The Big Year

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $7,204,138Details
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $4,375,961 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $1,361,842 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $5,737,803
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Synopsis

Everyone is searching for something - and Stu Preissler, Brad Harris and Kenny Bostick are determined to not only find their "something," but to be the very best at it. Like this intrepid, continent-trotting trio, most of us dream about being at the top - whether it be as the supreme athlete, the best-selling author, or maybe the award-winning artist. It can be anything, but ideally itís something you're passionate about. For Stu, Brad and Kenny, that means being the world's greatest....birder. In THE BIG YEAR, an extraordinary race becomes a transformative journey for wealthy industrialist Stu, computer code-writer Brad, and successful contractor Kenny, who race across the continent on a Big Year, a whirlwind competition to see who can spot the most species of birds in North America within one calendar year.

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Movie Details

Theatrical Release: October 14th, 2011 (Wide) by 20th Century Fox
Video Release: January 31st, 2012 by Fox Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG for language and some sensuality.
(Rating bulletin 2190, 9/21/2011)
Keywords: Relationships Gone Wrong, Relationship Advice, Romance, Dysfunctional Family, Epilogue, Retirement, Intellectual Pursuits, Voiceover/Narration, Ensemble, Road Trip, Mid-Life Crisis, Delayed Adulthood
Source:Based on Factual Book/Article
Genre:Comedy
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction

DVD Sales: Searching for Treasure on the Home Market

While there were a lot of new releases on this week's DVD sales chart, it was clearly a case of quantity over quality as even the best selling release was merely mediocre. Treasure Buddies was top dog with sales of 381,000 units / $6.47 million during its opening week. This is roughly in line with the previous installment, but below average for the franchise. More...

Blu-ray Sales: In the Driver's Seat

New releases dominated the Blu-ray sales chart with as many as four in the top five. (Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a bit of an odd case, but more on that in a second.) Drive led the way with 420,000 units / $8.39 million giving it an opening week Blu-ray share of 57%. This is a great opening compared to the film's theatrical run. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: The Big Year

The Big Year bombed and bombed hard. It had the worst opening weekend for a wide release all year (although not the worst total box office). That really all you can say about the film. It can't possibly be as bad as its box office numbers, right? More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for January 31st, 2012

It's kind of an unusual week on the home market with five first run releases coming out on DVD and Blu-ray. However, all five films missed expectations in one degree or another. Some were outright bombs by anyone's definition, while others were expected to struggle to find a large audience, just not by as much as they did. That is not to say they were all bad movies. In fact one of them, Drive, has done quite well during Awards Season and the Blu-ray Combo Pack is a contender for Pick of the Week. Its main competition is To Kill A Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition, which is also coming out on a Blu-ray Combo Pack. It's a coin toss, but I'm going with the latter over the former. More...

Weekend Wrap-up: Paranormal Wasn't Just Your Regular Hit

The industry as a whole has to be breathing a small sigh of relief after the weekend numbers started to come in. Paranormal Activity 3 broke records over the weekend helping the overall box office along the way. It grew 38% compared to last weekend, hitting $121 million. Unfortunately, that was still 6% lower than the same weekend Last year. Year-to-date, 2011 is 4% behind 2010's pace at $8.38 billion to $8.73 million and there's little hope that deficit will go away by the end of the year. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Real Steel Dances Its Way to a Tight First Place Finish

This past weekend was one the industry would love to forget. It was one of the worst weekend of the entire year. The total box office haul was just $88 million, which was 7.5% lower than last weekend and an absolute stunning 33% lower than the same weekend last year. A year-over-year discrepancy like that usually only occurs when there's a misalignment in the calendar. (Summer starting a week later than it did the year before. A major holiday falling a week later than it did the year before. Halloween or Christmas Day landing on the weekend.) It was so bad, that the top five films this year barely made more than Jackass 3D opened with last year. Footloose was the only new release that made any real impact, but it wasn't enough to overtake Real Steel on top of the chart. Meanwhile, 2011 lost more ground to 2010 and it is now down by 4% at $8.23 billion to $8.56 billion. If we are to see a recovery, it will have to happen really fast. More...

Weekend Estimates: Footloose Reboot Tripped by Steel

A decent opening for the Footloose remake wasn't quite enough to take top spot at the box office this weekend thanks to a good second weekend for Real Steel. The inspirational robot boxing movie dropped 40% from its debut to $16.3 million, which will most likely be enough to keep Footloose in second place. It is projected to make $16.1 million this weekend. Well behind them is The Thing, which is expected to make just $8.7 million. Thanks to the general weakness of the market, that's going to be enough for third, but it's not going to make much of a dent in the marketing costs for the movie, let alone its production costs. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will the Box Office Footlose or Footwin?

