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Dirty Wars (2013)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $371,245Details
International Box Office $26,260Details
Worldwide Box Office $397,505
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It’s the dirty little secret of the War on Terror: all bets are off, and almost anything goes. We have fundamentally changed the rules of the game and the rules of engagement. Today drone strikes, night raids, and U.S. government–condoned torture occur in corners across the globe, generating unprecedented civilian casualties. Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill (author of BLACKWATER: The Rise of the World's Most Mercenary Army) traces the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command, the most secret fighting force in U.S. history, exposing operations carried out by men who do not exist on paper and will never appear before Congress. No target is off-limits for the JSOC “kill list,” even a U.S. citizen.


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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: June 7th, 2013 (Limited) by IFC Films
International Releases: November 29th, 2013 (Wide) (United Kingdom)
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 87 minutes
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Keywords: Investigative Journalist, War, Voiceover/Narration, Agitprop
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Big Noise Production, Civic Bakery
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,744 $3,156 Aug 2, 2013 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,759 $6,853 Jul 26, 2013 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,359 $6,246 Jul 19, 2013 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,718 $8,151 Jul 12, 2013 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,987 $12,004 Jul 5, 2013 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,544 $44,754 Jun 28, 2013 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,064 $45,409 Jun 21, 2013 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,484 $48,469 Jun 14, 2013 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,632 $63,504 Jun 7, 2013 3


Jeremy Scahill    Narrator
Col. Abdul Ghafoor    Himself
Mohammed Tahir    Himself
Mohammed Sabir    Himself
Hajji Sharabuddin    Himself
General Hugh Shelton    Himself
Jerome Starkey    Himself
Matthew Hoh    Himself
Andrew Exum    Himself
Sheikh Saleh Bin Fareed    Himself
Muqbal al Kazemi    Himself

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Jeremy Scahill
Screenwriter    David Riker
Producer    Jeremy Scahill
Producer    Anthony Arnove
Producer    Brenda Coughlin
Executive Producer    Scott Roth
Executive Producer    Jess Search
Executive Producer    Randall Wallace
Executive Producer    Sandra Whipham
Editor    Richard Rowley
Composer    David Harrington
Director of Photography    Richard Rowley

2014 Awards Season: Oscar Highlight: Best Feature-Length Documentary

February 15th, 2014

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With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. Today we look at Best Feature-Length Documentary, which is probably the hardest category to predict, because some of the previous winners of major awards were not even nominated for an Oscar. When the nominations were this unpredictable, the winner could be any of the five films. More...

2014 Awards Season: Oscars Understand the Gravity of the Situation

January 16th, 2014

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The Oscar nominations were announced this morning and there are some surprises mixed in with the predictable results. Gravity and American Hustle led the way with ten nominations each while 12 Years a Slave was right behind with nine. The fact that 12 Years a Slave wasn't the leader is the first of the surprises. More...

2014 Awards Season: WGA: Nominees Have Stories to Tell

January 5th, 2014

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WGAs announced their nominations this weekend and there were a couple of surprises to talk about. The top of that list is 12 Years a Slave, which was deemed ineligible because it wasn't written under WGA jurisdiction. This makes using the WGAs as an Oscar guide less reliable. On the other hand, several Oscar favorites showed up as well, including American Hustle, Nebraska, and others that have picked up major nominations this year. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for October 15th, 2013

October 14th, 2013

It's a good week on the home market with two $100 million hits coming out: The Heat and Pacific Rim. I've heard good things about both films, but unfortunately, neither screener has arrived. Also, while we have two big release on top, there's not a lot of depth and we quickly run into releases that would be filler during a normal week. At the time I started this column, no new releases for the week had arrived on time, but at least that gave me a chance to get a bit caught up on some of the previous late arrivals. This list includes two contenders for Pick of the Week: White Collar: Season Four and Modern Family: Season Four on DVD or Blu-ray. Both are must haves, but the latter won out for Pick of the Week honors. More...

Per Theater Chart: Much Success for Nothing

June 12th, 2013

Much Ado About Nothing lived up to the hype earning first place on the per theater chart with an average of $34,388 in five theaters. This is enough to suggest significant expansion, but I think it is too "art house" to expand even semi-wide. Dirty Wars opened in second place with an average of $15,876 in four theaters. This is an excellent start for a documentary. The overall box office leader, The Purge, earned third place with an average of $13,430. The final film in the $10,000 club was Before Midnight with an average of $10,123 in 52 theaters during its third weekend of release. More...

Weekend Estimates: Purge Surges to Number One

June 9th, 2013

Coming into this weekend, Universal was already celebrating above-expectations performances this year for their releases Fast and Furious 6, Identity Thief and Mama, but those three successes have been eclipsed by a big surprise in the opening weekend for The Purge. The home invasion movie, made for just $3 million, will top the chart this weekend with an estimated $36.4 million, blowing past all expectations, and putting it on par with big budget movies like Oblivion. Doing so from a modest 2,536 theaters (and with a correspondingly low marketing budget) makes the victory even sweeter for the studio, which now boasts a 15% market share for the year. If it keeps going at this pace, Universal will have its best year since we started keeping records in 1995. More...

Limited Release: Much Ado About Limited Releases

June 7th, 2013

There are not a ton of new releases this week, but there are a few earning good reviews, and even a couple that are earning excellent reviews. Hopefully several will do well enough at the box office to thrive, but the only one I'm really bullish about is Much Ado About Nothing. It has excellent reviews, lots of buzz, and plenty of name recognition on both sides of the camera. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2013/06/07 36 $63,504   4 $15,876   $63,504 3
2013/06/14 37 $48,469 -24% 14 $3,462   $137,247 10
2013/06/21 36 $45,409 -6% 20 $2,270   $203,725 17
2013/06/28 43 $44,754 -1% 31 $1,444   $275,224 24
2013/07/05 38 $12,004 -73% 13 $923   $287,228 31
2013/07/12 46 $8,151 -32% 13 $627   $223,947 38
2013/07/19 68 $6,246 -23% 17 $367   $344,417 45
2013/07/26 57 $6,853 +10% 13 $527   $356,077 52
2013/08/02 70 $3,156 -54% 8 $395   $365,604 59

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2013/06/07 35 $88,778   4 $22,195   $88,778 7
2013/06/14 37 $69,538 -22% 14 $4,967   $158,316 14
2013/06/21 38 $72,154 +4% 20 $3,608   $230,470 21
2013/07/12 51 $13,757   14 $983   $300,985 42
2013/07/19 62 $11,053 -20% 17 $650   $349,224 49
2013/07/26 56 $13,224 +20% 13 $1,017   $362,448 56
2013/08/02 69 $8,797 -33% 8 $1,100   $371,245 63

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
United Kingdom 11/29/2013 $13,934 4 4 8 $26,260 12/13/2015
International Total$26,260 12/13/2015

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