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Deepwater Horizon (2016)

Deepwater Horizon
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $55,970,297Details
International Box Office $32,935,000Details
Worldwide Box Office $88,905,297
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Based on the true events that occurred on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, the story chronicles the courage of those who worked on the Deepwater Horizon and the extreme moments of bravery and survival in the face of what would become one of the biggest man-made disasters in world history.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
83% - Certified Fresh
87% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Production Budget:$156,000,000
Domestic Releases: September 30th, 2016 (Wide) by Lionsgate
September 30th, 2016 (IMAX) by Lionsgate
International Releases: September 29th, 2016 (Wide) (Netherlands)
September 30th, 2016 (Wide), released as Deepwater Horizon: Море в пламъци (Bulgaria)
September 30th, 2016 (Wide), released as Deepwater Horizon: Moře v plamenech (Czech Republic)
September 30th, 2016 (Wide), released as Liepsnojantis horizontas (Lithuania)
September 30th, 2016 (Wide), released as Horizonte Profundo (Mexico)
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MPAA Rating: PG-13 for prolonged intense disaster sequences and related disturbing images, and brief strong language.
(Rating bulletin 2437 (Cert #50467), 8/10/2016)
Running Time: 107 minutes
Comparisons: vs. Lone Survivor
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Keywords: Disaster, Environment, Corporate Malfeasance, 2010s
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Participant Media, di Bonaventura Pictures, Summit Entertainment, Closest to the Hole, Leverage
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,394 $3,399,466 Oct 21, 2016 24
Fastest Movies to Earn $50 Million at the Domestic Box Office 898 $50,660,662 Oct 14, 2016 19
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,064 $6,407,716 Oct 14, 2016 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 847 $11,527,027 Oct 7, 2016 10
Biggest October Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 210 $11,527,027 Oct 7, 2016 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 830 $20,223,544 Sep 30, 2016 3
Biggest September Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 46 $20,223,544 Sep 30, 2016 3
Biggest Weekends at the Domestic Box Office 1,340 $20,223,544 Sep 30, 2016 3
Widest Opening Weekend 503 3,259 Sep 30, 2016 3
Biggest October Day at the Domestic Box Office 126 $8,300,007 Oct 1, 2016 2
Biggest Saturday at the Domestic Box Office 1,191 $8,300,007 Oct 1, 2016 2
Biggest Friday at the Domestic Box Office 1,125 $7,067,243 Sep 30, 2016 1
Biggest September Day at the Domestic Box Office 110 $7,067,243 Sep 30, 2016 1
Movies with Leggiest Opening Weekend 2,150 2.86 Sep 30, 2016 1
Movies with Most Front-Loaded Opening Weekend 2,459 34.9% Sep 30, 2016 1


