Beginners

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $5,790,894Details
International Box Office $8,523,513
Worldwide Box Office $14,314,407
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Synopsis

"Beginners" imaginatively explores the hilarity, confusion, and surprises of love through the evolving consciousness of Oliver. Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna only months after his father Hal has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father who - following 44 years of marriage - came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life. The upheavals of Hal's new honesty, by turns funny and moving, brought father and son closer than they'd ever been able to be. Now Oliver endeavors to love Anna with all the bravery, humor, and hope that his father taught him.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics
84% - Certified Fresh
Audience
77% - Upright

Movie Details

Production Budget:$3,200,000
Theatrical Release: June 3rd, 2011 (Limited) by Focus Features
Video Release: November 15th, 2011 by Universal Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content.
(Rating bulletin 2156, 1/26/2011)
Keywords: Widow/Widower, Performing Arts, Foreign Language, Non-Chronological, Terminal Illness, Autumn Years, May / December Romance, Romance, Faulty Memory, Relationships Gone Wrong, LGBT, Talking Animals, Intertitle
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction

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DVD and Blu-ray Releases for November 15th, 2011

It's a really soft week for releases. Granted, Harry Potter came out last week and it is likely still going to be selling quite well this week. But the best release of Tuesday, at least according to Amazon.com, is Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides on DVD. Normally this would be a huge release, but it came out on Blu-ray weeks ago. The same is true of the second best selling release, The Lion King. The most of the next several best selling releases are Blu-ray catalog titles. Granted, many are worth picking up, but it could still be a really slow week in terms of overall sales. That doesn't mean it is a slow week in terms of high quality releases. West Side Story is coming out on Blu-ray, My Fair Lady is also making its Blu-ray debut. There are several more catalogue titles getting a Blu-ray double-dip, like Evil Dead II: 25th Anniversary Edition, or the latest Blu-ray for Metropolis. TV on DVD is well represented with Farscape: The Complete Series (Blu-ray), Being Human: Season One on Blu-ray, and Awkward: Season One. Beginners on Blu-ray is also a Contender for Pick of the Week, as is Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume One: Blu-ray Ultimate Collector's Edition. In the end I went with Evil Dead II: 25th Anniversary Edition. It is a double-dip, but there are major improvements over the previous release, plus it is a bargain price at just $11, and given the number of prime releases coming out this week, a bargain price is certainly welcome. More...

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Cast

Ewan McGregor    Oliver
Christopher Plummer    Hal
Melanie Laurent    Anna
Goran Visnjic    Andy
Kai Lennox    Elliot
Mary Page Keller    Georgia
Keegan Boos    Young Oliver

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Mike Mills
Director    Mike Mills
Producer    Leslie Urdang
Producer    Dean Vanech
Producer    Miranda de Pencier
Producer    Jay Van Hoy
Producer    Lars Knudsen
Co-Producer    Fran Giblin
Co-Producer    Geoff Linville
Director of Photography    Kasper Tuxen
Production Designer    Shane Valentino
Editor    Oliver Bugge Coutte
Costume Designer    Jennifer Johnson
Composer    Roger Neill
Composer    David Palmer
Composer    Brian Reitzell
Music Supervisor    Robin Urdang
Casting    Courtney Bright
Casting    Nicole Daniels

