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Empire of the Sun (1987)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $22,238,696Details
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  4. Video Sales
  5. Cast & Crew
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Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: December 9th, 1987 (Limited) by Warner Bros.
Video Release: April 13th, 1993 by Warner Home Video
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 150 minutes
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Keywords: Coming of Age, World War II
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Amblin Entertainment
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,343 $770,000 Jan 22, 1988 47
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,590 $1,822,927 Jan 8, 1988 33
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,496 $3,183,207 Jan 1, 1988 26
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,333 $2,914,509 Dec 25, 1987 19
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,445 $1,314,509 Dec 11, 1987 5


John Malkovich    Basie
Miranda Richardson    Mrs. Victor
Nigel Havers    Dr. Rawlins
Christian Bale    Jim
Joe Pantoliano    Frank Demarest
Leslie Phillips    Maxton
Robert Stephens    Mr. Lockwood
Paul McGann    Lt. Price
David Neidorf    Tiptree
Ralph Seymour    Cohen
Ben Stiller    Dainty
Masato Ibu    Sgt. Nagata
Emily Richards    Jim's Mother
Rupert Frazer    Jim's Father
Peter Gale    Mr. Victor
Takatoro Kataoka    Kamikaze Boy Pilot
Zhai Nai She    Yang
Guts Ishimatsu    Sgt Uchida
Emma Piper    Amy Matthews
James Walker    Mr. Radik
Jack Dearlove    Singing Prisoner
Anna Turner    Mrs. Gilmour
Ann Castle    Mrs. Phillips
Yvonne Gilan    Mrs. Lockwood
Ralph Michael    Mr. Partridge
Sybil Maas    Mrs. Hug
Eric Flynn    British Prisoner
James Greene    British Prisoner
Simon Harrison    British Prisoner
Barrie Houghton    British Prisoner
Paula Hamilton    British Prisoner
Thea Ranft    British Prisoner
Tony Boncza    British Prisoner
Nigel Leach    British Prisoner
Sheridan Forbes    British Prisoner
Peter Copley    British Prisoner
Barbara Bolton    British Prisoner
Francesca Longrigg    British Prisoner
Samantha Warden    British Prisoner
Kieron Jecchinis    American Prisoner
Michael Crossman    American Prisoner
Gary Parker    American Prisoner
Ray Charleson    American Prisoner
Burt Kwouk    Mr. Chen
Tom Danaher    Col. Marshall
Kong Guo-Jun    Chinese Youth
Takao Yamada    Japanese Truck Driver
Hiro Arai    Japanese Sergeant, Air Field
Marc de Jong    Frenchman
Susan Leong    Amah
Nicholas Dastor    Paul
Edith Platten    Paul's Sister
Shirley Chantrell    Chinese Cook at Detention Centre
John Moore    Mr. Pym
Ann Queensberry    Mrs. Pym
Sylvia Marriott    Mrs. Partridge
Frank Duncan    Mrs. Hug's Father
Ronald Eng    Mr. Chen's Aide
Za Chuan Ce    Shopkeeper
Shi Rui Qing    Shopkeeper
Lu Ye    Merchant
Guo Xue Liang    Merchant
Ge Yan Zhao    Merchant

Production and Technical Credits

Story Creator    J.G. Ballard
Screenwriter    Tom Stoppard
Producer    Steven Spielberg
Producer    Kathleen Kennedy
Producer    Frank Marshall
Executive Producer    Robert Shipiro
Production Designer    Norman Reynolds
Editor    Michael Kahn
Director of Photography    Allen Daviau
Composer    John Williams
Associate Producer    Chris Kenny
Assistant Director    David Tomblin
Second Unit Director    Frank Marshall
Production Manager    Ted Morley
Supervising Art Director    Charles Bishop
Supervising Art Director    Maurice Fowler
Supervising Art Director    Norman Dorme
Art Director    Frederick Hole
Set Decorator    Harry Cordwell
Set Decorator    Michael Ford
Second Unit Camera    Jimmy Devis
Costume Designer    Bob Ringwood
Costume Supervisor    Patrick Wheatley
Associate Editor    Colin Wilson
Associate Editor    Martin Cohen
Associate Editor    Craig Bassett
Sound Mixer    Colin Charles
Sound Mixer    Tony Dawe
Re-recording Mixer    Robert Knudson
Re-recording Mixer    Don Digirolamo
Re-recording Mixer    John Boyd
Supervising Sound Editor    Charles L. Campbell
Supervising Sound Editor    Louis L. Edemann
Sound Editor    Larry Carow
Sound Editor    Lucy Coldsnow
Sound Editor    Jim Isaacs
Sound Editor    Chuck Neely
Sound Editor    Rodger Sword
Music Editor    Ken Wannberg
Make up    Paul Engelen
Hairstylist    Vera Mitchell

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1987/12/11 9 $1,314,509   225 $5,842   $1,387,297 5
1987/12/25 9 $2,914,509   673 $4,331   $6,610,192 19
1988/01/01 10 $3,183,207 +9% 673 $4,730   $11,977,789 26
1988/01/08 10 $1,822,927 -43% 673 $2,709   $14,574,930 33
1988/01/22 16 $770,000   409 $1,883   $17,398,531 47

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1987/12/25 10 $5,098,899   673 $7,576   $8,794,582 23
1988/01/01 10 $3,957,421 -22% 673 $5,880   $12,752,003 30