The Book Thief

The Book Thief poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $21,488,481Details
International Box Office $55,300,000
Worldwide Box Office $76,788,481
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $7,393,572 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $1,893,813 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $9,287,385
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Synopsis

Based on the beloved bestselling book, THE BOOK THIEF tells the inspirational story of a spirited and courageous young girl who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a new family in World War II Germany.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics RottenAudience Upright
Critics
46% - Rotten
Audience
74% - Upright

Movie Details

Production Budget:$19,000,000
Theatrical Release: November 8th, 2013 (Exclusive) by 20th Century Fox
Video Release: March 11th, 2014 by Fox Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence and intense depiction of thematic material.
(Rating bulletin 2294, 10/16/2013)
Keywords: Jewish, World War II, Bigotry, War Crimes, Holocaust, Orphan, Foster Family, Coming of Age, Voiceover/Narration, Death as a Character, New Guy/Girl in School, Death of a Sibling, Illiteracy / Learning to Read, Intertitle, First Love, Bullies, Epilogue, Young Child Dealing with the Death of a Parent, Adopted Family, Prologue
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Fox 2000 Pictures, Sunswept Entertainment, TSG Entertainment, Blair Partnership, Studio Babelsberg

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for March 25th, 2014

It is a good, but very shallow week on the home market. The Wolf of Wall Street is leading the pack, with the Blu-ray Combo Pack earning first place and DVD earning second. This is a $100 million hit and a multi-Oscar nominee, so it is not surprising it is earning the top two spots. On the other hand, third place currently belongs to Monster High: Frights, Camera, Action! on DVD. That's a real sign that it is a shallow week. That's not to say some of the smaller releases are not worth picking up. Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXIX is certainly a contender for Pick of the Week, but in the end I went with The Wolf of Wall Street. On a side note, Continuum: Season 2 on Blu-ray earned the Puck of the Week, for Best Canadian Release. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: The Book Thief

I don't think it is unfair to call The Book Thief Oscar-bait. It's a costume drama that deals with the Holocaust, albeit indirectly. Unfortunately, its reviews were mixed, to be kind, so becoming an Awards Season player was out of the question. It did pick up a few nominations here and there, mostly for the score, but also a few for Sophie Nelisse's performance. In the end, it earned more than $20 million, which is amazing for a film that started in limited release. So were critics right in giving the film mixed reviews? Or is there a reason so many people saw it in theaters? More...

Per Theater Chart: Along for the Ride

Ride Along poster

The only film to top $10,000 on this week's per theater chart was Ride Along, which earned an average of $15,590. This is an amazing result for a January release. In fact, it would have been amazing for a limited release. More...

2014 Awards Season: Oscars Understand the Gravity of the Situation

Gravity poster

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning and there are some surprises mixed in with the predictable results. Gravity and American Hustle led the way with ten nominations each while 12 Years a Slave was right behind with nine. The fact that 12 Years a Slave wasn't the leader is the first of the surprises. More...

Per Theater Chart: Holdovers Feeling Lonely

Lone Survivor poster

It was a slow week for new releases as none topped $10,000 on the per theater chart. There were some holdovers that performed well, led by Lone Survivor, which pulled in an average of $42,429 in two theaters. This is compared to $45,436 during its opening weekend. Such a small decline is great news for its upcoming wide expansion. August: Osage County was next with an average of $27,983 in five theaters, which is 22% lower than its opening average of $35,860. Its running tally is already at nearly half a million and it has potential to expand, especially if it continues to do well during Awards Season. The final film in the $10,000 club was Her with an average of $15,378 in 47 theaters. It is already at nearly $3 million after three weeks of release and it expands wide this weekend. More...

2014 Awards Season: Slave Hustles to the Top

12 Years a Slave poster

Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their Golden Globe nominations this week, and a clear picture is forming. 12 Years a Slave was again the recipient of the most nominations, but this time it was a tie, as it and American Hustle both grabbed seven nominations. If you look down the list of other multi-nominated films, you will find a number of familiar faces. More...

Per Theater Chart: Insider Trading

Inside Llewyn Davis poster

Inside Llewyn Davis had an incredible opening earning more than $400,000 in four theaters for a per theater average of $101,353. This is the third best per theater for the year behind just Frozen and Blue Jasmine. Mandela Long Walk to Freedom had a strong hold with an average of $19,413 in four theaters. The reason for this is obvious, but a little ghoulish to talk about. More...