Firstly, I would like to apologize for the Footloose / Footlose pun in the title. It is unacceptable, even by my standards. Secondly, we are going to lose. This weekend last year Jackass 3D broke the record for biggest October weekend and there's no chance that feat will be replicated this weekend. In fact, there's almost no chance this weekend will match Red's opening last year. Footloose, The Thing, and The Big Year won't earn $50 million over the weekend combined. We really need the win, but all evidence points to a tough loss in the year-over-year comparison. More...

2011 Preview: October

There is a little bit of good news going into October, as September did help close the year-to-date deficit, even if it was by a small amount. Unfortunately, we really needed a better result to be optimistic about our chances of closing that gap entirely by the end of the year. Even worse, this month represents the last chance 2011 has to catch up to 2010. I know there are two additional months left in the year, but October of 2010 was a soft month with four of the five weekends showing year-over-year declines. If October 2011 is even weaker, the odds of making up the $300 million deficit will be all but gone. It becomes even more troubling that there are no movies opening in October that are guaranteed to be monster hits. So, while October of 2010 was weak compared to October of 2009, it looks like it will be stronger than October of 2011. Hopefully I'm just being pessimistic. There are a couple films that have a shot at $100 million and I will be surprised if none of them at least come close to that milestone, but the slate of films is weaker than I would like. More...

Cast

Jack Black    Brad Harris
Steve Martin    Stu Preissler
Owen Wilson    Kenny Bostick
Zahf Paroo    Prasad
John Cleese    Historical Montage Narrator
Rosamund Pike    Jessica
Kevin Pollak    Jim Gittelson
Joel McHale    Barry Loomis
JoBeth Williams    Edith
Paul Campbell    Tony
Cindy Busby    Susie
Greg Kean    Computer Birder
Eva Allan    Birker's Daughter
Bill Dow    Dr. Paul Elkin
Barry Shabaka Henley    Dr. Neil Kramer
Dianne West    Brenda
Brian Dennehy    Raymond
Anthony Anderson    Bill Clemont
June Squibb    Old Lady
Craig Bockhorn    Lawyer
Jim Parsons    Crane
Anjelica Huston    Annie Auklet
Rashida Jones    Ellie
Tim Blake Nelson    Fuchs
Joey Aresco    Frank Falucci
Ryan Catagirone    Frank Jr.
Al Roker    New York Weatherman
Christopher Mann    Security Guard
Jan Bos    Local Newsman (High Island)
Kate Gajdosik    Local Newswoman (High Island)
William Samples    British Tourist
Scott Patey    Birder (High Island)
Marcy T. House    Troop Leader
Michael Bean    Waiter
Steven Weber    Rick McIntire
Chris Redman    Scott
Devon Weigel    Karen
Andrew Wilson    Mike Swit
Calum Worthy    Colin Debs
Doreen Ramus    CB Announcer
Terence Kelly    Pete Shackelford
Steve Darling    Anchorage Weatherman
Jon Frankel    Anchorage Anchorman
David Lewis    Lanky Brider
Kath Dugray    Motel Manager
Jesse Moss    Darren
Morgan Brayton    Ferry Ticket Seller
Corbin Bernsen    Gil Gordon
Sheelah Megill    Nurse
Nate Torrence    Ted Simkin
Deejay Jackson    Parking Attendant
Calvin Lee    Chinese Waiter
Tshering Garie    Chinese Waitress

Production and Technical Credits

Director    David Frankel
Screenwriter    Howard Franklin
Inspired by the book by:    Mark Obmascik
Producer    Karen Rosenfelt
Producer    Stuart Cornfeld
Producer    Curtis Hanson
Executive Producer    Carol Fenelon
Executive Producer    Ben Stiller
Executive Producer    Jeremy Kramer
Cinematographer    Lawrence Sher
Production Designer    Brent Thomas
Editor    Mark Livolsi
Co-Producer    Brad Van Arragon
Composer    Theodore Shapiro
Music Supervisor    Julia Michels
Costume Designer    Monique Prudhomme
Casting Director    Margery Simkin
First Assistant Director    Jim Brebner
Second Assistant Director    Mark Bunting

