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Captain Phillips (2013)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $107,136,417Details
International Box Office $113,511,767Details
Worldwide Box Office $220,648,184
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $18,355,943 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $12,594,031 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $30,949,974
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Synopsis

A multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips, and his Somali counterpart, Muse. Set on an incontrovertible collision course off the coast of Somalia, both men will find themselves paying the human toll for economic forces outside of their control.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
93% - Certified Fresh
Audience
89% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$55,000,000
Domestic Releases: October 11th, 2013 (Wide) by Sony Pictures
October 11th, 2013 (IMAX) by Sony Pictures
International Releases: October 11th, 2013 (Wide) (Aruba)
October 11th, 2013 (Wide) (Curacao)
October 11th, 2013 (Wide) (Trinidad)
October 17th, 2013 (Wide) (Argentina)
October 17th, 2013 (Wide) (Indonesia)
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Video Release: January 21st, 2014 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use.
(Rating bulletin 2287, 8/28/2013)
Running Time: 133 minutes
Comparisons: Best Picture Oscar Nominees, 2014
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Keywords: On a Boat, Hostage, Pirates, Rescue, Hijacking, Special Ops, 2014 Oscars Best Picture Nominee
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Columbia Pictures, Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca, Trigger Street Productions
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 21st Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 190 $188,530 Feb 28, 2014 143
Biggest 20th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 456 $64,291 Feb 21, 2014 136
Biggest 19th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 496 $80,650 Feb 14, 2014 129
Biggest 18th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 510 $110,894 Feb 7, 2014 122
Biggest 17th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 444 $175,590 Jan 31, 2014 115
Biggest 16th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 330 $312,133 Jan 24, 2014 108
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 254 $523,771 Jan 17, 2014 101
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,628 $38,158 Jan 10, 2014 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,138 $121,032 Jan 3, 2014 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,229 $140,799 Dec 27, 2013 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,436 $140,388 Dec 20, 2013 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,069 $290,176 Dec 13, 2013 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 934 $510,201 Dec 6, 2013 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 724 $1,148,004 Nov 29, 2013 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 690 $1,821,366 Nov 22, 2013 45
Fastest Movies to Earn $100 Million at the Domestic Box Office 473 $100,265,262 Nov 22, 2013 44
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 349 $4,385,218 Nov 15, 2013 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 388 $5,712,028 Nov 8, 2013 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 368 $8,407,725 Nov 1, 2013 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 409 $11,642,040 Oct 25, 2013 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 476 $16,413,093 Oct 18, 2013 10
Fastest Movies to Earn $50 Million at the Domestic Box Office 521 $52,443,328 Oct 18, 2013 10
Biggest Sunday at the Domestic Box Office 859 $6,779,444 Oct 13, 2013 3
Biggest October Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 35 $25,718,314 Oct 11, 2013 3
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 551 $25,718,314 Oct 11, 2013 3
Biggest Weekends at the Domestic Box Office 838 $25,718,314 Oct 11, 2013 3
Widest Opening Weekend 777 3,020 Oct 11, 2013 3
Biggest October Day at the Domestic Box Office 66 $10,450,283 Oct 12, 2013 2
Biggest Saturday at the Domestic Box Office 759 $10,450,283 Oct 12, 2013 2
Biggest Friday at the Domestic Box Office 818 $8,488,587 Oct 11, 2013 1
Movies with Leggiest Opening Weekend 1,304 3.03 Oct 11, 2013 1
Movies with Most Front-Loaded Opening Weekend 1,487 33.0% Oct 11, 2013 1

Cast

   Captain Richard Philips
Barkhad Abdi    Muse
Barkhad Abdirahman    Bilal
Catherine Keener    Andrea Phillips
Max Martini    SEAL Commander
Faysal Ahmed    Najee
Mahat M. Ali    Elmi
Michael Chernus    Shane
Corey Johnson    Ken Quinn
Yul Vazquez    Captain Frank Castellano
David Warshofsky    Mike Perry

