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A Better Life (2011)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $1,759,252Details
International Box Office $124,999Details
Worldwide Box Office $1,884,251
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Movie Details

Production Budget:$10,000,000
Domestic Releases: June 24th, 2011 (Limited) by Summit Entertainment
International Releases: April 19th, 2012 (Wide) (Malaysia)
June 29th, 2012 (Wide) (Turkey)
September 13th, 2012 (Wide) (Portugal)
September 28th, 2012 (Wide) (Spain)
January 10th, 2013 (Wide) (Netherlands)
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Video Release: October 18th, 2011 by Summit Home Video
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence, language and brief drug use.
(Rating bulletin 2144, 10/27/2010)
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Keywords: Foreign Language, Immigration, Gangs, Coming of Age
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,632 $10,735 Aug 26, 2011 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,552 $23,012 Aug 19, 2011 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,173 $17,428 Aug 12, 2011 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,036 $40,980 Aug 5, 2011 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,986 $76,724 Jul 29, 2011 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,643 $215,376 Jul 22, 2011 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,895 $338,296 Jul 15, 2011 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,443 $330,296 Jul 8, 2011 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,729 $97,756 Jul 1, 2011 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,631 $62,087 Jun 24, 2011 3

Cast

Demián Bichir    Fidel Castro

Production and Technical Credits

Director   

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December 15th, 2011

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November 30th, 2011

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October 18th, 2011

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Per Theater Chart: Harry Potter and Yet Another Record

July 19th, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow, Part 2 added another record over the weekend earning the highest per theater average for a wide release with $38,672, surpassing the previous record holder, The Dark Knight. However, Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour still holds the record for best per theater average for a number one film at $45,561. That record might not be broken till the $200 million opening weekend milestone is cracked. The only other member of the $10,000 club was Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness, which grew by a few percent to $20,998. Its ability to expand is untested, but growth is always a good sign. More...

Per Theater Chart: Cars 2 Wins in a Photo Finish

June 29th, 2011

Not only did Cars 2 win the overall box office race, but it also won the race on the per theater chart with an average of $16,072. A Better Life and PASSIONE: A Musical Adventure were right behind with $15,522 and $15,377 respectively. The final film in the $10,000 club was Bad Teacher, which was a surprise entrant with $10,365. More...

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June 26th, 2011

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June 24th, 2011

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/06/24 38 $62,087   4 $15,522   $62,087 3
2011/07/01 32 $97,756 +57% 11 $8,887   $181,426 10
2011/07/08 24 $330,296 +238% 153 $2,159   $559,550 17
2011/07/15 23 $338,296 +2% 216 $1,566   $1,039,036 24
2011/07/22 29 $215,376 -36% 182 $1,183   $1,413,960 31
2011/07/29 41 $76,724 -64% 108 $710   $1,585,558 38
2011/08/05 52 $40,980 -47% 74 $554   $1,664,339 45
2011/08/12 65 $17,428 -57% 51 $342   $1,697,973 52
2011/08/19 65 $23,012 +32% 65 $354   $1,732,305 59
2011/08/26 72 $10,735 -53% 31 $346   $1,754,319 66

