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American Ultra (2015)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $14,439,985Details
International Box Office $13,768,100Details
Worldwide Box Office $28,208,085
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Synopsis

A stoner and his girlfriend's sleepy, small-town existence is disrupted when his past comes back to haunt him in the form of a government operation set to wipe him out.

Metrics

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Movie Details

Production Budget:$28,000,000
Domestic Releases: August 21st, 2015 (Wide) by Lionsgate
International Releases: August 19th, 2015 (Wide) (Belgium)
August 19th, 2015 (Wide) (France)
August 21st, 2015 (Wide) (Bulgaria)
August 27th, 2015 (Wide) (Netherlands)
August 27th, 2015 (Wide) (Russia (CIS))
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Video Release: November 10th, 2015 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence, language throughout, drug use and some sexual content.
(Rating bulletin 2380, 7/1/2015)
Running Time: 96 minutes
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Keywords: Non-Chronological, West Virgina, Voiceover/Narration, Intertitle, C.I.A., Faulty Memory, Sleeper Agent, Secret Agent, False Identity, Rogue Agent, Romance, Stoner Comedy, Anxiety and Phobias, Surprise Twist, Mental Illness, Marriage Proposal, Scene in End Credits
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Black Comedy
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: PalmStar Media, The Bridge Finace Company, Circle of Confusion, Likely Story, Merced Media Partners, PalmStar Media Capital, FilmNation Entertainment
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,990 $10,886 Oct 2, 2015 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,410 $47,882 Sep 25, 2015 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,806 $55,666 Sep 18, 2015 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,883 $342,965 Sep 11, 2015 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,438 $1,255,918 Sep 4, 2015 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,099 $2,851,916 Aug 28, 2015 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,794 $5,454,284 Aug 21, 2015 3
Widest Opening Weekend 1,156 2,778 Aug 21, 2015 3

Cast

   Mike Howell
   Phoebe Larson
Topher Grace    Adrian Yates
Connie Britton    Victoria Lasseter
Walton Goggins    Laugher
John Leguizamo    Rose
Bill Pullman    Krueger
Tony Hale    Petey Douglas
Stuart Greer    Sheriff Watts
Michael Papajohn    Otis
Monique Ganderton    Crane
Nash Edgerton    Beedle
Paul O'Connor    Diesel
Freddie Poole    Potter
Ilram Choi    Newton
James Bendishaw    Bourbon
Lavell Crawford    Big Harold
Sam Malone    Quinzin
Jim Klock    Deputy Labutte
Wayne Pére    Deputy Krantz
Gabe Begneaud    Deputy Jordan
Rachel Wulff    CNN Reporter
Lyle Brocato    CIA Analyst
Don Yesso    Airforce Commander
Jack Yang    Gangster
Vic Chao    Thug
Johnny McPhail    Gas Station Attendant
Nick Stanner    Asset #1
Eyad Elbitar    Asset #2
Trace Cheramie    Asset #3
Isaac Hughes    Asset #4
John Bernecker    Asset #5
Tim Smith    Asset #6
Matt Staley    Asset #7
Alvin Chon    Asset #8
Michael Jamorski    Asset #9
Greg Rementer    Asset #10
Dino Dos Santos    Asset #11
Robert Bennett    Shopper
Teri Wyble    Tech #1
James Moses Black    Tech #2

