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Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $5,304,920Details
International Box Office $4,064,709Details
Worldwide Box Office $9,369,629
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  3. Box Office
  4. International
  5. Video Sales
  6. Full Financials
  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer

Synopsis

For over 20,000 years, Chauvet Cave has been completely sealed off by a fallen rock face, its crystal-encrusted interior as large as a football field and strewn with the petrified remains of giant ice age mammals. In 1994, scientists discovered the caverns, and found hundreds of pristine paintings within, spectacular artwork dating back over 30,000 years (almost twice as old as any previous finds) to a time when Neanderthals still roamed the earth and cave bears, mammoths, and ice age lions were the dominant populations of Europe. Since then, only a few people have been allowed access into Chauvet Cave, and the true scope of its contents had largely gone unfelt - until Werner Herzog managed to gain access. Filming in 3D, Herzog captures the wonder and beauty of one of the most awe-inspiring sites on earth, all the while musing in his inimitable fashion about its original inhabitants, the birth of art, and the curious people surrounding the caves today.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
96% - Certified Fresh
Audience
73% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: April 29th, 2011 (Limited) by IFC Films
International Releases: April 13th, 2012 (Wide) (Uruguay)
June 22nd, 2012 (Wide) (Spain)
November 29th, 2012 (Wide) (Netherlands)
February 15th, 2013 (Wide) (Brazil)
Video Release: November 29th, 2011 by Mpi Home Video
MPAA Rating: G
(Rating bulletin 2166, 4/6/2011)
Running Time: 90 minutes
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Keywords: 3-D, Academics, Artists, Directing Yourself
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Genre:Documentary
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Creative Differences, History Films
Production Countries: Canada,
France,
Germany,
United Kingdom,
United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 17th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,287 $16,114 Aug 19, 2011 115
Biggest 16th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,476 $18,418 Aug 12, 2011 108
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,443 $35,189 Aug 5, 2011 101
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,677 $35,546 Jul 29, 2011 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,669 $54,410 Jul 22, 2011 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,977 $50,284 Jul 15, 2011 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,901 $82,074 Jul 8, 2011 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,944 $110,082 Jul 1, 2011 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,009 $142,275 Jun 24, 2011 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,869 $241,045 Jun 17, 2011 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,236 $261,390 Jun 10, 2011 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,561 $346,316 Jun 3, 2011 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,992 $431,062 May 27, 2011 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,687 $415,310 May 20, 2011 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,183 $471,933 May 13, 2011 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,693 $402,948 May 6, 2011 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,735 $139,101 Apr 29, 2011 3

Cast

Dominique Baffier    Himself
Jean Clottes    Himself
Jean-Michel Geneste    Himself
Carole Fritz    Herself
Gilles Tosello    Himself
Michel Philippe    Himself
Julien Monney    Himself
Nicholas Conard    Himself
Wulf Hein    Himself
Maria Malina    Female
Maurice Maurin    Himself
Werner Herzog    Himself

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    Werner Herzog
Producer    Erik Nelson
Producer    Adrienne Ciuffo
Editor    Joe Bini
Editor    Maya Hawke
Cinematographer    Peter Zeitlinger
Composer    Ernst Reijeger
Executive Producer    Dave Harding
Executive Producer    Julian P. Hobbs
Executive Producer    David McKillop
Executive Producer    Molly Thomason
Co-Producer    Amy Briamonte
Co-Producer    Phil Fairclough
Co-Producer    Judith Thurman
Co-Producer    Nicolas Zunino

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for November 29th, 2011

November 29th, 2011

It's another relatively slow week on the home market. The two biggest release of the week don't come out till Friday, while there are few other releases to pick up the slack. As for the search for best and not necessarily the biggest, there are a few contenders. Cave of Forgotten Dreams earned Oscar-worthy reviews and the 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack is a clear contender for Pick of the Week. But in the end I went with Tucker and Dale vs. Evil on DVD or Blu-ray. More...

Key to the Per Theater Chart

July 26th, 2011

Sarah's Key found its way to the top of the per theater chart with $23,142 in five theaters. Another Earth was also a strong performer earning an average of $19,435 in four theaters. Captain America: The First Avenger led the way on the overall chart and earned an average of $17,512 on the per theater chart. Last week's winner, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow, Part 2, fell to fourth place with $10,839. More...

Per Theater Chart Gets Real

June 21st, 2011

A trio of documentaries led the way on the per theater chart starting with Buck. This filmed earned an average of $16,887 in four theaters, which is better than expected. Page One: Inside the New York Times opened with an average of $14,456 in two theaters, while JIG was right behind with an average of $14,086 in five. The overall box office leader, Green Lantern, also topped $10,000 on the per theater chart with an average of $13,935. The Tree of Life barely managed to stay ahead of the $10,000 mark with an average of $10,121; however, it is in its fourth week of release and it is playing in more than 100 theaters, so this is a fantastic result. More...

Per Theater Chart: Beginners Begins Big but can't Top Tree

June 7th, 2011

The Tree of Life held onto top spot on the per theater chart with an average of $30,915 in 20 theaters. It will undoubtedly expand further. Beginners was right behind with an average of $28,268 in five theaters. Midnight in Paris continues to shine with an average of $18,843 in 147 theaters. It has a planned semi-wide expansion this weekend, so this is very likely the last time it will top $10,000 on the per theater chart, but it will continue to hit milestones. X-Men: First Class earned first place on the overall box office chart and fourth place on the per theater chart with $15,134. Submarine managed to top $10,000 on the per theater chart, but it was close with and average of $10,458 in four theaters. More...

