Follow us on

The Black Dahlia (2006)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $22,672,813Details
International Box Office $26,565,712
Worldwide Box Office $49,238,525
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $12,386,807 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $12,386,807
Further financial details...

  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Full Financials
  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics RottenAudience Spilled
32% - Rotten
27% - Spilled

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Production Budget:$60,000,000
Domestic Releases: September 15th, 2006 (Wide) by Universal
Video Release: December 26th, 2006 by Universal Home Entertainment, released as Black Dahlia, The
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, some grisly images, sexual content and language
Running Time: 121 minutes
Comparisons: vs. Argo
Create your own comparison chart…
Keywords: Film Noir
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Millennium Films, Signature Pictures, Equity Pictures Medienfonds GmbH & Co. KG III, Nu Image
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,426 $46,520 Oct 20, 2006 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,024 $137,765 Oct 13, 2006 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,447 $553,115 Oct 6, 2006 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,776 $2,129,070 Sep 29, 2006 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,337 $4,449,985 Sep 22, 2006 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,831 $10,005,895 Sep 15, 2006 3
Biggest September Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 169 $10,005,895 Sep 15, 2006 3
Widest Opening Weekend 1,911 2,226 Sep 15, 2006 3
Movies with Leggiest Opening Weekend 1,099 2.70 Sep 15, 2006 1
Movies with Most Front-Loaded Opening Weekend 1,258 37.0% Sep 15, 2006 1


   Bucky Bleichert
   Lee Blanchard
   Kay Lake
   Madeleine Linscott
Mia Kirshner    Elizabeth Short
Mike Starr    Russ Millard
Fiona Shaw    Ramona Linscott
Patrick Fischler    Ellis Loew
James Otis    Dolph Bleichert
John Kavanagh    Emmett Linscott
Troy Evans    Chief T. Green
Anthony Russell    Morrie Friedman
Pepe Serna    Dos Santos
Angus MacInnes    Capt. John Tierney
Rachel Miner    Martha
Victor McGuire    Bill Koenig
Gregg Henry    Pete Lukins
Jemima Rooper    Lorna Mertz
Rose McGowan    Sheyl Saddon
Dan Ponce    MP
Graham Norris    Cop
Mike O'Connell    Shore Patrol
Michael Flannigan    Desk Officer
John Solari    Baxter Finch
Stephanie L. Moore    Bater Fitch's Girlfriend
Noel Arthur    Gunman
Todd Thomas    Gunman
Steve Eastin    Detective
Ian McNeice    Coroner
Claudia Katz    Frolic Bartender
Mia Frye    Laverne Bartender
Richard Brake    Bobby Dewitt
Bill Finley    George Tilden
Joost Scholte    Madeleine's GI
Fatso Fasano    Dealer
Teo    Friedman's Tough Guy
Kiril Efremov    Friedman's Tough Guy
Petar Milchev    Perp

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Josh Friedman
Producer    Art Linson
Producer    Avi Lerner
Producer    Rudy Cohen
Producer    Moshe Diamant
Executive Producer    Andreas Thiesmeyer
Executive Producer    Josef Lautenschlager
Executive Producer    Danny Dimbort
Executive Producer    Trevor Short
Executive Producer    Boaz Davidson
Executive Producer    John Thompson
Executive Producer    James B Harris
Executive Producer    Rolf Deyhle
Executive Producer    Henrik Huydts
Line Producer    Michael P. Flannigan
Director of Photography    Vilmos Zsigmond
Production Designer    Dante Ferretti
Casting Director    Johanna Ray
Based on the Novel "The Black Dahlia" by    James Ellroy
Editor    Bill Pankow
Composer    Mark Isham
Co-Executive Producer    Samuel Hadida
Co-Executive Producer    Victor Hadida
Co-Executive Producer    Gerd Koechlin
Co-Executive Producer    Manfred Heid
Associate Producer    Jordan Kessler
Line Producer    John J. Kelly
Assistant Director    Mark Egerton
Unit Production Manager    Elie Cohn
Unit Production Manager    Iliya Sotirov
Art Director    Christopher Tandon
Art Director    Dan Ross
Art Director    Pier Luigi Basile
Supervising Set Decorator    Rick Simpson
Set Decorator    Elli Griff
Costume Designer    Jenny Beavan
Associate Costume Designer    Lizz Wolf
Costume Supervisor    Marisa Aboitiz
Costume Supervisor    Clare Spragge
Costume Supervisor    Sonya Despotova
Associate Editor    Lara Johnston
Sound Mixer    Jean-Paul Mugel
Re-recording Mixer    Keith Elliot
Re-recording Mixer    Todd Beckett
Re-recording Mixer    Mark Zsifkovits
Supervising Sound Editor    Paula Fairfield
Sound Editor    Nathan Robitaille
Sound Editor    Lee Delang
Sound Effects Editor    Carla Murray
Supervising Sound Designer    Paula Fairfield
Supervising Dialogue Editor    Jill Purdy
Music Editor    Ramiro Belgardt
Make up    Zoltan Elek
Hairstylist    Carol Pershing
Special Make-up Effects    Ed Franch
Additional Music    Cindy O'Connor
Stunt Coordinator    Gary Hymes
Stunt Coordinator    Kaloyan Vodenicharov

Award Season - Oscar Nods Offer Little Surprises - Correction

January 23rd, 2007

The Oscar nominations were handed out today and for the most part they've followed the script written by previous awards committees fairly closely. More...