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    Max Landis
Producer    Anthony Bregman
Producer    Kevin Frakes
Producer    Raj Brinder Singh
Producer    David Alpert
Producer    Britton Rizzio
Executive Producer    Buddy Patrick
Executive Producer    Robert Ogden Barnun
Executive Producer    Jonathan Gardner
Executive Producer    Ray Angelic
Executive Producer    Stuart Brown
Executive Producer    Tom Rock
Executive Producer    Gideon Tadmor
Executive Producer    Eyal Rimmon
Director of Photography    Michael Bonvillain
Production Designer    Richard Bridgland
Editor    Andrew Marcus
Editor    Bill Pankow
Music Supervisor    Randall Poster
Composer    Marcelo Zarvos
Composer    Paul Hartnoll
Costume Designer    David C. Robinson
Casting Director    Jeanne McCarthy
Unit Production Manager    Ray Angelic
Unit Production Manager    Robert Ortiz
First Assistant Director    Lars P. Winther
Second Assistant Director    Paul B. Uddo
First Assistant Director    Eric Fox Hays
Art Director    Christina E. Kim
Set Decorator    Jon Danniells
Script Supervisor    Sam Sullivan
Costume Supervisor    Linda Gardar
Make up    Stacey Panepinto
Make up    Paige Reeves
Make-up and Prosthetic Effects Designer    Mike Marino
Special Make-up Effects    David Presto
Hairstylist    Tony Ward
Hairstylist    J. Adam Gaeta
Sound Mixer    Erik H. Magnus
Set Designer    Spencer Davison
Special Effects Supervisor    Matt Kutcher
Special Effects Coordinator    Donnie Dean
Post-Production Supervisor    Alexis Wiscomb
Additional Editor    Vincent Tabaillon
Assistant Editor    Alec Styborski
Assistant Editor    Andreas Fehrle
Assistant Editor    Jordan Lindblad
Visual Effects Supervisor    Mark Russell
Visual Effects Producer    Rhonda Moore
Supervising Sound Editor    Lewis Goldstein
Re-recording Mixer    Lewis Goldstein
Sound Designer    Lewis Goldstein
Dialogue Editor    Max Greene
Sound Effects Editor    Alex Soto
Sound Effects Editor    Thomas Ryan
Music Editor    Annette Kudrak
Music Editor    Darrell Hall

Contest: Ultimate Hunger: Winning Announcement

November 24th, 2015

The winners of our Ultimate Hunger contest contest were determined and the entrants with the closest predictions for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 opening weekend were... More...

Home Market Releases for November 24th, 2015

November 24th, 2015

Shaun the Sheep

This weekend is Thanksgiving weekend, which means Black Friday and Cyber Monday. While the sales usually mean a massive increase in units sold, the sales also tend to scare away new releases. This is certainly the case here and this week's list is very short as a result. That's not to say there are no releases worth picking up. In fact, there are several Pick of the Week contenders, led by Shaun the Sheep on Buy from Amazon: Blu-ray Combo Pack. Meanwhile, for the second week in a row, we have a Puck of the Week, for best Canadian release, Guidance on DVD. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: American Ultra

November 23rd, 2015

American Ultra

American Ultra was released in late August, which is a terrible time of the year to release a movie. Additionally, American Ultra is a Black Comedy, which is one of the hardest genres to pull off. It is very hard to balance the darker elements and the comedy and the tonal shifts that are not perfect will irritate critics. Even black comedies that do earn good reviews rarely connect with moviegoers, because it is a niche market. This film earned mixed reviews and bombed at the box office. Did it deserve better? Will it at least satisfy fans of the genre? More...

Contest: Ultimate Hunger

November 11th, 2015

Next week, there are three wide releases, but only one of them matters: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2. It is legitimately the only choice for the target film for this week's Box Office Prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2.

Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a copy of American Ultra on DVD. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will also win a copy of American Ultra on DVD. Finally, we will be choosing an entrant from the group of people who haven't won, or haven't won recently, and they will win the final copy of American Ultra on DVD. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

Home Market Releases for November 10th, 2015

November 9th, 2015

Better Call Saul: Season 1

There are a couple of big hits on this week's list of new releases. Terminator: Genisys was a monster hit internationally, but it failed to live up to expectations here. On the other hand, Trainwreck earned $100 million here, but barely made a peep internationally. Of these two films, Trainwreck is the only one worth picking up. In fact, it is a Contender for Pick of the Week. However, I'm still waiting for the screener and I hate to give out this title when a screener is on its way. Because of that, I'm going with Better Call Saul: Season One as the Best of the Best, but it isn't the only other title worth picking up. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Compton Wins the War over the New Releases

August 31st, 2015

War Room

August is over and the number one film over the full month remained in first place for the third weekend in a row. Only one of the three new releases did well, War Room, as it topped the high end of exceptions. The other two wide releases bombed, in the case of No Escape, and bombed hard, in the case of We Are Your Friends. The overall box office plummeted 17% to just $88 million over the weekend. That's so low that I double-checked the numbers. Granted, there are likely a few limited releases that we don't have weekend numbers for yet, so this number isn't final. However, even the final number won't be that much higher than this, certainly not high enough to make a real difference. This was also 21% lower than the same weekend last year. Year-to-date, 2015 is still ahead of 2014 by nearly $400 million at $7.39 billion to 7.00 billion, so this slump isn't terrible news. However, I would really like it to end sooner rather than later. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Box Office Assassinated