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/06/03 - $38,138   5 $7,628   $38,138 1
2011/06/04 - $56,499 +48% 5 $11,300   $94,637 2
2011/06/05 - $46,703 -17% 5 $9,341   $141,340 3
2011/06/06 - $15,506 -67% 5 $3,101   $156,846 4
2011/06/07 - $20,421 +32% 5 $4,084   $177,267 5
2011/06/08 - $18,048 -12% 5 $3,610   $195,315 6
2011/06/09 - $14,955 -17% 5 $2,991   $210,270 7
2011/06/10 - $62,615 +319% 19 $3,296   $272,885 8
2011/06/11 - $110,505 +76% 19 $5,816   $383,390 9
2011/06/12 - $69,939 -37% 19 $3,681   $453,329 10
2011/06/13 - $24,573 -65% 19 $1,293   $477,902 11
2011/06/14 - $28,460 +16% 19 $1,498   $506,362 12
2011/06/15 - $24,144 -15% 19 $1,271   $530,506 13
2011/06/16 - $23,670 -2% 19 $1,246   $554,176 14
2011/06/17 - $93,435 +295% 44 $2,124   $647,611 15
2011/06/18 - $154,853 +66% 44 $3,519   $802,464 16
2011/06/19 - $106,660 -31% 44 $2,424   $909,124 17
2011/06/20 - $40,154 -62% 44 $913   $949,278 18
2011/06/21 - $44,994 +12% 44 $1,023   $994,272 19
2011/06/22 - $43,651 -3% 44 $992   $1,037,923 20
2011/06/23 - $41,151 -6% 44 $935   $1,079,074 21
2011/06/24 - $129,804 +215% 73 $1,778   $1,208,878 22
2011/06/25 - $207,576 +60% 73 $2,844   $1,416,454 23
2011/06/26 - $133,601 -36% 73 $1,830   $1,550,055 24
2011/06/27 18 $50,210 -62% 73 $688   $1,600,265 25
2011/06/28 20 $61,193 +22% 73 $838   $1,661,458 26
2011/06/29 18 $54,292 -11% 73 $744   $1,715,750 27
2011/06/30 - $50,618 -7% 73 $693   $1,766,368 28
2011/07/01 - $135,829 +168% 108 $1,258   $1,902,197 29
2011/07/02 - $229,020 +69% 108 $2,121   $2,131,217 30
2011/07/03 - $233,360 +2% 108 $2,161   $2,364,577 31
2011/07/04 16 $142,359 -39% 108 $1,318   $2,506,936 32
2011/07/05 - $60,746 -57% 108 $562   $2,567,682 33
2011/07/06 - $63,320 +4% 108 $586   $2,631,002 34
2011/07/07 - $66,325 +5% 108 $614   $2,697,327 35
2011/07/08 - $148,561 +124% 155 $958   $2,845,888 36
2011/07/09 - $241,287 +62% 155 $1,557   $3,087,175 37
2011/07/10 - $163,574 -32% 155 $1,055   $3,250,749 38
2011/07/11 - $60,816 -63% 155 $392   $3,311,565 39
2011/07/12 - $72,463 +19% 155 $468   $3,384,028 40
2011/07/13 - $62,620 -14% 155 $404   $3,446,648 41
2011/07/14 - $53,225 -15% 155 $343   $3,499,873 42
2011/07/15 - $109,600 +106% 170 $645   $3,609,473 43
2011/07/16 - $190,713 +74% 170 $1,122   $3,800,186 44
2011/07/17 - $132,501 -31% 170 $779   $3,932,687 45
2011/07/18 - $56,378 -57% 170 $332   $3,989,065 46
2011/07/19 - $69,412 +23% 170 $408   $4,058,477 47
2011/07/20 - $59,119 -15% 170 $348   $4,117,596 48
2011/07/21 - $64,617 +9% 170 $380   $4,182,213 49
2011/07/22 - $110,098 +70% 157 $701   $4,292,311 50
2011/07/23 - $191,363 +74% 157 $1,219   $4,483,674 51
2011/07/24 - $123,744 -35% 157 $788   $4,607,418 52
2011/07/25 - $43,652 -65% 157 $278   $4,651,070 53
2011/07/26 - $57,743 +32% 157 $368   $4,708,813 54
2011/07/27 - $47,097 -18% 157 $300   $4,755,910 55
2011/07/28 - $45,278 -4% 157 $288   $4,801,188 56
2011/07/29 - $62,469 +38% 147 $425   $4,863,657 57
