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Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $41,814,863Details
International Box Office $2,142,678Details
Worldwide Box Office $43,957,541
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Father Lankester Merrin lost his faith after the atrocities he experienced during World War II. In an attempt to escape his past he travels around the world and is approached to assist by the excavation of a Christian Byzantine church, found in pristine condition in a remote region of Kenya. Only with the church also an ancient evil is unearthed that forces Merrin to face atrocities once again.


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Movie Details

Production Budget:$78,000,000
Domestic Releases: August 20th, 2004 (Wide) by Warner Bros.
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence and gore, disturbing images and rituals, and for language including some sexual dialogue
Running Time: 114 minutes
Franchise: Exorcist
Comparisons: vs. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
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Keywords: Possessed
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Morgan Creek Productions
Production Countries: Italy,


   Father Lankester Merrin
James D'Arcy    Father Francis
Izabella Scorupco    Sarah
Remy Sweeney    Joseph
Julian Wadham    Major Granville
Andrew French    Chuma
Ralph Brown    Sergeant Major
Ben Cross    Semelier
David Bradley    Father Gionetti
Alan Ford    Jefferies
Anthony Kamerling    Lieutenant Kessler
Eddie Osei    Emekwi
Israel Aduramo    Jomo
Patrick O'Kane    Bession
James Bellamy    James
Cecilia Amati    Little Dutch Girl
Matti Ristinen    Medieval Priest
Lidia Darly    Sebutuana's Wife
James Paparella    Boy in Market
Silvio Jimenez Hernandez    Stricken Turkana Worker
Yemi Goodman Ajibade    Turkana Shaman
Michel Leroy    Tribesman in Hospital
John Sesay    Turkana Warrior
Sayoh Lahai    Turkana Warrior
Alessandro Casula    Preacher with Pazuzu
Roberto Purvis    Corporal Finn

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    James G. Robinson
Story Creator    William Wisher
Story Creator    Caleb Carr
Screenwriter    Alexi Hawley
Executive Producer    Guy McElwaine
Executive Producer    David C. Robinson
Director of Photography    Vittorio Storaro
Editor    Mark Goldblatt
Production Designer    Stefano Ortolani
Co-Producer    Wayne Morris
Costume Designer    Luke Reichle
Composer    Trevor Rabin
Assistant Director    Bruce Franklin
Second Unit Director    Antti J. Jokinen
Unit Production Manager    Wayne Morris
Production Supervisor (Rome)    Stefano Spadoni
Production Supervisor (Morocco)    Khadija Alami
Art Director    Eugenio Ulissi
Set Decorator    Carlo Gervasi
Second Unit Photography    Marco Carosi
Costume Supervisor    Marco Scotti
Editor    Todd E. Miller
Production Sound Mixer    Michael C. Moore
Supervising Sound Mixer    Chris Jenkins
Supervising Sound Mixer    Frank A. Montano
Supervising Sound Editor    Tom Bellfort
Supervising Sound Editor    Harry Cohen
Co-Supervising Sound Editor    Wylie Stateman
Sound Effects Editor    Bruce Tanis
Sound Effects Editor    Ken Johnson
Sound Effects Editor    Michael Kamper
Sound Effects Editor    Tim Farrell
Sound Designer    Ann Scibelli
Dialogue Editor    Hugh Waddell
Dialogue Editor    Jon Mete
Dialogue Editor    Allen Hartz
Music Editor    Jeanette Surga
Department Head Makeup    Fabrizio Sforza
Key Makeup    Raffaella Iorio
Head Hairstylist    Giancarlo De Leonardis
Special Effects Makeup Designer    Gary J. Tunnicliffe
Music Producer    Paul Linford
Music Producer    Trevor Rabin
Casting Director    Pam Dixon
Based on the book and screenplay "The Exorcist"    William Peter Blatty
Stunt Coordinator    Davide Ambrosi

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2004/08/20 1 $18,054,001   2,803 $6,441   $18,054,001 3
2004/08/27 5 $7,081,057 -61% 2,813 $2,517   $31,167,046 10
2004/09/03 11 $3,623,328 -49% 2,452 $1,478   $37,158,508 17
2004/09/10 15 $1,302,383 -64% 1,603 $812   $40,084,790 24
2004/09/17 21 $509,495 -61% 705 $723   $41,030,819 31
2004/09/24 29 $223,484 -56% 353 $633   $41,408,127 38
2004/10/01 48 $56,213 -75% 98 $574   $41,529,870 45
2004/10/08 64 $18,886 -66% 49 $385   $41,567,668 52
2004/10/15 39 $76,190 +303% 202 $377   $41,652,219 59
2004/10/22 49 $53,433 -30% 140 $382   $41,737,335 66
2004/10/29 50 $30,316 -43% 124 $244   $41,784,746 73
2004/11/05 60 $19,756 -35% 53 $373   $41,814,863 80

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2004/08/20 1 $7,022,128   2,803 $2,505   $7,022,128 1
2004/08/21 1 $6,334,532 -10% 2,803 $2,260   $13,356,660 2
2004/08/22 1 $4,697,341 -26% 2,803 $1,676   $18,054,001 3
2004/08/23 1 $1,917,000 -59% 2,803 $684   $19,971,000 4
2004/08/24 1 $1,637,000 -15% 2,803 $584   $21,609,000 5
2004/08/25 3 $1,316,000 -20% 2,803 $469   $22,913,000 6
2004/08/26 3 $1,172,000 -11% 2,803 $418   $24,086,000 7
2004/08/27 5 $2,143,000 +83% 2,813 $762   $26,229,000 8
2004/08/28 5 $2,883,386 +35% 2,813 $1,025   $29,177,831 9
2004/08/29 5 $1,989,215 -31% 2,813 $707   $31,167,046 10
2004/08/30 5 $705,000 -65% 2,813 $251   $31,872,000 11
2004/08/31 5 $632,000 -10% 2,813 $225   $32,504,000 12
2004/09/01 6 $536,000 -15% 2,813 $191   $33,040,000 13
2004/09/02 7 $503,000 -6% 2,813 $179   $33,535,000 14
2004/09/07 9 $274,000   2,452 $112   $38,321,000 19
2004/09/08 10 $246,000 -10% 2,452 $100   $38,567,000 20

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2004/08/20 1 $24,085,989   2,803 $8,593   $24,085,989 7
2004/08/27 5 $9,449,191 -61% 2,813 $3,359   $33,535,180 14
2004/09/03 11 $5,247,227 -44% 2,452 $2,140   $38,782,407 21
2004/09/10 15 $1,738,917 -67% 1,603 $1,085   $40,521,324 28
2004/09/17 20 $663,319 -62% 705 $941   $41,184,643 35
2004/09/24 29 $289,014 -56% 353 $819   $41,473,657 42
2004/10/01 48 $75,125 -74% 98 $767   $41,548,782 49
2004/10/08 66 $27,247 -64% 49 $556   $41,576,029 56
2004/10/15 37 $107,873 +296% 202 $534   $41,683,902 63
2004/10/22 45 $70,528 -35% 140 $504   $41,754,430 70
2004/10/29 50 $40,677 -42% 124 $328   $41,795,107 77
2004/11/05 62 $19,756 -51% 53 $373   $41,814,863 84

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