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Contact (1997)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $100,920,329Details
International Box Office $64,979,671
Worldwide Box Office $165,900,000
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Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
Critics
62% - Fresh
Audience
78% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$90,000,000
Domestic Releases: July 11th, 1997 (Wide) by Warner Bros.
MPAA Rating: PG for some intense action, mild language and a scene of sensuality
Running Time: 149 minutes
Comparisons: vs. Arrival
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Keywords: Visual Effects, Religious, Search for Extraterrestrial Life, First Contact
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Science Fiction
Production Companies: Warner Bros.
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 16th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 541 $178,446 Oct 24, 1997 108
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 346 $357,439 Oct 17, 1997 101
Fastest Movies to Earn $100 Million at the Domestic Box Office 593 $100,118,877 Oct 10, 1997 98
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 243 $623,450 Oct 10, 1997 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 233 $795,612 Oct 3, 1997 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 888 $226,363 Sep 26, 1997 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 625 $427,210 Sep 19, 1997 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 582 $640,757 Sep 12, 1997 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 633 $857,537 Sep 5, 1997 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 441 $1,954,990 Aug 29, 1997 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 616 $2,110,003 Aug 22, 1997 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 674 $2,872,875 Aug 15, 1997 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 614 $4,478,753 Aug 8, 1997 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 656 $6,249,420 Aug 1, 1997 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 591 $9,704,949 Jul 25, 1997 17
Fastest Movies to Earn $50 Million at the Domestic Box Office 619 $51,538,844 Jul 18, 1997 12
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 508 $16,114,633 Jul 18, 1997 10
Biggest Sunday at the Domestic Box Office 995 $6,337,609 Jul 13, 1997 3
Biggest July Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 198 $20,584,908 Jul 11, 1997 3
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 816 $20,584,908 Jul 11, 1997 3
Biggest Weekends at the Domestic Box Office 1,313 $20,584,908 Jul 11, 1997 3
Widest Opening Weekend 2,344 1,923 Jul 11, 1997 3
Biggest July Day at the Domestic Box Office 593 $7,703,374 Jul 12, 1997 2
Biggest Saturday at the Domestic Box Office 1,364 $7,703,374 Jul 12, 1997 2
Biggest Friday at the Domestic Box Office 1,272 $6,543,925 Jul 11, 1997 1

Cast

   Ellie Arroway
   Palmer Joss
James Woods    Michael Kitz
John Hurt    S.R. Hadden
Tom Skerritt    David Drumlin
William Fichtner    Dr. Kent Clark
