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The Big Short (2015)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $70,259,870Details
International Box Office $63,000,000Details
Worldwide Box Office $133,259,870
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $2,546,389 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $2,853,533 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $5,399,922
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Synopsis

When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short.

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Movie Details

Production Budget:$28,000,000
Domestic Releases: December 11th, 2015 (Limited) by Paramount Pictures
December 23rd, 2015 (Expands Wide) by Paramount Pictures
International Releases: December 23rd, 2015 (Wide) (France)
December 30th, 2015 (Wide) (Belgium)
December 30th, 2015 (Wide) (Switzerland)
December 31st, 2015 (Wide) (Iraq)
December 31st, 2015 (Wide) (Kuwait)
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Video Release: March 15th, 2016 by Paramount Home Video
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language and some sexuality/nudity.
(Rating bulletin 2400, 11/18/2015)
Running Time: 130 minutes
Comparisons: Best Picture Oscar Nominees, 2016
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Keywords: Market Bubble, Corporate Malfeasance, Breaking the Fourth Wall, Voiceover/Narration, Gratuitous Cameos, 2016 Oscars Best Picture Nominee, Prologue, Intertitle, Suicide, Death of a Sibling, Depression, 2000s, Las Vegas, Epilogue
Source:Based on Factual Book/Article
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Paramount Pictures, New Regency, Plan B Entertainment
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 17th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 851 $57,704 Apr 1, 2016 115
Biggest 16th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,121 $47,160 Mar 25, 2016 108
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 777 $138,652 Mar 18, 2016 101
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 507 $294,096 Mar 11, 2016 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 359 $503,566 Mar 4, 2016 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 234 $1,009,722 Feb 26, 2016 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 332 $893,550 Feb 19, 2016 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 300 $1,345,071 Feb 12, 2016 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 343 $1,710,205 Feb 5, 2016 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 237 $3,063,220 Jan 29, 2016 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 363 $3,176,529 Jan 22, 2016 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 236 $5,302,839 Jan 15, 2016 38
Fastest Movies to Earn $50 Million at the Domestic Box Office 1,244 $50,623,721 Jan 15, 2016 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 335 $6,174,503 Jan 8, 2016 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 318 $9,060,303 Jan 1, 2016 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 516 $10,531,026 Dec 25, 2015 17
Biggest December Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 330 $10,531,026 Dec 25, 2015 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,769 $378,285 Dec 18, 2015 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,715 $705,527 Dec 11, 2015 3

Cast

   Michael Burry
   Mark Baum
   Greg Lippmann
   Ben Hockett
Melissa Leo    Georgia Hale
Marisa Tomei    Cynthia Baum
Tracy Letts    Lawrence Fields
Hamish Linklater    Porter Collins
John Magaro    Charlie Geller
Byron Mann    Wing Chau
Rafe Spall    Danny Moses
Jeremy Strong    Vinny Daniel
Max Greenfield    Mortgage Broker
Billy Magnussen    Mortgage Broker
Finn Wittrock    Jamie Shipley
Al Sapienza    Dan Detone
Heighlen Boyd    Dancer
Sue-Lyn Ansari    Swimmer
Shona Gastian    Goldman Sachs Executive
Brandon Stacy    Burry's Dad
Vanessa Cloke    Lucy Thalia
Ruby Lou Smith    Sales Manager
Aaron V. Williamson   
Adepero Oduye    Kathy Tao
Judd Lormand    Lawyer
Lyle Brocato    Casey
Dave Davis    Burry's Assistant-Lewis
Lindsay Musil    Attractive Manhattan Professional
Shauna Rappold    Michael Burry's Mom
Aiden Flowers    11 Year Old Michael Burry
Michael K Douglas    Analyst
Nicole Barre    Woman at Party
Billy Slaughter    Younger Agent
Wayne Pére    Martin Blaine
Sara Finley    Caesar's Palace Pool Girl
Charlie Talbert    Charlie
Lara Grice    Host
Mark Falvo    Journalist
Garrett Hines    Deutsche Bank Rep Randall
Juliet Reeves    Front Point Receptionist
Jae Suh Park    Michael's Wife
Carrie Lazar    Mark's Mom
Jeff Caperton    Wall Street Journal Reporter
Tony Bentley    Bruce Miller the Bull
Hunter Burke    Young Analyst David
Candice Harrison    Investor
Jay Jablonski    Matt Wright
Marcus Lyle Brown    Merrill Lynch Trader
Jaclyn Bethany    Casino Patron
Elton LeBlanc    Convention Delegate/Strip Club Drunk/Blackjack Player
Jeffry Griffin    Chris
Nazeema Bartek    Analyst/Silicone Valley Manager/International Traveller
Tracy Mann    Banker
Paula Shreve    Lehman Brothers Banker
Emily Bossak    Banker
David Kallaway    Game Jersey Guy
Erika Vaughn    Journalist
Tom Bui    Analyst
Sidney Beitz    Sound Guy
Mike Moreau    Business Executive
Colin Lawless    Nicolas
Stanley Wong    Ted Jiang
Holly Ann Perry    Cocktail Waitress
Jason Bayle    Goldman Sachs Rep
Michelle Torres    Investor
Jay Potter    Deutsche Rep
Colette Divine    B of A Lobby Security Guard
Karen Gillan    Evie
David Zalkind    Rabbi