Prada is a Tight Fit in First Place

January 7th, 2007

None of half-a-dozen new releases were able to make a big splash on rental charts, but that doesn't mean there wasn't anything interesting to report. Every film in the top five was within $540,000 on each other with The Devil Wears Prada claiming top spot with $6.87 million. More...

DVD Releases for December 26, 2006

December 27th, 2006

It's Boxing Day up here in Canada, and for those Americans who don't know what that is ... I can't help you. I have no idea what Boxing Day is, other than the start of post-Christmas sales. While there are a lot of people shopping this week, there is still a huge downturn in the DVD market and little of what I would consider must have DVDs. The best of a weak bunch is The Descent - Original Unrated Cut - Buy from Amazon, but while I recommend picking it up, it doesn't reach the level of a DVD Pick of the Week. On the other hand, we do have a Canadian DVD Puck of the Week, Eh! - Bon Cop, Bad Cop - Buy from More...

International Details - Devil Drops Out of Top Five

November 26th, 2006

Late numbers for the international weekend meant there was a shakeup in the top five with Saw III trading places with The Devil Wears Prada. Saw III took fourth with $6.54 million on 1912 screens in 20 markets for a total of $37.18 million. Meanwhile, The Devil Wears Prada fell to sixth with $5.87 million on 2452 screens in 23 markets for a total of $172.54 million. It was also the first time in nearly two months that the film didn't place in the top five on the international box office. More...

International Details - Box Office is Far From Dead

November 19th, 2006

Desu Noto 2, a.k.a., Death Note 2: The Last Name held on strong adding $5.12 million on 397 screens in 2 markets for a two week total of $20.85 million. In Japan the film remained in top spot with $4.66 million on 346 screens for a two week total of $19.34 million. More...

International Details - Germany Dominates the Best of the Rest

October 22nd, 2006

The German soccer film, Deutschland. Ein Sommermarchen, remained in first place in Germany and sixth overall this weekend. It managed this feat by falling just 25% to $5.41 million on 671 screens for a two-week total of $14.67 million. More...

International Details - Marching to the Top

October 15th, 2006

The German Film, Deutschland. Ein Sommermarchen, which could translate into English as Germany, A Summer March, but I wouldn't bet money on it. ... Moving on, The film took top spot in its native market with $7.19 million on 584 screens and that was enough for sixth place overall. More...

International Details - Glorious Beginning

October 8th, 2006

Indigenes, a.k.a. Days of Glory, opened in first place in its native France with $5.53 million on 460 screens while it managed ninth in Switzerland with $76,000 despite opening on only 8 screens. The film opened on Wednesday in Belgium before expanding to other European market in the coming weeks. More...

Weekend Puts a Smile on even the Biggest Jackass's Face

September 26th, 2006

The weekend numbers were mixed, with more films beating expectations than not, but overall business still weak. Granted, the total box office hit $98 million over the weekend and that was up a huge 25.9% over last weekend, but more importantly this was still 2.1% lower than the same weekend last year. Hopefully this coming weekend will perform better, helping 2006 end its mini-slump against 2005. More...

Gang Has to Settle for Field Goal

September 19th, 2006

Not a single film in the top five beat expectations by any significant margin. Even so, with the terrible result last weekend the overall box office was still able to rebound a little, up 7.7% to $78 million. However, that was still 9.0% lower than the same weekend last year. So far the fall season has not kept up the winning ways we saw throughout the summer, but 2006 still has a bit of time to turn things around before we need to worry again. More...

Movie Website Updates for September 9 - September 15

September 16th, 2006

High quantity on sites this week, but many of them were for new releases, most of which haven't had any updates in a while. Those that did have updates were generally quite small, but one site stood above them all, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny - Official Site, which is easily the winner of the Weekly Website Award. More...

Can Movies Compete with the Real Gridiron Gangs?

September 14th, 2006

With the football season just under way, it seems the NFL is the biggest hurdle for new movies to overcome. This is especially true for the odds-on favorite, Gridiron Gang, but all the films playing this weekend will have to deal with divided attentions. More...

