Elf

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $173,398,518Details
International Box Office $46,837,892
Worldwide Box Office $220,236,410
Further financial details...

  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Full Financials
  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
84% - Certified Fresh
Audience
78% - Upright

Movie Details

Production Budget:$32,000,000
Domestic Releases: November 7th, 2003 (Wide) by New Line
Video Release: November 16th, 2004 by New Line Home Video
MPAA Rating: PG for some mild rude humor and language
Running Time: 97 minutes
Keywords: Christmas, Christmas in November
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Comedy
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Kids Fiction
Production Companies: Guy Walks Into a Bar

Cast

   Buddy
James Caan    Walter
Bob Newhart    Papa Elf
Edward Asner    Santa
Mary Steenburgen    Emily
Zooey Deschanel    Jovie
Daniel Tay    Michael
Faizon Love    Gimbels Manager
Peter Dinklage    Miles Finch
Amy Sedaris    Deb
Michael Lerner    Fulton
Andy Richter    Morris
Jon Favreau    Doctor
Luke Pohl    Elf Student

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    David Berenbaum
Producer    Jon Berg
Producer    Todd Komarnicki
Producer    Shauna Robertson
Executive Producer    Toby Emmerich
Executive Producer    Kent Alterman
Executive Producer    Cale Boyter
Executive Producer    Jimmy Miller
Executive Producer    Julie Wixson Carmody
Co-Producer    David Householter
Cinematographer    Greg Gardiner
Editor    Dan Lebental
Composer    John Debney
Production Designer    Rusty Smith
Art Director    Kelvin Humenny
Set Decorator    Johanne Hubert
Costume Designer    Laura Jean Shannon
Sound Mixer    David Husby
Visual Effects Supervisor    Joe Bauer
Assistant Director    Jim Brebner
Casting Director    Susie Farris

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for October 26th, 2010

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DVD Releases for October 28, 2008 - Part I

A slower week in terms of first run releases with a second tier summer release topping that particular list. However, there are a few other releases that are more interesting, including the direct-to-DVD release, Tinker Bell, which is worth picking up on either DVD or Blu-ray, but the latter is better than the former. While that release is the DVD Pick of the Week, two non-DVD releases are worth mentioning above the fold: The Mental Floss History of the World - Buy from Amazon and The Best Of Bond... James Bond - Buy from Amazon. It goes without saying that it was another busy week in terms of total DVDs on this week's list, so much so that it had to be split into two. The second part of the list can be found here. More...

DVD Releases for November 16, 2004

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Records Fall to the Might of the King

Expectations for Lord of the Rings: Return of the King were huge, but unlike so many other movies with huge expectations that opened this year Return of the King didn't disappoint. A record-breaking performance lead to a huge 59% jump in the box office from last week. But the major letdown in other films led to a 2.3% drop from last year. More...

Nemo\'s Fifth at Number One

For the fifth straight week Finding Nemo was number one at the international box office. And while the film is starting to show signs of slowing down, its weekly performance is still amazing. A total international take of $31.5 million on 5,200 screens made it the clear winner. Plus it was number one in 20 of 27 markets it played in and surpassed $300 million internationally. Current totals for the Pixar smash hit are $330.2 million internationally, (good for 20th place) and $669.9 million worldwide, (for 15th place.) The Lion King is the only animated movie to make more. With only a couple more markets to open in, Finding Nemo must rely on long legs to take top spot away from The Lion King. More...

They Can\'t Blame the Snow This Time

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Blame it on the Tryptophan

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Will Last be First?

