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The Beat Hotel (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $6,480Details
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1957. The Latin Quarter, Paris. A cheap no-name hotel becomes a haven for a new breed of artists fleeing the conformity and censorship of America. Called the Beat Hotel, it soon became an epicenter of the Beat generation. Alan Govenar's feature documentary delves deep into this amazing place and time. Fleeing the obscenity trials surrounding the publication of HOWL Allen Ginsberg, along with Peter Orlovsky and Gregory Corso, happened upon the hotel on rue Git le Coeur and were soon joined by William Burroughs, Ian Somerville, and Brion Gysin. Run by Madame Rachou, the Beat Hotel was a hot bed of creativity and permissiveness, where Burroughs finished NAKED lUNCH; Ginsberg began his poem KADDISH; Somerville and Gysin invented the Dream Machine; Corso wrote some of his greatest poems; and Harold Norse wrote a novella, aptly called THE BEAT HOTEL. British photograher Harold Chapman's iconic photos and Scottish artist Elliot Rudie's drawings, interwoven with firsthand accounts, capture the Beats just as they were beginning to establish themselves, and bring THE BEAT HOTEL to life.


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65% - Upright

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: March 30th, 2012 (Limited) by First Run Features
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 82 minutes
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Keywords: Counterculture, Writing and Writers, Artists, Musicians
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Documentary Arts
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,159 $141 Jun 15, 2012 80
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,727 $1,049 Jun 1, 2012 66
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,138 $96 May 4, 2012 38
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 9,252 $83 Apr 13, 2012 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 10,056 $918 Apr 6, 2012 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 11,695 $1,458 Mar 30, 2012 3


Kit Hussey    William Burroughs
Andrew Kasten    Harold Chapman
Matt Mitchell    Gregory Corso
Nick Irion    Ian Sommerville
Jason Kendall    Cyclops

Production and Technical Credits

Editor    Alan Hatchett
Cinematographer    Didier Dorant
Cinematographer    Bob Tullier
Composer    Daniel M. Cavanagh
Composer    Daniel Cicourel Hanley
Sound Designer    Alan Govenar
Sound Designer    Pierre Aziza
Sound Mixer    Alex Wagner
Director Dramatic Reenactments   

Per Theater Chart: Bullying is No Game

April 4th, 2012

The ratings controversy didn't hurt Bully, which topped the per theater chart with an average of $23,294 in five theaters. It is always difficult for a documentary to expand significantly, but this start will certainly help. The overall box office leader, The Hunger Games, was next with an average of $14,153 in more than 4,000 theaters. More...

Limited Releases Fighting Mad

March 30th, 2012

There are a number of films opening in limited release this week, including a few documentaries. The biggest of these is Bully, which earned a boost in its publicity thanks to a ratings fight with the MPAA. The Island President is another documentary worth checking out. Meanwhile, Goon makes its theatrical debut in the States and it deserves to find an audience south of the border. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/03/30 94 $1,458   1 $1,458   $1,458 3
2012/04/06 81 $918 -37% 3 $306   $3,015 10
2012/04/13 109 $83 -91% 3 $28   $3,868 17
2012/05/04 115 $96   1 $96   $3,989 38
2012/06/01 103 $1,049   1 $1,049   $5,430 66
2012/06/15 100 $141   1 $141   $5,571 80

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/03/30 84 $2,097   1 $2,097   $2,097 7
2012/04/06 95 $1,688 -20% 3 $563   $3,785 14
2012/04/13 108 $108 -94% 1 $108   $3,893 21
2012/05/04 111 $96   1 $96   $4,381 42
2012/06/01 102 $1,049   1 $1,049   $5,430 70
2012/06/15 94 $524   1 $524   $5,954 84
2012/07/13 88 $526   1 $526   $6,480 112

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