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Producer    Scott Rudin
Producer    Dana Brunetti
Producer    Michael De Luca
Screenwriter    Billy Ray
Story Creator    Richard Phillips
Story Creator    Stephan Talty
Executive Producer    Gregory Goodman
Executive Producer    Eli Bush
Executive Producer    Kevin Spacey
Director of Photography    Barry Ackroyd
Production Designer    Paul Kirby
Editor    Christopher Rouse
Costume Designer    Mark Bridges
Composer    Henry Jackman
Music Supervisor    Michael Higham
Set Decorator    Dominic Capon
Set Designer    Peter Russell
Sound Mixer    Chris Munro
Sound Mixer    Tim Fraser
Supervising Sound Editor    Oliver Tarney
Re-recording Mixer    Chris Burdon
Re-recording Mixer    Mark Taylor
Re-recording Mixer    Mark Prestwood Smith
Visual Effects Producer    Dan Barrow
Stunt Coordinator    Rob Inch
Assistant Director    Chris Carreras
Second Unit Director    Christopher Forster
Second Unit Director    Niels Reedtz Johansen
Casting Director    Francine Maisler

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January 19th, 2014

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December 12th, 2013

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December 5th, 2013

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire poster

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November 20th, 2013

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October 30th, 2013

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October 29th, 2013

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October 24th, 2013

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October 22nd, 2013

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October 20th, 2013

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October 15th, 2013

Both Gravity and Captain Phillips topped expectations, which is a reason to celebrate. However, it's practically the only reason to celebrate. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 did well, but from that point on, the box office was a disaster. Overall, the total box office was $116 million, which was down 8% from last week. Compared to last year, the box office was down by 10%. How can this year's top film earn more than twice as much as last year's number one film, but still lose out overall? Last year, the fourth place film was Hotel Transylvania, which earned $17.24 million. This year the fourth place film was Machete Kills, which earned just $3.84 million. The depth this year is simply terrible. Year-to-date, 2013 is still ahead of 2012, but by less than 1% at $8.21 billion to $8.15 billion. More...

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October 13th, 2013

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October 11th, 2013

There are two wide releases this week: Captain Phillips and Machete Kills. The former is a potential Awards Season player, while the latter is definitely not. Unfortunately, neither seems likely to challenge Gravity for top spot at the box office this weekend. Captain Phillips should come in a solid second place, while Machete Kills will try not to under-perform when compared to Runner Runner's opening from last weekend. Gravity could help 2013 top last year's box office, which was led by Taken 2 in its second weekend of release. The best new release was Argo, but it opened with less than $20 million and Captain Phillips should top that. However, last year had much better depth and might prove to be too much for 2013 to overcome. More...

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October 6th, 2013

Success at the box office is no guarantee of awards, but it certainly doesn't do any harm. And by that metric, Gravity's chances of picking up an Oscar or three is taking a considerable turn for the better this weekend as the sci-fi thriller heads towards a celestial $55.6 million debut, according to Warner Bros.'s Sunday projection. That will comfortably set a record for the biggest weekend in October, overtaking Paranormal Activity 3's $52.6 million back in 2011. With Captain Phillips and 12 Years a Slave opening in the next two weeks, awards season is getting interesting. More...

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October 3rd, 2013

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October 3rd, 2013

There are two films opening wide this week: Gravity and Runner Runner. However, while the two films share a release date, they are at the opposite ends when it comes to box office potential and critical acclaim. Gravity should have an easy time winning the race for the top of the box office chart, and if its reviews can translate into Awards Season buzz, then it should have very strong legs. On the other hand, many analysts expect Runner Runner to stumble out of the gate and disappear before the end of the month. This weekend last year, Taken 2 opened with just under $50 million, which is too much for Gravity to match. Frankenweenie earned $11 million during its opening weekend, which is a figure Runner Runner should match, but might not. Overall, 2013 looks a lot weaker than 2012 was. More...

2013 Preview: October

October 1st, 2013

October is an awkward month. It sits between the dumping ground that is September and November, the unofficial start of Awards Season / holiday blockbuster season. For the most part, September was stronger than average for the month and there's reason to be optimistic going forward. After all, box office success tends to feed on itself, as does box office struggles. That said, there are not a lot of sure hits over the coming four weeks. Of the nine or ten films opening wide this month, only Gravity has a better than 50/50 chance at $100 million. Captain Phillips could have a shot at the century mark, but only if it becomes a serious Awards Season player. Its early reviews suggest that could be a possibility. Last October, there were two films to reach the $100 million mark, Taken 2 and Argo. On the other hand, pretty much everything else that opened that month crashed and burned. While this October doesn't have as strong a top end, it will hopefully have much better depth. 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.

