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Bird on a Wire (1990)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $70,978,012Details
International Box Office $67,719,000
Worldwide Box Office $138,697,012
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  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Cast & Crew
  6. Trailer


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics RottenAudience Spilled
32% - Rotten
41% - Spilled

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: May 18th, 1990 (Wide) by Universal
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 111 minutes
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Keywords: Film Noir
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Interscope Films, Badham/Cohen
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest Domestic 6th Weekend 765 $2,647,800 Jun 22, 1990 38
Biggest Domestic 5th Weekend 990 $3,150,900 Jun 15, 1990 31
Fastest to $50m 1,107 $51,879,775 Jun 8, 1990 28
Biggest Domestic 4th Weekend 950 $4,819,200 Jun 8, 1990 24
Biggest Domestic 3rd Weekend 1,095 $6,350,305 Jun 1, 1990 17
Biggest Domestic 2nd Weekend 740 $12,795,185 May 25, 1990 10
Biggest Domestic May Weekend 217 $15,338,160 May 18, 1990 3
Biggest Domestic Opening Weekend 1,168 $15,338,160 May 18, 1990 3
Widest Opening Weekend 2,350 1,944 May 18, 1990 3


   Rick Jarmin
   Marianne Graves
David Carradine    Eugene Sorenson
Bill Duke    Albert Diggs
Stephen Tobolowsky    Joe Weyburn
Joan Severance    Rachel Varney
Harry Caesar    Marvin
Jeff Corey    Lou Baird
Alex Bruhanski    Raun
John Pyper-Ferguson    Jamie
Clyde Kusatsu    Mr. Takawaki
Jackson Davies    Paul Bernard
Florence Paterson    Molly Baird
Tim Healy    Paul
Wes Tritter    Scottie
Lossen Chambers    Lossen
Ken Camroux    Neff
Wendy Van Riesen    Secretary
Ewen Leslie    Night Receptionist
Robert Metcalfe    Dex
Kevin McNulty    Brad
Robert Thurston    Bank Teller
Brian Torpe    Bank Vice President
Oscar Goncalves    Bank Guard
Oscar Ramos    Cop at Fire
Tim Price    Beggar
Dan Zale    Fireman
Blu Mankuma    Plainclothesman
Doug Judge    Cop at Cafe
Jon Garber    Nikita Knatz)
Paul Jarrett    Carl Laemmle
James Kidnie    Underworld Boss
Kim Kondrashoff    Guard at Gate
Michel Barbe    (Maitre d'
Maria Leone    Sales Clerk
Danny Wattley    Cement Worker

Production and Technical Credits

Associate Editor    Jeff Jones
Second Unit Camera    Peter McLennan
Producer    Rob Cohen
Screenwriter    David Seltzer
Screenwriter    Louis Venosta
Screenwriter    Eric Lerner
Story Creator    Louis Venosta
Story Creator    Eric Lerner
Executive Producer    Ted Field
Executive Producer    Robert W. Cortm
Cinematographer    Robert Primes
Production Designer    Philip Harrison
Editor    Frank Morriss
Composer    Hans Zimmer
Co-Producer    Louis Venosta
Co-Producer    Eric Lerner
Co-Producer    Fitch Cady
Associate Producer    Dana Satler
Associate Producer    Keith Rubinstein
Assistant Director    Peter Marshall
Second Unit Director    Rob Cohen
Production Manager    Matthew O'Connor
Art Director    Richard Hudolin
Set Decorator    Rose Marie McSherry
Costume Designer    Wayne Finkelman
Costume Designer    Eduardo Castro
Costume Designer (Vancouver)    Monique Stranan
Costume Supervisor    Debbie Douglass
Editor    Dallas Puett
Sound Mixer    Rick Patton
Supervising Re-Recording Mixer    Rick Alexander
Re-recording Mixer    James B. Bolt
Re-recording Mixer    Joel Fein
Re-recording Mixer    Robert L. Hoyt
Re-recording Mixer    Robert L. Harman
Re-recording Mixer    Allen L. Stone
Re-recording Mixer    Craig P. Cathers
Supervising Sound Editor    William L. Manger
Supervising Sound Editor    Milton C. Burrow
Sound Editor    Scott Burrow
Sound Editor    Gordon Davidson
Sound Editor    Larry Mann
Sound Editor    Richard Oswald
Sound Editor    Bill Wiley
Music Editor    James Flamberg
Makeup    Sandy Cooper
Hairstylist    Sherry Linder-Gygli
"Bird on a Wire" Words and Music by    Leonard Cohen
Casting Director    Mike Fenton
Casting Director    Judy Taylor
Casting Director    Lynda Gordon
Casting Director    Lynne Carrow
Stunt Coordinator (Los Angeles)    Mic Rodgers
Stunt Coordinator (Vancouver)    Betty Thomas

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1990/05/18 1 $15,338,160   1,944 $7,890   $15,338,160 3
1990/05/25 2 $12,795,185 -17% 1,949 $6,565   $33,401,585 10
1990/06/01 3 $6,350,305 -50% 1,963 $3,235   $42,256,355 17
1990/06/08 4 $4,819,200 -24% 2,008 $2,400   $49,701,955 24
1990/06/15 7 $3,150,900 -35% 1,620 $1,945   $55,030,675 31
1990/06/22 9 $2,647,800 -16% 1,471 $1,800   $59,441,860 38

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1990/05/18 1 $20,606,400   1,944 $10,600   $20,606,400 7
1990/05/25 2 $15,299,650 -26% 1,949 $7,850   $35,906,050 14
1990/06/01 3 $8,976,705 -41% 1,963 $4,573   $44,882,755 21
1990/06/08 4 $6,997,020 -22% 2,008 $3,485   $51,879,775 28
1990/06/15 7 $4,914,285 -30% 1,620 $3,034   $56,794,060 35