Per Theater Chart: Mandela Sprints to the Top

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom poster

Mandela Long Walk to Freedom earned first place on the per theater chart with an average of $21,071 in four theaters. However, its reviews are only good, not great, and it likely won't have great legs. Frozen and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire were neck and neck with averages of $18,009 and $17,819 respectively. More...

Weekend Predictions: Fire vs. Ice

Frozen poster

Thanksgiving long weekend won't be remembered for the quality of the films opening wide. In fact, of the three new releases on this week's list, only one of them is truly opening wide. Homefront is debuting in 2,500 theaters, while Black Nativity is only opening in 1,500. Oldboy is only opening in 600 theaters, but it still has a reasonable shot at the top ten. If it weren't for the wide expansion of Frozen and hopefully a strong hold by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the weekend would be a write-off. As it is, 2013 should crush 2012... mostly because there is a misalignment and this weekend last year was the weekend after Thanksgiving. The post holiday slump meant the top five was only able to bring in a little under $75 million. I'm not saying Catching Fire will top that number, at least not over three days, but it should clear at least that much over the next five days. More...

Per Theater Chart: Frozen has a Hot Opening

Frozen poster

Frozen begun its short prestige release before its wide expansion on Wednesday and it was fantastic. The film pulled in $243,390 in one theater giving it the best per theater average for the year so far, topping Blue Jasmine and pushing Spring Breakers into third place. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was in a distant second place with an average of $37,971 in more than 4,000 theaters. Philomena did very well with an average of $32,109 in four theaters. The Great Beauty remained in the $10,000 club with an average of $17,452 in three theaters. Nebraska rounded out the $10,000 club with an average of $11,634 in 28 theaters. It should continue to expand and start hitting major milestones. More...

Per Theater Chart: Everyone Takes a Trip to Nebraska

Nebraska poster

Nebraska led the way on the per theater average with an average of $35,100 in four theaters. This is not as strong as Alexander Payne's previous release, especially if you take into account the difference in the theater count between the two films. The Great Beauty was next with $23,442 in its lone theater. The Best Man Holiday was the only wide release to crack the $10,000 club earning an average of $14,875 during its opening weekend. The Book Thief and The Christmas Candle were right behind with averages of $14,501 and $14,140 respectively. More...

Per Theater Chart: Thief Steals Top Spot

The Book Thief poster

The Book Thief was a surprise top spot with an average of $26,251 in four theaters. It was seen by some as a possible Awards Season contender, but its reviews suggest otherwise. Thor: The Dark World was first on the overall box office and second on the per theater chart with $22,322. Dallas Buyers Club fell from first to third on the per theater chart, but with a still strong average of $18,249 in 35 theaters. More...

Limited Releases: Lying about Limited Releases

Best Man Down poster

There are quite a few limited releases on this week's list, including several that have earned more pre-release buzz that most limited releases earn. However, many of these films' reviews are good, but not great. The Book Thief is one such film, but it could still find an audience in limited release, although its plans to expand wide are very unlikely to happen. How I Live Now and Great Expectations are in similar positions. More...

Cast

Geoffrey Rush    Hans Hubermann
Emily Watson    Rosa Hubermann
Sophie Nelisse    Liesel
Ben Schnetzer    Max
Nico Liersch    Rudy

Production and Technical Credits

Director    Brian Percival
Screenwriter    Michael Petroni
Story Creator    Markus Zusak
Producer    Karen Rosenfelt
Producer    Ken Blancato
Director of Photography    Florian Ballhaus
Production Designer    Simon Elliott
Editor    John Williams
Composer    John Williams
Costume Designer    Anna B. Sheppard

