Late last night DC Metro Area resident Jonathan Turk purchased a copy of the double disc Criterion Collection DVD release of Armageddon. The purchase was made at an Alexandria, VA Wal-mart, and came from what Turk described as the store’s “five dollar bin,” but what must have been where they keep movies that are selling too fast to keep on the shelves. I imagine an entire bin of movies allows staff members a break when it comes to restocking red-hot titles.
When asked what spurned his late night purchase, Turk said, “I was driving back into town and I remembered that I didn’t have cable hooked up at my new place yet, so I stopped off to find a movie to watch.” When asked what drew him to Armageddon, Turk replied, “It was the cheapest. And I remember it being pretty good, right? That’s not the one with Morgan Freeman, is it?” Clearly, Armageddonmania is still running wild on the East Coast.
With yet another purchase of Armageddon on DVD, one has to wonder where this puts the film when it comes to total worldwide gross. According to Box Office Mojo, Armageddon’s worldwide gross in ticket sales comes to $553,709,788. That comes from totaling its domestic gross of $201,578,182 and it’s overseas take of $352,131,606. That puts it at #66 in the all-time list, just behind Tangled, which has brought in roughly 569.7 million dollars. When you add in home video sales, it becomes more difficult to see where it might fall on an all time list. Clearly, it would get put well in front of Tangled, which has yet to even be released for purchase.
As reported, Turk has purchased a copy for five dollars. This reporter bought one for twenty back in the summer of 1999. I’m pretty sure this reporter’s roommate in college had a copy as well. We’re reaching upwards of 50 dollars in sales, and that’s just off the top of my head. If Wal-mart is still selling entire bins of this release in 2011, then there’s no telling how much money Armageddon has made in total.
Certainly, there must be some sort of all-time record that the film is approaching to add to its accolades of being the #1 Worldwide Release in 1998, and the #1 PG-13 Rated Domestic Release of the same year. The editors of The Guinness Book of World Records were contacted for confirmation on this point, but declined to respond.
Source: Box Office Mojo