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    Adam McKay
Screenwriter    Charles Randolph
Based on the Book by    Michael Lewis
Producer    Brad Pitt
Producer    Dede Gardner
Producer    Jeremy Kleiner
Producer    Arnon Milchan
Executive Producer    Louise Rosner
Executive Producer    Kevin Messick
Production Designer    Clayton Hartley
Editor    Hank Corwin
Composer    Nicholas Britell
Director of Photography    Barry Ackroyd
Costume Designer    Susan Matheson
Art Director    Elliott Glick
Sound Mixer    David Wyman
Sound Mixer    Andrew DeCristofaro
Supervising Sound Editor    Becky Sullivan
Re-recording Mixer    Anna Behlmer
Re-recording Mixer    Terry Porter
Visual Effects Supervisor    Paul Linden
Assistant Director    Matt Rebenkoff
Casting Director    Francine Maisler
Post-Production Supervisor    Lisa Rodgers
Hairstylist    Adruitha Lee
Make up    Julie Hewett
Sound Editor    Jay Wilkinson
Unit Production Manager    Louise Rosner
Sound Designer    Andrew DeCristofaro
Special Effects Coordinator    Drew Jiritano
Set Decorator    Linda Sutton-Doll
Second Assistant Director    Amy Lauritsen

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March 15th, 2016

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February 28th, 2016

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February 27th, 2016

The Revenant

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February 24th, 2016

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February 20th, 2016

The Big Short

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February 18th, 2016

Deadpool

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February 15th, 2016

The Revenant

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Weekend Estimates: Deadpool Smashes February Record with $135m Debut

February 14th, 2016

Deadpool

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February 7th, 2016

The Revenant

The Directors Guild of America awards were handed out and it was a big night for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and The Revenant. More...

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February 3rd, 2016

Kung Fu Panda

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2015 Awards Season: SAG Winners—Oscar Picture Clarifies, Mostly

January 31st, 2016

Spotlight

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International Box Office: The Revenant Rises to First with $33.8 Million

January 28th, 2016

The Revenant

The Revenant rose to first place with $33.8 million in 48 markets for totals of $104.5 million internationally and $223.7 million worldwide. This includes a first place opening in Mexico with $5.3 million, but its biggest market was the U.K. with $5.51 million in 623 theaters for a two-week total of $17.16 million. The film will need to reach at least $300 million to break even any time soon, but that seems likely at this pace. More...

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January 24th, 2016

The Big Short

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The Lady in the Van

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January 15th, 2016

The Revenant

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January 14th, 2016

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Anomalisa

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January 11th, 2016

The Revenant

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January 7th, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Theater Averages: Revenant Remains Potent with Average of $111,957

January 5th, 2016

The Revenant

The Revenant remained on top of the theater average chart dipping just 6% to an average of $111,957 in four theaters. That's amazing and it bodes very well for its chances during its wide expansion this weekend. Furthermore, there are some major Awards Season events this week that could boost ticket sales even more. Anomalisa was well back in second place, but it still had an impressive opening with an average of $33,806 over the weekend and an average of $52,658 during its five-day opening. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was next with an average of $21,829. Chimes at Midnight earned $20,480 in one theater during its re-release, while Only Yesterday earned $14,970, also in one theater. The latter film is yet another success for GKIDS; this is the only studio that routinely has success with animated films in limited release. 45 Years remained in the $10,000 club with an average of $14,588 in six theaters. It doubled its theater count, but the average only fell 33% and that's a great sign for further expansion. Mr. Six is the fourth holdover in the $10,000 club earning an average of $10,406 in 28 theaters. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Star Wars misses its third Century Mark, Still Sets Multiple Records with $90.24 Million

