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Breaking the Waves (1996)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $4,040,691Details
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  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Cast & Crew
  6. Trailer

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
86% - Certified Fresh
Audience
91% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: November 13th, 1996 (Wide) by October Films
Video Release: April 15th, 2014 by Criterion
MPAA Rating: R for strong graphic sexuality, nudity, language and some violence
Running Time: 156 minutes
Comparisons: vs. Leaving Las Vegas
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Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Countries: Denmark

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 25th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 276 $27,872 May 2, 1997 173
Biggest 23rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 344 $38,299 Apr 18, 1997 159
Biggest 22nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 322 $60,441 Apr 11, 1997 152
Biggest 21st Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 358 $69,266 Apr 4, 1997 145
Biggest 20th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 454 $65,392 Mar 28, 1997 138
Biggest 19th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 457 $94,550 Mar 21, 1997 131
Biggest 18th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 558 $93,850 Mar 14, 1997 124
Biggest 17th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 664 $96,476 Mar 7, 1997 117
Biggest 16th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 739 $110,134 Feb 28, 1997 110
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 751 $143,845 Feb 21, 1997 103
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 742 $186,003 Feb 14, 1997 96
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 925 $166,470 Feb 7, 1997 89
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,096 $171,593 Jan 31, 1997 82
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,341 $158,465 Jan 24, 1997 75
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,475 $185,055 Jan 17, 1997 68
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,780 $179,716 Jan 10, 1997 61
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,128 $179,520 Jan 3, 1997 54
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,888 $135,585 Dec 27, 1996 47
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,534 $128,200 Dec 20, 1996 40
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,562 $69,993 Dec 13, 1996 33
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,723 $112,158 Dec 6, 1996 26
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,951 $150,216 Nov 29, 1996 19
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,138 $60,426 Nov 22, 1996 12

Cast

   Bess
Stellan Skarsgård    Jan
Katrin Cartlidge    Dodo
Jean-Marc Barr    Terry
Udo Kier    Man on the Trawler
Adrian Rawlins    Dr. Richardson
Jonathan Hackett    Minister
Sandra Voe    Bess' Mother
Mikkel Gaup    Pits
Roef Ragas    Pim
Phil McCall    Grandfather
Robert Robertson    Chairman
Desmond Reilly    Elder
Sarah Grudgeon    Sybilla
Finlay Welsh    Coroner
David Gallacher    Glasgow Doctor
Ray Jeffries    Man on Bus
Owen Kavanaugh    Man at Lighthouse
Bob Dogherty    Man on Boat
David Bateson    Young Sailor
Callum Cuthbertson    Radio Operator
Gavin Mitchell    Police Officer
Brian Smith    Police Officer
Iain Agnew    Praying Man
Charles Kearney    Praying Man
Steven Leach    Praying Man
Dortie Romer    Nurse
Anthony O'Donnell    Boy
John Wark    Boy
Ronnie McKellaig    Precenter

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    Lars Von Trier
Chapter Sequences    Per Kirkeby
Editor    Anders Refn
Sound Designer    Per Streit
Costume Designer    Manon Rasmussen
Art Director    Karl Juliusson
Casting Director    Joyce Nettles
Assistant Director    Morten Arnfred
Executive Music Producer    Ray Williams
Executive Producer    Lars Jonsson
Producer    Peter Aalbaek Jensen
Producer    Vibeke Windelov
Cinematographer    Robby Müller
Co-Producer    Axel Helgeland
Co-Producer    Peter van Vogelpoel
Co-Producer    Rob Langestraat
Co-Producer    Marianne Slot
Second Unit Director    Kristoffer Nyholm
Unit Production Manager    Leif Mohlin
Unit Production Manager    Lene Nielsan
Second Unit Camera    Eric Kress
Supervising Sound Editor    Kristian Eidnes Anderson
Sound Effects Editor    Peter Schultz
Dialogue Editor    Hans Moller
Makeup    Jennifer Jorfald
Makeup    Sanne Gravfort
Special Make-up Effects    Morten Jacobsen
Screenwriter    Peter Asmussen