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2013/11/08 - $25,665   4 $6,416   $25,665 1
2013/11/09 - $46,103 +80% 4 $11,526   $71,768 2
2013/11/10 - $33,237 -28% 4 $8,309   $105,005 3
2013/11/11 - $14,796 -55% 4 $3,699   $119,801 4
2013/11/12 - $7,183 -51% 4 $1,796   $126,984 5
2013/11/13 - $7,978 +11% 4 $1,995   $134,962 6
2013/11/14 - $8,556 +7% 4 $2,139   $143,518 7
2013/11/15 - $101,464 +1,086% 29 $3,499   $244,982 8
2013/11/16 - $194,603 +92% 29 $6,710   $439,585 9
2013/11/17 - $124,465 -36% 29 $4,292   $564,050 10
2013/11/18 - $29,816 -76% 29 $1,028   $593,866 11
2013/11/19 - $39,159 +31% 29 $1,350   $633,025 12
2013/11/20 - $35,106 -10% 29 $1,211   $668,131 13
2013/11/21 - $29,729 -15% 29 $1,025   $697,860 14
2013/11/22 14 $150,499 +406% 70 $2,150   $848,359 15
2013/11/23 15 $278,656 +85% 70 $3,981   $1,127,015 16
2013/11/24 15 $180,497 -35% 70 $2,579   $1,307,512 17
2013/11/25 15 $65,741 -64% 70 $939   $1,373,253 18
2013/11/26 15 $82,924 +26% 70 $1,185   $1,456,177 19
2013/11/27 8 $725,785 +775% 70 $10,368   $2,181,962 20
2013/11/28 7 $818,097 +13% 70 $11,687   $3,000,059 21
2013/11/29 7 $1,901,112 +132% 1,234 $1,541   $4,901,171 22
2013/11/30 7 $1,888,648 -1% 1,234 $1,531   $6,789,819 23
2013/12/01 7 $1,075,101 -43% 1,234 $871   $7,864,920 24
2013/12/02 7 $350,296 -67% 1,234 $284   $8,215,216 25
2013/12/03 6 $460,379 +31% 1,234 $373   $8,675,595 26
2013/12/04 6 $353,205 -23% 1,234 $286   $9,028,800 27
2013/12/05 6 $346,255 -2% 1,234 $281   $9,375,055 28
2013/12/06 8 $761,557 +120% 1,316 $579   $10,136,612 29
2013/12/07 8 $1,185,270 +56% 1,316 $901   $11,321,882 30
2013/12/08 7 $678,796 -43% 1,316 $516   $12,000,678 31
2013/12/09 7 $271,141 -60% 1,316 $206   $12,271,819 32
2013/12/10 7 $359,528 +33% 1,316 $273   $12,631,347 33
2013/12/11 7 $290,642 -19% 1,316 $221   $12,921,989 34
2013/12/12 8 $279,779 -4% 1,316 $213   $13,201,768 35
2013/12/13 - $539,124 +93% 1,158 $466   $13,740,892 36
2013/12/14 - $691,001 +28% 1,158 $597   $14,431,893 37
2013/12/15 - $504,554 -27% 1,158 $436   $14,936,447 38
2013/12/16 8 $221,750 -56% 1,158 $191   $15,158,197 39
2013/12/17 8 $266,655 +20% 1,158 $230   $15,424,852 40
2013/12/18 9 $202,685 -24% 1,158 $175   $15,627,537 41
2013/12/19 8 $216,052 +7% 1,158 $187   $15,843,589 42
2013/12/20 - $211,762 -2% 680 $311   $16,055,351 43
2013/12/21 - $295,379 +39% 680 $434   $16,350,730 44
2013/12/22 - $246,267 -17% 680 $362   $16,596,997 45
2013/12/23 - $200,617 -19% 680 $295   $16,797,614 46
2013/12/24 - $140,104 -30% 680 $206   $16,937,718 47
2013/12/25 - $156,135 +11% 680 $230   $17,093,853 48
2013/12/26 - $176,639 +13% 680 $260   $17,270,492 49
2013/12/27 - $204,219 +16% 481 $425   $17,474,711 50
2013/12/28 - $236,444 +16% 481 $492   $17,711,155 51
2013/12/29 - $173,431 -27% 481 $361   $17,884,586 52
2013/12/30 - $156,556 -10% 481 $325   $18,041,142 53
2013/12/31 - $173,590 +11% 481 $361   $18,214,732 54
2014/01/01 - $216,112 +24% 481 $449   $18,430,844 55
2014/01/02 18 $131,764 -39% 481 $274   $18,562,608 56
2014/01/03 - $177,866 +35% 329 $541   $18,740,474 57
2014/01/04 - $234,899 +32% 329 $714   $18,975,373 58
2014/01/05 - $116,446 -50% 329 $354   $19,091,819 59
2014/01/06 - $52,894 -55% 329 $161   $19,144,713 60
2014/01/07 - $66,916 +27% 329 $203   $19,211,629 61
2014/01/08 - $66,591 n/c 329 $202   $19,278,220 62
2014/01/09 - $71,514 +7% 329 $217   $19,349,734 63
2014/01/10 - $117,577 +64% 303 $388   $19,467,311 64
2014/01/11 - $178,892 +52% 303 $590   $19,646,203 65