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2013/10/11 2 $25,718,314   3,020 $8,516   $25,718,314 3
2013/10/18 2 $16,413,093 -36% 3,020 $5,435   $52,443,328 10
2013/10/25 3 $11,642,040 -29% 3,143 $3,704   $69,916,083 17
2013/11/01 6 $8,407,725 -28% 3,021 $2,783   $82,458,232 24
2013/11/08 8 $5,712,028 -32% 2,646 $2,159   $90,894,044 31
2013/11/15 9 $4,385,218 -23% 2,626 $1,670   $97,502,676 38
2013/11/22 12 $1,821,366 -58% 1,656 $1,100   $100,705,834 45
2013/11/29 17 $1,148,004 -37% 807 $1,423   $102,723,955 52
2013/12/06 15 $510,201 -56% 640 $797   $103,500,578 59
2013/12/13 20 $290,176 -43% 323 $898   $104,017,034 66
2013/12/20 24 $140,388 -52% 172 $816   $104,287,640 73
2013/12/27 31 $140,799 n/c 111 $1,268   $104,568,723 80
2014/01/03 32 $121,032 -14% 105 $1,153   $104,834,734 87
2014/01/10 39 $38,158 -68% 114 $335   $104,987,526 94
2014/01/17 24 $523,771 +1,273% 903 $580   $105,641,433 101
2014/01/24 24 $312,133 -40% 302 $1,034   $106,244,151 108
2014/01/31 31 $175,590 -44% 245 $717   $106,545,338 115
2014/02/07 34 $110,894 -37% 182 $609   $106,735,675 122
2014/02/14 39 $80,650 -27% 135 $597   $106,859,138 129
2014/02/21 46 $64,291 -20% 189 $340   $106,957,071 136
2014/02/28 32 $188,530 +193% 96 $1,964   $107,100,855 143

