Closing out on April 8 with 126 days of play, Up in the Air, was the 38th highest-grossing release from 2009. The drama opened in limited release on Dec. 4 to a potent $1.18 million at 15 sites, and then it reached nationwide release on Dec. 23, grossing $11.3 million at 1,895 sites on Christmas weekend. It consistently saw small declines until early March, when it debuted on DVD/Blu-ray.
Up in the Air was the biggest-grossing movie that star George Clooney has carried on his own. Only the Ocean's Eleven movies, The Perfect Storm and Batman and Robin made more, but they were ensembles or movies where Clooney was essentially a cog in a much larger machine. Up in the Air was also the third commercially successful picture in a row for director Jason Reitman, following Juno and Thank You for Smoking, and it soared significantly higher than such recent, similarly-themed pictures as Lost in Translation and About a Boy.