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CitizenFour (2014)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $2,800,870Details
International Box Office $577,716Details
Worldwide Box Office $3,378,586
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  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer

Synopsis

In January 2013, Poitras was several years into making a film about surveillance in the post-9/11 era when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as "citizen four," who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Snowden.

Metrics

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: October 24th, 2014 (Limited) by RADiUS-TWC
International Releases: November 6th, 2014 (Wide) (Germany)
January 2nd, 2015 (Wide) (Austria)
February 12th, 2015 (Wide) (Australia)
March 26th, 2015 (Wide) (Thailand)
March 27th, 2015 (Wide) (Spain)
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Video Release: April 21st, 2015 by Radius
MPAA Rating: R for language.
(Rating bulletin 2345, 10/22/2014)
Running Time: 113 minutes
Comparisons: vs. Blackfish
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Keywords: Political, Agitprop, Whistleblowers, Investigative Journalist
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Genre:Documentary
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Praxis, Participant Media, HBO Documentary Films
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 27th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 357 $3,837 Apr 24, 2015 185
Biggest 26th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 388 $5,027 Apr 17, 2015 178
Biggest 25th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 525 $2,735 Apr 10, 2015 171
Biggest 24th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 594 $3,032 Apr 3, 2015 164
Biggest 23rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 686 $3,068 Mar 27, 2015 157
Biggest 22nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 754 $4,629 Mar 20, 2015 150
Biggest 21st Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 743 $9,396 Mar 13, 2015 143
Biggest 20th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 764 $15,447 Mar 6, 2015 136
Biggest 19th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 800 $26,490 Feb 27, 2015 129
Biggest 18th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 969 $23,747 Feb 20, 2015 122
Biggest 17th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 953 $44,438 Feb 13, 2015 115
Biggest 16th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,409 $22,842 Feb 6, 2015 108
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,730 $17,767 Jan 30, 2015 101
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,742 $31,147 Jan 23, 2015 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,789 $44,549 Jan 16, 2015 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,104 $42,034 Jan 9, 2015 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,125 $63,146 Jan 2, 2015 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,610 $50,652 Dec 26, 2014 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,832 $59,576 Dec 19, 2014 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,654 $108,178 Dec 12, 2014 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,886 $139,331 Dec 5, 2014 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,157 $190,605 Nov 28, 2014 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,832 $175,262 Nov 21, 2014 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,412 $174,174 Nov 14, 2014 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,772 $206,332 Nov 7, 2014 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,165 $193,957 Oct 31, 2014 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,865 $126,321 Oct 24, 2014 3

Cast

Edward Snowden    Himself

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Producer    Laura Poitras
Producer    Mathilde Bonnefoy
Producer    Dirk Wilutzky
Executive Producer    Steven Soderbergh
Executive Producer    Jeff Skoll
Executive Producer    Diane Weyermann
Executive Producer    David Menschel
Executive Producer    Tom Quinn
Executive Producer    Sheila Nevins

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January 15th, 2015

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January 11th, 2015

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November 2nd, 2014

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/10/24 31 $126,321   5 $25,264   $126,321 3
2014/10/31 24 $193,957 +54% 37 $5,242   $375,085 10
2014/11/07 29 $206,332 +6% 59 $3,497   $665,791 17
2014/11/14 27 $174,174 -16% 75 $2,322   $944,315 24
2014/11/21 26 $175,262 +1% 86 $2,038   $1,212,803 31
2014/11/28 27 $190,605 +9% 103 $1,851   $1,503,864 38
2014/12/05 32 $139,331 -27% 104 $1,340   $1,727,575 45
2014/12/12 32 $108,178 -22% 105 $1,030   $1,908,185 52
2014/12/19 34 $59,576 -45% 52 $1,146   $2,042,428 59
2014/12/26 40 $50,652 -15% 40 $1,266   $2,143,567 66
2015/01/02 42 $63,146 +25% 49 $1,289   $2,263,209 73
2015/01/09 46 $42,034 -33% 50 $841   $2,342,080 80
2015/01/16 47 $44,549 +6% 41 $1,087   $2,414,402 87
2015/01/23 51 $31,147 -30% 40 $779   $2,475,089 94
2015/01/30 58 $17,767 -43% 30 $592   $2,518,650 101
2015/02/06 66 $22,842 +29% 25 $914   $2,550,036 108
2015/02/13 48 $44,438 +95% 40 $1,111   $2,620,616 115
2015/02/20 57 $23,747 -47% 30 $792   $2,659,644 122
2015/02/27 60 $26,490 +12% 30 $883   $2,708,647 129
2015/03/06 63 $15,447 -42% 15 $1,030   $2,741,338 136
2015/03/13 68 $9,396 -39% 12 $783   $2,759,154 143
2015/03/20 77 $4,629 -51% 7 $661   $2,769,533 150
2015/03/27 78 $3,068 -34% 4 $767   $2,775,812 157
2015/04/03 77 $3,032 -1% 4 $758   $2,780,664 164
2015/04/10 82 $2,735 -10% 4 $684   $2,784,848 171
2015/04/17 72 $5,027 +84% 4 $1,257   $2,790,538 178
2015/04/24 86 $3,837 -24% 5 $767   $2,800,360 185