2014/01/12 - $96,607 -46% 303 $319   $19,742,810 66
2014/01/13 - $38,761 -60% 303 $128   $19,781,571 67
2014/01/14 - $52,090 +34% 303 $172   $19,833,661 68
2014/01/15 - $46,270 -11% 303 $153   $19,879,931 69
2014/01/16 - $50,469 +9% 303 $167   $19,930,400 70
2014/01/17 - $66,578 +32% 190 $350   $19,996,978 71
2014/01/18 - $101,404 +52% 190 $534   $20,098,382 72
2014/01/19 - $58,911 -42% 190 $310   $20,157,293 73
2014/01/20 - $60,585 +3% 190 $319   $20,217,878 74
2014/01/21 - $29,951 -51% 190 $158   $20,247,829 75
2014/01/22 - $27,240 -9% 190 $143   $20,275,069 76
2014/01/23 - $28,041 +3% 190 $148   $20,303,110 77
2014/01/24 - $61,685 +120% 197 $313   $20,364,795 78
2014/01/25 - $92,513 +50% 197 $470   $20,457,308 79
2014/01/26 - $56,454 -39% 197 $287   $20,513,762 80
2014/01/27 - $21,697 -62% 197 $110   $20,535,459 81
2014/01/28 - $26,272 +21% 197 $133   $20,561,731 82
2014/01/29 - $24,587 -6% 197 $125   $20,586,318 83
2014/01/30 - $29,536 +20% 197 $150   $20,615,854 84
2014/01/31 - $50,181 +70% 178 $282   $20,666,035 85
2014/02/01 - $71,233 +42% 178 $400   $20,737,268 86
2014/02/02 - $24,984 -65% 178 $140   $20,762,252 87
2014/02/03 - $19,234 -23% 178 $108   $20,781,486 88
2014/02/04 - $19,421 +1% 178 $109   $20,800,907 89
2014/02/05 - $20,202 +4% 178 $113   $20,821,109 90
2014/02/06 - $25,963 +29% 178 $146   $20,847,072 91
2014/02/07 - $30,054 +16% 135 $223   $20,877,126 92
2014/02/08 - $47,103 +57% 135 $349   $20,924,229 93
2014/02/09 - $25,674 -45% 135 $190   $20,949,903 94
2014/02/10 - $10,231 -60% 135 $76   $20,960,134 95
2014/02/11 - $12,722 +24% 135 $94   $20,972,856 96
2014/02/12 - $10,605 -17% 135 $79   $20,983,461 97
2014/02/13 - $12,835 +21% 135 $95   $20,996,296 98
2014/02/14 - $25,370 +98% 94 $270   $21,021,666 99
2014/02/15 - $33,307 +31% 94 $354   $21,054,973 100
2014/02/16 - $23,345 -30% 94 $248   $21,078,318 101
2014/02/17 - $21,114 -10% 94 $225   $21,099,432 102
2014/02/18 - $10,456 -50% 94 $111   $21,109,888 103
2014/02/19 - $8,751 -16% 94 $93   $21,118,639 104
2014/02/20 - $9,153 +5% 94 $97   $21,127,792 105
2014/02/21 - $18,258 +99% 84 $217   $21,146,050 106
2014/02/22 - $29,398 +61% 84 $350   $21,175,448 107
2014/02/23 - $16,967 -42% 84 $202   $21,192,415 108
2014/02/24 - $7,322 -57% 84 $87   $21,199,737 109
2014/02/25 - $7,784 +6% 84 $93   $21,207,521 110
2014/02/26 - $8,784 +13% 84 $105   $21,216,305 111
2014/02/27 - $9,058 +3% 84 $108   $21,225,363 112
2014/02/28 - $16,565 +83% 73 $227   $21,241,928 113
2014/03/01 - $25,472 +54% 73 $349   $21,267,400 114
2014/03/02 - $10,017 -61% 73 $137   $21,277,417 115
2014/03/03 - $8,123 -19% 73 $111   $21,285,540 116
2014/03/04 - $6,296 -22% 73 $86   $21,291,836 117
2014/03/05 - $7,360 +17% 73 $101   $21,299,196 118
2014/03/06 - $9,702 +32% 73 $133   $21,308,898 119
2014/03/07 - $12,528 +29% 49 $256   $21,321,426 120
2014/03/08 - $16,975 +35% 49 $346   $21,338,401 121
2014/03/09 - $7,124 -58% 49 $145   $21,345,525 122
2014/03/10 - $4,310 -40% 49 $88   $21,349,835 123
2014/03/11 - $5,789 +34% 49 $118   $21,355,624 124
2014/03/12 - $7,350 +27% 49 $150   $21,362,974 125
2014/03/13 - $8,894 +21% 49 $182   $21,371,868 126
2014/03/14 - $9,667 +9% 47 $206   $21,381,535 127
2014/03/15 - $12,396 +28% 47 $264   $21,393,931 128
2014/03/16 - $7,443 -40% 47 $158   $21,401,374 129
2014/03/17 - $3,984 -46% 47 $85   $21,405,358 130
2014/03/18 - $3,190 -20% 47 $68   $21,408,548 131
2014/03/19 - $3,228 +1% 47 $69   $21,411,776 132
2014/03/20 - $3,641 +13% 47 $77   $21,415,417 133

