On this day, exactly 14 years ago (Nov. 8, 2002) Eminem released his biopic movie, 8 Mile. It’s a drama film written by Scott Silver, directed by Curtis Hanson, and starring Eminem, Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy, Michael Shannon, and Kim Basinger.
The film received both a critical and financial success. Eminem won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Lose Yourself.” Thus he became the first hip hop artist ever to win an Academy Award. A decade after its release, Vibe magazine called the film a “rap movie masterpiece”.
8 Mile opened at #1 with $51,240,555 in its opening weekend, the second highest opening for an R-rated movie in the U.S. The film would go on to gross $116,750,901 domestically, and $126,124,177 overseas for a total of $242,875,078 worldwide.
The 8 Mile DVD, which was released on March 18, 2003, generated $75 million in sales and rentals in its first week, making it the biggest DVD debut ever for an R-rated movie and putting it in the all-time Top 10 for first week home video sales for a movie.
8 Mile has been named to various year-end and all-time top lists:
2nd – Billboard : Top 10 Best Hip-Hop Movies Ever.
7th – The New York Observer: The 10 Best English-Language Films of 2002.
9th – Time: Top 10 Movies of 2002.
10th – Rolling Stone: The Best Movies of 2002.
N/A – The Daily Californian: Best Films of 2002.
The film has been nominated for 32 awards, including Gloden Globe, BMI, MTV Movie and Teen Choice, winning 11 of them. 8 Mile has the rating of 7 out of 10 stars on IMDB and 77 out of 100 on Metacritics from critics.
The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:
2004: AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs: “Lose Yourself” – #93
2006: AFI’s 100 Years…100 Cheers – Nominated