On this day, exactly 15 years ago (November 8, 2012), Eminem’s self biographical movie 8 Mile hit the United States’ theaters, written by Scott Silver and directed by late Curtis Hanson.
8 Mile received positive reviews, with critics praising the music and Eminem’s performance. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports the film is “Certified Fresh”, with 76% of 206 professional critics giving the film a positive review and a rating average of 7.0 out of 10. On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 reviews from film critics, the film has rating score of 77 based on 38 reviews, which indicates “generally favorable reviews.” On IMDB, the movie has the rating of 7 out of 10.
8 Mile opened at #1 with $51,240,555 in its opening weekend, the then 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.
Billboard named 8 Mile #2 on their list of Top 10 Best Hip-Hop Movies Ever. The New York Observer put the movie at #7 on their list of The 10 Best English-Language Films of 2002. 8 Mile was named #9 on Time’s list of Top 10 Movies of 2002. Rolling Stone included the movie at #10 in their list of The Best Movies of 2002. The Daily Californian named the movie as the Best Film of 2002.
In 2003, Eminem won the Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Original Song at the 75th Academy Awards, for his single “Lose Yourself” from the soundtrack of 8 Mile. Thus he became the first hip hop artist ever to win an Academy Award. The film has been nominated for 32 awards, winning 11, including ASCAP Award, BMI Film Music Award, Critics Choice Award, Gold Derby Award, INOCA, MTV Movie Award, OFTA Film Award, Teen Choice Award.