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2013/10/11 2 $8,488,587   3,020 $2,811   $8,488,587 1
2013/10/12 2 $10,450,283 +23% 3,020 $3,460   $18,938,870 2
2013/10/13 2 $6,779,444 -35% 3,020 $2,245   $25,718,314 3
2013/10/14 2 $3,583,153 -47% 3,020 $1,186   $29,301,467 4
2013/10/15 2 $2,628,046 -27% 3,020 $870   $31,929,513 5
2013/10/16 2 $2,088,516 -21% 3,020 $692   $34,018,029 6
2013/10/17 2 $2,012,206 -4% 3,020 $666   $36,030,235 7
2013/10/18 3 $5,082,902 +153% 3,020 $1,683   $41,113,137 8
2013/10/19 2 $7,378,399 +45% 3,020 $2,443   $48,491,536 9
2013/10/20 2 $3,951,792 -46% 3,020 $1,309   $52,443,328 10
2013/10/21 2 $1,346,889 -66% 3,020 $446   $53,790,217 11
2013/10/22 2 $1,778,352 +32% 3,020 $589   $55,568,569 12
2013/10/23 2 $1,375,966 -23% 3,020 $456   $56,944,535 13
2013/10/24 2 $1,329,508 -3% 3,020 $440   $58,274,043 14
2013/10/25 3 $3,624,051 +173% 3,143 $1,153   $61,898,094 15
2013/10/26 3 $5,178,818 +43% 3,143 $1,648   $67,076,912 16
2013/10/27 3 $2,839,171 -45% 3,143 $903   $69,916,083 17
2013/10/28 3 $896,782 -68% 3,143 $285   $70,812,865 18
2013/10/29 3 $1,188,072 +32% 3,143 $378   $72,000,937 19
2013/10/30 3 $874,028 -26% 3,143 $278   $72,874,965 20
2013/10/31 3 $1,175,542 +34% 3,143 $374   $74,050,507 21
2013/11/01 6 $2,431,599 +107% 3,021 $805   $76,482,106 22
2013/11/02 6 $3,936,424 +62% 3,021 $1,303   $80,418,530 23
2013/11/03 6 $2,039,702 -48% 3,021 $675   $82,458,232 24
2013/11/04 6 $620,679 -70% 3,021 $205   $83,078,911 25
2013/11/05 6 $820,290 +32% 3,021 $272   $83,899,201 26
2013/11/06 5 $646,378 -21% 3,021 $214   $84,545,579 27
2013/11/07 6 $636,437 -2% 3,021 $211   $85,182,016 28
2013/11/08 8 $1,586,768 +149% 2,646 $600   $86,768,784 29
2013/11/09 8 $2,541,934 +60% 2,646 $961   $89,310,718 30
2013/11/10 8 $1,583,326 -38% 2,646 $598   $90,894,044 31
2013/11/11 8 $849,799 -46% 2,646 $321   $91,743,843 32
2013/11/12 7 $513,930 -40% 2,646 $194   $92,257,773 33
2013/11/13 7 $435,734 -15% 2,646 $165   $92,693,507 34
2013/11/14 7 $423,951 -3% 2,646 $160   $93,117,458 35
2013/11/15 9 $1,281,440 +202% 2,626 $488   $94,398,898 36
2013/11/16 8 $2,089,893 +63% 2,626 $796   $96,488,791 37
2013/11/17 9 $1,013,885 -51% 2,626 $386   $97,502,676 38
2013/11/18 8 $317,697 -69% 2,626 $121   $97,820,373 39
2013/11/19 8 $432,234 +36% 2,626 $165   $98,252,607 40
2013/11/20 8 $347,550 -20% 2,626 $132   $98,600,157 41
2013/11/21 9 $284,311 -18% 2,626 $108   $98,884,468 42
2013/11/22 12 $533,840 +88% 1,656 $322   $99,418,308 43
2013/11/23 12 $846,954 +59% 1,656 $511   $100,265,262 44
2013/11/24 12 $440,572 -48% 1,656 $266   $100,705,834 45
2013/11/25 12 $182,653 -59% 1,656 $110   $100,888,487 46
2013/11/26 12 $252,487 +38% 1,656 $152   $101,140,974 47
2013/11/27 18 $200,505 -21% 807 $248   $101,341,479 48
2013/11/28 16 $234,472 +17% 807 $291   $101,575,951 49
2013/11/29 17 $499,397 +113% 807 $619   $102,075,348 50
2013/11/30 17 $451,373 -10% 807 $559   $102,526,721 51
2013/12/01 18 $197,234 -56% 807 $244   $102,723,955 52
2013/12/02 18 $60,299 -69% 807 $75   $102,784,254 53
2013/12/03 16 $73,148 +21% 807 $91   $102,857,402 54
2013/12/04 16 $66,307 -9% 807 $82   $102,923,709 55
2013/12/05 16 $66,668 +1% 807 $83   $102,990,377 56
2013/12/06 - $149,584 +124% 640 $234   $103,139,961 57
2013/12/07 - $240,758 +61% 640 $376   $103,380,719 58
2013/12/08 - $119,859 -50% 640 $187   $103,500,578 59
2013/12/09 17 $49,863 -58% 640 $78   $103,550,441 60
2013/12/10 16 $62,112 +25% 640 $97   $103,612,553 61
2013/12/11 17 $55,926 -10% 640 $87   $103,668,479 62
2013/12/12 17 $55,926 n/c 640 $87   $103,724,405 63
2013/12/13 - $83,803 +50% 323 $259   $103,808,208 64
2013/12/14 - $127,704 +52% 323 $395   $103,935,912 65
2013/12/15 - $78,669 -38% 323 $244   $104,017,034 66
2013/12/16 - $34,200 -57% 323 $106   $104,051,234 67
2013/12/17 - $35,536 +4% 323 $110   $104,086,770 68
2013/12/18 - $30,171 -15% 323 $93   $104,116,941 69
2013/12/19 - $30,311 n/c 323 $94   $104,147,252 70
2013/12/20 - $35,611 +17% 172 $207   $104,182,863 71
2013/12/21 - $59,198 +66% 172 $344   $104,242,061 72
2013/12/22 - $45,579 -23% 172 $265   $104,287,640 73
2013/12/30 - $33,277   111 $300   $104,602,000 81
2013/12/31 - $36,057 +8% 111 $325   $104,638,057 82
2014/01/01 - $48,072 +33% 111 $433   $104,686,129 83
2014/01/03 - $37,854   105 $361   $104,723,983 85
2014/01/04 - $54,017 +43% 105 $514   $104,778,000 86
2014/01/05 - $29,161 -46% 105 $278   $104,834,734 87
2014/01/10 - $28,245   114 $248   $104,920,296 92
2014/01/11 - $43,367 +54% 114 $380   $104,963,663 93
2014/01/12 - $23,863 -45% 114 $209   $104,987,526 94
2014/01/13 - $9,381 -61% 114 $82   $104,996,907 95
2014/01/14 - $13,388 +43% 114 $117   $105,010,295 96
2014/01/15 - $44,212 +230% 903 $49   $105,054,507 97
2014/01/16 - $63,155 +43% 903 $70   $105,117,662 98
2014/01/17 - $138,368 +119% 903 $153   $105,256,030 99
2014/01/18 - $251,979 +82% 903 $279   $105,508,009 100
2014/01/19 - $133,424 -47% 903 $148   $105,641,433 101
2014/01/20 - $126,752 -5% 903 $140   $105,768,185 102
2014/01/21 - $56,905 -55% 903 $63   $105,825,090 103
2014/01/22 - $52,123 -8% 903 $58   $105,877,213 104
2014/01/23 - $54,805 +5% 903 $61   $105,932,018 105
2014/01/24 - $91,015 +66% 302 $301   $106,023,033 106
2014/01/25 - $142,449 +57% 302 $472   $106,165,482 107
2014/01/26 - $78,669 -45% 302 $260   $106,244,151 108
2014/01/27 - $27,828 -65% 302 $92   $106,271,979 109
2014/01/28 - $35,587 +28% 302 $118   $106,307,566 110
2014/01/29 - $31,552 -11% 302 $104   $106,339,118 111
2014/01/30 - $30,630 -3% 302 $101   $106,369,748 112
2014/01/31 - $63,422 +107% 245 $259   $106,433,170 113
2014/02/01 - $88,226 +39% 245 $360   $106,521,396 114
2014/02/02 - $23,942 -73% 245 $98   $106,545,338 115
2014/02/03 - $18,835 -21% 245 $77   $106,564,173 116
2014/02/04 - $21,885 +16% 245 $89   $106,586,058 117
2014/02/05 - $18,838 -14% 245 $77   $106,604,896 118
2014/02/06 - $19,885 +6% 245 $81   $106,624,781 119
2014/02/07 - $30,236 +52% 182 $166   $106,655,017 120
2014/02/08 - $51,469 +70% 182 $283   $106,706,486 121
2014/02/09 - $29,189 -43% 182 $160   $106,735,675 122
2014/02/10 - $9,221 -68% 182 $51   $106,744,896 123
2014/02/11 - $11,974 +30% 182 $66   $106,756,870 124
2014/02/12 - $9,753 -19% 182 $54   $106,766,623 125
2014/02/13 - $11,865 +22% 182 $65   $106,778,488 126
2014/02/14 - $26,040 +119% 135 $193   $106,804,528 127
2014/02/15 - $31,708 +22% 135 $235   $106,836,236 128
2014/02/16 - $22,902 -28% 135 $170   $106,859,138 129
2014/02/17 - $12,582 -45% 135 $93   $106,871,720 130
2014/02/18 - $7,479 -41% 135 $55   $106,879,199 131
2014/02/19 - $6,423 -14% 135 $48   $106,885,622 132
2014/02/20 - $7,158 +11% 135 $53   $106,892,780 133
2014/02/21 - $16,476 +130% 189 $87   $106,909,256 134
2014/02/22 - $32,866 +99% 189 $174   $106,942,122 135
2014/02/23 - $14,949 -55% 189 $79   $106,957,071 136
2014/02/28 - $89,673   96 $934   $107,046,744 141
2014/03/01 - $89,673 n/c 96 $934   $107,136,417 142
2014/03/02 - $9,184 -90% 96 $96   $107,100,855 143