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2013/11/08 29 $105,005   4 $26,251   $105,005 3
2013/11/15 17 $420,532 +300% 29 $14,501   $564,050 10
2013/11/22 16 $609,652 +45% 70 $8,709   $1,307,512 17
2013/11/29 7 $4,864,861 +698% 1,234 $3,942   $7,864,920 24
2013/12/06 7 $2,625,623 -46% 1,316 $1,995   $12,000,678 31
2013/12/13 9 $1,734,679 -34% 1,158 $1,498   $14,936,447 38
2013/12/20 12 $753,408 -57% 680 $1,108   $16,596,997 45
2013/12/27 20 $614,094 -18% 481 $1,277   $17,884,586 52
2014/01/03 20 $529,211 -14% 329 $1,609   $19,091,819 59
2014/01/10 22 $393,076 -26% 303 $1,297   $19,742,810 66
2014/01/17 29 $226,893 -42% 190 $1,194   $20,157,293 73
2014/01/24 29 $210,652 -7% 197 $1,069   $20,513,762 80
2014/01/31 34 $146,398 -31% 178 $822   $20,762,252 87
2014/02/07 37 $102,831 -30% 135 $762   $20,949,903 94
2014/02/14 38 $82,022 -20% 94 $873   $21,078,318 101
2014/02/21 45 $64,623 -21% 84 $769   $21,192,415 108
2014/02/28 45 $52,054 -19% 73 $713   $21,277,417 115
2014/03/07 49 $36,627 -30% 49 $747   $21,345,525 122
2014/03/14 55 $29,506 -19% 47 $628   $21,401,374 129
2014/03/21 60 $16,469 -44% 31 $531   $21,431,886 136
2014/03/28 52 $20,729 +26% 31 $669   $21,464,668 143
2014/04/04 70 $9,963 -52% 23 $433   $21,483,154 150

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
3/16/20145138,434 138,434$2,075,126$2,075,1261
3/23/20141134,602-75% 173,036$518,684$2,593,8102
3/30/20141724,426-29% 197,462$370,542$2,964,3523
5/11/20141923,466 283,763$356,214$4,509,8029
7/6/20143017,933 382,609$215,017$5,902,89617
7/13/20142717,137-4% 399,746$205,473$6,108,36818
7/20/20142115,186-11% 414,932$182,080$6,290,44919
7/27/20142312,758-16% 427,690$152,968$6,443,41720
8/3/20142914,092+10% 441,782$168,963$6,612,38021

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
3/16/2014650,595 50,595$1,011,391$1,011,3911
3/23/20141312,352-76% 62,947$246,913$1,258,3042

The Book Thief

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