   Mike Williams
   Jimmy Harrell
   Andrea Fleytas
   Caleb Holloway
Kate Hudson    Felicia Williams
Douglas M. Griffin    Landry
James DuMont    O'Bryan
Joe Chrest    Sims
Brad Leland    Kaluza
Dave Maldonado    Kuchta
JD Evermore    Dewey A. Revette
Ethan Suplee    Jason Anderson
Jason Pine    Stephen Ray Curtis
Jason Kirkpatrick    Aaron Dale Burkeen
Robert Walker Branchaud    Doug Brown
Jonathan Angel    Gordon Jones
Bill McMullen    Halliburton Rep
Jeremy Sande    Adam Weise
Stella Allen    Sydney
Peter Berg    Mr. Skip
Juston Street    Anthony Gervasio
Tony Centonze    Dan Barron/Roughneck #1
Zachary Guerra    Coast Guard Commander
Chris Ashworth    Coast Guard Officer #1
Graham McGinnis    Coast Guard Officer #2
Robert Nash    Coast Guard Officer #3
Henri Esteve    Andrea's Housemate
Sean Carter    ROV Operator
Elizabeth Carey    Frenchman/Schlumberger #1
Mustafa Harris    Bankston Crewman/Medic
Joel Allen    Old Man Carl
Henry Frost    Shane M. Roshto
Terry Milam    Keith Blair Manuel
Garrett Kruithof    Karl Kleppinger Jr.
Michael A Howell    Roy Wyatt Kemp
Ronald Weaver    Donald Clark
Deneen Tyler    Paula Walker
Jim Klock    Scared Crew Member
Leighton Gonzales    ROV Operator #2
Michael O'Brien    ROV Supervisor
Garrett Hines    Wyman Wheeler
Rob Steinberg    BP Rep
Trace Adkins    Massive Man
Kurt Peterson    Rescue Swimmer
Cierra Price    Counter Agent #1
Kenneth Billings    Crew Member
Ilan Srulovicz    Outgoing DPO
Wesley Figaro    Coast Guard Officer #4
Jennifer Tamminen    Coast Guard Officer #5
Carliene O'Connor    Coast Guard Officer #6
Craig Shellenberger    First Mate
Trent Zimmer    DP Officer
Ronnie Cupstid    Subsea Engineer
David William Donze    Still Photographer
Micah Le Blanc    Incoming Subsea Engineer
Patrick Arabie    Chief Mechanic
Brandt Allen    Aircraft Commander
Kelly Smith    Co-Pilot #1
Stephen Nicoll    Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer
Preston Brice    Roughneck #2
Randolph Perkins    Rig Worker #1
Cedric Gervais    Frenchman/Schlumberger #3
David Grutman    Frenchman/Schlumberger #3
Peter Trentacosta III    Life Boat Driver
Jenny Kubiak    Counter Agent #2
Steve Fisher    Transocean Employee
Tawnya Carr    Bristow Advisory
Meghan Gatto    Reporter #1
Tom Yura    Reporter #2
Sandra Santiago    Worried Mother
Scott Campbell    BP Escort
Barry Fallon    BP Personnel
Mark Schotz    Cowboy
Anthony Ace Thomas    Paula's Husband
Barker Carlock    Bankston Survivor #1
Tracy Mann    Bankston Survivor #2
Richard Williams    Pilot
Derek Thorsrud    Co-Pilot #2
Nick Litchfield    Deepwater Rescue Swimmer
Robert Lovett    Deck Hand
Fred North    Helicopter Pilot
Mayla Parker    Voice of Natalie

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Matthew Michael Carnahan
Screenwriter    Matthew Sand
Screen Story    Matthew Sand
Producer    Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Producer    Mark Vahradian
Producer    Mark Wahlberg
Producer    Stephen Levinson
Producer    David Womark
Executive Producer    Jeff Skoll
Executive Producer    Jonathan King
Director of Photography    Enrique Chediak
Production Designer    Chris Seager
Editor    Colby Parker, Jr
Editor    Gabriel Fleming
Costume Designer    Kasia Walicka Maimone
Composer    Steve Jablonsky
Visual Effects Supervisor    Craig Hammack
Casting Director    Deborah Aquila
Casting Director    Tricia Wood
Unit Production Manager    Todd Lewis
First Assistant Director    Cliff Lanning
Second Assistant Director    Rhys Summerhayes
Executive in Charge of Production    Donna Sloan
Sound Designer    Wylie Stateman
Supervising Stunt Coordinator    Kevin Scott
Stunt Coordinator    Tim Trella
Co-Producer    Todd Lewis
Co-Producer    Cliff Lanning
Co-Producer    Petra Holtorf-Stratton
Associate Producer    Tamara Bally
Associate Producer    J Lauren Downey
Production Supervisor    Russell Allen
Supervising Art Director    Marc Fisichella
Art Director    Scott Plauche
Set Decorator    Victor J. Zolfo
First Assistant Editor    Justin Yates
Additional First Assistant Editor    Jason Wasserman
Additional First Assistant Editor    Alexander Johnson
Additional First Assistant Editor    Robert Malina
Assistant Editor    Steve Jacks
Assistant Editor    Kimaree Long
Assistant Editor    Adam Schaefer
Post-Production Supervisor    Bryan H. Carroll
Post-Production Supervisor    Luca Borghese
Script Supervisor    Dug Rotstein
Sound Mixer    David Wyman
Art Director    Erik Haraldsted
Set Designer    Tim Earls
Set Designer    Cosmas Demetriou
Set Designer    Tristan Parks Bourne
Set Designer    Walter Schneider
Set Designer    Noelle King
Set Designer    Ed Symon
Set Designer    Landon Lott
Special Effects Supervisor    Burt Dalton
Special Effects Coordinator    Steve Cremin
Costume Supervisor    Dan Moore
Make up    Howard Berger
Make up    Tami Lane
Hairstylist    Johnny Villanueva
Hairstylist    Daina Daigle
Supervising Location Manager    Laura Sode Matteson
Second Unit Director    Kevin Scott
Supervising Sound Editor    Wylie Stateman
Co-Supervising Sound Editor    Renee Tondelli
Dialogue Editor    Branden Spencer
Sound Effects Editor    Kris Fenske
Dialogue Editor    Michael Feuser
Re-recording Mixer    Mike Prestwood Smith
Re-recording Mixer    Dror Mohar
Additional Sound Re-recording Mixer    Michael Keller
Additional Sound Re-recording Mixer    Ron Bartlett
Additional Sound Re-recording Mixer    Doug Hemphill
Visual Effects Supervisor    Philippe Theroux