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2013/10/11 2 $36,030,235   3,020 $11,931   $36,030,235 7
2013/10/18 2 $22,243,808 -38% 3,020 $7,365   $58,274,043 14
2013/10/25 3 $15,776,464 -29% 3,143 $5,020   $74,050,507 21
2013/11/01 6 $11,131,509 -29% 3,021 $3,685   $85,182,016 28
2013/11/08 8 $7,935,442 -29% 2,646 $2,999   $93,117,458 35
2013/11/15 9 $5,767,010 -27% 2,626 $2,196   $98,884,468 42
2013/11/22 15 $2,691,483 -53% 807 $3,335   $101,575,951 49
2013/11/29 17 $1,414,426 -47% 807 $1,753   $102,990,377 56
2013/12/06 17 $734,028 -48% 640 $1,147   $103,724,405 63
2013/12/13 20 $422,847 -42% 323 $1,309   $104,147,252 70
2013/12/20 31 $280,672 -34% 172 $1,632   $104,427,924 77
2013/12/27 28 $285,778 +2% 105 $2,722   $104,573,418 84
2014/01/03 31 $235,666 -18% 105 $2,244   $104,949,368 91
2014/01/10 29 $225,611 -4% 903 $250   $105,117,662 98
2014/01/17 24 $814,356 +261% 903 $902   $105,932,018 105
2014/01/24 25 $437,730 -46% 302 $1,449   $106,369,748 112
2014/01/31 29 $255,033 -42% 245 $1,041   $106,624,781 119
2014/02/07 33 $153,707 -40% 182 $845   $106,778,488 126
2014/02/14 38 $114,292 -26% 135 $847   $106,892,780 133