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1996/11/22 42 $60,426   9 $6,714   $110,741 12
1996/11/29 30 $150,216 +149% 26 $5,778   $283,383 19
1996/12/06 24 $112,158 -25% 25 $4,486   $440,914 26
1996/12/13 27 $69,993 -38% 18 $3,889   $541,519 33
1996/12/20 27 $128,200 +83% 40 $3,205   $706,386 40
1996/12/27 34 $135,585 +6% 45 $3,013   $929,773 47
1997/01/03 30 $179,520 +32% 47 $3,820   $1,328,006 54
1997/01/10 30 $179,716 n/c 53 $3,391   $1,647,907 61
1997/01/17 35 $185,055 +3% 51 $3,629   $1,907,339 68
1997/01/24 35 $158,465 -14% 54 $2,935   $2,123,247 75
1997/01/31 32 $171,593 +8% 59 $2,908   $2,365,249 82
1997/02/07 32 $166,470 -3% 68 $2,448   $2,596,897 89
1997/02/14 38 $186,003 +12% 77 $2,416   $2,854,107 96
1997/02/21 36 $143,845 -23% 78 $1,844   $3,053,347 103
1997/02/28 37 $110,134 -23% 65 $1,694   $3,213,778 110
1997/03/07 37 $96,476 -12% 75 $1,286   $3,369,303 117
1997/03/14 41 $93,850 -3% 77 $1,219   $3,387,427 124
1997/03/21 39 $94,550 +1% 70 $1,351   $3,628,302 131
1997/03/28 48 $65,392 -31% 53 $1,234   $3,720,841 138
1997/04/04 49 $69,266 +6% 54 $1,283   $3,818,138 145
1997/04/11 49 $60,441 -13% 53 $1,140   $3,895,487 152
1997/04/18 56 $38,299 -37% 44 $870   $3,955,041 159
1997/05/02 59 $27,872   26 $1,072   $4,040,691 173

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1996/11/22 37 $82,852   9 $9,206   $133,167 16
1996/11/29 29 $195,589 +136% 26 $7,523   $328,756 23
1996/12/06 24 $142,770 -27% 25 $5,711   $471,526 30
1996/12/13 26 $106,660 -25% 18 $5,926   $578,186 37
1996/12/20 28 $216,002 +103% 40 $5,400   $794,188 44
1996/12/27 33 $354,298 +64% 45 $7,873   $1,148,486 51
1997/01/03 25 $319,705 -10% 47 $6,802   $1,468,191 58
1997/01/10 30 $254,093 -21% 53 $4,794   $1,722,284 65
1997/01/17 35 $242,498 -5% 51 $4,755   $1,964,782 72
1997/01/24 34 $228,874 -6% 54 $4,238   $2,193,656 79
1997/01/31 32 $236,771 +3% 59 $4,013   $2,430,427 86
1997/02/07 31 $237,677 n/c 68 $3,495   $2,668,104 93
1997/02/14 36 $241,398 +2% 77 $3,135   $2,909,502 100
1997/02/21 35 $194,142 -20% 78 $2,489   $3,103,644 107
1997/02/28 36 $169,183 -13% 65 $2,603   $3,272,827 114
1997/03/07 52 $20,750 -88% 75 $277   $3,293,577 121
1997/03/14 33 $240,175 +1,057% 77 $3,119   $3,533,752 128
1997/03/21 42 $121,697 -49% 70 $1,739   $3,655,449 135
1997/03/28 48 $93,423 -23% 53 $1,763   $3,748,872 142
1997/04/04 52 $86,174 -8% 54 $1,596   $3,835,046 149
1997/04/11 49 $81,696 -5% 53 $1,541   $3,916,742 156