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Big Fish (2003)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $66,432,867Details
International Box Office $57,521,456
Worldwide Box Office $123,954,323
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  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Full Financials
  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
77% - Certified Fresh
Audience
89% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$70,000,000
Domestic Releases: December 10th, 2003 (Limited) by Sony Pictures
January 9th, 2004 (Expands Wide) by Sony Pictures
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for fight scene, some images of nudity and a suggestive reference
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Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Fantasy
Production Companies: Columbia Pictures, Jinks/Cohen Company, Zancuk Company
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 17th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,243 $18,684 Apr 2, 2004 117
Biggest 16th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,412 $22,309 Mar 26, 2004 110
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,044 $109,447 Mar 12, 2004 96
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 992 $150,886 Mar 5, 2004 89
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 587 $354,677 Feb 27, 2004 82
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 256 $1,187,814 Feb 20, 2004 75
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 135 $2,501,913 Feb 13, 2004 68
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 136 $3,151,302 Feb 6, 2004 61
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 109 $4,533,655 Jan 30, 2004 54
Fastest Movies to Earn $50 Million at the Domestic Box Office 1,289 $50,339,000 Jan 23, 2004 50
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 70 $7,110,138 Jan 23, 2004 47
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 42 $10,306,947 Jan 16, 2004 40
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 31 $13,811,191 Jan 9, 2004 33
Biggest January Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 172 $13,811,191 Jan 9, 2004 33
Biggest January Day at the Domestic Box Office 395 $5,738,702 Jan 10, 2004 32
Biggest Saturday at the Domestic Box Office 2,099 $5,738,702 Jan 10, 2004 32
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,764 $2,544,450 Jan 2, 2004 26
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,808 $2,053,733 Dec 26, 2003 19
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,239 $164,641 Dec 19, 2003 12
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,419 $207,377 Dec 12, 2003 5

Cast

   Young Edward Bloom
Albert Finney    Old Edward Bloom
Jessica Lange    Old Sandy Bloom
   Jenny and The Witch
Robert Guillaume    Dr. Bennett
Marion Cotillard    Josephine
Alison Lohman    Young Sandy Bloom
Matthew McGrory    Karl the Giant
David Denman    Young Don Price
Missi Pyle    Mildred
Loudon Wainwright    Pyle Beamen
Ada Tai    Ping
Arlene Tai    Jing
Steve Buscemi    Norther Winslow
Danny De Vito    Amos Calloway
Billy Crudup    William Bloom
Miley Cyrus    Young Ruthie

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    John August
Based on the novel "Big Fish, A Story of Mythic Proportions"    Daniel Wallace
Producer    Richard D. Zanuck
Producer    Bruce Cohen
Producer    Dan Jinks
Executive Producer    Arne L. Schmidt
Cinematographer    Philippe Rousselot
Editor    Chris Lebenzon
Composer    Danny Elfman
Production Designer    Dennis Gassner
Supervising Art Director    Richard L. Johnson
Art Director    Jack Johnson
Art Director    Roy Barnes
Art Director    Robert Fechtman
Set Designer    Dawn Brown Manser
Set Designer    Jonathan Short
Set Decorator    Nancy Haigh
Costume Designer    Colleen Atwood
Sound    Petur Hliddal
Supervising Sound Mixer    Kevin O'Connell
Supervising Sound Mixer    Greg P. Russell
Supervising Sound Editor    Skip Lievsay
Visual Effects Supervisor    Kevin Mack
Associate Producer    Katterli Frauenfelder
Assistant Director    Katterli Frauenfelder
Casting Director    Denise Chamian
Music Editor    Jeanette Surga

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April 26th, 2004

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They Couldn't have Dreamt of a Better Opening

February 12th, 2004

It's obvious The Dreamers wasn't hampered by its NC-17 rating. Not only is its per theatre average of $28,526 the best of the week, it was the best this year beating Big Fish by more than $8,000. More...

