: A Novel" by M. C. Bolin, Cathy East Dubowski  Mass Market Paperback - 224 pages (July 1998) 
    Available through Amazon.com. Click on this link for more information including and commentary. Click on cover art at right for larger image. 

     
    "Armageddon Original Soundtrack
    Audio CD (June 23, 1998) Sony Music 
    Available through Amazon.com. Click on this link for more information including and commentary. Click on cover art at right for larger image. 

     
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