Weekend Wrap-Up: Accountant Wins with $24.71 million, but 2016 Goes Further in Debt

October 18th, 2016

The Accountant

The weekend box office was not good. The Accountant did beat expectations with $24.71 million, but the other wide releases missed expectations. As a result, the box office fell 6% from last weekend to $97 million. The weekend box office should never be below $100 million, outside of a few dead zones during the year. We’ve been below that mark too frequently this year. Worse still, this is 18% lower than the same weekend last year. Year-to-date, 2016 still has a substantial lead over 2015 at $8.78 billion to $8.43 billion. However, we are nearing the $325 million mark where we have reason to panic. Remember, The Force Awakens earned $650 million during 2015 and Rogue One is only expected to earn half that much this year. We need to maintain a lead that large, or else 2016 will likely lose in the year-over-year comparison in the end. More...

Weekend Predictions: Can Accountant be Counted On?

October 13th, 2016

The Accountant

Three wide releases are coming out this week, which is one more than expected. The Accountant is clearly the biggest of the three, but its reviews are falling into the danger zone. Kevin Hart: What Now? is hoping to be the biggest stand-up comedy movie since Eddie Murphy’s Raw. Finally there’s Max Steel, which I didn’t think was going to open truly wide. Then again, its theater count is 2,034, so it is opening barely wide. This weekend last year, Goosebumps led the way with $23.62 million. I really thought The Accountant would top that, but I no longer think that will be likely. Worse still, there were five films that earned more than $10 million last year, but there will only be three of them this week. 2016’s slump will continue. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Only Girl isn’t a Train Wreck earning $24.54 million

October 11th, 2016

The Girl on the Train

Over the weekend was Columbus Day, or as it is known in more and more places, Indigenous People’s Day. It’s also Thanksgiving Day up here in Canada and it would make more sense for Americans to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving than Columbus Day. Canadian Thanksgiving is where you give thanks to all the Canadians that make your life better. For example, both Ryan Gosling and Ryan Reynolds are Canadian. Anyhoo... The weekend box office numbers were not buoyed by the semi-holiday on Monday as none of the new releases matched expectations. The Girl on the Train led the way by a wide margin with $24.54 million compared to $15.14 million for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Neither The Birth of a Nation nor Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life made it into the top five. The overall box office fell 9.5% from last weekend dropping to $103 million. That was 13% lower than the same weekend last year. Year-to-date, 2016 has earned $8.64 billion, putting it 4.4% / $370 million ahead of 2015. A couple of more weeks like this and we will have reason to hit the panic button. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Girl be the Rebirth of the Box Office?

October 6th, 2016

The Girl on the Train

October begins with a trio of wide releases, led by The Girl on the Train. The film’s reviews are mixed, which is not ideal, but also not fatal. The Birth of a Nation was looking to become an Awards Season player, but its reviews are not quite at that level. Finally there’s Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life. There are still no reviews and the buzz is as quiet as you can get for a wide release. This weekend last year, the only wide release was Pan and it bombed hard. However, The Martian remained on top with $37.01 million over the weekend. There’s almost no way The Girl on the Train will match that and last year had better depth as well. 2016’s slump will continue. More...