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
Argentina 10/17/2013 $0 0 26 49 $1,219,833 12/13/2015
Aruba 10/11/2013 $0 0 1 1 $53,073 12/13/2015
Australia 10/24/2013 $0 0 232 629 $8,971,857 12/13/2015
Austria 11/15/2013 $0 0 74 228 $417,305 12/13/2015
Bahrain 10/31/2013 $0 0 3 18 $413,497 12/13/2015
Belgium 12/4/2013 $260,730 43 43 166 $834,202 12/13/2015
Bolivia 10/31/2013 $0 0 5 13 $92,950 12/13/2015
Brazil 11/8/2013 $0 0 156 461 $3,335,792 12/13/2015
Bulgaria 11/8/2013 $0 0 14 47 $115,423 12/13/2015
Central America 11/21/2013 $158,576 70 70 228 $613,022 12/13/2015
Chile 10/31/2013 $0 0 16 59 $446,566 12/13/2015
Colombia 10/18/2013 $0 0 5 8 $685,738 12/13/2015
Croatia 10/24/2013 $0 0 7 23 $144,547 12/13/2015
Curacao 10/11/2013 $0 0 1 4 $37,584 12/13/2015
Czech Republic 11/21/2013 $72,649 57 57 194 $195,588 12/13/2015
Denmark 10/24/2013 $0 0 18 40 $933,151 12/13/2015
Dominican Republic 10/24/2013 $0 0 3 4 $141,217 12/13/2015
Ecuador 10/18/2013 $0 0 4 5 $262,809 12/13/2015
Egypt 10/30/2013 $0 0 6 28 $219,477 12/13/2015
Estonia 11/8/2013 $0 0 2 5 $38,665 12/13/2015
Finland 10/18/2013 $0 0 4 10 $347,155 12/13/2015
France 11/20/2013 $1,739,796 500 500 1718 $4,088,900 12/13/2015
Germany 11/14/2013 $0 0 403 1492 $4,141,244 12/13/2015
Ghana 10/25/2013 $0 0 1 6 $26,176 12/13/2015
Greece 10/24/2013 $0 0 32 55 $1,398,613 12/13/2015
Hong Kong 10/24/2013 $0 0 22 36 $1,669,662 12/13/2015
Hungary 11/7/2013 $0 0 32 97 $348,105 12/13/2015
Iceland 10/25/2013 $0 0 2 6 $70,340 12/13/2015
India 10/18/2013 $0 0 18 62 $938,120 12/13/2015
Indonesia 10/17/2013 $0 0 5 6 $1,553,768 12/13/2015
Iraq 10/31/2013 $0 0 3 6 $60,627 12/13/2015
Israel 10/17/2013 $0 0 17 52 $991,810 12/13/2015
Italy 10/31/2013 $0 0 30 80 $2,252,422 12/13/2015
Japan 11/29/2013 $1,191,066 470 488 2189 $5,090,305 12/13/2015
Jordan 10/31/2013 $0 0 5 10 $131,490 12/13/2015
Kenya 11/29/2013 $19,066 7 8 22 $42,109 12/13/2015
Kuwait 10/31/2013 $0 0 10 21 $1,301,293 12/13/2015
Latvia 11/8/2013 $0 0 5 14 $93,196 12/13/2015
Lebanon 10/31/2013 $0 0 6 12 $283,391 12/13/2015
Lithuania 11/22/2013 $20,881 7 7 18 $61,336 12/13/2015
Malaysia 12/5/2013 $246,073 43 43 136 $606,811 12/13/2015
Mexico 11/29/2013 $848,206 598 598 1698 $3,432,761 12/13/2015
Netherlands 11/21/2013 $450,301 65 65 370 $2,120,405 12/13/2015
New Zealand 10/24/2013 $0 0 43 110 $1,025,046 12/13/2015
Nigeria 10/25/2013 $0 0 8 32 $170,690 12/13/2015
Norway 10/18/2013 $0 0 7 24 $1,063,523 12/13/2015
Oman 10/31/2013 $0 0 2 2 $208,750 12/13/2015
Peru 11/28/2013 $171,546 57 57 194 $615,623 12/13/2015
Philippines 10/23/2013 $0 0 7 7 $798,953 12/13/2015
Poland 11/8/2013 $0 0 107 533 $1,841,938 12/13/2015
Portugal 10/24/2013 $0 0 17 37 $493,705 12/13/2015
Qatar 10/31/2013 $0 0 2 9 $337,035 12/13/2015
Romania 11/1/2013 $0 0 25 74 $342,707 12/13/2015
Russia (CIS) 12/5/2013 $1,777,125 630 630 1434 $3,678,674 12/13/2015
Serbia and Montenegro 11/14/2013 $0 0 7 18 $28,545 12/13/2015
Singapore 11/14/2013 $0 0 31 104 $1,784,998 12/13/2015
Slovakia 10/24/2013 $0 0 5 12 $130,866 12/13/2015
Slovenia 10/24/2013 $0 0 5 11 $57,518 12/13/2015
South Africa 11/15/2013 $0 0 53 122 $360,281 12/13/2015
South Korea 10/23/2013 $0 0 5 14 $1,584,669 12/13/2015
Spain 10/18/2013 $0 0 146 337 $5,544,920 12/13/2015
Sweden 10/18/2013 $0 0 20 54 $1,423,894 12/13/2015
Switzerland 11/14/2013 $0 0 2 2 $488,027 12/13/2015
Taiwan 11/15/2013 $0 0 67 238 $2,974,932 12/13/2015
Trinidad 10/11/2013 $0 0 2 3 $149,476 12/13/2015
Turkey 10/25/2013 $0 0 4 9 $655,764 12/13/2015
Ukraine 12/5/2013 $181,767 105 107 256 $504,480 12/13/2015
United Arab Emirates 10/31/2013 $0 0 10 27 $1,817,739 12/13/2015
United Kingdom 10/18/2013 $0 0 290 633 $25,521,780 12/13/2015
Uruguay 11/14/2013 $0 0 7 28 $118,749 12/13/2015
Venezuela 11/15/2013 $0 0 41 161 $1,329,377 12/13/2015
Vietnam 11/29/2013 $61,247 34 34 89 $198,995 12/13/2015
 