January 4th, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

As expected, Star Wars: The Force Awakens dominated the weekend box office earning $90.24 million, breaking several records along the way. However, it did fall 40% over the weekend, which is a lot for this time of year. It appears The Force Awakens is acting more like a typical blockbuster hit and less like the typically leggy December release. That said, I don't think Disney is disappointed with the results so far. On the other hand, The Hateful Eight got off to a disappointing start earning third place with just a fraction of Django Unchained's opening weekend. The overall box office was down from last week, but was still an incredible $219 million. This was 26% lower than last week, but 41% higher than the same weekend last year. Year-to-date is a little less useful, as 2016 is only 3 days old, but it is 27% higher than 2015 was after the first weekend. This is even more impressive, as 2015 had an extra day before the weekend.

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Theater Averages: Revenant Arrives with a Lively Debut of $118,640

December 29th, 2015

Star Wars: The Revenant

The Revenant had the best theater average of the week and the second best opening theater average of the year with $474,560 in four theaters for an average of $118,640. The only film to open in 2015 with a better theater average was Steve Jobs with an average of $130,381. It struggled during its wide expansion. Hopefully that won't happen here. The Hateful Eight was next with an average of $46,107 in 100 theaters. The overall number one film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, was next with an average of $36,092. This would have been the fourth best opening weekend average for a wide release all year. 45 Years opened with an average of $21,925 in three theaters over the weekend and an average of $30,119 over its five-day opening. Daddy's Home was the second wide release in the $10,000 club with an average of $11,844. Mr. Six just missed the $10,000 club over the weekend with an average of $9,562 in 30 theaters; however, it earned an average of $12,500 over its four-day opening. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: The Force Awakens Earns $149.20 million and Daddy Hits Home Run

December 28th, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens easily won the weekend race, but not by as much as anticipated. On the other hand, Daddy's Home was a surprise hit and should cruise to $100 million. None of the rest of the new releases really bombed and most will end their runs as midlevel hits. Overall, the box office fell just 5.1% from last weekend to $295 million, which is the second biggest combined weekend of all time. It was also 41% bigger than the same weekend last year and 2015's year-over-year lead grew to 7.0%. It looks like the 2015 box office will reach $11 billion when all is said and done, but we won't know for sure till we get the absolute final numbers. More...

The Force Awakens Doubles Previous Christmas Record with $49.34 Million

December 26th, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens set another record by earning $49.34 million on Christmas Day. This more than doubles the previous record of $24.61 million held by Sherlock Holmes. However, this was only 79% more than it made on Christmas Eve, whereas Avatar rose 107% on the same day in its run. You can't even say Avatar had it easy due to weaker competition, so perhaps the explanation lies elsewhere. Perhaps a lot of people who were scared off by the crowds thus far decided to see the movie on Christmas Eve, because it is historically a slow day a the box office. That’s certainly what I was thinking. Because of this, I'm lowing my expectations for the weekend from $170 million to $160 million. This would have been a good opening weekend result for the film. It will be well above the current Record Second Weekend of $106.59 million by Jurassic World. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will The New Releases Experience Any Joy?

December 23rd, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

There are five wide releases / wide expansions this week, none of which will even come close to Star Wars: The Force Awakens' second weekend of release. The rest of the box office combined won't come close to The Force Awakens' sophomore stint. It looks like Daddy's Home has the advantage for second place, while Joy should be close behind. The Big Short expands wide on Wednesday and its five-day total should be close to the previous two films' three-day totals. On the downside, it looks like both Concussion and Point Break will open on the outside of the top five. The Force Awakens will make more than the entire top ten made this weekend last year, so 2015 will end the year on a very positive note in the year-over-year comparison. More...

The Big Short Trailer

December 22nd, 2015

Drama starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt, expands wide on Wednesday... Full Movie Details. More...

Theater Averages: Star Wars Set Another Records with $59,982

December 22nd, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens led the way on the theater average chart and broke the record for highest theater average for a wide release. Its average was $59,982, which is the fifth best opening theater average this year. This is just ahead of Ex Machina and just behind Carol. The Big Short fell 46% to $47,286. A 46% drop-off is bad news for a limited release most of the time, but The Force Awakens hurt all of the holdovers and I'm still bullish on its box office chances for its Wednesday expansion. Carol remained in the $10,000 for the fifth week in a row, this time earning an average of $14,446 in 16 theaters. Mojin: The Lost Legend opened with an average of $12,726 in 22 theaters, while Son of Saul was right behind with an average of $12,643. More...

