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West Michigan movies were not box office hits
West Michigan movies were not box office hits

How did movies shot in West Michigan do at the theatres in 2012?  Let's just say that none of them was a hit.

The movie “Touchback” grossed $204,232 domestically, according to Box Office Mojo.  The film was partially shot at Pal’s Dinner in Cascade and in the Coopersville area.   According to Box Office Mojo,  “Touchback” ranked 289th out of 655 films.  It opened in 69 theatres, including some in the Grand Rapids area.  “Touchback” starred Brian Presley and Kurt Russell.  The film goes back in time and was about a high school football player who got a second chance and along the way discovered what was really important in life.

Another movie made in West Michigan, “Playback” was the second lowest grossing movie in 2012.  It made just $264 during its box office debut and played in only one theatre.  "Playback" ranked 654th out of 655 films.  "Playback" starred Christian Slater and was about a group of high school students who unlocked evil, while digging into their town's past. Crews shot scenes in Grand Rapids, Lowell and even at the WZZM 13 studios. The project employed more than 100 people from West Michigan.

“Virginia” did a little better by making $12,728 and finished 534th out of 655.  It starred Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris.  It was filmed in Holland and South Haven.