Rest of World $8,037,778
 
International Total$113,511,767 12/13/2015

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
1/26/20141352,147 352,147$6,335,125$6,335,1251
2/2/20145114,834-67% 466,981$2,218,593$8,553,7172
2/9/20147108,766-5% 575,747$1,771,798$10,325,5163
2/16/20141654,565-50% 630,312$1,034,552$11,360,0684
2/23/20141434,542-37% 664,854$654,571$12,014,6395
3/2/20141624,537-29% 689,391$460,069$12,474,7086
3/9/20141629,058+18% 718,449$460,569$12,935,2777
3/16/20142123,309-20% 741,758$349,402$13,284,6798
3/23/20142214,784-37% 756,542$221,612$13,506,2919
3/30/20142016,982+15% 773,524$254,560$13,760,85110
4/13/20142715,122 799,622$271,591$14,225,94912
6/8/2014296,505 862,710$85,346$15,260,11020

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
1/26/20141275,106 275,106$6,561,278$6,561,2781
2/2/2014560,309-78% 335,415$1,384,683$7,945,9612
2/9/20141430,408-50% 365,823$695,727$8,641,6883
2/16/20141030,581+1% 396,404$700,619$9,342,3074
2/23/20141317,281-43% 413,685$396,419$9,738,7265
3/2/2014823,819+38% 437,504$384,208$10,122,9346
3/9/20141417,512-26% 455,016$292,456$10,415,3907
3/16/20141618,129+4% 473,145$277,558$10,692,9488
3/30/20141910,500 487,185$192,156$10,949,88810

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