Weekend Estimates: Force Awakens with Projected All-Time Best $238 Million

December 20th, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Disney is projecting a $238 million opening weekend for Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens as of Sunday morning, a figure that will make it, by some margin, the highest-grossing film on opening weekend at the domestic box office. Jurassic World holds the current domestic record, at $208.8 million. Given the $30 million over-performance at home, it’s perhaps a slight surprise that Star Wars isn’t also projected to take the global weekend record, with its expected $517 million falling a little behind Jurassic World’s $524.9 million debut earlier in the year. That’s one of a handful of examples of Star Wars placing second all-time as of Sunday morning, but mostly it’s been a case of broken records all round, and there’s evidence that Disney is playing things safe in their projections, so pretty much no record can be considered out of reach at this point. More...

Per Theater Chart: The Big Short was Nearly the Biggest

December 15th, 2015

The Big Short

We have a new champion on top of the per theater chart this week, as The Big Short earned one of the best limited release openings of the year. Its average of $88,191 was behind only Steve Jobs for the year and Steve Jobs opened in half as many theaters as The Big Short, 8 to 4. Carol remained strong in second place with an average of $21,105 in 16 theaters. Thankfully it is expanding, but I'm worried the studio waited too long and it won't reach its potential. Yellow Day opened with an average of $13,130 in two theaters. The Danish Girl rounded out the $10,000 club with an average of $10,964 in 24 theaters. By this time next week, it could be over $1 million in total. More...

Weekend Estimates: Mockingjay Cruises On

December 13th, 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2 will cruise to another victory at the box office this weekend, for the simple reason that In the Heart of the Sea is having a terrible opening. Mockingjay will be down another 40% in its fourth weekend, and will pick up a relatively modest $11.3 million, taking its domestic total to $244.5 million. That confirms it as comfortably the worst-performing film in the franchise, and even a Christmas-season boost at the box office will leave it under $300 million in total. That, however, is unimaginable riches compared to the performance of Heart of the Sea. More...

Limited and VOD Releases: Big Short Looks to Stand Tall

December 11th, 2015

The Big Short

Earlier this week, The Big Short picked up two SAG nominations and four Golden Globe nominations and now it is opening in limited release. It arguably has louder buzz than the rest of this week’s limited releases combined, and the reviews to back it up. Outside of this film, both The Boy and the World and The Girl in the Book deserve to find an audience. More...

2015 Preview: December

December 1st, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

November ended on a positive note with a strong Thanksgiving weekend. Even so, the overall numbers were mixed with a lot of misses mixed in with a few hits. It was better than October and we will call that a victory. Meanwhile, December is potentially record-breaking. Actually, given the evidence, it is almost assuredly going to be record-breaking. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already set a record for the most money taken from ticket pre-sales and the biggest December weekend will fall. The pre-orders alone will guarantee that. On the downside, it is very likely that no film will make as much in total as The Force Awakens will make during its opening weekend. There's a chance no film makes in total as much as The Force Awakens makes during its opening day. There are a few films that have a shot at $100 million. For example, Joy should get there, if it becomes a major player during Awards Season. If not, it will at least come close. Daddy's Home, and to a lesser extent Sisters, could be surprise $100 million hits. However, like the rest of 2015, December is shaping up to be a month of a record-breaking hit and a lot of films that struggle just to get noticed. On the other hand, last December, was a lot more balanced at the top with four films earning more than $100 million, led by The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. There's a chance The Force Awakens earns more than all four $100 million hits from last year earned combined. More...