August 25th, 2015

Hitman: Agent 47

It was an ugly weekend, for the most part. Straight Outta Compton fell about as fast as expected, but that was more than enough to dominate the new releases and push it past an important milestone. On the other hand, the biggest new release, Sinister 2, only managed third place, while the less said about Hitman: Agent 47 and American Ultra, the better. Overall, the box office fell 27% to $107 million. Like I said on Friday, summer is most definitely over. Worse still, this figure is 7.3% lower than the same weekend last year. Had all three new releases matched expectations, the box office would have practically matched last year's pace. Year-to-date, 2015 has pulled in $7.26 billion, which is 5.3% head of 2014's running tally of $6.90 billion. More...

Weekend Estimates: Compton Brushes Off Newcomers

August 23rd, 2015

Straight Outta Compton

As expected, Straight Outta Compton is continuing to dominate at the box office this weekend, with a second weekend of $26.76 million and a total of $111.5 million projected by Universal on Sunday morning. In fact, Compton is so dominant that the music biopic will earn more than the combined grosses of all three debutants. Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation’s fourth-weekend $11.7 million will be enough for second place. More...

Friday Estimates: Sinister Starts Strong, but Can't Save Summer

August 22nd, 2015

Sinister 2

As expected, Sinister 2 was the best of the new releases, earning $4.7 million on Friday. This is “strong” in the loosest sense of the word. The horror sequel had an opening day that was 37% lower than the first film’s and it is only going to get worse. Sequels tend to be more front-loaded than original films and the reviews will scare away moviegoers for the rest of the weekend. Worst case scenario has the film earning less than $10 million this weekend and even the best case scenario is just $12 million. The lower end seems more likely, so look for between $10 million and $11 million over the full weekend. This is more than it cost to make, on the other hand, so the studio might still recoup its total budget sometime on the home market. More...

Weekend Predictions: Summer's Over. Oh boy, is Summer Over!

August 21st, 2015

Sinister 2

After last week's reprieve, summer truly ends this week. There are three wide releases coming out, none of which are expected to become even midlevel hits. Also, none of them are earning overall positive reviews. The biggest movie is Sinister 2, which is expected to do well enough to earn a profit, mostly thanks to its very low production budget. American Ultra is the best in terms of Tomatometer Score—by a huge margin. However, it is still earning less than 50% positive reviews by a large margin. The biggest movie in terms of production budget is Hitman: Agent 47, which is bad news for the studio, because it is not expected to do well. In fact, there's almost no chance any of the three new releases will top Straight Outta Compton this weekend. There's a small chance that their combined openings won't top Straight Outta Compton. There is some good news. This weekend last year, there were no movies that earned more than $20 million, which is the absolute low end of Straight Outta Compton's range. On the other hand, If I Stay was the best new release with $15.68 million. That's more than any of the wide releases this year will earn and it only managed third place last year. I think 2015 will win with ease at the top of the chart, but 2014 might have better depth, keeping it ahead in the year-over-year comparison. More...

2015 Preview: August

August 1st, 2015

Fantastic Four

It is still a little too soon to tell how July will finish, as we don't have any numbers for the final weekend at the time of writing. We know Minions was a monster hit and that Ant-man will be a financial success. However, until we see how Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation does, it will be impossible to call the month a true success. If Rogue Nation bombed this weekend, then the month is only a partial success. It would also mean the summer of 2015 could be coming to an abrupt end. As for August, only Fantastic Four has a better than 50/50 chance of reaching $100 million; although some people think Straight Outta Compton also has a shot at that milestone. Besides those two, only a couple of other films even have a realistic shot at becoming midlevel hits. Worse still, last August was amazing with Guardians of the Galaxy breaking records. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles also did better than expected with a domestic haul of nearly $200 million. No release this August is going to match that figure. There's a good chance the top two releases combined won't do so. Fortunately, 2015 has a sizable lead over 2014, so even a soft month will keep 2015 ahead in the year-over-year comparison. More...

The shaded area represents the expected performance range for a film, based on its opening weekend box office. 95% of films fall within the shaded area. If a film trends towards the top end of the shaded area, it has good legs compared to the average film; if it trends towards the bottom end of the shaded area, it has poor legs. The predictive area is based on movies from the past 5 years.