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Nemo\'s Catch Climbing

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Leftovers for Thanksgivings

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A Thankless Holiday

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Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2003/11/07 2 $9,151,000   3,337 $2,742   $9,151,000 1
2003/11/08 2 $13,048,000 +43% 3,337 $3,910   $22,081,000 2
2003/11/09 2 $9,033,000 -31% 3,337 $2,707   $31,113,501 3
2003/11/10 2 $3,864,000 -57% 3,337 $1,158   $34,977,000 4
2003/11/11 1 $5,904,000 +53% 3,337 $1,769   $40,881,000 5
2003/11/12 2 $1,741,000 -71% 3,337 $522   $42,622,000 6
2003/11/13 2 $1,752,000 +1% 3,337 $525   $44,029,000 7
2003/11/14 2 $7,276,000 +315% 3,381 $2,152   $51,305,000 8
2003/11/15 1 $11,819,000 +62% 3,381 $3,496   $63,139,000 9
2003/11/16 1 $7,216,000 -39% 3,381 $2,134   $70,354,526 10
2003/11/17 2 $1,381,000 -81% 3,381 $408   $71,736,000 11
2003/11/18 2 $1,554,000 +13% 3,381 $460   $73,290,000 12
2003/11/19 2 $1,314,000 -15% 3,381 $389   $74,603,000 13
2003/11/20 2 $1,395,000 +6% 3,381 $413   $76,017,000 14
2003/11/21 3 $5,500,000 +294% 3,381 $1,627   $81,500,000 15
2003/11/22 2 $8,300,000 +51% 3,381 $2,455   $89,800,000 16
2003/11/23 2 $5,100,000 -39% 3,381 $1,508   $94,732,626 17
2003/11/24 3 $1,374,000 -73% 3,381 $406   $96,106,000 18
2003/11/25 2 $2,150,000 +56% 3,381 $636   $98,256,000 19
2003/11/26 3 $4,000,000 +86% 3,202 $1,249   $102,300,000 20
2003/11/27 1 $5,700,000 +43% 3,202 $1,780   $108,000,000 21
2003/11/28 3 $9,400,000 +65% 3,202 $2,936   $117,400,000 22
2003/11/29 3 $8,319,000 -12% 3,202 $2,598   $125,201,000 23
2003/11/30 3 $3,809,000 -54% 3,202 $1,190   $129,009,719 24
2003/12/01 4 $693,000 -82% 3,202 $216   $129,703,000 25
2003/12/02 4 $648,000 -6% 3,202 $202   $130,351,000 26
2003/12/03 4 $571,000 -12% 3,202 $178   $130,922,000 27
2003/12/04 3 $593,000 +4% 3,202 $185   $131,501,000 28
2003/12/05 3 $2,300,000 +288% 3,119 $737   $133,800,000 29
2003/12/06 4 $3,616,000 +57% 3,119 $1,159   $137,425,000 30
2003/12/07 5 $2,103,000 -42% 3,119 $674   $139,527,719 31
2003/12/08 4 $457,000 -78% 3,119 $147   $139,985,000 32
2003/12/09 4 $508,000 +11% 3,119 $163   $140,493,000 33
2003/12/10 3 $500,000 -2% 3,119 $160   $140,993,000 34
2003/12/11 3 $508,000 +2% 3,119 $163   $141,501,000 35
2003/12/12 7 $1,700,000 +235% 2,876 $591   $143,200,000 36
2003/12/13 6 $2,797,000 +65% 2,876 $973   $145,957,000 37
2003/12/14 6 $1,550,000 -45% 2,876 $539   $147,507,398 38
2003/12/15 5 $405,000 -74% 2,876 $141   $147,912,000 39
2003/12/16 5 $441,000 +9% 2,876 $153   $148,353,000 40
2003/12/17 6 $454,000 +3% 2,876 $158   $148,807,000 41
2003/12/18 6 $534,000 +18% 2,876 $186   $149,310,000 42
2003/12/19 6 $1,500,000 +181% 2,451 $612   $150,800,000 43
2003/12/20 5 $2,195,000 +46% 2,451 $896   $152,935,000 44
2003/12/21 5 $1,878,000 -14% 2,451 $766   $154,813,000 45
2003/12/22 4 $1,546,000 -18% 2,451 $631   $156,359,000 46
2003/12/23 4 $1,900,000 +23% 2,451 $775   $158,259,000 47
2003/12/24 3 $1,248,000 -34% 2,451 $509   $159,507,000 48
2003/12/25 10 $1,213,000 -3% 2,015 $602   $160,720,000 49
2003/12/26 10 $1,500,000 +24% 2,015 $744   $162,200,000 50
2003/12/27 10 $1,359,000 -9% 2,015 $674   $163,593,000 51
2003/12/28 11 $1,056,000 -22% 2,015 $524   $164,648,692 52
2003/12/29 9 $912,000 -14% 2,015 $453   $165,561,000 53
2003/12/30 9 $1,085,000 +19% 2,015 $538   $166,712,000 54
2003/12/31 9 $900,000 -17% 2,015 $447   $167,600,000 55
2004/01/19 29 $69,837   273 $256   $172,132,026 74