Compare this performance with other movies…

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2015/12/11 15 $705,527   8 $88,191   $705,527 3
2015/12/18 19 $378,285 -46% 8 $47,286   $1,319,689 10
2015/12/25 6 $10,531,026 +2,684% 1,585 $6,644   $16,022,474 17
2016/01/01 7 $9,060,303 -14% 1,588 $5,705   $33,055,481 24
2016/01/08 7 $6,174,503 -32% 2,529 $2,441   $42,724,340 31
2016/01/15 8 $5,302,839 -14% 1,765 $3,004   $50,623,721 38
2016/01/22 10 $3,176,529 -40% 1,351 $2,351   $56,390,370 45
2016/01/29 11 $3,063,220 -4% 983 $3,116   $60,963,697 52
2016/02/05 14 $1,710,205 -44% 860 $1,989   $63,660,681 59
2016/02/12 16 $1,345,071 -21% 535 $2,514   $65,676,908 66
2016/02/19 19 $893,550 -34% 432 $2,068   $67,141,291 73
2016/02/26 16 $1,009,722 +13% 543 $1,860   $68,520,574 80
2016/03/04 20 $503,566 -50% 314 $1,604   $69,352,683 87
2016/03/11 24 $294,096 -42% 222 $1,325   $69,815,957 94
2016/03/18 37 $138,652 -53% 133 $1,042   $70,057,836 101
2016/03/25 43 $47,160 -66% 67 $704   $70,154,926 108
2016/04/01 42 $57,704 +22% 108 $534   $70,235,322 115