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2015/08/21 6 $5,454,284   2,778 $1,963   $5,454,284 3
2015/08/28 12 $2,851,916 -48% 2,778 $1,027   $10,540,025 10
2015/09/04 18 $1,255,918 -56% 1,729 $726   $13,085,169 17
2015/09/11 27 $342,965 -73% 595 $576   $14,127,548 24
2015/09/18 48 $55,666 -84% 184 $303   $14,327,006 31
2015/09/25 48 $47,882 -14% 128 $374   $14,399,311 38
2015/10/02 77 $10,886 -77% 49 $222   $14,433,604 45

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2015/08/21 6 $2,119,070   2,778 $763   $2,119,070 1
2015/08/22 6 $1,890,579 -11% 2,778 $681   $4,009,649 2
2015/08/23 6 $1,444,635 -24% 2,778 $520   $5,454,284 3
2015/08/24 6 $586,956 -59% 2,778 $211   $6,041,240 4
2015/08/25 6 $728,601 +24% 2,778 $262   $6,769,841 5
2015/08/26 7 $466,104 -36% 2,778 $168   $7,235,945 6
2015/08/27 7 $452,164 -3% 2,778 $163   $7,688,109 7
2015/08/28 9 $824,283 +82% 2,778 $297   $8,512,392 8
2015/08/29 12 $1,190,050 +44% 2,778 $428   $9,702,442 9
2015/08/30 11 $837,583 -30% 2,778 $302   $10,540,025 10
2015/08/31 8 $330,323 -61% 2,778 $119   $10,870,348 11
2015/09/01 8 $421,413 +28% 2,778 $152   $11,291,761 12
2015/09/02 9 $284,910 -32% 2,778 $103   $11,576,671 13
2015/09/03 10 $252,580 -11% 2,778 $91   $11,829,251 14
2015/09/04 - $312,372 +24% 1,729 $181   $12,141,623 15
2015/09/05 - $453,755 +45% 1,729 $262   $12,595,378 16
2015/09/06 - $489,791 +8% 1,729 $283   $13,085,169 17
2015/09/07 - $349,287 -29% 1,729 $202   $13,434,456 18
2015/09/08 14 $148,741 -57% 1,729 $86   $13,583,197 19
2015/09/09 14 $110,458 -26% 1,729 $64   $13,693,655 20
2015/09/10 - $90,928 -18% 1,729 $53   $13,784,583 21
2015/09/11 - $103,043 +13% 595 $173   $13,887,626 22
2015/09/12 - $149,735 +45% 595 $252   $14,037,361 23
2015/09/13 - $90,187 -40% 595 $152   $14,127,548 24
2015/09/14 - $35,954 -60% 595 $60   $14,163,502 25
2015/09/15 - $49,865 +39% 595 $84   $14,213,367 26
2015/09/16 - $34,613 -31% 595 $58   $14,247,980 27
2015/09/17 - $23,360 -33% 595 $39   $14,271,340 28
2015/09/18 - $16,892 -28% 184 $92   $14,288,232 29
2015/09/19 - $25,029 +48% 184 $136   $14,313,261 30
2015/09/20 - $13,745 -45% 184 $75   $14,327,006 31
2015/09/21 - $5,521 -60% 184 $30   $14,332,527 32
2015/09/22 - $8,082 +46% 184 $44   $14,340,609 33
2015/09/23 - $5,792 -28% 184 $31   $14,346,401 34
2015/09/24 - $5,028 -13% 184 $27   $14,351,429 35
2015/09/25 - $14,761 +194% 128 $115   $14,366,190 36
2015/09/26 - $20,454 +39% 128 $160   $14,386,644 37
2015/09/27 - $12,667 -38% 128 $99   $14,399,311 38
2015/09/28 - $5,525 -56% 128 $43   $14,404,836 39
2015/09/29 - $6,388 +16% 128 $50   $14,411,224 40
2015/09/30 - $5,863 -8% 128 $46   $14,417,087 41
2015/10/01 - $5,631 -4% 128 $44   $14,422,718 42
2015/10/02 - $3,519 -38% 49 $72   $14,426,237 43
2015/10/03 - $4,387 +25% 49 $90   $14,430,624 44
2015/10/04 - $2,980 -32% 49 $61   $14,433,604 45
2015/10/05 - $1,560 -48% 49 $32   $14,435,164 46
2015/10/06 - $1,704 +9% 49 $35   $14,436,868 47
2015/10/07 - $1,513 -11% 49 $31   $14,438,381 48
2015/10/08 - $1,604 +6% 49 $33   $14,439,985 49

