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Le chat du rabbin (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $4,301Details
International Box Office $1,433,922Details
Worldwide Box Office $1,438,223
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Based on the best-selling graphic novel by Joann Sfar, The Rabbi’s Cat tells the story of a rabbi and his talking cat – a sharp-tongued feline philosopher brimming with scathing humor and a less than pure love for the rabbi’s voluptuous teenage daughter. Algeria in the 1930s is an intersection of Jewish, Arab and French culture. A cat belonging to a widowed rabbi and his beautiful daughter, Zlabya, eats the family parrot and miraculously gains the ability to speak. Along with the power of speech comes unparalleled sardonic wit, and the cat – and filmmaker Sfar – spare no group or individual as they skewer faith, tradition and authority in a provocative exploration of (among other things) God, lust, death, phrenology, religious intolerance, interspecies love, and the search for truth. Rich with the colors, textures, flavors and music of Mediterranean Africa, the film embarks on a cross continent adventure from the tiled terraces, fountains, quays and cafes of colonial Algiers to Maghrebi tent camps, dusty trading outposts, and deep blue Saharan nights in search of a lost Ethiopian city.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office 14,436 $4,301
All Time International Box Office 5,382 $1,433,922
All Time Worldwide Box Office 9,557 $1,438,223
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies 6,736 $4,301

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: December 7th, 2012 (Limited) by GKIDS, released as The Rabbi's Cat
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 90 minutes
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Keywords: Jewish, Letting Go, Animal Lead, Talking Animals, Voiceover/Narration, Bigotry, Dream Sequence, Arabs
Source:Based on Comic/Graphic Novel
Production Method:Hand Animation
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Autochenille Productions, TF1 Droits Audiovisuels, UGC, Banjo Studio, France 3 Cinema
Production Countries: Austria,

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest Domestic Opening Weekend 10,769 $4,301 Dec 7, 2012 3
Biggest Opening Weekend Limited Release 5,778 $4,301 Dec 7, 2012 3
Theater Average Opening Weekend Limited Release 3,550 $4,301 Dec 7, 2012 3
Theater Average Limited Release 7,905 $4,301 Dec 7, 2012 3
Top 2012 Theater Average Limited Release 297 $4,301 Dec 7, 2012 3
Never Wide Domestic 8,196 $4,301 Dec 7, 2012 0
Never No. 1 Domestic 11,493 $4,301 Dec 7, 2012 0
Widest Expansion Limited Release 6,490 0 Dec 7, 2012 0


Maurice Benichou    Sfar
Francois Damiens    Reporter
Mathieu Amalric    Prince
Jean-Pierre Kalfon    Malka
Monhamed Fellag    Sheik Mohammed Sfar
Marguerite Abouet    African Girl
Daniel Cohen    Rabbi's Master
Eric Elmosino    Professor Soliman
Sava Lolov   

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Sandrina Jardel
Based on the Comic Books by    Joann Sfar
Producer    Clement Oubrerie
Producer    Antoine Delesvaux
Producer    Joann Sfar

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/12/07 81 $4,301   1 $4,301   $4,301 3

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/12/07 89 $4,301   1 $4,301   $4,301 7

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