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First Position (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $908,235Details
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For the young dancers at the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the world's most prestigious ballet competitions, lifelong dreams are at stake. With hundreds competing for a handful of elite scholarships and contracts, practice and discipline are paramount, and nothing short of perfection is expected. Bess Kargman's award-winning documentary, FIRST POSITION, follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries all while navigating the drama of adolescence. A showcase of awe-inspiring talent, tenacity and passion, FIRST POSITION paints a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted young ballet stars of tomorrow.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
93% - Certified Fresh
84% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: May 4th, 2012 (Limited) by IFC Films
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 94 minutes
Comparisons: vs. Chasing Beauty
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Keywords: Dancing, Big Break, Coming of Age
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: First Position Films
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,045 $20,705 Jun 22, 2012 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,374 $26,667 Jun 15, 2012 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,391 $48,279 Jun 8, 2012 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,404 $87,002 Jun 1, 2012 31
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,365 $93,188 May 18, 2012 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,788 $88,744 May 11, 2012 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,952 $48,024 May 4, 2012 3


Miko Fogarty    Himself
Jules Fogarty    Herself
Joan Sebastian Zamora    Herself
Aran Bell    Himself
Michaela DePrince    Herself

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Bess Kargman
Editor    Bess Kargman
Director of Photography    Nick Higgins
Associate Producer    Nick Higgins
Executive Producer    Rose Caiola
Composer    Chris Hajian
Editor    Kate Amend
Associate Producer    Jennilyn Merten

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for October 30th, 2012

October 30th, 2012

It's not a great week on the home market. The best first run release is The Campaign, but while the movie is good, the DVD and the Blu-ray Combo Pack don't have enough extras. There are a few limited releases that piqued my interested as far as Pick of the Week was concerned. Safety Not Guaranteed on DVD or Blu-ray, Ruby Sparks on DVD or Blu-ray, and Polisse on DVD were all contenders. However, in the end I went with Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection. The Blu-ray box set is awesome. More...

Avengers are the Best on the Per Theater Chart

May 8th, 2012

The Avengers opened on top of the per theater chart with a record-breaking average of $47,698. This is the highest ever for a number one film. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was in second place with an average of $27,298 in 27 theaters. It should have little trouble expanding. Last week's winner, Bernie, slipped to third place with an average of $17,568 in five theaters. It too should expand. More...

Weekend Estimates: Avengers Shatters All-Time Record

May 6th, 2012

Marvel's The Avengers will shatter the all-time weekend record, according to Disney's Sunday estimate. Based on current sales, the film is projected to earn an extraordinary $200.3 million Friday-Sunday, setting a new benchmark for what's possible in the space of three days. It has also already broken the record for best-ever Saturday, with $69.7 million, per Disney, and they project it will have the best ever Sunday too, at around $50 million. That last figure is $7 million ahead of The Dark Knight, which is the only film previously to make over $40 million on a Sunday. That number is not a huge stretch, but could prove to be a bit high, and a final weekend figure just shy of $200 million is definitely still a possibility. Either way, the film will reach $200 million in three or four days, handily beating the five days taken by Deathly Hallows: Part II, The Dark Knight and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The exact number isn't too much to worry about though, this is a great weekend.


The Best Exotic Limited Releases

May 4th, 2012

It's a good week for limited releases, mostly because it is the week The Best-Exotic Marigold Hotel comes out. Given its international run, its chances at success on the domestic front are very strong. There are a couple other new releases that I'm cautiously optimistic about: Death of a Superhero and First Position. Perhaps summer will get off to a strong start on the limited release front as well as the wide release front. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/05/04 43 $48,024   5 $9,605   $48,024 3
2012/05/11 31 $88,744 +85% 24 $3,698   $157,800 10
2012/05/18 29 $93,188 +5% 41 $2,273   $294,020 17
2012/06/01 34 $87,002   58 $1,500   $685,171 31
2012/06/08 41 $48,279 -45% 52 $928   $784,870 38
2012/06/15 48 $26,667 -45% 36 $741   $848,371 45
2012/06/22 50 $20,705 -22% 21 $986   $894,471 52

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/05/04 43 $69,056   5 $13,811   $69,056 7
2012/05/11 32 $131,776 +91% 24 $5,491   $200,832 14
2012/05/18 30 $142,625 +8% 41 $3,479   $343,457 21
2012/06/01 34 $138,422   58 $2,387   $736,591 35
2012/06/08 40 $85,113 -39% 52 $1,637   $821,704 42
2012/06/15 44 $52,062 -39% 36 $1,446   $873,766 49
2012/06/22 50 $34,469 -34% 21 $1,641   $908,235 56
2012/09/28 101 $1,921   1 $1,921   $896,392 154

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