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2015/12/11 15 $221,931   8 $27,741   $221,931 1
2015/12/12 15 $275,331 +24% 8 $34,416   $497,262 2
2015/12/13 15 $208,265 -24% 8 $26,033   $705,527 3
2015/12/14 15 $66,330 -68% 8 $8,291   $771,857 4
2015/12/15 - $58,349 -12% 8 $7,294   $830,206 5
2015/12/16 15 $59,655 +2% 8 $7,457   $889,861 6
2015/12/17 - $51,543 -14% 8 $6,443   $941,404 7
2015/12/18 - $100,867 +96% 8 $12,608   $1,042,271 8
2015/12/19 - $146,630 +45% 8 $18,329   $1,188,901 9
2015/12/20 - $130,788 -11% 8 $16,349   $1,319,689 10
2015/12/21 - $79,653 -39% 8 $9,957   $1,399,342 11
2015/12/22 - $71,113 -11% 8 $8,889   $1,470,455 12
2015/12/23 4 $2,304,377 +3,140% 1,585 $1,454   $3,774,832 13
2015/12/24 3 $1,716,616 -26% 1,585 $1,083   $5,491,448 14
2015/12/25 7 $3,776,422 +120% 1,585 $2,383   $9,267,870 15
2015/12/26 6 $3,847,481 +2% 1,585 $2,427   $13,115,351 16
2015/12/27 6 $2,907,123 -24% 1,585 $1,834   $16,022,474 17
2015/12/28 6 $1,965,271 -32% 1,585 $1,240   $17,987,745 18
2015/12/29 6 $1,955,372 -1% 1,585 $1,234   $19,943,117 19
2015/12/30 7 $1,943,678 -1% 1,585 $1,226   $21,886,795 20
2015/12/31 7 $2,108,383 +8% 1,585 $1,330   $23,995,178 21
2016/01/01 7 $3,414,901 +62% 1,588 $2,150   $27,410,079 22
2016/01/02 7 $3,693,804 +8% 1,588 $2,326   $31,103,883 23
2016/01/03 7 $1,951,598 -47% 1,588 $1,229   $33,055,481 24
2016/01/04 6 $810,561 -58% 1,588 $510   $33,866,042 25
2016/01/05 6 $1,023,365 +26% 1,588 $644   $34,889,407 26
2016/01/06 5 $869,511 -15% 1,588 $548   $35,758,918 27
2016/01/07 5 $790,919 -9% 1,588 $498   $36,549,837 28
2016/01/08 7 $1,847,865 +134% 2,529 $731   $38,397,702 29
2016/01/09 7 $2,800,497 +52% 2,529 $1,107   $41,198,199 30
2016/01/10 8 $1,526,141 -46% 2,529 $603   $42,724,340 31
2016/01/11 7 $506,381 -67% 2,529 $200   $43,230,721 32
2016/01/12 7 $737,003 +46% 2,529 $291   $43,967,724 33
2016/01/13 4 $645,842 -12% 2,529 $255   $44,613,566 34
2016/01/14 4 $707,316 +10% 2,529 $280   $45,320,882 35
2016/01/15 8 $1,510,056 +113% 1,765 $856   $46,830,938 36
2016/01/16 8 $2,155,836 +43% 1,765 $1,221   $48,986,774 37
2016/01/17 8 $1,636,947 -24% 1,765 $927   $50,623,721 38
2016/01/18 8 $1,136,702 -31% 1,765 $644   $51,760,423 39
2016/01/19 6 $573,329 -50% 1,765 $325   $52,333,752 40
2016/01/20 6 $438,262 -24% 1,765 $248   $52,772,014 41
2016/01/21 6 $441,827 +1% 1,765 $250   $53,213,841 42
2016/01/22 9 $987,156 +123% 1,351 $731   $54,200,997 43
2016/01/23 10 $1,515,539 +54% 1,351 $1,122   $55,716,536 44
2016/01/24 10 $673,834 -56% 1,351 $499   $56,390,370 45
2016/01/25 9 $295,514 -56% 1,351 $219   $56,685,884 46
2016/01/26 9 $428,935 +45% 1,351 $317   $57,114,819 47
2016/01/27 8 $400,634 -7% 1,351 $297   $57,515,453 48
2016/01/28 8 $385,024 -4% 1,351 $285   $57,900,477 49
2016/01/29 11 $792,773 +106% 983 $806   $58,693,250 50
2016/01/30 12 $1,406,972 +77% 983 $1,431   $60,100,222 51
2016/01/31 11 $863,475 -39% 983 $878   $60,963,697 52
2016/02/01 11 $227,503 -74% 983 $231   $61,191,200 53
2016/02/02 11 $281,504 +24% 983 $286   $61,472,704 54
2016/02/03 11 $244,943 -13% 983 $249   $61,717,647 55
2016/02/04 11 $232,829 -5% 983 $237   $61,950,476 56
2016/02/05 14 $517,395 +122% 860 $602   $62,467,871 57
2016/02/06 14 $954,930 +85% 860 $1,110   $63,422,801 58
2016/02/07 - $237,880 -75% 860 $277   $63,660,681 59
2016/02/08 14 $161,841 -32% 860 $188   $63,822,522 60
2016/02/09 14 $190,735 +18% 860 $222   $64,013,257 61
2016/02/10 14 $173,837 -9% 860 $202   $64,187,094 62
2016/02/11 13 $144,743 -17% 860 $168   $64,331,837 63
2016/02/12 - $283,412 +96% 535 $530   $64,615,249 64
2016/02/13 - $554,756 +96% 535 $1,037   $65,170,005 65
2016/02/14 - $506,903 -9% 535 $947   $65,676,908 66
2016/02/15 15 $250,396 -51% 535 $468   $65,927,304 67
2016/02/16 - $112,487 -55% 535 $210   $66,039,791 68
2016/02/17 - $102,567 -9% 535 $192   $66,142,358 69
2016/02/18 - $105,383 +3% 535 $197   $66,247,741 70
2016/02/19 - $219,147 +108% 432 $507   $66,466,888 71
2016/02/20 - $418,919 +91% 432 $970   $66,885,807 72
2016/02/21 - $255,484 -39% 432 $591   $67,141,291 73
2016/02/22 - $74,797 -71% 432 $173   $67,216,088 74
2016/02/23 - $95,384 +28% 432 $221   $67,311,472 75
2016/02/24 15 $93,897 -2% 432 $217   $67,405,369 76
2016/02/25 12 $105,483 +12% 432 $244   $67,510,852 77
2016/02/26 15 $271,696 +158% 543 $500   $67,782,548 78
2016/02/27 15 $525,789 +94% 543 $968   $68,308,337 79
2016/02/28 - $212,237 -60% 543 $391   $68,520,574 80
2016/02/29 15 $80,136 -62% 543 $148   $68,600,710 81
2016/03/01 17 $87,357 +9% 543 $161   $68,688,067 82
2016/03/02 15 $88,273 +1% 543 $163   $68,776,340 83
2016/03/03 - $72,777 -18% 543 $134   $68,849,117 84
2016/03/04 - $131,200 +80% 314 $418   $68,980,317 85
2016/03/05 - $244,711 +87% 314 $779   $69,225,028 86
2016/03/06 - $127,655 -48% 314 $407   $69,352,683 87
2016/03/07 - $41,423 -68% 314 $132   $69,394,106 88
2016/03/08 - $45,347 +9% 314 $144   $69,439,453 89
2016/03/09 - $44,023 -3% 314 $140   $69,483,476 90
2016/03/10 - $38,385 -13% 314 $122   $69,521,861 91
2016/03/11 - $76,109 +98% 222 $343   $69,597,970 92
2016/03/12 - $142,429 +87% 222 $642   $69,740,399 93
2016/03/13 - $75,558 -47% 222 $340   $69,815,957 94
2016/03/14 - $27,538 -64% 222 $124   $69,843,495 95
2016/03/15 - $30,687 +11% 222 $138   $69,874,182 96
2016/03/16 - $23,753 -23% 222 $107   $69,897,935 97
2016/03/17 - $21,249 -11% 222 $96   $69,919,184 98
2016/03/18 - $35,359 +66% 133 $266   $69,954,543 99
2016/03/19 - $65,783 +86% 133 $495   $70,020,326 100
2016/03/20 - $37,510 -43% 133 $282   $70,057,836 101
2016/03/21 - $12,725 -66% 133 $96   $70,070,561 102
2016/03/22 - $13,163 +3% 133 $99   $70,083,724 103
2016/03/23 - $12,777 -3% 133 $96   $70,096,501 104
2016/03/24 - $11,265 -12% 133 $85   $70,107,766 105
2016/03/25 - $15,183 +35% 67 $227   $70,122,949 106
2016/03/26 - $20,250 +33% 67 $302   $70,143,199 107
2016/03/27 - $11,727 -42% 67 $175   $70,154,926 108
2016/03/28 - $6,193 -47% 67 $92   $70,161,119 109
2016/03/29 - $5,997 -3% 67 $90   $70,167,116 110
2016/03/30 - $5,485 -9% 67 $82   $70,172,601 111
2016/03/31 - $5,017 -9% 67 $75   $70,177,618 112
2016/04/01 - $17,520 +249% 108 $162   $70,195,138 113
2016/04/02 - $25,844 +48% 108 $239   $70,220,982 114
2016/04/03 - $14,340 -45% 108 $133   $70,235,322 115
2016/04/04 - $4,499 -69% 108 $42   $70,239,821 116
2016/04/05 - $6,673 +48% 108 $62   $70,246,494 117
2016/04/06 - $6,457 -3% 108 $60   $70,252,951 118
2016/04/07 - $6,919 +7% 108 $64   $70,259,870 119

