Follow us on

Elf (2003)

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

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


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
Franchise: Elf
Comparisons: vs. The Cat in the Hat
Create your own comparison chart…
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
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 17th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 884 $51,403 Feb 27, 2004 115
Biggest 16th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 815 $93,614 Feb 20, 2004 108
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 650 $179,100 Feb 13, 2004 101
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 708 $196,063 Feb 6, 2004 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 794 $205,837 Jan 30, 2004 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 811 $247,030 Jan 23, 2004 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,066 $217,683 Jan 16, 2004 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 696 $499,785 Jan 9, 2004 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 234 $2,303,567 Jan 2, 2004 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 152 $3,906,028 Dec 26, 2003 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 130 $5,502,635 Dec 19, 2003 45
Fastest Movies to Earn $150 Million at the Domestic Box Office 221 $150,800,000 Dec 19, 2003 43
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 181 $6,017,341 Dec 12, 2003 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 181 $8,026,797 Dec 5, 2003 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 25 $21,649,842 Nov 28, 2003 24
Biggest Friday at the Domestic Box Office 696 $9,400,000 Nov 28, 2003 22
Biggest Thursday at the Domestic Box Office 234 $5,700,000 Nov 27, 2003 21
Fastest Movies to Earn $100 Million at the Domestic Box Office 306 $102,300,000 Nov 21, 2003 20
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 141 $18,715,992 Nov 21, 2003 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 197 $26,325,613 Nov 14, 2003 10
Fastest Movies to Earn $50 Million at the Domestic Box Office 373 $51,305,000 Nov 14, 2003 8
Biggest Tuesday at the Domestic Box Office 211 $5,904,000 Nov 11, 2003 5
Biggest Sunday at the Domestic Box Office 523 $9,033,000 Nov 9, 2003 3
Biggest November Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 81 $31,113,501 Nov 7, 2003 3
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 409 $31,113,501 Nov 7, 2003 3
Biggest Weekends at the Domestic Box Office 592 $31,113,501 Nov 7, 2003 3
Widest Opening Weekend 415 3,337 Nov 7, 2003 3
Biggest November Day at the Domestic Box Office 161 $13,048,000 Nov 8, 2003 2
Biggest Saturday at the Domestic Box Office 498 $13,048,000 Nov 8, 2003 2
Movies with Leggiest Opening Weekend 37 3.40 Nov 7, 2003 1
Movies with Most Front-Loaded Opening Weekend 52 29.4% Nov 7, 2003 1

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

October 25th, 2010

Not exactly a busy week on the home market, as the biggest box office hit making its debut this week is Sex and the City 2, which I think is fair to call a disappointment at the box office. That doesn't mean there are no DVDs / Blu-rays that are worth picking up, including Winter's Bone on Blu-ray, which is this week's Pick of the Week. More...

DVD Releases for October 28, 2008 - Part I

October 28th, 2008

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

November 15th, 2004

Every week films get a second chance at success from the home market; or, in some cases, a first chance at success. Here is a list of wide releases, limited releases and a few from the growing TV on DVD section, including the winners of the DVD Pick of the Week, Iron Giant - Special Edition - Buy from Amazon and The Kids in the Hall - Complete Season 2 - Buy from Amazon More...

Records Fall to the Might of the King

December 22nd, 2003

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

December 16th, 2003

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

December 15th, 2003

While the weekend after Thanksgiving is usually soft, the weekend after that usually sees a bit of a rebound. Last year, for instance, we saw a nearly 20% week-to-week increase at the box office. This year we weren't so lucky. No movie in the top five beat box office expectations, while a couple did place higher on the charts due to weaker than expected competition. This led to a drop of nearly 9% from last week and 13% from last year. More...

Blame it on the Tryptophan

December 9th, 2003

The post Thanksgivings weekend was even tougher on the movie industry than predicted with only one movie in the top five living up to expectations. Some analysts are blaming it on the storm in the Northeast, but the internal multiplier doesn't really support that. And while the box office did drop 40% from last week, it was well ahead of last year to the tune of almost 20%. Year-to-date 2003 is still more than $100 million behind 2002 and with only one movie left that is a sure bet to make that much, catching up is not expected. More...

Will Last be First?

December 5th, 2003

Guessing what movie will finish first this weekend is a no-brainer. Guessing where the second new release of the weekend will land is a little trickier. Leftovers... I mean holdovers will suffer the post holiday blues this weekend, especially family friendly films.

More...

Nemo's Catch Climbing

December 2nd, 2003

Finding Nemo's continued domination of the European market, (it was number one in 15 markets) helped it earn the number one position this week. It is also unseating Tarzan and The Lion King as biggest animated movie in almost every market and should become the biggest animated movie worldwide before its run is over. This week it added another $37 million to push its international total to $230.8 million, which is 54th overall, (just ahead of The Matrix Revolutions.) Its worldwide total is now an amazing $570.5 million, 21st overall. More...

Leftovers for Thanksgivings

December 1st, 2003

While all but one for the movies opening over the 5-day Thanksgiving weekend failed to make a big splash at the box office, the holdovers picked up the slack. The extra helpings of family films helped this Thanksgiving weekend 7% up from last year for the 3-day weekend. But a weak Wednesday / Thursday lead to a 6% drop for the 5-day weekend. The mixed results sent 2003's box office a little further behind 2002. More...

A Thankless Holiday

November 28th, 2003

This Thanksgiving is turning out to be rather disappointing. Early estimates are about on par with last year when all five wide releases failed to make a major impact at the box office. This year will be a little better, but only because of inflation. More...