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2015/08/21 6 $7,688,109   2,778 $2,767   $7,688,109 7
2015/08/28 10 $4,141,142 -46% 2,778 $1,491   $11,829,251 14
2015/09/04 18 $1,955,332 -53% 1,729 $1,131   $13,784,583 21
2015/09/11 27 $486,757 -75% 595 $818   $14,271,340 28
2015/09/18 47 $80,089 -84% 184 $435   $14,351,429 35
2015/09/25 50 $71,289 -11% 128 $557   $14,422,718 42
2015/10/02 76 $17,267 -76% 49 $352   $14,439,985 49

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
Argentina 10/15/2015 $55,986 43 43 70 $111,232 12/1/2015
Australia 9/3/2015 $203,429 133 133 309 $425,095 10/27/2015
Austria 10/16/2015 $46,096 18 18 67 $106,987 11/17/2015
Belgium 8/19/2015 $53,609 26 26 95 $167,138 9/22/2015
Brazil 11/26/2015 $24,333 50 50 60 $36,535 12/16/2015
Bulgaria 8/21/2015 $14,059 0 16 33 $62,551 10/13/2015
Central America 10/29/2015 $3,106 11 11 11 $3,106 11/3/2015
Chile 10/15/2015 $0 0 8 8 $56,092 10/27/2015
China 4/15/2016 $2,010,000 22599 22599 22599 $2,950,000 6/9/2016
Czech Republic 9/10/2015 $13,788 52 52 52 $13,788 9/16/2015
Ecuador 1/8/2016 $27,712 26 26 74 $73,991 1/26/2016
Estonia 9/4/2015 $23,667 10 10 26 $55,052 9/22/2015
France 8/19/2015 $871,732 258 258 752 $2,997,675 9/9/2015
Germany 10/15/2015 $308,754 232 232 430 $460,420 10/27/2015
Hong Kong 9/17/2015 $0 0 7 7 $127,705 9/30/2015
Iraq 9/10/2015 $0 0 1 1 $520 9/22/2015
Italy 6/30/2016 $104,682 0 0 0 $262,586 7/19/2016
Lebanon 9/10/2015 $30,294 13 13 13 $30,294 9/18/2015
Lithuania 9/4/2015 $9,278 13 13 13 $9,278 9/10/2015
Mexico 1/8/2016 $0 0 36 36 $48,342 6/9/2016
Netherlands 8/27/2015 $0 0 60 106 $223,753 9/18/2015
Oman 9/10/2015 $0 0 4 4 $1,975 9/22/2015
Peru 1/7/2016 $31,853 10 10 11 $59,336 1/26/2016
Philippines 10/28/2015 $21,638 12 12 12 $21,650 11/3/2015
Portugal 9/10/2015 $26,637 0 26 33 $47,030 10/13/2015
Romania 9/25/2015 $32,621 81 81 128 $141,744 10/7/2015
Russia (CIS) 8/27/2015 $941,122 1201 1201 2280 $1,658,543 9/8/2015
Slovakia 9/3/2015 $19,920 49 49 75 $33,463 9/16/2015
South Africa 10/9/2015 $18,879 30 36 66 $48,944 10/20/2015
South Korea 8/27/2015 $643,004 341 341 401 $1,078,607 9/8/2015
Spain 9/11/2015 $185,055 231 231 353 $544,781 10/20/2015
Switzerland 9/2/2015 $37,620 14 14 14 $37,689 9/9/2015
Taiwan 9/25/2015 $141,310 37 57 103 $418,058 10/13/2015
Thailand 11/12/2015 $95,905 84 84 143 $165,782 11/25/2015
Turkey 8/28/2015 $25,524 65 65 125 $70,732 9/18/2015
Ukraine 8/27/2015 $20,358 55 55 110 $44,381 9/9/2015
United Arab Emirates 9/10/2015 $0 0 23 23 $51,339 9/22/2015
United Kingdom 9/4/2015 $527,885 325 325 664 $1,121,906 10/20/2015
 
International Total$13,768,100 7/19/2016

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