Contest: Dark Urges: Winning Announcement

October 5th, 2016

The Purge: Election Year

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Weekend Wrap-Up: Miss Peregrine finds a Home at the top with $28.87 million

October 4th, 2016

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

The overall box office was about as strong as expected, as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children beat expectations by the same amount as Deepwater Horizon missed expectations. This helped the overall box office grow 10% from last weekend to $114 million. However, this is still 24% lower than this weekend last year. Year-to-date, 2016 still has a lead over 2015, but that lead has shrunk to 4.9% or $390 million at $8.50 billion to $8.10 billion. If 2016’s lead falls below $325 million, then we will need to panic. Remember, last year ended with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which earned $650 million before the end of the year. Rogue One isn’t expected to earn half of that, so 2016 is going to need a $325 million lead or it will need better depth in order to come out ahead. I would prefer the former. More...

Thursday Night Previews: Peregrine Gets a Head Start on Maze Runner with $1.2 million - Update with Masterminds previews

September 30th, 2016

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children earned $1.2 million during its Thursday previews, which is just ahead of the $1.1 million earned by The Maze Runner back in 2014. Unfortunately, there’s a question whether we should treat this as a young adult book adaptation, or whether we should treat it as a more gonzo Tim Burton offering. If we go that route, there are no really good comparisons. Dark Shadows earned $550,000, but that was just over four years ago when midnight screenings weren’t standard and far fewer people went overall. Regardless, this is a better start than expected and an opening weekend of $30 million is more likely than it was before. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will September end on a Disastrous Note?

September 29th, 2016

Deepwater Horizon

Three wide releases come out this week: Deepwater Horizon, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and Masterminds. Deepwater Horizon’s reviews are better than expected and that should help it at the box office. Miss Peregrine’s reviews are on the razor’s edge of the overall positive level. Meanwhile, there are not enough reviews to really judge Masterminds, but the early signs don’t look good. This weekend last year was the first weekend of October. The Martian nearly broke the record for biggest October weekend. There’s a chance all three wide releases this week won’t match The Martian’s opening weekend. Add in last year’s depth and there’s almost no chance 2016 will come out ahead on the year-over-year comparison. More...

Contest: Magnificent Prizes: Winning Announcement

September 29th, 2016

The Magnificent Seven

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Contest: Dark Urges

September 23rd, 2016

The Purge: Election Year

Three wide releases are coming out next week. Of the three, Masterminds is by far the weakest and has no real shot at first place. In fact, if it opens above fifth place, I will be surprised. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is the widest, but the early reviews for Deepwater Horizon are excellent and I think that will give it the edge at the box office. Because of this, it is the target film in this week's Box Office Prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for Deepwater Horizon.

We have copies of The Purge: The Election as prizes. While the film hit VOD this past Tuesday, we have copies on Blu-ray Combo Pack as prizes.

Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a copy of The Purge: The Election on Blu-ray Combo Pack. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will also win win a copy of The Purge: The Election on Blu-ray Combo Pack. Finally, we will be choosing an entrant from the group of people who haven't won, or haven't won recently, and they will also win The Purge: The Election on Blu-ray Combo Pack.

Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

2016 Preview: September

September 1st, 2016

The Magnificent Seven

August continued to pad 2016’s lead over 2015 in the year-over-year comparison. It managed this feat almost entirely due to Suicide Squad, which is on pace to hit $300 million. The next best film was Sausage Party, which might make $100 million, if it gets a push over the top. September won’t be as strong as that. This is no surprise, as the month is one of the biggest dumping grounds on the calendar. That said, studios have been working to make the end of the month a lot more productive and there are a few potential hits. The biggest of these is The Magnificent Seven, which is expected to crack $100 million, maybe even $150 million. Meanwhile, Sully and Storks both have a limited chance at $100 million. Last September, the biggest release of the month was Hotel Transylvania 2 with pulled in $169.70 million. I don’t think The Magnificent Seven will match that, so we might need a surprise $100 million hit for 2016 to come out on top. More...

The shaded area represents the expected performance range for a film, based on its opening weekend box office. 95% of films fall within the shaded area. If a film trends towards the top end of the shaded area, it has good legs compared to the average film; if it trends towards the bottom end of the shaded area, it has poor legs. The predictive area is based on movies from the past 5 years.

