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The Act of Killing (2013)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $486,919Details
International Box Office $14,370Details
Worldwide Box Office $501,289
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $813,875 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $272,751 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $1,086,626
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Synopsis

This chilling and inventive documentary examines a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they love. When the Indonesian government was overthrown in 1965, small-time gangster Anwar Congo and his friends went from selling movie tickets on the black market to leading anti-communist death squads in the mass murder of over a million people. Anwar boasts of killing hundreds with his own hands, but he's lived in his country with impunity ever since. When approached to make a film about their role in the genocide, Anwar and his friends eagerly comply-but their idea of being in a movie is not to provide reflective testimony, but to dance their way through musical numbers, twist arms in film noir gangster scenes, and gallop across the prairies as yodeling cowboys. A cinematic fever dream, The Act of Killing presents a gripping conflict between moral imagination and moral catastrophe.

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Movie Details

Production Budget:$1,000,000
Domestic Releases: July 19th, 2013 (Limited) by Drafthouse Films
International Releases: April 10th, 2013 (Wide) (France)
November 14th, 2013 (Wide) (Germany)
February 11th, 2016 (Wide) (Thailand)
Video Release: January 7th, 2014 by New Video Group
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 115 minutes
Franchise: The Act of Killing
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Keywords: Government Corruption, Genocide, War Crimes, Cross-Dressing, Political, Performing Arts
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Genre:Documentary
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Final Cut For Real, Spring Films LTD, Media Programme of the European Union
Production Countries: Denmark,
Norway,
United Kingdom

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 33rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 306 $57 Feb 28, 2014 227
Biggest 32nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 268 $867 Feb 21, 2014 220
Biggest 31st Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 263 $1,657 Feb 14, 2014 213
Biggest 30th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 242 $3,612 Feb 7, 2014 206
Biggest 29th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 367 $971 Jan 31, 2014 199
Biggest 28th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 474 $575 Jan 24, 2014 192
Biggest 27th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 494 $945 Jan 17, 2014 185
Biggest 26th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 589 $893 Jan 10, 2014 178
Biggest 25th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 575 $1,945 Jan 3, 2014 171
Biggest 20th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,489 $324 Nov 29, 2013 136
Biggest 19th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,669 $637 Nov 22, 2013 129
Biggest 18th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,630 $2,313 Nov 15, 2013 122
Biggest 17th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,056 $1,315 Nov 8, 2013 115
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,039 $64 Oct 25, 2013 101
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,244 $517 Oct 18, 2013 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,630 $441 Oct 11, 2013 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,043 $443 Oct 4, 2013 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,034 $2,216 Sep 27, 2013 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,456 $2,185 Sep 20, 2013 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,574 $22,468 Sep 13, 2013 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,917 $4,894 Sep 6, 2013 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,064 $9,732 Aug 30, 2013 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,400 $12,787 Aug 23, 2013 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,013 $44,250 Aug 16, 2013 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,647 $38,537 Aug 9, 2013 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,937 $50,240 Aug 2, 2013 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,617 $41,671 Jul 26, 2013 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,758 $27,450 Jul 19, 2013 3

Cast

Anwar Congo    Himself
Herman Koto    Himself
Ibrahim Sinik    Himself
Sakhyan Asmara    Himself
Adi Zulkadry    Himself
Safit Pardede    Himself

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Producer    Signe Byrge Sorensen
Producer    Jorem ten Brink
Producer    Anne Kohncke
Producer    Michael Uwemedimo
Producer    Joshua Oppenheimer
Producer    Christine Cynn
Executive Producer    Werner Herzog
Executive Producer    Errol Morris
Editor    Niels Pagh Andersen
Editor    Janus Billeskov Jansen
Editor    Mariko Montpetit
Editor    Charlotte Munch Bengtsen
Editor    Ariadna Fatjo-Vilas Mestre
Composer    Elin Oyen Vister
Director of Photography    Carlos Mariano Arango de Montis

2014 Awards Season: Oscar Ceremony Live Blog - And the Oscar goes to... 12 Years a Slave

March 2nd, 2014

The Oscars are being handed out this evening and as usual, we will be live-blogging the event. Here's the last look at the nominations with those chosen by our contest entrants as the likely winners in Bold. If I disagree with the consensus, they are in italics, and sharp-eyed readers will note there are no categories where that's true. Finally, if I am rooting for an underdog, they are underlined. There are only two categories where that is true. I want Chiwetel Ejiofor to win Best Lead Actor for his performance in 12 Years a Slave. I also want Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa to win for Best Hair and Make-up, because Dallas Buyers Club had a hair and make-up budget of $250. Yes it was effective, but the special effects make-up used in Bad Grandpa was just more difficult to pull off, even if the movie wasn't Oscar-bait. Regardless, I don't expect there to be many surprises at this year's awards. More...

2014 - Awards Season: Slave Top Winners at Spirit Awards

March 2nd, 2014

12 Years a Slave poster

Independent Spirit Award handed out the hardware last night and the big winner was 12 Years a Slave, which picked up five of the seven awards it was nominated for. More...