King Oscar, Lord of the Nominations

January 27th, 2004

Nominations for the 76the Annual Academy Awards were announced today. As always, here is a list of the nominations, plus reactions below. More...

Effective Marketing

January 26th, 2004

There seems to be a pattern developing for 2004. The number one movie surprises, but the overall box office is lower than expected. This week was no different. The total box office was down from last weekend's 3-day total, which is not surprising as last weekend was a long weekend. But it dropped by a massive 24.7%. The performance compared to last year that is more troubling. Before the weekend 2004 was 7% behind 2003 and at first glance this weekend was almost flat compared to last year, down less than $200,000 or just 0.002%. But this weekend last year was Superbowl weekend, so the performance is really more equivalent to a 10% drop. More...

2004 Golden Globe Awards are being Handed out Tonight

January 25th, 2004

With the awards ceremony only hours away, here's one last look at the theatrical nominations for tonight's 61st annual Golden Globes awards. More...

That 70s Showdown

January 23rd, 2004

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Polly Wants a Number One Spot

January 21st, 2004

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January 18th, 2004

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Along Comes a New Number One

January 16th, 2004

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King too Big for Competition

January 12th, 2004

None of the wide releases were able to mount much of an attack on last weekend's top five. And with the exception of a limited release going wide there was little change. The lack of a dominate opener helped push the total box office lower by more than 25% from last week and 6% from last year. So much for last weekend's strong start to 2004. More...

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January 9th, 2004

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No Small Fry

January 6th, 2004

In an unusual turn of events, Big Fish saw its per theatre average jump this weekend to $20,356 in 125 theatres. This bodes very well for this Friday when it expands into more than 2000 theatres. Next weekend it may no longer be on top on the per theatre average chart, but should place well on the top five overall. More...

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December 30th, 2003

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Fish Remains Big on the Per Theatre Charts

December 23rd, 2003

Taking top spot on the Per Theatre Charts in consecutive weeks is not an easy task, but that's just what Big Fish did this week. And it did it by keeping nearly 80% of its premiere audience landing at $27,440 per theatre. Add in a few awards / nominations and an early January wide release and it could add up to box office hit. More...

A Big Opening for Fish

December 16th, 2003

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December 11th, 2003


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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2003/12/12 24 $207,377   6 $34,563   $281,795 5
2003/12/19 26 $164,641 -21% 6 $27,440   $562,525 12
2003/12/26 14 $2,053,733 +1,147% 124 $16,562   $3,505,172 19
2004/01/02 12 $2,544,450 +24% 125 $20,356   $8,454,208 26
2004/01/09 2 $13,811,191 +443% 2,406 $5,740   $23,386,775 33
2004/01/16 2 $10,306,947 -25% 2,514 $4,100   $37,858,198 40
2004/01/23 4 $7,110,138 -31% 2,438 $2,916   $48,934,111 47
2004/01/30 6 $4,533,655 -36% 2,280 $1,988   $55,316,067 54
2004/02/06 11 $3,151,302 -30% 1,617 $1,949   $59,715,819 61
2004/02/13 13 $2,501,913 -21% 1,224 $2,044   $63,014,033 68
2004/02/20 17 $1,187,814 -53% 947 $1,254   $65,150,895 75
2004/02/27 24 $354,677 -70% 371 $956   $65,815,103 82
2004/03/05 37 $150,886 -57% 207 $729   $66,098,989 89
2004/03/12 39 $109,447 -27% 134 $817   $66,257,002 96
2004/03/26 73 $22,309   35 $637   $66,402,088 110
2004/04/02 77 $18,684 -16% 20 $934   $66,432,867 117