David Morse    Theodore Arroway
Angela Bassett    Rachel Constantine
Geoffrey Blake    Fisher
Maximilian Martini    Willie
Rob Lowe    Richard Rank
Jake Busey    Joseph
Jena Malone    Young Ellie
Tucker Smallwood    Mission Director
SaMi Chester    Vernon
Timothy McNeil    Davio
Laura Elena Surillo    Cantina Woman
Henry Strozier    Minister
Michael Chabon    Hadden Suit
Larry King    Himself
Thomas Garner    Ian Broderick
Conroy Chino    KOB-TV Reporter
Dan Gifford    Jeremy Roth
Vance Valencia    Senator Valencia
Donna J. Kelley    Herself
Leon Harris    Himself
Claire Shipman    Herself
Behrooz Afrakhan    Middle Eastern Anchor
Saemi Nakamura    Japanese Anchor
Maria Celeste Arraras    Latina Anchor
Tabitha Soren    Herself
Geraldo Rivera    Himself
Ian Whitcomb    British Anchor
Jay Leno    Himself
Natalie Allen    Herself
Robert D. Novak    Himself
Geraldine A. Ferraro    Herself
Ann Druyan    Herself
Kathleen Kennedy    Herself
Michael Albala    Decryption Hacker
Ned Netterville    Decryption Expert
Leo Lee    Major Domo
William Jordan    Chairman of Joint Chiefs
David St. James    Joint Chief
Jill Dougherty    Herself
Haynes Brooke    Drumlin Aid
John Holliman    Himself
Bobbie Battista    Herself
Dee Dee Myers    Herself
Bryant Gumbel    Himself
Linden Soles    Himself
Steven Ford    Major Russell
Alex Zemeckis    Major Russell's Son
Janie Peterson    Major Russell's Daughter
Phillip Bergeron    French Committee Member
Jennifer Balgobin    Dr. Patel
Anthony Fife Hamilton    British Committee Member
Rebecca T. Beucler    NASA Public Relations
Marc Macaulay    NASA Technician
Pamela Wilsey    Voice of NASA
Jeff Johnson    Mechanical
Yuji Okumoto    Electrical
Gerry Griffin    Dynamics
Brian Alston    Communications
Rob Elk    Pad Leader
Mark Thomason    Security
Jose Rey    Controller #8
Todd Patrick Breaugh    New VLA Technician
Alex Veadov    Russian Cosmonaut
Alice Kushida    Scientist
Robin Gammel    Project Official
Richardson Morse    Mission Doctor
Seiji Okamura    Japanese Ensign
Bernard Shaw    Himself
Mak Takano    Japanese Tech #1
Tom Tanaka    Japanese Tech #2
Catherine Dao    Life Support
Kristoffer Ryan Winters    Dynamics #2
Valorie Armstrong    Woman Senator
Jim Hild    Reporter #5
Bill Thomas    Reporter #6
Diego Montoya    School Boy

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    James V. Hart
Screenwriter    Michael Goldenberg
Story Creator    Carl Sagan
Story Creator    Ann Druyan
Producer    Robert Zemeckis
Producer    Steve Starkey
Executive Producer    Joan Bradshaw
Executive Producer    Lynda Obst
Production Designer    Ed Verreaux
Editor    Arthur Schmidt
Composer    Alan Silvestri
Director of Photography    Don Burgess
Co-Producer    Carl Sagan
Co-Producer    Ann Druyan
Associate Producer    Rick Porras
Associate Producer    Steven Boyd
Assistant Director    Bruce Moriarty
Second Unit Director    Steve Starkey
Unit Production Manager    Joan Bradshaw
Art Director    Lawrence A. Hubbs
Art Director    Bruce Crone
Set Decorator    Michael J. Taylor
Visual Effects Supervisor    Ken Ralston