Per Theater Chart is Very Lively

June 1st, 2011

It was another amazing week on the per theater chart as The Tree of Life led the way with an average of $93,230 in four theaters. This represents the best per screen average for the director and for the distributor. Add in reviews that might be Oscar-worthy, and the film should expand over the coming weeks / months. Speaking of expanding, and Oscar -worthy reviews, Midnight in Paris saw its theater count grow from 6 to 58, while its per theater average held on strong at $33,268. The overall number one film, The Hangover 2, was next with an average of $23,775, while Kung Fu Panda 2 was the only other film to cross the $10,000 mark on the per theater chart with an average of $12,142. More...

Per Theater Chart: L'Amour's In Love With Top Spot

May 17th, 2011

L'Amour Fou was the only film to top the $10,000 mark on the per theater chart, earning first place with an average of $18,625 in two theaters. The number two film on the overall box office chart, Bridesmaids, did at least come relatively close with an average of $8,995. More...

Per Theater Chart: Thor's Lonely on Top

May 10th, 2011

Thor was the only film to top the $10,000 mark on the per theater chart with an average of $16,618 in just under 4,000 theaters. Fast Five did come reasonably close to that mark with an average of $8,860, while the best limited release was Cave of Forgotten Dreams with $8,059. More...

Cave has Memorable Start on the Per Theater Chart

May 3rd, 2011

Cave of Forgotten Dreams had the best per theater average for any Werner Herzog film with an average of $27,820. The 3-D ticket prices helped, but so did the reviews. The overall number one film, Fast Five, was in second place on the per theater chart with an average of $23,655, which is a stunning result. The only other film to reach the $10,000 mark was 13 Assassins with an average of $11,464 in four theaters. More...

Don't Let Limited Releases be Forgotten

April 29th, 2011

With summer blockbusters coming, the smaller limited releases will be overshadowed. But that doesn't mean there are no films worth checking out, or that they have no potential to find an audience. Both Cave of Forgotten Dreams and 13 Assassins are earning stunning reviews and both have potential to find an audience. On the other hand, it's never easy to thrive in limited release and expanding significantly is hard at the best of times. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/04/29 29 $139,101   5 $27,820   $139,101 3
2011/05/06 24 $402,948 +190% 50 $8,059   $627,449 10
2011/05/13 18 $471,933 +17% 82 $5,755   $1,315,636 17
2011/05/20 17 $415,310 -12% 106 $3,918   $1,973,239 24
2011/05/27 13 $431,062 +4% 118 $3,653   $2,618,534 31
2011/06/03 16 $346,316 -20% 122 $2,839   $3,253,767 38
2011/06/10 17 $261,390 -25% 123 $2,125   $3,727,369 45
2011/06/17 20 $241,045 -8% 116 $2,078   $4,138,016 52
2011/06/24 26 $142,275 -41% 75 $1,897   $4,423,277 59
2011/07/01 30 $110,082 -23% 60 $1,835   $4,633,692 66
2011/07/08 34 $82,074 -25% 48 $1,710   $4,800,393 73
2011/07/15 45 $50,284 -39% 48 $1,048   $4,909,753 80
2011/07/22 44 $54,410 +8% 38 $1,432   $5,032,515 87
2011/07/29 52 $35,546 -35% 32 $1,111   $5,102,891 94
2011/08/05 56 $35,189 -1% 28 $1,257   $5,164,553 101
2011/08/12 63 $18,418 -48% 15 $1,228   $5,205,665 108
2011/08/19 70 $16,114 -13% 15 $1,074   $5,234,785 115

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/05/23 - $53,178   106 $502   $2,026,417 25
2011/05/30 13 $146,154   118 $1,239   $2,764,688 32
2011/07/04 29 $25,820   60 $430   $4,659,512 67

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/04/29 29 $224,501   5 $44,900   $224,501 7
2011/05/06 22 $619,202 +176% 50 $12,384   $843,703 14
2011/05/13 18 $714,226 +15% 82 $8,710   $1,557,929 21
2011/05/20 17 $629,543 -12% 106 $5,939   $2,187,472 28
2011/05/27 13 $719,979 +14% 118 $6,102   $2,907,451 35
2011/06/03 17 $558,528 -22% 122 $4,578   $3,465,979 42
2011/06/10 19 $430,992 -23% 123 $3,504   $3,896,971 49
2011/06/17 21 $383,581 -11% 116 $3,307   $4,280,552 56
2011/06/24 27 $243,058 -37% 78 $3,116   $4,523,610 63
2011/07/01 31 $194,709 -20% 60 $3,245   $4,718,319 70
2011/07/08 36 $141,150 -28% 49 $2,881   $4,859,469 77
2011/07/15 39 $118,946 -16% 46 $2,586   $4,978,415 84
2011/07/22 15 $889,930 +648% 35 $25,427   $5,067,345 91
2011/07/29 50 $62,019 -93% 31 $2,001   $5,129,364 98
2011/08/05 54 $57,883 -7% 28 $2,067   $5,187,247 105
2011/08/12 59 $31,424 -46% 16 $1,964   $5,218,671 112
2011/08/19 66 $28,676 -9% 15 $1,912   $5,247,347 119

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
Brazil 2/15/2013 $0 0 6 29 $46,829 12/14/2015
Netherlands 11/29/2012 $19,001 13 13 26 $45,372 12/12/2015
Spain 6/22/2012 $0 0 4 20 $138,116 12/11/2015
Uruguay 4/13/2012 $0 0 1 4 $21,681 12/10/2015
 
Rest of World $3,812,711
 
International Total$4,064,709 12/14/2015

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