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2003/11/07 2 $31,113,501   3,337 $9,324   $31,113,501 3
2003/11/14 1 $26,325,613 -15% 3,381 $7,786   $70,354,526 10
2003/11/21 3 $18,715,992 -29% 3,381 $5,536   $94,732,626 17
2003/11/28 3 $21,649,842 +16% 3,202 $6,761   $129,009,719 24
2003/12/05 4 $8,026,797 -63% 3,119 $2,574   $139,527,719 31
2003/12/12 6 $6,017,341 -25% 2,876 $2,092   $147,507,398 38
2003/12/19 5 $5,502,635 -9% 2,451 $2,245   $154,812,967 45
2003/12/26 10 $3,906,028 -29% 2,015 $1,938   $164,648,692 52
2004/01/02 14 $2,303,567 -41% 1,768 $1,303   $170,837,644 59
2004/01/09 23 $499,785 -78% 811 $616   $171,733,083 66
2004/01/16 32 $217,683 -56% 273 $797   $172,062,189 73
2004/01/23 28 $247,030 +13% 301 $821   $172,421,204 80
2004/01/30 31 $205,837 -17% 306 $673   $172,696,490 87
2004/02/06 32 $196,063 -5% 295 $665   $172,952,631 94
2004/02/13 37 $179,100 -9% 245 $731   $173,180,828 101
2004/02/20 45 $93,614 -48% 173 $541   $173,305,906 108
2004/02/27 54 $51,403 -45% 121 $425   $173,381,405 115

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
12/10/200627207,434 207,434$2,034,928$2,034,928108
12/7/200827102,039 1,637,116$1,040,798$20,419,452212
11/29/20098501,903 2,211,530$4,271,195$25,439,898263
12/6/20092572,033-86% 2,283,563$637,492$26,077,390264
12/13/200924139,118+93% 2,422,681$1,190,850$27,268,240265
11/28/20109409,951 3,072,220$3,714,156$33,212,891315
11/27/201115289,137 3,633,290$1,971,914$37,721,530367
12/4/201113125,493-57% 3,758,783$769,272$38,490,802368
12/11/201115102,248-19% 3,861,031$696,309$39,187,111369
12/18/201115133,697+31% 3,994,728$1,001,391$40,188,501370
11/11/20121085,840 4,190,885$669,380$41,673,031417
11/18/20121359,782-30% 4,250,667$450,380$42,123,411418
12/2/20126263,416 4,517,734$2,084,411$44,235,676420
12/9/20127199,275-24% 4,717,009$1,831,835$46,067,511421
12/16/20126210,878+6% 4,927,887$1,808,933$47,876,444422
11/17/20131725,212 5,026,052$224,082$48,737,684470
11/24/20131541,029+63% 5,067,081$384,877$49,122,561471
12/8/201310180,557 5,256,923$1,744,072$50,972,157473
12/15/20134195,859+8% 5,452,782$1,986,990$52,959,147474
12/22/201313210,428+7% 5,663,210$1,901,175$54,860,322475
12/29/20132838,661-82% 5,701,871$341,562$55,201,884476
11/16/20141623,093 5,107,076$184,187$41,334,169522
11/23/20141539,215+70% 5,146,291$313,869$41,648,038523

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
12/2/20122037,413 194,671$355,050$2,276,461420
12/9/20121936,204-3% 230,875$343,575$2,620,036421
12/16/20121941,119+14% 271,994$381,584$3,001,620422
11/24/20132014,500 354,345$144,279$3,821,638471
11/16/20142012,466 548,248$112,067$5,683,176522
11/23/20141719,394+56% 567,642$174,356$5,857,532523
12/7/20141744,184 618,844$397,219$6,317,843525

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