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Best of Enemies (2015)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $892,802Details
International Box Office $11,317Details
Worldwide Box Office $904,119
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  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. International
  5. Video Sales
  6. Full Financials
  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer

Synopsis

In the summer of 1968, television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley, Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other’s political ideologies were dangerous for America. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult—cementing their opposing political positions. Their explosive exchanges devolved into vitriolic name-calling. It was unlike anything TV had ever broadcast, and all the more shocking because it was live and unscripted. Viewers were riveted. ABC News' ratings skyrocketed. And a new era in public discourse was born.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
94% - Certified Fresh
Audience
87% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: July 31st, 2015 (Limited) by Magnolia Pictures
International Releases: July 24th, 2015 (Wide), released as Best Of Enemies (United Kingdom)
MPAA Rating: R for some sexual content/nudity and language.
(Rating bulletin 2378, 6/17/2015)
Running Time: 87 minutes
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Keywords: TV Industry, News, Political, Writing and Writers, Professional Rivalry, Voiceover/Narration, LGBT
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Genre:Documentary
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Magnolia Pictures, Tremolo Productions, Media Ranch Productions, Motto Pictures, ITVS
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,488 $2,230 Nov 6, 2015 101
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,705 $2,956 Oct 30, 2015 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,147 $2,408 Oct 23, 2015 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,881 $798 Oct 16, 2015 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,336 $828 Oct 9, 2015 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,031 $4,860 Oct 2, 2015 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,203 $7,486 Sep 25, 2015 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,460 $10,566 Sep 18, 2015 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,333 $27,651 Sep 11, 2015 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,235 $56,672 Sep 4, 2015 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,394 $86,855 Aug 28, 2015 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,748 $111,111 Aug 21, 2015 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,158 $120,986 Aug 14, 2015 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,855 $81,587 Aug 7, 2015 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,850 $50,738 Jul 31, 2015 3

Cast

William F. Buckley    Himself
Gore Vidal    Himself
Eric Alterman    Himself
Ginia Bellafante    Herself
Linda Bridges    Herself
Reid Buckley    Himself
Dick Cavett    Himself
Lee Edwards    Himself
Todd Gitlin    Himself
Brooke Gladstone    Herself

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Director   
Producer    Robert Gordon
Producer    Morgan Neville
Executive Producer    Clif Phillips
Executive Producer    Julie Goldman
Editor    Aaron Wickenden
Editor    Eileen Meyer
Co-Producer    Caryn Capotosto
Composer    Jonathan Kirkscey

2015 - Awards Season: Independent Spirit Awards - Nominations

November 25th, 2015

Carol

Awards Season begins with the Independent Spirit Awards nominations. There were definitely some surprise nominees this year, but that also meant there were some unfortunate snubs as well. The overall leader was Carol, which just opened this past weekend. This is great timing and should help its box office numbers, as well as its chances throughout Awards Season. Its six nominations were one ahead of Beasts of No Nation and Spotlight. (One of Spotlight's was the Robert Altman Award, which has no nominations, just one winner.)

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Per Theater Chart: Strong Beginning for The End

August 4th, 2015

The End of the Tour

The End of the Tour is the latest success for A24, as it topped the per theater chart with an average of $30,810 in four theaters. Up next were a pair of documentaries, Best of Enemies and Listen to Me Marlon, with averages of $16,913 and $15,034 respectively. The overall number one film was next, as Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation earned an average of $14,034. The final film in the $10,000 club was Phoenix. Its theater count doubled, but its per theater average dropped just 20% to $12,004. That's amazing and it could be an omen that it will expand wide enough to earn some measure of mainstream success. More...

Limited and VOD Releases: Summer is Coming to an End

July 30th, 2015

The End of the Tour

It is a bad time of the year to release a limited release. It is too late into summer to think a limited release can expand wide enough to gain mainstream success before summer ends. At the same time, it is far too early for Awards Season buzz to have an effect at the box office. This partially explains why there are so few films on this week's list and fewer still have any chance at box office success. There are only two films on this week's list with strong buzz and overwhelmingly positive reviews. Best of Enemies and The End of the Tour. Both could do well on the Per Theater Chart this weekend, but The End of the Tour is the only film with a shot at expanding significantly. More...

Compare this performance with other movies…

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2015/07/31 37 $50,738   3 $16,913   $50,738 3
2015/08/07 36 $81,587 +61% 19 $4,294   $177,595 10
2015/08/14 31 $120,986 +48% 47 $2,574   $341,675 17
2015/08/21 35 $111,111 -8% 67 $1,658   $520,801 24
2015/08/28 40 $86,855 -22% 69 $1,259   $667,349 31
2015/09/04 47 $56,672 -35% 51 $1,111   $765,411 38
2015/09/11 59 $27,651 -51% 53 $522   $826,164 45
2015/09/18 74 $10,566 -62% 29 $364   $851,641 52
2015/09/25 74 $7,486 -29% 17 $440   $866,035 59
2015/10/02 88 $4,860 -35% 14 $347   $876,005 66
2015/10/09 96 $828 -83% 5 $166   $879,249 73
2015/10/16 93 $798 -4% 9 $89   $881,422 80
2015/10/23 78 $2,408 +202% 11 $219   $884,342 87
2015/10/30 76 $2,956 +23% 8 $370   $889,332 94
2015/11/06 85 $2,230 -25% 5 $446   $891,997 101

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2015/07/31 41 $75,338   3 $25,113   $75,338 7
2015/08/07 36 $124,681 +65% 19 $6,562   $220,689 14
2015/08/14 30 $189,001 +52% 47 $4,021   $409,690 21
2015/08/21 36 $170,804 -10% 67 $2,549   $580,494 28
2015/08/28 41 $128,245 -25% 69 $1,859   $708,739 35
2015/09/04 47 $89,774 -30% 51 $1,760   $798,513 42
2015/09/11 59 $42,562 -53% 53 $803   $841,075 49
2015/09/18 71 $17,474 -59% 29 $603   $858,549 56
2015/09/25 72 $12,596 -28% 17 $741   $871,145 63
2015/10/02 90 $7,276 -42% 14 $520   $878,421 70
2015/10/09 90 $2,203 -70% 5 $441   $880,624 77
2015/10/16 105 $1,310 -41% 9 $146   $881,934 84
2015/10/23 82 $4,442 +239% 11 $404   $886,376 91
2015/10/30 87 $3,391 -24% 8 $424   $889,767 98
2015/11/06 92 $3,035 -10% 7 $434   $892,802 105

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
United Kingdom 7/24/2015 $11,317 6 6 6 $11,317 9/28/2015
 
International Total$11,317 9/28/2015

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