Visual Effects Supervisor    Stephen Rosenbaum
Visual Effects Supervisor    Jim Mitchell
Special Effects Supervisor    Allen Hall
Costume Designer    Joanna Johnston
Key Costume Supervisor    Pam Wise
Sound Mixer    William B. Kaplan
Re-recording Mixer    Randy Thom
Re-recording Mixer    Tom Johnson
Re-recording Mixer    Dennis Sands
Supervising Sound Editor    Phil Benson
Sound Effects Editor    Teresa Eckton
Sound Effects Editor    Steve Boeddeker
Sound Effects Editor    Marian Wilde
Sound Effects Editor    Douglas Murray
Sound Designer    Randy Thom
Music Editor    Kenneth Karman
Make up    Hallie D'Amore
Hairstylist    Kathryn L. Blondell
Casting Director    Victoria Burrows
Set Designer    Easton Smith

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1997/07/11 2 $20,584,908   1,923 $10,705   $20,584,908 3
1997/07/18 3 $16,114,633 -22% 2,194 $7,345   $47,408,514 10
1997/07/25 4 $9,704,949 -40% 2,314 $4,194   $64,973,014 17
1997/08/01 6 $6,249,420 -36% 2,210 $2,828   $75,642,069 24
1997/08/08 7 $4,478,753 -28% 2,016 $2,222   $83,356,776 31
1997/08/15 9 $2,872,875 -36% 1,451 $1,980   $88,581,422 38
1997/08/22 11 $2,110,003 -27% 1,272 $1,659   $92,151,875 45
1997/08/29 15 $1,954,990 -7% 974 $2,007   $94,977,242 52
1997/09/05 16 $857,537 -56% 705 $1,216   $96,167,676 59
1997/09/12 17 $640,757 -25% 676 $948   $97,122,148 66
1997/09/19 20 $427,210 -33% 466 $917   $97,796,286 73
1997/09/26 23 $226,363 -47% 291 $778   $98,161,955 80
1997/10/03 12 $795,612 +251% 896 $888   $99,040,239 87
1997/10/10 17 $623,450 -22% 896 $696   $99,954,136 94
1997/10/17 21 $357,439 -43% 414 $863   $100,476,316 101
1997/10/24 30 $178,446 -50% 316 $565   $100,769,177 108

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1997/07/11 2 $6,543,925   1,923 $3,403   $6,543,925 1
1997/07/12 2 $7,703,374 +18% 1,923 $4,006   $14,247,299 2
1997/07/13 2 $6,337,609 -18% 1,923 $3,296   $20,584,908 3
1997/07/14 2 $2,760,142 -56% 1,923 $1,435   $23,345,050 4
1997/07/15 2 $2,928,724 +6% 1,923 $1,523   $26,273,774 5
1997/07/16 3 $2,562,169 -13% 1,923 $1,332   $28,835,943 6
1997/07/17 3 $2,457,938 -4% 1,923 $1,278   $31,293,881 7
1997/07/18 3 $4,814,669 +96% 2,194 $2,194   $36,108,550 8
1997/07/19 3 $6,570,700 +36% 2,194 $2,995   $42,679,250 9
1997/07/20 3 $4,729,264 -28% 2,194 $2,156   $47,408,514 10
1997/07/21 3 $2,011,783 -57% 2,194 $917   $49,420,297 11
1997/07/22 3 $2,118,547 +5% 2,194 $966   $51,538,844 12
1997/07/23 3 $1,871,663 -12% 2,194 $853   $53,410,507 13
1997/07/24 3 $1,857,558 -1% 2,194 $847   $55,268,065 14
1997/07/25 4 $2,811,435 +51% 2,314 $1,215   $58,079,500 15
1997/07/26 4 $3,934,969 +40% 2,314 $1,701   $62,014,469 16
1997/07/27 4 $2,958,545 -25% 2,314 $1,279   $64,973,014 17
1997/07/28 4 $1,136,271 -62% 2,314 $491   $66,109,285 18
1997/07/29 4 $1,242,199 +9% 2,314 $537   $67,351,484 19
1997/07/30 4 $1,036,393 -17% 2,314 $448   $68,387,877 20
1997/07/31 4 $1,004,772 -3% 2,314 $434   $69,392,649 21
1997/08/01 6 $1,746,883 +74% 2,210 $790   $71,139,532 22
1997/08/02 6 $2,557,466 +46% 2,210 $1,157   $73,696,998 23
1997/08/03 6 $1,945,071 -24% 2,210 $880   $75,642,069 24
