‘Uncut Gems’ Hits a Slam Dunk in IMAX Re-Release at Domestic Box Office


The big picture

  • A24 re-released Uncut Gems in over 300 theaters, grossing $165,000, making it the third biggest hit with $50 million domestically.
  • Safdies' intense direction and Sandler's lead performance garnered rave reviews, sitting at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • Uncut Gems follows the downward spiral of a New York jeweler due to gambling, showcasing Sandler's talent in a dramatic role.

It's the year of re-releases at the domestic box office, and after a string of blockbusters celebrating major anniversaries, A24 reissued its 2019 hit. Uncut gems in a little more than 300 rooms this Wednesday. The The indie studio has re-released a bunch of its most culturally significant films in partnership with IMAXaside from his latest success, Civil warthe theatrical run. The series began in March with Alex Garland's Ex Machinaand continued in April with Ari Aster's Hereditary.

On Wednesday, May 22, Uncut gems was re-released in 325 theaters domestically, grossing $165,000. Compared to, Hereditary earned $400,000 and Ex Machina grossed $260,000 from the same number of theaters in its respective Wednesday re-release dates in April and March. Directed by Josh Safdie i Benny Safdie, Uncut gems remains A24's third biggest domestic hit of all time, with earned over $50 million. It was released internationally on Netflix. The film was recently surpassed by Garland Civil warwhich has grossed $67 million domestically to date.

Widely acclaimed for the Safdies' taut direction and Adam SandlerThe film follows Howard Ratner, a New York jeweler with a crippling gambling addiction, on a downward spiral over a handful of days. The film ties the viewer to Howard as he makes one bad decision after another, digging himself into a bigger hole in an effort to get his hands on a rare Ethiopian diamond. Uncut gems garnered rave reviews and settled on a 91% pass rate. on the Rotten Tomatoes aggregator website. Sandler won the Independent Spirit Award and the National Board of Review Award for his lead performancebut in one of the biggest upsets in recent memory, it failed to land an Academy Award nomination.

Since then, the Safdies have gone their separate ways, as well as other filmmaker brothers the Wachowskis, the Coens, the Hughes and the Farrellys. Benny's solo directorial debut, The Smashing Machine, has recently released its first image. The sports drama marks a return to mid-budget cinema Dwayne Johnsonand also presents his own Cruise through the jungle co-star Emily Blunt. Sandler, on the other hand, approached dramatic roles with renewed energy after the success of Uncut gems; since then he has starred in the sports drama rushthe science fiction film Spacemanand then he will be reunited with Noah Baumbach in a new coming-of-age movie.

This year has seen several notable remakes, with many of them doing quite well at the box office. shrek 2 recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, while Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace i the mummy they celebrated their 25 years in cinemas. Ridley Scott's alien It also had a brief theatrical run in honor of its 45th anniversary, while Sony is celebrating Columbia Pictures' centennial year by re-releasing each of the eight live-action Spider-Man films. Stay tuned to Collider for more updates.

Uncut gems

Publication date
August 30, 2019

Ben Safdie, Joshua Safdie


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