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The Comedy (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $41,113Details
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On the cusp of inheriting his father's estate, Swanson is a man with unlimited options. An aging hipster in Brooklyn, he spends his days in aimless recreation with like-minded friends in games of comic irreverence and mock sincerity. As Swanson grows restless of the safety a sheltered life offers him, he tests the limits of acceptable behavior, pushing the envelope in every way he can. Heidecker's deadpan delivery cleverly masks a deep desire for connection and sense in the modern world. The Comedy wears its name on its sleeve, but director Rick Alverson's powerful and provocative character study touches a darkness behind the humor that resonates with viewers long after the story ends.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office 11,901 $41,113
All Time Worldwide Box Office 14,842 $41,113
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies 4,718 $41,113
All Time Domestic Box Office for Comedy Movies 2,324 $41,113
All Time Worldwide Box Office for Comedy Movies 2,823 $41,113

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

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: November 9th, 2012 (Limited) by TriBeca Films
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 90 minutes
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Keywords: Inheritance, Delayed Adulthood, Terminal Illness, Dysfunctional Family, Early / Simultaneous Video on Demand release
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: American Express, Jagiaguwar, Greyshack Films, Glass Eye Pix, Made Bed Productions
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest Domestic 3rd Weekend 7,600 $8,100 Nov 23, 2012 17
Biggest 3rd Weekend Limited Release 3,117 $8,100 Nov 23, 2012 17
Theater Average 3rd Weekend Limited Release 1,644 $2,700 Nov 23, 2012 17
Biggest Domestic 2nd Weekend 7,949 $13,150 Nov 16, 2012 10
Biggest 2nd Weekend Limited Release 3,245 $13,150 Nov 16, 2012 10
Theater Average 2nd Weekend Limited Release 279 $13,150 Nov 16, 2012 10
Theater Average Limited Release 1,387 $13,150 Nov 16, 2012 10
Top 2012 Theater Average Limited Release 48 $13,150 Nov 16, 2012 10
Biggest Domestic Opening Weekend 10,178 $6,000 Nov 9, 2012 3
Biggest Opening Weekend Limited Release 5,215 $6,000 Nov 9, 2012 3
Theater Average Opening Weekend Limited Release 6,362 $1,000 Nov 9, 2012 3
Never Wide Domestic 5,743 $41,113 Nov 9, 2012 0
Never No. 1 Domestic 9,207 $41,113 Nov 9, 2012 0
Widest Expansion Limited Release 4,568 0 Nov 9, 2012 0


Eric Wareheim    Van Arman
Kate Lyn Shiel    Waitress
Alexia Rasmussen    Young Woman
Gregg Turkington    Bobby
James Murphy    Ben

Production and Technical Credits

Cinematographer    Mark Schwarzbard
Editor    Michael Taylor
Editor    Rick Alverson
Re-recording Mixer    Gene Park
Executive Producer    Chris Swanson
Executive Producer    Darius Van Arman
Executive Producer    Ben Swanson
Executive Producer    Jonathan Cargill
Executive Producer    David Gordon Green
Executive Producer    Jody Hill
Executive Producer    Danny McBride
Executive Producer    Alex Plapinger
Executive Producer    Matt Reilly
Associate Producer    Larry Fessenden
Producer    Mike S. Ryan
Producer    Brent Kunkle
Screenwriter    Rick Alverson
Screenwriter    Robert Donne
Screenwriter    Colm O'Leary

Per Theater Chart: Dawn of a Busy Day

November 20th, 2012

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 led the overall chart and the per theater chart. Its average was $34,660, which is especially impressive, as it was playing in more than 4,000 theaters. The next best release was Silver Linings Playbook, which earned an average of $27,688 in 16 theaters. This suggests a strong potential to expand, while its reviews suggest a strong word-of-mouth and some Awards Season buzz. Anna Karenina was next up with an average of $20,043, also playing in 16 theaters, but the reviews suggest it will struggle if it tries to expand. The Comedy opened in New York this week after playing in Los Angeles last week and it did really well earning $13,150. Both members of last week's $10,000 club remained above that mark this week with Lincoln earning an average of $11,859 and Skyfall earning an average of $11,727. One final note, while Jab Tak Hai Jaan didn't quite reach that mark with an average of $8,022 in 160 theaters, it debuted on Tuesday. In total, it made $1.94 million, which would have given it an average of $12,136, had it made that over the weekend. More...

Lincoln Takes Lead in Per Theater Chart and Award Season

November 14th, 2012

Lincoln was the easy winner on the per theater chart earning an average of $85,846 over the weekend. Had it earned an average of $31,554, which was its best single-day average, it would have been impressive. A start this strong is a good indicator for Awards Season success. The overall box office leader, Skyfall, was the only other member of the $10,000 earning an average of $25,211. More...

Emancipation of Limited Releases

November 9th, 2012

There's quite a few limited releases coming out this week, but the list is dominated by Lincoln, which should not only be the biggest hit of the week, but it is virtually guaranteed to expand wide and has a real shot at being the big winner at the Oscars next year. Unfortunately, it is the only limited release with a real shot at mainstream success. Starlet is a long shot, but it deserves to find an audience in theaters. More...

Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/11/09 74 $6,000   6 $1,000   $6,000 3
2012/11/16 55 $13,150 +119% 1 $13,150   $21,194 10
2012/11/23 63 $8,100 -38% 3 $2,700   $29,294 17

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/11/09 79 $8,044   1 $8,044   $8,044 7
2012/11/16 63 $13,150 +63% 1 $13,150   $21,194 14
2012/11/23 69 $9,550 -27% 3 $3,183   $30,744 21
2012/11/30 84 $5,024 -47% 6 $837   $35,768 28
2012/12/07 100 $1,776 -65% 4 $444   $37,850 35
2012/12/14 90 $2,544 +43% 4 $636   $40,394 42
2012/12/21 74 $81 -97% 1 $81   $40,475 49
2012/12/28 72 $638 +688% 2 $319   $41,113 56

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