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Dumbstruck (2011)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $15,378Details
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If mom or dad ask what you want to be when you grow up, and you answer, 'a ventriloquist,' chances are they will a) question your sanity, b) have you locked up, c) be thrilled because they've just seen the delightful new documentary, DUMBSTRUCK. The journey begins at the annual Vent Haven convention in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, ventriloquism capitol of the world (now you know where to take your next vacation). The film focuses on five 'vents', who are quirky enough to star in Christopher Guest's BEST IN SHOW. But they are real, and their stories are deeply human and universal: Dylan, a shy 13-year-old who dreams of being a professional but whose dad prefers football; Kim, a former Miss Ohio beauty queen, who yearns to 'make it' on the cruise ship circuit; Dan, a successful cruise ship performer whose wife may divorce him when he comes ashore; Terry, who, after 22 years of struggle in Corsicana, Texas, finds himself on NBC's America's Got Talent with a chance to win $1 million; and Wilma -- all six-foot-five of her -- who brings her dummies to Walmart and 'entertains' in senior homes. With its heart firmly planted on its polyester sleeve, Dumbstruck takes the American dream sideways and never loses its way. The film traverses the country from coast to coast, cruising the Mexican Riviera, Bahamas and Japan. We share in their successes and missteps, both on- and off-stage, as they strive in their own ways to achieve the American dream. The film is filled with music, laughter and a roller coaster of emotions, riding through the world of ventriloquism.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
71% - Fresh
78% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: April 15th, 2011 (Limited) by Truly Indie
MPAA Rating: PG for brief suggestive humor.
(Rating bulletin 2159, 2/16/2011)
Running Time: 90 minutes
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Keywords: Performing Arts, Big Break, Dysfunctional Family
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Figures of Speech, Room 9 Entertainment
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,483 $1,415 Jun 3, 2011 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,943 $1,949 May 27, 2011 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,839 $647 May 20, 2011 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,851 $2,544 May 13, 2011 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,966 $969 May 6, 2011 24
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 9,132 $3,610 Apr 22, 2011 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 11,844 $981 Apr 15, 2011 3


Wilma Swartz    Herself
Dan Horn    Himself
Dylan Burdette    Himself
Kim Yeager    Herself
Terry Fator    Himself

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Lindsay Goffman
Executive Producer    Elon Musk
Co-Producer    George Reasner
Screenwriter    Mark Goffman

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for July 19th, 2011

July 18th, 2011

Looking at the overall strength of the home market releases this week and there's not a lot to look forward to. If you don't count Rango, which came out on Blu-ray / DVD on Friday, then the biggest hit of the week is Limitless. That film is worth picking up on Blu-ray, but it's not exactly Pick of the Week material. In fact, the best release on this week's list is Once Upon a Time in America, which made its Blu-ray debut at the end of May, but the screener arrived very late. Despite this, I'm awarding it the Pick of the Week. More...

Rio and Hour Double-Team the Per Theater Chart

April 19th, 2011

The Double Hour earned top spot on the per theater chart with an average of $15,123 in two theaters. The only other film to crack the $10,000 mark was the overall box office leader, Rio, with an average of $10,250. More...

Daydreaming of Limited Releases

April 15th, 2011

It's another big week for limited releases with a couple that are opening in far more theaters than most limited releases can dream of, plus they are opening with a lot stronger buzz. ... Or to be much more accurate, much louder buzz, as the two biggest releases are not exactly earning top notch reviews. The Conspirator is benefiting from an incredible pedigree, which includes Robert Redford as the director. Meanwhile, Atlas Shrugged: Part I is based on a book by Ayn Rand, who has a committed fan base. Personally, the film I'm most interested in seeing is Daydream Nation, which opens in Canada this weekend and in the United States next month. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/04/15 98 $981   1 $981   $981 3
2011/04/22 91 $3,610 +268% 2 $1,805   $4,778 10
2011/05/06 116 $969   1 $969   $6,569 24
2011/05/13 104 $2,544 +163% 1 $2,544   $9,434 31
2011/05/20 113 $647 -75% 1 $647   $10,420 38
2011/05/27 85 $1,949 +201% 1 $1,949   $12,588 45
2011/06/03 92 $1,415 -27% 1 $1,415   $15,017 52

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/05/30 85 $379   1 $379   $11,018 46

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/04/15 109 $1,168   1 $1,168   $1,168 7
2011/04/22 95 $4,432 +279% 2 $2,216   $5,600 14
2011/05/06 120 $1,290   1 $1,290   $6,890 28
2011/05/13 109 $2,883 +123% 1 $2,883   $9,773 35
2011/05/20 123 $866 -70% 1 $866   $10,639 42
2011/05/27 90 $2,963 +242% 1 $2,963   $13,602 49
2011/06/03 101 $1,776 -40% 1 $1,776   $15,378 56

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