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2004/01/03 12 $979,380   125 $7,835   $7,795,613 25
2004/01/04 10 $658,595 -33% 125 $5,269   $8,454,208 26
2004/01/05 10 $278,000 -58% 125 $2,224   $8,733,000 27
2004/01/06 10 $282,000 +1% 125 $2,256   $9,014,000 28
2004/01/07 10 $282,000 n/c 125 $2,256   $9,297,000 29
2004/01/08 10 $279,000 -1% 125 $2,232   $9,576,000 30
2004/01/09 1 $4,500,000 +1,513% 2,406 $1,870   $14,100,000 31
2004/01/10 2 $5,738,702 +28% 2,406 $2,385   $19,940,866 32
2004/01/11 2 $3,445,909 -40% 2,406 $1,432   $23,386,775 33
2004/01/12 2 $1,087,000 -68% 2,406 $452   $24,474,000 34
2004/01/13 2 $1,107,000 +2% 2,406 $460   $25,581,000 35
2004/01/14 2 $936,000 -15% 2,406 $389   $26,517,000 36
2004/01/15 2 $1,034,000 +10% 2,406 $430   $27,551,000 37
2004/01/16 3 $2,819,869 +173% 2,514 $1,122   $30,371,120 38
2004/01/17 3 $4,481,581 +59% 2,514 $1,783   $34,852,701 39
2004/01/18 3 $3,005,497 -33% 2,514 $1,196   $37,858,198 40
2004/01/19 4 $2,030,024 -32% 2,514 $807   $39,888,222 41
2004/01/20 3 $703,000 -65% 2,514 $280   $40,591,000 42
2004/01/21 3 $581,000 -17% 2,514 $231   $41,172,000 43
2004/01/22 2 $652,000 +12% 2,514 $259   $41,824,000 44
2004/01/23 4 $2,000,000 +207% 2,438 $820   $43,800,000 45
2004/01/24 3 $3,340,945 +67% 2,438 $1,370   $47,129,106 46
2004/01/25 4 $1,805,005 -46% 2,438 $740   $48,934,111 47
2004/01/26 4 $462,000 -74% 2,438 $189   $49,396,000 48
2004/01/27 5 $461,000 n/c 2,438 $189   $49,857,000 49
2004/01/28 4 $482,000 +5% 2,438 $198   $50,339,000 50
2004/01/29 5 $443,000 -8% 2,438 $182   $50,782,000 51
2004/01/30 6 $1,400,000 +216% 2,280 $614   $52,200,000 52
2004/01/31 5 $2,336,326 +67% 2,280 $1,025   $54,513,467 53
2004/02/01 6 $802,600 -66% 2,280 $352   $55,316,067 54
2004/02/02 7 $313,000 -61% 2,280 $137   $55,629,000 55
2004/02/03 8 $341,000 +9% 2,280 $150   $55,970,000 56
2004/02/04 8 $307,000 -10% 2,280 $135   $56,277,000 57
2004/02/05 8 $287,000 -7% 2,280 $126   $56,565,000 58
2004/02/16 13 $430,808   1,224 $352   $63,444,841 69

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2003/12/12 23 $323,466   6 $53,911   $397,884 9
2003/12/19 15 $1,053,555 +226% 6 $175,593   $1,451,439 16
2003/12/26 14 $4,458,319 +323% 124 $35,954   $5,909,758 23
2004/01/02 10 $3,665,826 -18% 125 $29,327   $9,575,584 30
2004/01/09 2 $17,975,667 +390% 2,406 $7,471   $27,551,251 37
2004/01/16 3 $14,272,722 -21% 2,514 $5,677   $41,823,973 44
2004/01/23 4 $8,958,439 -37% 2,438 $3,675   $50,782,412 51
2004/01/30 5 $5,782,105 -35% 2,280 $2,536   $56,564,517 58
2004/02/06 11 $3,947,603 -32% 1,617 $2,441   $60,512,120 65
2004/02/13 14 $3,450,961 -13% 1,224 $2,819   $63,963,081 72
2004/02/20 18 $1,497,345 -57% 947 $1,581   $65,460,426 79
2004/02/27 24 $487,677 -67% 371 $1,314   $65,948,103 86
2004/03/05 41 $199,452 -59% 207 $964   $66,147,555 93
2004/03/26 74 $34,404   35 $983   $66,414,183 114
2004/04/02 86 $18,684 -46% 20 $934   $66,432,867 121

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