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Captive (2015)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $2,583,301Details
International Box Office $208,672Details
Worldwide Box Office $2,791,973
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $187,694 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $187,694
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A drama about the spiritual collision of two broken lives. When Brian Nichols—on the run as the subject of a city wide manhunt and desperate to make contact with his newborn son—takes recovering meth addict Ashley Smith hostage in her own apartment, she turns for guidance to Rick Warren’s best-selling inspirational book, The Purpose Driven Life. While reading aloud, Ashley and her would-be killer each face crossroads where despair and death intersect hope.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics RottenAudience Spilled
24% - Rotten
44% - Spilled

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Movie Details

Production Budget:$2,000,000
Domestic Releases: September 18th, 2015 (Wide) by Paramount Pictures
International Releases: September 17th, 2015 (Wide) (Germany)
September 25th, 2015 (Wide) (United Kingdom)
Video Release: January 5th, 2016 by Paramount Home Video
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving violence and substance abuse.
(Rating bulletin 2343, 10/8/2014)
Running Time: 97 minutes
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Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Paramount Pictures, BN Films, Brightside Entertainment, 1019 Entertainment, Yoruba Saxon, Itaca Films
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,697 $63,361 Oct 2, 2015 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,585 $507,370 Sep 25, 2015 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,373 $1,395,378 Sep 18, 2015 3


   Brian Nichols
   Ashley Smith
Leonor Varela    Sgt. Carmen S. Sandoval
Jessica Oyelowo    Meredith Mackenzie
Mimi Rogers    Aunt Kim
Michael K. Williams    Lt. John Chestnut
Kevin J. O'Connor    FBI Agent
E. Roger Mitchell    Sgt. Teasley
Matt Lowe    Randy
J. Karen Thomas    Mrs. Nichols
Fred Galle    Atlanta Police Officer Boltbee
Elle Graham    Paige
Johanna Jowett    Cameron Sampson
Sydelle Noel    Lynn Campbell
Raymond Parks    Officer Henderson
Michael Mercaldi    Prisoner
Michael Harding    Commander Bradley Simpson
Claudia Church    Melissa
Steven Dean Davis    JD
J. Leon Pridgen II    APD Officer
Bill Bennett    Sheriff Walters
Marlo Scheitler    Cheryl

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Brian Bird
Based upon the book 'Unlikely Angel' by    Ashley Smith
Based upon the book 'Unlikely Angel' by    Stacy Mattingly
Producer    Terry Botwick
Producer    Jerry Jameson
Producer    David Oyelowo
Producer    Ken Wales
Producer    Alex Garcia
Producer    Lucas Akoskin
Producer    Katrina Wolfe
Executive Producer    Jonathan Gray
Executive Producer    Elliott Lester
Executive Producer    Ralph Winter
Executive Producer    Brian Bird
Director of Photography    Luis Sansans
Executive Producer    Santiago Garcia Galvan
Production Designer    Sandra Cabriada
Editor    Melissa Kent
Costume Designer    Cameron Doyle
Composer    Lorne Balfe
Co-Producer    Matthew Spiegel
Casting Director    Mike Fenton
Casting Director    Ann Frederick

Home Market Releases for January 5th, 2016

January 4th, 2016


We are getting back to normal for the home market releases. There are no major first run releases, but one of the biggest limited releases of 2015 hits the home market. Sicario earned nearly $50 million after starting in limited release and the Blu-ray Combo Pack is the Pick of the Week. It wasn't the only contender for that honor, as Deathgasm (DVD or Blu-ray) and Infinitely Polar Bear (DVD or Blu-ray) were also in contention. More...

Per Theater Chart: Sicario is the Most Wanted Limited Release

September 22nd, 2015


Sicario not only led the weekend on the Per Theater Chart with an average of $66,881 in six theaters. It also had the best per theater average for any film released in 2015, beating out the previous record-holder, Ex Machina, by about $7,500. On a related note, there's already reports of a sequel in the works. Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer was up next with an average of $18,750 in twelve theaters. Finally, there's Everest. This film not only earned a spot in the top five overall, but pulled in an average of $13,251 in over 500 theaters. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: New Releases Fail to Reach High Heights

September 22nd, 2015

Black Mass

While the two new releases landed in first and second as expected, their box office numbers were not as strong. The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials failed to match The Maze Runner, which is not a good sign for the franchise going forward. Black Mass did well, for a September release. Meanwhile, Everest might be considered the best new release of in the top ten, which is not surprising as it is being released by Universal. Finally there's Captive, the latest victim of the Mendoza Line. Overall, the box office was still strong and rose 10.0% from last week to $112 million. It was also 9.6% higher than the same weekend last year. Year-to-date, 2015 saw its lead expand to 5.8% over 2014 at $7.78 billion to $7.36 billion. More...