2014 Awards Season: Oscar Highlight: Best Feature-Length Documentary

February 15th, 2014

The Act of Killing poster

With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. Today we look at Best Feature-Length Documentary, which is probably the hardest category to predict, because some of the previous winners of major awards were not even nominated for an Oscar. When the nominations were this unpredictable, the winner could be any of the five films. More...

2014 Awards Season: DGA: Gravity adds Weight to its Oscar Chances

January 26th, 2014

Gravity poster

The Directors Guild of America handed out the awards over the weekend, including two for theatrical releases. There were no true upsets, but it didn't go exactly as I anticipated it would go. More...

2014 Awards Season: PGA Buries the Lead

January 19th, 2014

12 Years a Slave poster

Producers Guild of America announce the winners tonight, but it seems I forgot to upload the story when they announced their nominations. In my defense, they announced them on January 2nd. You don't make an announcement on January 2nd, not unless you are trying to bury a story. As for the actual nominations, there are very few differences between this group and others, except when it comes to documentaries. Then again, that's been the norm this year. No one seems to agree on what the best documentaries were. More...

2014 Awards Season: Oscars Understand the Gravity of the Situation

January 16th, 2014

Gravity poster

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning and there are some surprises mixed in with the predictable results. Gravity and American Hustle led the way with ten nominations each while 12 Years a Slave was right behind with nine. The fact that 12 Years a Slave wasn't the leader is the first of the surprises. More...

2014 Awards Season: DGA: Telling Stories about Documentaries

January 14th, 2014

Stories We Tell poster

The Directors Guild of America finished its theatrical nominations yesterday with the Documentary category. I'm of two minds with the list of nominees. On the one hand, I feel like I should be surprised, because a number of documentaries thought to be Oscar favorites were left off the list. On the other hand, they've been left off the list a number of times. I think it is time to rethink who is and is not an Oscar favorite. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for January 7th, 2014

January 5th, 2014

It is a relatively slow week this week. That's not to say there are no releases worth picking up, in fact, there's a close race for Pick of the Week. It's just none of the releases were monster hits at the theaters. This includes a couple of documentaries, The Act of Killing and Inequality for All, as well as a couple of TV on DVD releases, Archer: Season Four and Being Human: Complete Third Season. However, in the end, I went with We Are What We Are on DVD or Blu-ray for Pick of the Week. Meanwhile, Being Human: Complete Third Season on DVD or Blu-ray earns Puck of the Week, for the best Canadian release. More...

2014 Awards Season: WGA: Nominees Have Stories to Tell

January 5th, 2014

Stories We Tell poster

WGAs announced their nominations this weekend and there were a couple of surprises to talk about. The top of that list is 12 Years a Slave, which was deemed ineligible because it wasn't written under WGA jurisdiction. This makes using the WGAs as an Oscar guide less reliable. On the other hand, several Oscar favorites showed up as well, including American Hustle, Nebraska, and others that have picked up major nominations this year. More...

2014 - Awards Season: Slave Earns Independence

November 28th, 2013

12 Years a Slave poster

Independent Spirit Award started the Awards Season this week, handing out its nominations. 12 Years a Slave led the way with seven nominations, but it wasn't the only film to pick up multiple nominations. More...

Per Theater Chart: Blue Cheers Up the Box Office

August 1st, 2013

Blue Jasmine earned top spot on the per theater chart, not just for the week, but for the year. Its per theater average was $102,011 in six theaters, topping the previous yearly best by Spring Breakers. Spring-Breakers finished its theatrical run with just over $14 million, which is a figure Blue Jasmine should top. The Act of Killing remained potent in second place with an average of $13,890 in three theaters. The overall box office leader, The Wolverine, was the final film in the $10,000 club with an average of $13,536. More...

Weekend Estimates: Wolverine Growls, Doesn't Howl at Top of Chart

July 28th, 2013

The Wolverine will have a very solid, but far from spectacular debut this weekend, according to studio estimates released on Sunday. Its $55 million total will give it the tenth-biggest weekend of the year, and the best for Fox, but it is falling well behind comparable films like World War Z (which opened with $66 million) and Star Trek Into Darkness ($70 million). Good reviews and lessened competition as the Summer season comes to a close will help it a bit, but it looks like $100 million and out for the franchise, unless its $86.1 million international debut turns into a $400 million global run. More...

Per Theater Chart: Getting in the Act

July 23rd, 2013

The Act of Killing had the best result on the per theater chart earning $27,450 in its lone theater. Fruitvale Station saw its theater count rise from 7 to 34, but its per theater average remained strong at $21,750. It has already cracked its first major milestone, and with room to expand, it will reach more. Blackfish debuted in five theaters with a per theater average of $15,192. That's very strong for a documentary. The overall box office leader, The Conjuring, was right behind with an average of $14,418. More...

Weekend Estimates: Conjuring Humbles R.I.P.D.