1997/08/04 6 $824,796 -58% 2,210 $373   $76,466,865 25
1997/08/05 6 $887,853 +8% 2,210 $402   $77,354,718 26
1997/08/06 8 $769,914 -13% 2,210 $348   $78,124,632 27
1997/08/07 6 $753,390 -2% 2,210 $341   $78,878,022 28
1997/08/08 8 $1,241,092 +65% 2,016 $616   $80,119,114 29
1997/08/09 7 $1,887,344 +52% 2,016 $936   $82,006,458 30
1997/08/10 7 $1,350,317 -28% 2,016 $670   $83,356,775 31
1997/08/11 8 $567,171 -58% 2,016 $281   $83,923,946 32
1997/08/12 7 $667,064 +18% 2,016 $331   $84,591,010 33
1997/08/13 8 $615,171 -8% 2,016 $305   $85,206,181 34
1997/08/14 8 $502,366 -18% 2,016 $249   $85,708,547 35
1997/08/15 9 $806,160 +60% 1,451 $556   $86,514,707 36
1997/08/16 9 $1,211,757 +50% 1,451 $835   $87,726,464 37
1997/08/17 9 $854,958 -29% 1,451 $589   $88,581,422 38
1997/08/18 11 $337,863 -60% 1,451 $233   $88,919,285 39
1997/08/19 9 $385,311 +14% 1,451 $266   $89,304,596 40
1997/08/20 10 $377,425 -2% 1,451 $260   $89,682,021 41
1997/08/21 10 $359,851 -5% 1,451 $248   $90,041,872 42
1997/08/22 11 $597,745 +66% 1,272 $470   $90,639,617 43
1997/08/23 11 $908,785 +52% 1,272 $714   $91,548,402 44
1997/08/24 11 $603,473 -34% 1,272 $474   $92,151,875 45
1997/08/25 11 $207,025 -66% 1,272 $163   $92,358,900 46
1997/08/26 11 $243,488 +18% 1,272 $191   $92,602,388 47
1997/08/27 12 $207,894 -15% 1,272 $163   $92,810,282 48
1997/08/28 12 $211,970 +2% 1,272 $167   $93,022,252 49
1997/08/29 15 $408,205 +93% 974 $419   $93,430,457 50
1997/08/30 15 $602,586 +48% 974 $619   $94,033,043 51
1997/08/31 15 $533,138 -12% 974 $547   $94,566,181 52
1997/09/01 15 $411,061 -23% 974 $422   $94,977,242 53
1997/09/02 15 $122,586 -70% 974 $126   $95,099,828 54
1997/09/03 14 $107,542 -12% 974 $110   $95,207,370 55
1997/09/04 13 $102,769 -4% 974 $106   $95,310,139 56
1997/09/05 15 $242,932 +136% 705 $345   $95,553,071 57
1997/09/06 16 $402,283 +66% 705 $571   $95,955,354 58
1997/09/07 17 $212,322 -47% 705 $301   $96,167,676 59
1997/09/08 15 $68,949 -68% 705 $98   $96,236,625 60
1997/09/09 15 $84,066 +22% 705 $119   $96,320,691 61
1997/09/10 14 $79,408 -6% 705 $113   $96,400,099 62
1997/09/11 15 $81,292 +2% 705 $115   $96,481,391 63

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1997/07/11 2 $31,293,881   1,923 $16,273   $31,293,881 7
1997/07/18 3 $23,974,184 -23% 2,194 $10,927   $55,268,065 14
1997/07/25 4 $14,124,584 -41% 2,314 $6,104   $69,392,649 21
1997/08/01 6 $9,485,374 -33% 2,210 $4,292   $78,878,023 28
1997/08/08 7 $6,830,524 -28% 2,016 $3,388   $85,708,547 35
1997/08/15 10 $4,333,325 -37% 1,451 $2,986   $90,041,872 42
1997/08/22 11 $2,980,380 -31% 1,272 $2,343   $93,022,252 49
1997/08/29 15 $2,287,887 -23% 974 $2,349   $95,310,139 56
1997/09/05 15 $1,171,252 -49% 705 $1,661   $96,481,391 63
1997/09/12 19 $887,685 -24% 676 $1,313   $97,369,076 70
1997/09/19 22 $566,516 -36% 466 $1,216   $97,935,592 77
1997/09/26 23 $309,035 -45% 291 $1,062   $98,244,627 84
1997/10/03 12 $1,086,059 +251% 896 $1,212   $99,330,686 91
1997/10/10 17 $788,191 -27% 896 $880   $100,118,877 98
1997/10/17 23 $471,854 -40% 414 $1,140   $100,590,731 105