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/10/14 8 $1,151,215   2,150 $535   $1,151,215 1
2011/10/15 8 $1,364,226 +19% 2,150 $635   $2,515,441 2
2011/10/16 10 $736,443 -46% 2,150 $343   $3,251,884 3
2011/10/17 9 $241,814 -67% 2,150 $112   $3,493,698 4
2011/10/18 9 $314,867 +30% 2,150 $146   $3,808,565 5
2011/10/19 9 $255,793 -19% 2,150 $119   $4,064,358 6
2011/10/20 9 $255,020 n/c 2,150 $119   $4,319,378 7
2011/10/21 - $573,658 +125% 2,150 $267   $4,893,036 8
2011/10/22 - $721,487 +26% 2,150 $336   $5,614,523 9
2011/10/23 - $385,895 -47% 2,150 $179   $6,000,418 10
2011/10/24 12 $131,028 -66% 2,150 $61   $6,131,446 11
2011/10/25 12 $174,286 +33% 2,150 $81   $6,305,732 12
2011/10/26 12 $141,845 -19% 2,150 $66   $6,447,577 13
2011/10/27 12 $145,503 +3% 2,150 $68   $6,593,080 14
2011/10/28 - $68,790 -53% 423 $163   $6,661,870 15
2011/10/29 - $104,724 +52% 423 $248   $6,766,594 16
2011/10/30 - $53,635 -49% 423 $127   $6,820,229 17
2011/10/31 - $27,094 -49% 423 $64   $6,847,323 18
2011/11/01 - $23,284 -14% 423 $55   $6,870,607 19
2011/11/02 - $19,600 -16% 423 $46   $6,890,207 20
2011/11/03 - $22,889 +17% 423 $54   $6,913,096 21
2011/11/04 - $32,130 +40% 213 $151   $6,945,226 22
2011/11/05 - $46,055 +43% 213 $216   $6,991,281 23
2011/11/06 - $22,606 -51% 213 $106   $7,013,887 24
2011/11/07 - $7,339 -68% 213 $34   $7,021,226 25
2011/11/08 - $9,654 +32% 213 $45   $7,030,880 26
2011/11/09 - $7,977 -17% 213 $37   $7,038,857 27
2011/11/10 - $10,584 +33% 213 $50   $7,049,441 28
2011/11/11 - $11,650 +10% 83 $140   $7,061,091 29
2011/11/12 - $14,951 +28% 83 $180   $7,076,042 30
2011/11/13 - $6,021 -60% 83 $73   $7,082,063 31
2011/11/14 - $2,617 -57% 83 $32   $7,084,680 32
2011/11/15 - $2,980 +14% 83 $36   $7,087,660 33
2011/11/16 - $2,659 -11% 83 $32   $7,090,319 34
2011/11/17 - $2,964 +11% 83 $36   $7,093,283 35
2011/11/18 - $7,953 +168% 59 $135   $7,101,236 36
2011/11/19 - $12,170 +53% 59 $206   $7,113,406 37
2011/11/20 - $7,839 -36% 59 $133   $7,121,245 38
2011/11/21 - $2,859 -64% 59 $48   $7,124,104 39
2011/11/22 - $3,953 +38% 59 $67   $7,128,057 40
2011/11/23 - $4,020 +2% 52 $77   $7,132,077 41
2011/11/24 - $3,558 -11% 52 $68   $7,135,635 42
2011/11/25 - $9,892 +178% 53 $187   $7,145,527 43
2011/11/26 - $9,478 -4% 53 $179   $7,155,005 44
2011/11/27 - $5,644 -40% 53 $106   $7,160,649 45
2011/11/28 - $2,106 -63% 53 $40   $7,162,755 46
2011/11/29 - $1,802 -14% 53 $34   $7,164,557 47
2011/11/30 - $1,842 +2% 53 $35   $7,166,399 48
2011/12/01 - $1,639 -11% 53 $31   $7,168,038 49

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/10/14 9 $3,251,884   2,150 $1,513   $3,251,884 3
2011/10/21 12 $1,681,040 -48% 2,150 $782   $6,000,418 10
2011/10/28 27 $227,149 -86% 423 $537   $6,820,229 17
2011/11/04 37 $100,791 -56% 213 $473   $7,013,887 24
2011/11/11 53 $32,622 -68% 83 $393   $7,082,063 31
2011/11/18 50 $27,962 -14% 59 $474   $7,121,245 38
2011/11/25 52 $25,014 -11% 53 $472   $7,160,649 45
2011/12/02 59 $11,466 -54% 25 $459   $7,179,504 52
2011/12/09 67 $8,715 -24% 25 $349   $7,192,238 59
2011/12/16 60 $7,546 -13% 25 $302   $7,204,138 66

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
2/5/20121073,328 73,328$1,099,187$1,099,1871
2/12/20121641,173-44% 114,501$690,883$1,790,0702
2/19/20122912,140-71% 126,641$218,399$2,008,4683

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
2/5/20121420,392 20,392$468,411$468,4111

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