Movie Website Updates for September 2 - September 8

September 8th, 2006

After a very busy month, the number of site on this week's list dropped off dramatically. The decline in quantity was accompanied by a decline in quality with no site jumping out as the obvious choice for the Weekly Website Award. The Guardian - Official Site came the closest, but it will have to wait till more features are added for that honor. More...

Movie Website Updates for August 26 - September 1

September 2nd, 2006

Another busy week with plenty of top-notch films to chose from In the end, however, it was a two-way race between The Black Dahlia - Official Site and Stranger than Fiction - Official Site with the former site winning out by a narrow margin. More...

2006 Preview: September

September 1st, 2006

I've said it before and I'll say it again, September is the worst month of the year for movies. Not only are there usually very few hits released at this time of year, but the average is dragged way down by the large number of movies simply dumped on the market. This year the September dumping ground doesn't look quite as bad as years past. In fact, several low-level hits and maybe even an Oscar contender are opening wide. However, those few bright spots will be buried due to the sheer number of releases -- an average of 3 and a half films are opening wide each week. More...

Movie Website Updates for July 29 - August 4

August 4th, 2006

Third week in a row where the number of sites featured on this list has topped 30. With such a busy week it would take something different to win the award, and that's something Michel Gondry excels at delivering giving The Science of Sleep - Official Site the Weekly Website Award. More...

The shaded area represents the expected performance range for a film, based on its opening weekend box office. 95% of films fall within the shaded area. If a film trends towards the top end of the shaded area, it has good legs compared to the average film; if it trends towards the bottom end of the shaded area, it has poor legs. The predictive area is based on movies from the past 5 years.

Compare this performance with other movies…

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2006/09/15 2 $10,005,895   2,226 $4,495   $10,005,895 3
2006/09/22 6 $4,449,985 -56% 2,236 $1,990   $17,270,675 10
2006/09/29 9 $2,129,070 -52% 2,009 $1,060   $20,742,610 17
2006/10/06 16 $553,115 -74% 930 $595   $22,028,485 24
2006/10/13 34 $137,765 -75% 224 $615   $22,412,530 31
2006/10/20 52 $46,520 -66% 141 $330   $22,518,325 38

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2006/09/15 2 $3,706,290   2,228 $1,664   $3,706,290 1
2006/09/16 2 $3,906,655 +5% 2,228 $1,753   $7,612,945 2
2006/09/17 2 $2,392,950 -39% 2,228 $1,074   $10,005,895 3
2006/09/18 2 $779,100 -67% 2,226 $350   $10,784,995 4
2006/09/19 2 $800,445 +3% 2,226 $360   $11,585,440 5
2006/09/20 2 $668,125 -17% 2,226 $300   $12,253,565 6
2006/09/21 2 $567,125 -15% 2,226 $255   $12,820,690 7
2006/09/22 5 $1,375,140 +142% 2,236 $615   $14,195,830 8
2006/09/23 6 $1,956,500 +42% 2,236 $875   $16,152,330 9
2006/09/24 6 $1,118,345 -43% 2,236 $500   $17,270,675 10
2006/09/25 5 $335,625 -70% 2,236 $150   $17,606,300 11
2006/09/26 5 $358,225 +7% 2,236 $160   $17,964,525 12
2006/09/27 5 $334,865 -7% 2,236 $150   $18,299,390 13
2006/09/28 5 $314,150 -6% 2,236 $140   $18,613,540 14
2006/09/29 9 $633,125 +102% 2,002 $316   $19,246,665 15
2006/09/30 10 $933,425 +47% 2,002 $466   $20,180,090 16
2006/10/01 9 $562,520 -40% 2,002 $281   $20,742,610 17
2006/10/02 9 $190,855 -66% 2,009 $95   $20,933,465 18
2006/10/03 9 $190,425 n/c 2,009 $95   $21,123,890 19
2006/10/04 9 $179,815 -6% 2,009 $90   $21,303,705 20
2006/10/05 9 $171,665 -5% 2,009 $85   $21,475,370 21
2006/10/09 15 $79,050   930 $85   $22,107,535 25

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2006/09/15 2 $12,820,690   2,226 $5,760   $12,820,690 7
2006/09/22 5 $5,792,850 -55% 2,236 $2,591   $18,613,540 14
2006/09/29 9 $2,861,830 -51% 2,009 $1,425   $21,475,370 21
2006/10/06 16 $799,395 -72% 930 $860   $22,274,765 28
2006/10/13 34 $197,040 -75% 224 $880   $22,471,805 35
2006/10/20 50 $73,275 -63% 141 $520   $22,545,080 42

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
12/31/20069306,562 306,562$5,208,488$5,208,4881
1/7/200712196,875-36% 503,437$3,935,531$9,144,0202
1/14/20072971,807-64% 575,244$1,435,422$10,579,4423

Full financial estimates for this film, including domestic and international box office, video sales, video rentals, TV and ancillary revenue are available through our research services. For more information, please contact us at