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2016/09/30 2 $20,223,544   3,259 $6,205   $20,223,544 3
2016/10/07 3 $11,527,027 -43% 3,259 $3,537   $38,295,415 10
2016/10/14 5 $6,407,716 -44% 3,403 $1,883   $49,393,048 17
2016/10/21 10 $3,399,466 -47% 2,828 $1,202   $55,045,137 24

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2016/09/30 2 $7,067,243   3,259 $2,169   $7,067,243 1
2016/10/01 2 $8,300,007 +17% 3,259 $2,547   $15,367,250 2
2016/10/02 2 $4,856,294 -41% 3,259 $1,490   $20,223,544 3
2016/10/03 2 $1,596,205 -67% 3,259 $490   $21,819,749 4
2016/10/04 2 $2,191,659 +37% 3,259 $672   $24,011,408 5
2016/10/05 1 $1,428,577 -35% 3,259 $438   $25,439,985 6
2016/10/06 1 $1,328,403 -7% 3,259 $408   $26,768,388 7
2016/10/07 3 $3,334,586 +151% 3,259 $1,023   $30,102,974 8
2016/10/08 3 $5,147,262 +54% 3,259 $1,579   $35,250,236 9
2016/10/09 3 $3,045,179 -41% 3,259 $934   $38,295,415 10
2016/10/10 4 $1,526,817 -50% 3,259 $468   $39,822,232 11
2016/10/11 3 $1,337,254 -12% 3,259 $410   $41,159,486 12
2016/10/12 3 $1,007,357 -25% 3,259 $309   $42,166,843 13
2016/10/13 3 $818,489 -19% 3,259 $251   $42,985,332 14
2016/10/14 5 $1,866,923 +128% 3,403 $549   $44,852,255 15
2016/10/15 5 $2,858,223 +53% 3,403 $840   $47,710,478 16
2016/10/16 6 $1,682,570 -41% 3,403 $494   $49,393,048 17
2016/10/17 5 $515,945 -69% 3,403 $152   $49,908,993 18
2016/10/18 5 $751,669 +46% 3,403 $221   $50,660,662 19
2016/10/19 5 $479,538 -36% 3,403 $141   $51,140,200 20
2016/10/20 5 $505,471 +5% 3,403 $149   $51,645,671 21
2016/10/21 9 $1,082,200 +114% 2,828 $383   $52,727,871 22
2016/10/22 10 $1,529,510 +41% 2,828 $541   $54,257,381 23
2016/10/23 10 $787,756 -48% 2,828 $279   $55,045,137 24
2016/10/24 9 $267,185 -66% 2,828 $94   $55,312,322 25
2016/10/25 9 $381,346 +43% 2,828 $135   $55,693,668 26
2016/10/26 8 $276,629 -27% 2,828 $98   $55,970,297 27

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2016/09/30 2 $26,768,388   3,259 $8,214   $26,768,388 7
2016/10/07 3 $16,216,944 -39% 3,259 $4,976   $42,985,332 14
2016/10/14 5 $8,660,339 -47% 3,403 $2,545   $51,645,671 21

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Australia 10/7/2016 $1,303,546 253 255 758 $3,014,801 10/27/2016
Bulgaria 9/30/2016 $0 0 0 0 $91,368 10/26/2016
Czech Republic 9/30/2016 $41,863 89 89 140 $95,485 10/19/2016
Italy 10/7/2016 $599,140 0 0 0 $986,186 10/18/2016
Lithuania 9/30/2016 $18,737 100 100 138 $40,194 10/19/2016
Mexico 9/30/2016 $984,049 0 0 0 $2,447,653 10/18/2016
Middle East Region 9/30/2016 $0 0 0 0 $4,100,000 10/10/2016
Netherlands 9/29/2016 $321,406 92 93 329 $926,525 10/26/2016
New Zealand 10/7/2016 $180,340 67 75 217 $413,356 10/25/2016
Portugal 9/30/2016 $116,818 64 64 201 $305,566 10/27/2016
Russia (CIS) 9/30/2016 $1,094,851 1009 1009 2586 $2,360,945 10/26/2016
Slovakia 9/30/2016 $33,793 58 58 94 $72,712 10/19/2016
Taiwan 10/7/2016 $1,400,000 0 0 0 $1,400,000 10/10/2016
Turkey 9/30/2016 $79,820 152 152 357 $283,397 10/25/2016
United Kingdom 9/30/2016 $2,582,767 487 487 1595 $6,438,031 10/26/2016
Rest of World $9,958,781
International Total$32,935,000 10/27/2016

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