8 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Step Up’
Back in 2006, Step Up surprised everyone when it took the box office by storm as one of the first in a string of teen dance films. With an on-screen love that turned into one of our favorite Hollywood couples, and of course as the launching point of Channing Tatum’s career, there are so many reasons that even ten years later, fans cannot get enough of the film. Even though it spawned four sequels, no cast had the chemistry the original film did, and it has become one of the film’s that are watched over and over again, even though many of its fans are long out of their teen years. Check out 10 things you never knew about Step Up!
8. Box Office
At the time of it’s North American release in August, 2006, it already seemed that hopes were not very high for the film. Step Up, however, went on to surprise many after it earned a total of $21 million in its opening weekend. While many films are known to surpass that in an opening weekend, it resulted in Step Up being second in the North American box office that weekend and, most importantly, it well exceeded the film’s budget of $12 million. By the end of its run in theaters in October 2006, Step Up had earned a very impressive $65, 328, 121 in United States and Canada alone, and an estimated $650 million globally.
7. Critic Response
Audiences seemingly flocked to the film, but like a lot of romantic-comedies and teen films, it did not get much of a positive review from critics. It ended up with a 48% review on metacritic, with comments that ranged from, “The teen dance drama Step Up seems like it was not only inspired by a Janet Jackson video but entirely written during one,” from New York Post’s Kyle Smith, to “Step, under the sure hand of director-choreographer Anne Fletcher, quickly discovers its own virtuoso charms. Two of them are its leads,” from Entertainment Weekly‘s Scott Brown.