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Black Death (2011)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $22,554Details
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $2,268,626 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $421,071 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $2,689,697
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  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
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  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer


The year is 1348. Europe has fallen under the shadow of the Black Death. As the plague decimates all in its path, fear and superstition are rife. In this apocalyptic environment, the church is losing its grip on the people. There are rumors of a village, hidden in marshland that the plague cannot reach. There is even talk of a necromancer who leads the village and is able to bring the dead back to life. Ulric, a fearsome knight, is charged by the church to investigate these rumors. He enlists the guidance of a novice monk, Osmund to lead him and his band of mercenary soldiers to the marshland, but Osmund has other motives for leaving his monastery. Their journey to the village and events that unfold take them into the heart of darkness and to horrors that will put Osmund’s faith in himself and his love for God to the ultimate test.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Spilled
68% - Fresh
49% - Spilled

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: March 11th, 2011 (Limited) by Magnet Pictures
Video Release: May 10th, 2011 by Magnolia Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for strong brutal violence, and some language.
(Rating bulletin 2151, 12/15/2010)
Running Time: 97 minutes
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Keywords: Religious, Epidemic, Surprise Twist, Occult, Secret Magic, Romance, Voiceover/Narration, War, Returning Soldiers, Costume Drama, Road Trip
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Egoli Tossell Film

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,924 $2,152 Apr 8, 2011 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,717 $1,688 Apr 1, 2011 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 8,391 $2,176 Mar 25, 2011 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 9,158 $3,495 Mar 18, 2011 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 9,893 $6,692 Mar 11, 2011 3


Carice van Houten    Langiva
Eddie Redmayne    Osmund
David Warner    The Abbot
Kimberley Nixon    Averill
John Lynch    Wolfstan
Tim McInnerny    Hob
Andy Nyman    Dalywag
Johnny Harris    Mold

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Robert Bernstein
Producer    Jens Meurer
Producer    Douglas Rae
Producer    Phil Robertson
Executive Producer    Chris Curling
Executive Producer    Mark Woolley
Screenwriter    Dario Poloni
Cinematographer    Sebastian Edschmid
Production Designer    John Frankish
Composer    Christian Henson

Blu-ray Sales: New Releases Not Attached to Top Spot

May 25th, 2011

As I mentioned at the time, the list of Blu-rays were weak this week, so weak that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I was able to return to top spot. That said, its weekly sales of 94,000 units and $2.16 million was terribly weak for the number one Blu-ray. On the other hand, its totals after five weeks of release are 2.79 million units and $63.26 million, which are the best of the year so far. More...

DVD Sales: Bieber Makes Short Work of Competition

May 24th, 2011

Despite coming out a few days later than the rest of the new releases, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never topped the DVD sales chart this week with 471,000 units sold and $7.26 million in consumer spending at retail. No Strings Attached opened in second place with 315,000 units / $5.41 million, which is not particularly strong, but not too bad, all things considered. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I remained in third place adding 168,000 units / $2.68 million for the week for running tallies of 4.92 million units / $68.61 million after five. It should quickly become the second DVD release of 2011 to sell 5 million units. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for May 10th, 2011

May 9th, 2011

While summer is the busiest time of year at the box office, it's the weakest time of year on the home market. That said, this week isn't bad with a few high profile releases. Unfortunately for me, I'm still waiting on the screeners for several of these. As far as the best of the best is concerned, there are a few contenders for Pick of the Week, including the pair of Doctor Who releases. But in the end I went with The Illusionist on Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Black Death

May 8th, 2011

Black Death was the second film released in 2011 that focused on the epidemic caused by yersinia pestis, a.k.a. Black Death. The first was Season of the Witch, which was, to be polite, not well received by critics and struggled to find an audience in theaters. When this film came out, people stayed away, probably because on the surface it looked too much like the earlier bomb. However, was this unfair? Or did the audience avoid being burned twice? More...

Per Theater Chart: Jane Eyre is in the Red

March 15th, 2011

It was an amazing week on the per theater chart, even if you ignore Red State's special showings. The latest Kevin Smith offering added more than $100,000 over the weekend, at two special showings, for an average of $51,283. At this pace, it's going to start hitting major milestones before its theatrical debut this fall. Meanwhile, Jane Eyre had the best per theater average for a regular release this year at $45,721 in four theaters. The good news doesn't end there as Kill The Irishman opened with an average of $29,086 in five theaters, which also suggests the ability to expand significantly. Certified Copy earned close to $80,000 in five theaters for an average of $15,587. That would have been enough to lead the way many weekends so far this year. 3 Backyards opened with $11,000 in one theater, while the overall number one film, Battle: Los Angeles opened with an average of $10,411 in more than 3400 theaters. More...

Limited Releases are Killer

March 11th, 2011

Quite a busy week for limited releases with a number of films opening, including several that are earning excellent reviews. A few of these, like Jane Eyre and Certified Copy, might even do well enough to find some measure of mainstream success. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/03/11 78 $6,692   3 $2,231   $6,692 3
2011/03/18 94 $3,495 -48% 5 $699   $13,677 10
2011/03/25 99 $2,176 -38% 3 $725   $17,635 17
2011/04/01 106 $1,688 -22% 2 $844   $19,893 24
2011/04/08 96 $2,152 +27% 5 $430   $22,045 31

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/03/11 78 $10,182   3 $3,394   $10,182 7
2011/03/18 98 $5,277 -48% 5 $1,055   $15,459 14
2011/03/25 104 $2,746 -48% 3 $915   $18,205 21
2011/04/01 109 $1,688 -39% 2 $844   $19,893 28
2011/04/08 99 $2,661 +58% 5 $532   $22,554 35

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
5/15/20112131,972 31,972$490,770$490,7701
5/22/20112625,860-19% 57,832$311,872$802,6422
5/29/20112523,992-7% 81,824$282,626$1,085,2683

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