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/10/24 - $42,903   5 $8,581   $42,903 1
2014/10/25 - $45,356 +6% 5 $9,071   $88,259 2
2014/10/26 - $38,062 -16% 5 $7,612   $126,321 3
2015/04/10 - $844   4 $211   $2,782,957 169
2015/04/11 - $1,022 +21% 4 $256   $2,783,979 170
2015/04/12 - $869 -15% 4 $217   $2,784,848 171
2015/04/13 - $120 -86% 4 $30   $2,784,968 172
2015/04/14 - $324 +170% 4 $81   $2,785,292 173
2015/04/15 - $103 -68% 4 $26   $2,785,395 174
2015/04/16 - $116 +13% 4 $29   $2,785,511 175

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/10/24 30 $181,128   5 $36,226   $181,128 7
2014/10/31 24 $278,331 +54% 37 $7,522   $459,459 14
2014/11/07 26 $310,682 +12% 59 $5,266   $770,141 21
2014/11/14 25 $267,400 -14% 75 $3,565   $1,037,541 28
2014/11/21 27 $275,718 +3% 86 $3,206   $1,313,259 35
2014/11/28 29 $274,985 n/c 103 $2,670   $1,588,244 42
2014/12/05 28 $211,763 -23% 104 $2,036   $1,800,007 49
2014/12/12 32 $182,845 -14% 105 $1,741   $1,982,852 56
2014/12/19 39 $110,063 -40% 52 $2,117   $2,092,915 63
2014/12/26 40 $107,148 -3% 40 $2,679   $2,200,063 70
2015/01/02 42 $99,983 -7% 49 $2,040   $2,300,046 77
2015/01/09 40 $69,807 -30% 50 $1,396   $2,369,853 84
2015/01/16 45 $74,089 +6% 41 $1,807   $2,443,942 91
2015/01/23 46 $56,941 -23% 40 $1,424   $2,500,883 98
2015/01/30 56 $26,311 -54% 30 $877   $2,527,194 105
2015/02/06 53 $48,984 +86% 25 $1,959   $2,576,178 112
2015/02/13 52 $59,719 +22% 40 $1,493   $2,635,897 119
2015/02/20 59 $46,260 -23% 30 $1,542   $2,682,157 126
2015/02/27 61 $43,734 -5% 30 $1,458   $2,725,891 133
2015/03/06 61 $23,867 -45% 15 $1,591   $2,749,758 140
2015/03/13 69 $14,370 -40% 12 $1,198   $2,764,128 147
2015/03/20 77 $7,840 -45% 7 $1,120   $2,771,992 154
2015/03/27 83 $4,888 -38% 4 $1,222   $2,777,632 161
2015/04/03 81 $4,481 -8% 24 $187   $2,780,561 168
2015/04/10 84 $4,950 +10% 4 $1,238   $2,785,511 175
2015/04/17 67 $11,012 +122% 4 $2,753   $2,796,523 182
2015/04/24 95 $4,347 -61% 5 $869   $2,800,870 189

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
Australia 2/12/2015 $29,512 7 9 80 $203,776 7/1/2015
Austria 1/2/2015 $0 0 4 4 $134,806 6/26/2015
Germany 11/6/2014 $0 0 1 3 $182,589 10/20/2015
Mexico 10/2/2015 $0 0 1 1 $362 10/13/2015
Spain 3/27/2015 $0 0 20 20 $13,416 6/26/2015
Thailand 3/26/2015 $0 0 3 5 $42,767 6/26/2015
 
International Total$577,716 10/20/2015

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