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2015/12/11 15 $941,404   8 $117,676   $941,404 7
2015/12/18 9 $4,550,044 +383% 1,585 $2,871   $5,491,448 14
2015/12/25 6 $18,503,730 +307% 1,585 $11,674   $23,995,178 21
2016/01/01 7 $12,554,659 -32% 1,588 $7,906   $36,549,837 28
2016/01/08 7 $8,771,045 -30% 2,529 $3,468   $45,320,882 35
2016/01/15 8 $7,892,959 -10% 1,765 $4,472   $53,213,841 42
2016/01/22 10 $4,686,636 -41% 1,351 $3,469   $57,900,477 49
2016/01/29 11 $4,049,999 -14% 983 $4,120   $61,950,476 56
2016/02/05 14 $2,381,361 -41% 860 $2,769   $64,331,837 63
2016/02/12 16 $1,915,904 -20% 535 $3,581   $66,247,741 70
2016/02/19 18 $1,263,111 -34% 432 $2,924   $67,510,852 77
2016/02/26 17 $1,338,265 +6% 543 $2,465   $68,849,117 84
2016/03/04 19 $672,744 -50% 314 $2,142   $69,521,861 91
2016/03/11 26 $397,323 -41% 222 $1,790   $69,919,184 98
2016/03/18 37 $188,582 -53% 133 $1,418   $70,107,766 105
2016/03/25 45 $69,852 -63% 67 $1,043   $70,177,618 112
2016/04/01 43 $82,252 +18% 108 $762   $70,259,870 119