July 21st, 2013

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Limited Releases Grab Your Attention

July 19th, 2013

Every week we try and find a limited release with potential to expand significantly. This week there are two such films that appeared to be contenders: Girl Most Likely and Only God Forgives. Then the reviews came in and the chances of limited release success became a lot more limited. There are a few films earning stunning reviews: The Act of Killing, Blackfish, and Ways to Live Forever. I'm not sure any will expand significantly. Grabbers' reviews are not quite as strong, but it is the film I'm looking forward to seeing the most. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2013/07/19 49 $27,450   1 $27,450   $27,450 3
2013/07/26 45 $41,671 +52% 3 $13,890   $84,015 10
2013/08/02 45 $50,240 +21% 17 $2,955   $159,621 17
2013/08/09 49 $38,537 -23% 26 $1,482   $239,259 24
2013/08/16 45 $44,250 +15% 29 $1,526   $312,240 31
2013/08/23 61 $12,787 -71% 15 $852   $354,242 38
2013/08/30 64 $9,732 -24% 15 $649   $375,876 45
2013/09/06 88 $4,894 -50% 13 $376   $391,532 52
2013/09/13 58 $22,468 +359% 19 $1,183   $419,939 59
2013/09/20 90 $2,185 -90% 11 $199   $431,835 66
2013/09/27 90 $2,216 +1% 10 $222   $438,055 73
2013/10/04 107 $443 -80% 4 $111   $441,205 80
2013/10/11 97 $441 n/c 4 $110   $443,203 87
2013/10/18 111 $517 +17% 2 $259   $445,092 94
2013/10/25 95 $64 -88% 1 $64   $446,179 101
2013/11/08 84 $1,315   2 $658   $447,494 115
2013/11/15 69 $2,313 +76% 2 $1,157   $449,918 122
2013/11/22 84 $637 -72% 2 $319   $450,827 129
2013/11/29 79 $324 -49% 1 $324   $451,157 136
2014/01/03 64 $1,945   4 $486   $461,777 171
2014/01/10 65 $893 -54% 4 $223   $464,518 178
2014/01/17 65 $945 +6% 2 $473   $465,682 185
2014/01/24 62 $575 -39% 1 $575   $469,214 192
2014/01/31 80 $971 +69% 3 $324   $473,457 199
2014/02/07 57 $3,612 +272% 20 $181   $479,581 206
2014/02/14 74 $1,657 -54% 2 $829   $482,713 213
2014/02/21 83 $867 -48% 3 $289   $483,863 220
2014/02/28 92 $57 -93% 1 $57   $484,221 227

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2013/07/19 48 $42,344   2 $21,172   $42,344 7
2013/07/26 45 $67,037 +58% 4 $16,759   $109,381 14
2013/08/02 47 $91,341 +36% 19 $4,807   $200,722 21
2013/08/09 50 $67,268 -26% 26 $2,587   $267,990 28
2013/08/16 43 $73,465 +9% 29 $2,533   $341,455 35
2013/08/23 58 $24,689 -66% 17 $1,452   $366,144 42
2013/08/30 63 $20,494 -17% 16 $1,281   $386,638 49
2013/09/06 69 $10,833 -47% 16 $677   $397,471 56
2013/09/13 - $32,179 +197% 21 $1,532   $429,650 63
2013/09/20 76 $6,189 -81% 14 $442   $435,839 70
2013/09/27 80 $4,923 -20% 12 $410   $440,762 77
2013/10/04 101 $1,251 -75% 6 $209   $442,762 84
2013/10/11 100 $1,813 +45% 4 $453   $444,575 91
2013/10/18 82 $1,540 -15% 3 $513   $446,115 98
2013/11/08 73 $1,425   2 $713   $447,604 119
2013/11/15 69 $2,586 +81% 2 $1,293   $450,190 126
2013/11/22 82 $643 -75% 2 $322   $450,833 133
2013/11/29 75 $642 n/c 2 $321   $451,475 140
2013/12/06 54 $5,415 +743% 5 $1,083   $456,890 147
2013/12/13 67 $1,058 -80% 2 $529   $457,948 154
2013/12/27 59 $1,113   2 $557   $459,061 168
2014/01/03 58 $3,793 +241% 6 $632   $463,625 175
2014/01/10 61 $1,112 -71% 4 $278   $464,737 182
2014/01/17 55 $3,902 +251% 3 $1,301   $468,639 189
2014/01/24 58 $3,847 -1% 5 $769   $472,486 196
2014/01/31 62 $3,483 -9% 4 $871   $475,969 203
2014/02/07 59 $5,087 +46% 22 $231   $481,056 210
2014/02/14 73 $1,940 -62% 4 $485   $482,996 217
2014/02/21 85 $1,168 -40% 4 $292   $484,164 224
2014/02/28 82 $1,120 -4% 1 $1,120   $485,284 231
2014/03/07 87 $1,438 +28% 5 $288   $486,722 238
2014/03/14 85 $198 -86% 2 $99   $486,919 245

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
France 4/10/2013 $10,320 3 3 3 $10,320 12/14/2015
Germany 11/14/2013 $0 0 1 2 $440 10/20/2015
Thailand 2/11/2016 $2,107 2 2 3 $3,610 6/9/2016
 
International Total$14,370 6/9/2016

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