2011/07/30 - $101,592 +63% 147 $691   $4,965,249 58
2011/07/31 - $67,156 -34% 147 $457   $5,032,405 59
2011/08/01 - $29,136 -57% 147 $198   $5,061,541 60
2011/08/02 - $36,939 +27% 147 $251   $5,098,480 61
2011/08/03 - $31,148 -16% 147 $212   $5,129,628 62
2011/08/04 - $31,291 n/c 147 $213   $5,160,919 63
2011/08/05 - $43,312 +38% 147 $295   $5,204,231 64
2011/08/06 - $81,574 +88% 147 $555   $5,285,805 65
2011/08/07 - $58,773 -28% 147 $400   $5,344,578 66
2011/08/08 - $20,135 -66% 147 $137   $5,364,713 67
2011/08/09 - $23,939 +19% 126 $190   $5,388,652 68
2011/08/10 - $18,017 -25% 126 $143   $5,406,669 69
2011/08/11 - $18,446 +2% 126 $146   $5,425,115 70
2011/08/12 - $24,058 +30% 103 $234   $5,449,173 71
2011/08/13 - $41,352 +72% 103 $401   $5,490,525 72
2011/08/14 - $35,921 -13% 103 $349   $5,526,446 73
2011/08/15 - $13,719 -62% 103 $133   $5,540,165 74
2011/08/16 - $16,422 +20% 103 $159   $5,556,587 75
2011/08/17 - $13,097 -20% 103 $127   $5,569,684 76
2011/08/18 - $14,524 +11% 103 $141   $5,584,208 77
2011/08/19 - $14,651 +1% 69 $212   $5,598,859 78
2011/08/20 - $24,062 +64% 69 $349   $5,622,921 79
2011/08/21 - $17,415 -28% 69 $252   $5,640,336 80
2011/08/22 - $8,696 -50% 69 $126   $5,649,032 81
2011/08/23 - $9,374 +8% 69 $136   $5,658,406 82
2011/08/24 - $9,237 -1% 69 $134   $5,667,643 83
2011/08/25 - $8,813 -5% 69 $128   $5,676,456 84
2011/08/26 - $9,177 +4% 50 $184   $5,685,633 85
2011/08/27 - $12,387 +35% 50 $248   $5,698,020 86
2011/08/28 - $9,580 -23% 50 $192   $5,707,600 87
2011/08/29 - $5,988 -37% 50 $120   $5,713,588 88
2011/08/30 - $5,653 -6% 50 $113   $5,719,241 89
2011/08/31 - $4,697 -17% 50 $94   $5,723,938 90
2011/09/01 - $5,093 +8% 50 $102   $5,729,031 91
2011/09/02 - $8,946 +76% 34 $263   $5,737,977 92
2011/09/03 - $13,780 +54% 34 $405   $5,751,757 93
2011/09/04 - $13,085 -5% 34 $385   $5,764,842 94
2011/09/05 58 $11,472 -12% 34 $337   $5,776,314 95
2011/09/06 - $5,039 -56% 34 $148   $5,781,353 96
2011/09/07 - $5,307 +5% 34 $156   $5,786,660 97
2011/09/08 - $4,234 -20% 34 $125   $5,790,894 98

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/06/03 28 $141,340   5 $28,268   $141,340 3
2011/06/10 18 $243,059 +72% 19 $12,793   $453,329 10
2011/06/17 17 $354,948 +46% 44 $8,067   $909,124 17
2011/06/24 17 $470,981 +33% 73 $6,452   $1,550,055 24
2011/07/01 16 $598,209 +27% 108 $5,539   $2,364,577 31
2011/07/08 19 $553,422 -7% 155 $3,570   $3,250,749 38
2011/07/15 21 $432,814 -22% 170 $2,546   $3,932,687 45
2011/07/22 18 $425,205 -2% 157 $2,708   $4,607,418 52
2011/07/29 25 $231,217 -46% 147 $1,573   $5,032,405 59
2011/08/05 28 $183,659 -21% 126 $1,458   $5,344,578 66
2011/08/12 40 $101,331 -45% 103 $984   $5,526,446 73
2011/08/19 50 $56,128 -45% 69 $813   $5,640,336 80
2011/08/26 55 $31,144 -45% 50 $623   $5,707,600 87
2011/09/02 60 $35,811 +15% 34 $1,053   $5,764,842 94

Beginners HD Trailer

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