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/06/24 - $18,976   4 $4,744   $18,976 1
2011/06/25 - $22,082 +16% 4 $5,521   $41,058 2
2011/06/26 - $21,029 -5% 4 $5,257   $62,087 3
2011/06/27 - $5,876 -72% 4 $1,469   $67,963 4
2011/06/28 - $5,572 -5% 4 $1,393   $73,535 5
2011/06/29 - $5,010 -10% 4 $1,253   $78,545 6
2011/06/30 - $5,125 +2% 4 $1,281   $83,670 7
2011/07/01 - $25,146 +391% 11 $2,286   $108,816 8
2011/07/02 - $35,783 +42% 11 $3,253   $144,599 9
2011/07/03 - $36,827 +3% 11 $3,348   $181,426 10
2011/07/04 31 $23,256 -37% 11 $2,114   $204,682 11
2011/07/05 - $7,982 -66% 11 $726   $212,664 12
2011/07/06 - $8,339 +4% 11 $758   $221,003 13
2011/07/07 - $8,251 -1% 11 $750   $229,254 14
2011/07/08 - $82,390 +899% 153 $538   $311,644 15
2011/07/09 - $130,994 +59% 153 $856   $442,638 16
2011/07/10 - $116,912 -11% 153 $764   $559,550 17
2011/07/11 - $36,582 -69% 153 $239   $596,132 18
2011/07/12 - $37,223 +2% 153 $243   $633,355 19
2011/07/13 - $35,189 -5% 153 $230   $668,544 20
2011/07/14 - $32,196 -9% 153 $210   $700,740 21
2011/07/15 - $82,958 +158% 216 $384   $783,698 22
2011/07/16 - $138,972 +68% 216 $643   $922,670 23
2011/07/17 - $116,366 -16% 216 $539   $1,039,036 24
2011/07/18 - $37,699 -68% 216 $175   $1,076,735 25
2011/07/19 - $43,978 +17% 216 $204   $1,120,713 26
2011/07/20 - $37,405 -15% 216 $173   $1,158,118 27
2011/07/21 - $40,466 +8% 216 $187   $1,198,584 28
2011/07/22 - $54,434 +35% 182 $299   $1,253,018 29
2011/07/23 - $90,768 +67% 182 $499   $1,343,786 30
2011/07/24 - $70,174 -23% 182 $386   $1,413,960 31
2011/07/25 - $22,661 -68% 182 $125   $1,436,621 32
2011/07/26 - $24,214 +7% 182 $133   $1,460,835 33
2011/07/27 - $23,989 -1% 182 $132   $1,484,824 34
2011/07/28 - $24,010 n/c 182 $132   $1,508,834 35
2011/07/29 - $20,938 -13% 108 $194   $1,529,772 36
2011/07/30 - $31,053 +48% 108 $288   $1,560,825 37
2011/07/31 - $24,733 -20% 108 $229   $1,585,558 38
2011/08/01 - $8,530 -66% 108 $79   $1,594,088 39
2011/08/02 - $10,588 +24% 108 $98   $1,604,676 40
2011/08/03 - $9,354 -12% 108 $87   $1,614,030 41
2011/08/04 - $9,329 n/c 108 $86   $1,623,359 42
2011/08/05 - $10,370 +11% 74 $140   $1,633,729 43
2011/08/06 - $18,126 +75% 74 $245   $1,651,855 44
2011/08/07 - $12,484 -31% 74 $169   $1,664,339 45
2011/08/08 - $5,269 -58% 74 $71   $1,669,608 46
2011/08/09 - $4,776 -9% 74 $65   $1,674,384 47
2011/08/10 - $2,834 -41% 74 $38   $1,677,218 48
2011/08/11 - $3,327 +17% 74 $45   $1,680,545 49
2011/08/12 - $5,130 +54% 74 $69   $1,685,675 50
2011/08/13 - $6,413 +25% 74 $87   $1,692,088 51
2011/08/14 - $5,885 -8% 74 $80   $1,697,973 52
2011/08/15 - $2,216 -62% 74 $30   $1,700,189 53
2011/08/16 - $3,424 +55% 74 $46   $1,703,613 54
2011/08/17 - $2,723 -20% 74 $37   $1,706,336 55
2011/08/18 - $2,957 +9% 74 $40   $1,709,293 56
2011/08/19 - $6,912 +134% 65 $106   $1,716,205 57
2011/08/20 - $9,317 +35% 65 $143   $1,725,522 58
2011/08/21 - $6,783 -27% 65 $104   $1,732,305 59
2011/08/22 - $2,725 -60% 65 $42   $1,735,030 60
2011/08/23 - $2,989 +10% 65 $46   $1,738,019 61
2011/08/24 - $2,693 -10% 65 $41   $1,740,712 62
2011/08/25 - $2,872 +7% 65 $44   $1,743,584 63
2011/08/26 - $2,750 -4% 31 $89   $1,746,334 64
2011/08/27 - $4,381 +59% 31 $141   $1,750,715 65
2011/08/28 - $3,604 -18% 31 $116   $1,754,319 66
2011/08/29 - $1,214 -66% 31 $39   $1,755,533 67
2011/08/30 - $1,125 -7% 31 $36   $1,756,658 68
2011/08/31 - $1,211 +8% 31 $39   $1,757,869 69
2011/09/01 - $1,383 +14% 31 $45   $1,759,252 70

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/06/24 43 $83,670   4 $20,918   $83,670 7
2011/07/01 36 $145,584 +74% 11 $13,235   $229,254 14
2011/07/08 25 $471,486 +224% 153 $3,082   $700,740 21
2011/07/15 25 $497,844 +6% 216 $2,305   $1,198,584 28
2011/07/22 30 $310,250 -38% 182 $1,705   $1,508,834 35
2011/07/29 43 $114,525 -63% 108 $1,060   $1,623,359 42
2011/08/05 55 $57,186 -50% 74 $773   $1,680,545 49
2011/08/12 62 $28,748 -50% 51 $564   $1,709,293 56
2011/08/19 65 $34,291 +19% 65 $528   $1,743,584 63
2011/08/26 71 $15,668 -54% 31 $505   $1,759,252 70

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
Malaysia 4/19/2012 $0 0 3 18 $19,918 12/10/2015
Netherlands 1/10/2013 $7,653 9 9 9 $7,653 12/14/2015
Portugal 9/13/2012 $4,148 5 5 9 $7,920 12/11/2015
Spain 9/28/2012 $0 0 16 55 $87,530 12/12/2015
Turkey 6/29/2012 $1,978 4 4 4 $1,978 12/10/2015
 
International Total$124,999 12/14/2015

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