The Cat in the Hat takes Top Spot

November 24th, 2003


The Cat in the Hat to Win with a Big, Big Grin

November 21st, 2003


Elf is the Master at the Box Office

November 18th, 2003


Who will be the Master of the Box Office?

November 14th, 2003


Wide Releases Dominate Per Theatre Average

November 12th, 2003


The Matrix Boogaloo

November 11th, 2003


Matrix Opens Huge, But not Huge Enough

November 7th, 2003


Movie Websites Launches for October 31 - November 6

November 6th, 2003


Movie Websites Launches for October 17 - October 23

October 23rd, 2003


Movie Websites Launches for October 10 - October 16

October 16th, 2003


Movie Websites Launches for October 2 - October 9

October 9th, 2003


Movie Websites Launches for September 18 - September 24

September 24th, 2003


Movie Websites Launches for August 21 - August 27

August 28th, 2003


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.

Compare this performance with other movies…

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

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

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2003/11/07 2 $44,028,913   3,337 $13,194   $44,028,913 7
2003/11/14 2 $31,987,721 -27% 3,381 $9,461   $76,016,634 14
2003/11/21 2 $31,343,243 -2% 3,381 $9,270   $107,359,877 21
2003/11/28 3 $24,141,045 -23% 3,202 $7,539   $131,500,922 28
2003/12/05 4 $9,989,135 -59% 3,119 $3,203   $141,490,057 35
2003/12/12 6 $7,820,275 -22% 2,876 $2,719   $149,310,332 42
2003/12/19 5 $11,432,332 +46% 2,451 $4,664   $160,742,664 49
2003/12/26 9 $7,791,413 -32% 2,015 $3,867   $168,534,077 56
2004/01/02 14 $2,699,221 -65% 1,768 $1,527   $171,233,298 63
2004/01/09 23 $611,208 -77% 811 $754   $171,844,506 70
2004/01/16 34 $329,668 -46% 273 $1,208   $172,174,174 77
2004/01/23 28 $316,479 -4% 301 $1,051   $172,490,653 84
2004/01/30 32 $265,915 -16% 306 $869   $172,756,568 91
2004/02/06 33 $245,160 -8% 295 $831   $173,001,728 98
2004/02/13 39 $210,564 -14% 245 $859   $173,212,292 105
2004/02/20 50 $117,710 -44% 173 $680   $173,330,002 112
2004/02/27 51 $68,516 -42% 121 $566   $173,398,518 119

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 3,281,051$660,848$24,661,989417
11/18/20121359,782-30% 3,340,833$447,552$25,109,541418
12/2/20126263,416 3,655,709$2,102,876$27,598,300420
12/9/20127199,275-24% 3,854,984$1,815,535$29,413,835421
12/16/20126210,878+6% 4,065,862$1,817,157$31,230,992422
12/23/20122689,908-57% 4,155,770$799,003$32,029,995423
12/30/20123051,427-43% 4,207,197$386,669$32,416,664424
11/17/20131725,212 4,325,715$224,082$33,466,292470
11/24/20131541,029+63% 4,366,744$384,877$33,851,169471
12/8/201310180,557 4,556,290$1,744,072$35,697,393473
12/15/20134195,859+8% 4,752,149$1,986,990$37,684,382474
12/22/201313210,428+7% 4,962,577$1,901,175$39,585,557475
12/29/20132837,363-82% 4,999,940$330,095$39,915,652476
11/16/20141623,093 5,115,439$184,187$40,908,190522
11/23/20141539,215+70% 5,154,654$313,869$41,222,059523
12/7/20146177,938 5,384,141$1,422,561$43,057,383525
12/14/20146153,704-14% 5,537,845$1,228,925$44,286,308526
12/21/201411145,424-5% 5,683,269$1,159,771$45,446,079527
12/28/201411129,610-11% 5,812,879$1,032,473$46,478,552528
1/4/20152031,927-75% 5,844,806$261,801$46,740,353529
11/8/20152310,432 5,943,160$72,804$47,572,302573
11/15/20151620,697+98% 5,963,857$144,233$47,716,535574
11/22/20151323,961+16% 5,987,818$180,807$47,897,342575
11/29/201525100,579+320% 6,088,397$602,921$48,500,263576
12/6/20152146,292+45% 6,234,689$1,164,323$49,664,586577
12/13/2015494,939-35% 6,329,628$758,999$50,423,586578
12/20/20158168,824+78% 6,498,452$1,352,601$51,776,187579
12/27/201510140,153-17% 6,638,605$1,239,373$53,015,560580

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
12/2/20122025,837 202,646$244,935$2,418,039420
12/9/20121935,741+38% 238,387$339,183$2,757,222421
12/16/20121941,826+17% 280,213$388,144$3,145,366422
11/24/20132014,500 380,915$144,279$4,148,148471
11/16/20142011,158 565,139$100,307$5,926,756522
11/23/20141715,374+38% 580,513$138,214$6,064,970523
12/7/20141729,109 617,555$261,686$6,397,972525
12/14/20141037,886+30% 655,441$340,599$6,738,571526
12/21/20141936,084-5% 691,525$406,664$7,145,235527
11/22/20151911,887 756,149$94,977$7,848,405575
12/6/20151533,527 803,833$267,885$8,229,403577
12/13/20151127,953-17% 831,786$235,365$8,464,768578
12/20/20151641,675+49% 873,461$332,986$8,797,754579

Full financial estimates for this film, including domestic and international box office, video sales, video rentals, TV and ancillary revenue are available through our research services. For more information, please contact us at research@the-numbers.com.