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
Argentina 1/7/2016 $309,055 97 97 257 $718,729 3/8/2016
Australia 1/15/2016 $1,228,827 183 194 1236 $5,423,402 6/9/2016
Austria 1/14/2016 $94,978 49 49 232 $405,728 6/9/2016
Belgium 12/30/2015 $130,225 15 17 50 $422,374 6/9/2016
Bolivia 1/7/2016 $16,560 6 6 13 $42,193 2/2/2016
Brazil 1/14/2016 $613,209 157 157 591 $2,166,918 6/9/2016
Central America 1/7/2016 $98,501 50 50 100 $263,979 2/2/2016
Colombia 1/21/2016 $97,391 54 54 54 $97,391 1/26/2016
Croatia 1/14/2016 $38,184 26 26 86 $110,400 2/23/2016
Czech Republic 1/7/2016 $21,581 43 43 85 $65,065 2/2/2016
Denmark 1/28/2016 $0 0 55 88 $387,423 6/9/2016
Ecuador 1/22/2016 $0 0 24 33 $72,979 2/17/2016
Finland 2/19/2016 $58,858 38 38 119 $259,598 6/9/2016
France 12/23/2015 $1,491,284 303 303 1511 $5,416,144 2/5/2016
Germany 1/14/2016 $795,306 278 278 1165 $2,207,150 2/5/2016
Greece 1/7/2016 $132,997 33 36 96 $413,310 6/9/2016
Hong Kong 1/21/2016 $241,180 28 28 107 $1,022,843 6/9/2016
Hungary 2/4/2016 $104,615 44 44 176 $307,172 3/9/2016
Indonesia 1/13/2016 $172,843 85 85 149 $366,858 2/17/2016
Iraq 12/31/2015 $1,553 3 3 4 $3,886 1/13/2016
Israel 1/28/2016 $115,686 23 27 130 $585,250 3/8/2016
Italy 1/8/2016 $1,897,482 0 346 795 $5,381,965 6/9/2016
Japan 3/4/2016 $1,018,683 214 214 428 $4,532,159 6/9/2016
Kuwait 12/31/2015 $8,545 2 2 4 $91,811 1/13/2016
Lebanon 12/31/2015 $37,767 6 6 13 $91,516 1/26/2016
Lithuania 1/15/2016 $14,655 9 9 9 $14,655 6/9/2016
Malaysia 1/7/2016 $35,897 16 16 59 $110,803 6/9/2016
Mexico 1/8/2016 $462,810 0 363 379 $1,053,838 6/9/2016
Netherlands 1/21/2016 $180,736 49 49 242 $838,241 6/9/2016
New Zealand 1/15/2016 $102,186 51 56 362 $501,549 6/9/2016
Oman 12/31/2015 $3,566 2 2 2 $3,566 1/5/2016
Peru 1/7/2016 $60,275 23 23 59 $222,745 2/2/2016
Poland 1/1/2016 $0 0 62 62 $556,411 1/20/2016
Portugal 1/14/2016 $238,852 58 59 253 $726,877 6/9/2016
Romania 1/29/2016 $0 0 16 16 $129,520 2/17/2016
Russia (CIS) 1/21/2016 $0 0 600 804 $1,099,565 2/15/2016
Serbia and Montenegro 12/31/2015 $14,694 15 15 32 $78,576 2/9/2016
Singapore 1/21/2016 $150,001 17 17 65 $471,812 6/9/2016
Slovakia 1/7/2016 $15,476 22 22 22 $15,476 6/9/2016
Slovenia 1/21/2016 $8,920 9 9 45 $27,069 6/9/2016
South Africa 1/15/2016 $27,717 25 25 25 $27,717 6/9/2016
South Korea 1/21/2016 $1,010,531 489 489 1068 $2,997,783 6/9/2016
Spain 1/22/2016 $1,066,047 295 295 1161 $3,153,385 4/12/2016
Sweden 1/22/2016 $0 0 61 140 $937,226 6/9/2016
Switzerland 12/30/2015 $0 0 13 13 $269,351 6/9/2016
Taiwan 1/15/2016 $238,698 75 75 227 $797,022 6/9/2016
Thailand 1/7/2016 $79,434 41 41 127 $237,236 6/9/2016
Turkey 1/8/2016 $76,554 35 35 98 $292,821 2/17/2016
Ukraine 2/4/2016 $103,694 113 115 325 $218,927 4/5/2016
United Arab Emirates 12/31/2015 $161,456 25 25 52 $420,546 3/1/2016
United Kingdom 1/22/2016 $1,863,221 412 446 1922 $8,470,277 6/9/2016
Uruguay 1/7/2016 $21,714 11 11 31 $72,669 2/2/2016
Venezuela 1/22/2016 $196,712 24 24 50 $196,712 3/8/2016
 
Rest of World $8,201,382
 
International Total$63,000,000 6/9/2016

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
3/20/2016848,596 48,596$825,646$825,6461
3/27/20162221,593-56% 70,189$319,145$1,144,7912
4/24/20162912,049 101,367$216,762$1,688,4676

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
3/20/2016664,497 64,497$1,289,294$1,289,2941
3/27/20161516,194-75% 80,691$331,331$1,620,6252
4/3/2016199,571-41% 90,262$209,220$1,829,8453

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