Weekend Estimates: Maze, Mass and Everest Make Solid Debuts

September 20th, 2015

Black Mass

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials will win the weekend at the box office, according to studio estimates released on Sunday, with a very solid $30.3 million. That’s down a bit from The Maze Runner’s $32.5 million this weekend last year, but the difference is small enough that a good performance on Sunday and slight increases in the actuals for Friday and Saturday could actually push the sequel slightly ahead. Either way, the franchise seems on fairly solid ground, although the increase in budget for the second film to $61 million from $34 million the first time around suggests it won’t be as profitable. As always, international box office will be key, and early signs there are good, with $78 million already in the bank. More...

Friday Estimates: Maze Runner and Black Mass Make Strong Starts

September 19th, 2015

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

The Fall Season starts in earnest this weekend with the release of a Young Adult, dystopian-future action movie and an Older Adult dramatic thriller (not to mention a couple of pieces of counter-programming) vying for box office dollars, and, in one case, Oscar attention. Both films are getting off to good starts, based on Friday’s estimates. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is off to the best start with $11 million for the day and a projected weekend around $30 million. Black Mass will have to settle for second place with $8.8 million on Friday and around $25 million for the weekend. More...

Weekend Predictions: Which New Release will Climb to the Top?

September 18th, 2015

The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

It's a sort of busy week this week, with two wide releases, The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Black Mass, as well as two limited releases with a shot at reaching the top ten, Captive and Everest. The Scorch Trials is the latest Young Adult Adaptation franchise. The first film crossed $100 million domestically, so this one hopes to grow at the box office. Black Mass is early Oscar-bait, but the reviews suggest it won't quite get there. Captive is the latest faith-based film and it likely won't go anywhere. Everest gets an early IMAX opening before its wide release next week. This weekend last year was the weekend The Maze Runner opened. Since sequels tend to open faster than their predecessors, 2015 should come out on top in the year-over-year comparison. More...

2015 Preview: September

September 1st, 2015

Hotel Transylvania 2

As September begins, the box office is in a slump. August was terrible and only Straight Outta Compton escaped with its dignity intact. Fortunately, we expected August to be terrible, so the box office isn't any lower than anticipated. As for September, there are two wide releases expected to earn more than $100 million, which is better than most years. Those two films are Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Hotel Transylvania 2, both sequels. There are four other films that could become midlevel hits, so we have good depth as well. By comparison, last September there were also two $100 million hits, The Maze Runner and The Equalizer. However, there were only two midlevel hits, so it appears this year has better depth. Frankly, 2015 has such a large lead over 2014 that all it needs to do is maintain pace for the rest of the year to be considered a success. If September can help 2015 grow its lead, then the overall industry should be very happy. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2015/09/18 11 $1,395,378   806 $1,731   $1,395,378 3
2015/09/25 18 $507,370 -64% 807 $629   $2,288,046 10
2015/10/02 41 $63,361 -88% 132 $480   $2,557,668 17

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2015/09/18 8 $647,188   806 $803   $647,188 1
2015/09/19 13 $453,587 -30% 806 $563   $1,100,775 2
2015/09/20 11 $294,603 -35% 806 $366   $1,395,378 3
2015/09/21 13 $90,520 -69% 806 $112   $1,485,898 4
2015/09/22 13 $127,290 +41% 806 $158   $1,613,188 5
2015/09/23 - $84,807 -33% 806 $105   $1,697,995 6
2015/09/24 13 $82,681 -3% 806 $103   $1,780,676 7
2015/09/25 - $156,163 +89% 807 $194   $1,936,839 8
2015/09/26 - $214,813 +38% 807 $266   $2,151,652 9
2015/09/27 - $136,394 -37% 807 $169   $2,288,046 10
2015/09/28 - $49,329 -64% 807 $61   $2,337,375 11
2015/09/29 - $68,510 +39% 807 $85   $2,405,885 12
2015/09/30 - $46,918 -32% 807 $58   $2,452,803 13
2015/10/01 - $41,504 -12% 807 $51   $2,494,307 14
2015/10/02 - $17,100 -59% 132 $130   $2,511,407 15
2015/10/03 - $25,775 +51% 132 $195   $2,537,182 16
2015/10/04 - $20,486 -21% 132 $155   $2,557,668 17
2015/10/05 - $6,004 -71% 132 $45   $2,563,672 18
2015/10/06 - $7,454 +24% 132 $56   $2,571,126 19
2015/10/07 - $6,272 -16% 132 $48   $2,577,398 20
2015/10/08 - $5,903 -6% 132 $45   $2,583,301 21

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2015/09/18 11 $1,780,676   806 $2,209   $1,780,676 7
2015/09/25 18 $713,631 -60% 807 $884   $2,494,307 14
2015/10/02 40 $88,994 -88% 132 $674   $2,583,301 21

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Germany 9/17/2015 $29,548 93 93 120 $29,548 9/30/2015
United Kingdom 9/25/2015 $79,240 125 125 150 $144,927 10/20/2015
Rest of World $34,197
International Total$208,672 10/20/2015

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