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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $489,074Details
International Box Office $318,682Details
Worldwide Box Office $807,756
Further financial details...

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  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. International
  5. Video Sales
  6. Full Financials
  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer

Synopsis

Named by ArtReview as the most powerful artist in the world, Ai Weiwei is China's most celebrated contemporary artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. In April 2011, when Ai disappeared into police custody for three months, he quickly became China's most famous missing person, having first risen to international prominence in 2008 after helping design Beijing's iconic Bird's Nest Olympic Stadium and then publicly denouncing the Games as party propaganda. Since then, Ai Weiwei's critiques of China's repressive regime have ranged from playful photographs of his raised middle finger in front of Tiananmen Square to searing memorials of the more than 5,000 schoolchildren who died in shoddy government construction in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Against a backdrop of strict censorship, Ai has become a kind of Internet champion. His frequent witty use of his blog and twitter, he is able to organize, inform, and inspire his followers, becoming an underground hero to millions of Chinese citizens.

Metrics

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: July 27th, 2012 (Limited) by IFC Films
International Releases: June 14th, 2012 (Wide) (Germany)
June 15th, 2012 (Wide) (Austria)
August 10th, 2012 (Wide) (United Kingdom)
October 25th, 2012 (Wide) (Hungary)
November 16th, 2012 (Wide) (Taiwan)
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Video Release: December 4th, 2012 by Mpi Home Video, released as Ai Weiwei Never Sorry
MPAA Rating: R for some language.
(Rating bulletin 2219, 4/18/2012)
Running Time: 91 minutes
Franchise: Ai Weiwei
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Keywords: Biography, Artists, Political, Photography, Architecture, Olympics, House Arrest
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Genre:Documentary
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: United Expression Media, Muse Film and Television, Alison Klayman
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,593 $4,018 Sep 21, 2012 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,410 $11,751 Sep 14, 2012 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,767 $15,562 Sep 7, 2012 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,193 $17,257 Aug 31, 2012 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,200 $34,695 Aug 24, 2012 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,441 $49,103 Aug 17, 2012 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,856 $54,691 Aug 10, 2012 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,034 $72,917 Aug 3, 2012 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,172 $41,104 Jul 27, 2012 3

Cast

Ai Weiwei    Himself
Ai Dan    Himself
Lu Qing    Herself
Wang Fen    Himself
Chen Danquing    Himself
Feng Boyi    Himself
Gu Changwei    Himself
He Yunchang    Himself
Hsieh 'Sam' Tehching    Himself
Hung Huang    Herself
RongRong    Himself
Zhang Hongtu    Himself
Zuoxiao Zuzhou    Himself

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Producer    Alison Klayman
Cinematographer    Alison Klayman
Editor    Jennifer Fineran
Composer    Ilan Isakov
Producer    Adam Schlesinger
Executive Producer    Andrew Cohen
Executive Producer    Julie Goldman
Executive Producer    Karl Katz

2013 Awards Season: DGA Diverge From Oscars

January 14th, 2013

The Directors Guild of America handed out their nominations for Feature Films last week and Documentaries today. No, I have no idea why they split up their announcements. Usually, there's a lot of overlap between the DGAs and the Oscars, but that's not the case this year, so we again have some surprises. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for December 4th, 2012

December 4th, 2012

It is an awesome week for new releases on the home market. Not only is one of the biggest hits of all time coming out, but there are a number of other releases that are Pick of the Week contenders. The Dark Knight Rises, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Finding Nemo, Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season Two, My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Season One, Brazil, Francis Ford Coppola: 5-Film Collection - Blu-ray, and others. In the end, I went with Finding Nemo: 3D Combo Pack, but it really is an excellent week for prime releases. More...

Dark Knight Puts the Spark in the Per Theater Chart

July 31st, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises remained on top of the per theater chart with an average of $14,101 in more than 4,400 theaters. Killer Joe opened with an average of $12,621 in three theaters, while Ruby Sparks was also strong with an average of $10,832 in thirteen. Both films have some potential to expand. Deep Sea 3-D remained strong with $10,412 in its lone theater. More...

Searching for Killer Limited Releases

July 27th, 2012

There are not a huge number of limited releases on this week's chart, but all of them are earning overall positive reviews, and a few of them are generating some strong buzz. Killer Joe is one such film, but its rating could prevent it from reaching a sizable audience. Ruby Sparks has far more populous appeal, but weaker reviews. Searching for Sugar Man has some of the best reviews of the month, but documentaries rarely escape the grasp of limited release. More...

Compare this performance with other movies…

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/07/27 42 $41,104   5 $8,221   $41,104 3
2012/08/03 36 $72,917 +77% 26 $2,805   $138,827 10
2012/08/10 43 $54,691 -25% 25 $2,188   $235,798 17
2012/08/17 48 $49,103 -10% 39 $1,259   $322,102 24
2012/08/24 56 $34,695 -29% 36 $964   $383,886 31
2012/08/31 62 $17,257 -50% 18 $959   $422,272 38
2012/09/07 68 $15,562 -10% 24 $648   $450,090 45
2012/09/14 69 $11,751 -24% 16 $734   $473,104 52
2012/09/21 84 $4,018 -66% 12 $335   $485,519 59

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/07/27 42 $65,910   5 $13,182   $65,910 7
2012/08/03 40 $115,197 +75% 26 $4,431   $181,107 14
2012/08/10 42 $91,892 -20% 25 $3,676   $272,999 21
2012/08/17 50 $76,192 -17% 39 $1,954   $349,191 28
2012/08/24 58 $55,824 -27% 36 $1,551   $405,015 35
2012/08/31 64 $29,513 -47% 18 $1,640   $434,528 42
2012/09/07 63 $26,825 -9% 24 $1,118   $461,353 49
2012/09/14 66 $20,148 -25% 16 $1,259   $481,501 56
2012/09/21 79 $7,573 -62% 12 $631   $489,074 63

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
Austria 6/15/2012 $0 0 4 4 $8,407 12/10/2015
Germany 6/14/2012 $41,669 42 44 86 $113,501 12/10/2015
Hungary 10/25/2012 $89 1 1 1 $89 12/12/2015
Spain 2/1/2013 $0 0 6 16 $9,786 12/14/2015
Taiwan 11/16/2012 $2,516 2 2 5 $12,912 12/12/2015
United Kingdom 8/10/2012 $0 0 17 33 $173,987 12/11/2015
 
International Total$318,682 12/14/2015

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