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Freedom Writers (2007)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $36,605,602Details
International Box Office $7,027,007
Worldwide Box Office $43,632,609
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $20,632,006 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $20,632,006
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 FreshAudience Upright
Critics
69% - Fresh
Audience
87% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$21,000,000
Domestic Releases: January 5th, 2007 (Wide) by Paramount Pictures
Video Release: April 17th, 2007 by Paramount Home Video
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violent content, some thematic material and language
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Keywords: Inspirational Teacher, Black Urban, Gangs, African-American
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: MTV Films, Double Feature Films, Jersey Films

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,575 $53,227 Mar 9, 2007 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,220 $114,440 Mar 2, 2007 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,386 $50,267 Feb 23, 2007 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,836 $145,729 Feb 16, 2007 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,599 $1,018,435 Feb 9, 2007 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,555 $1,860,547 Feb 2, 2007 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,354 $3,514,548 Jan 26, 2007 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,387 $5,207,062 Jan 19, 2007 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,509 $7,324,853 Jan 12, 2007 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,928 $9,405,582 Jan 5, 2007 3
Widest Opening Weekend 3,123 1,360 Jan 5, 2007 3

Cast

   Erin Gruwell
Patrick Dempsey    Scott Casey
Scott Glenn    Steve Gruwell
Imelda Staunton    Margaret Campbell
April Lee Hernandez    Eva
Mario    Andre
Jason Finn    Marcus
Hunter Parrish    Ben
Jaclyn Ngan    Sindy

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Composer    Mark Isham
Sound Effects Editor    Dan Hegeman

DVD Releases for June 3, 2008

June 3rd, 2008

This was a bad week for big movies, with not a single first run release is even worth rating a solid purchase, never mind being a contender for DVD Pick of the Week. There were a few other contenders for the title, including Dirty Harry Collection on DVD or Blu-ray. However, I found it impossible to decide which format was the better deal. Had the Blu-ray provided anything more than High Definition, or been a more reasonable price compared to the DVD, it would have been an easier choice. One of them is the DVD Pick of the Week, I just don't know which one. On a side note, there is an immense flood of Blu-ray releases, including a few I thought were coming out previously. More...

DVD Releases for May 22, 2007

May 22nd, 2007

It's the first busy week of the month, and it won't get this busy again for the rest of summer. There is literally a hundred releases mentioned on this week's list, roughly half of which are coming out to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Wayne. However, while there were plenty of those releases coming out, it was another classic movie to win the DVD Pick of the Week. That classic film is The Third Man - Criterion Collection - 2-Disc Edition - Buy from Amazon. More...

New Releases are Smokin' Hot on the Home Market

April 27th, 2007

New releases went one-two-three on the rental charts with Smokin' Aces leading the way after taking in $6.68 million. More...

DVD Releases for April 17, 2007

April 16th, 2007

For the second weekend in a row I had to dig hard to find some of the DVDs on this week's list. But unlike last weekend, there are a number of DVD releases that jumped out as contenders for DVD Pick of the Week including the gritty La Haine - Criterion Collection - Buy from Amazon and the Oscar winning The Last King of Scotland - Buy from Amazon. But in the end I went with sublime humor of The Venture Bros. - Season Two - Buy from Amazon, which may seem like a lowbrow choice compared to the others above, but it earns the title of DVD Pick of the Week. More...

International Details - Music Holds onto an Extended Note

March 11th, 2007

Music and Lyrics remained in sixth place with $5.64 million on 1645 screens in 18 markets for a total of $32.01 million internationally. The film disappointed domestically, but it appears to be making up for that softness on the international scene. The film's best opening of the weekend came from South Korea where it placed second with $2.06 million on 144 screens while it also grabbed second place in Brazil with $490,000 on 140. Holdovers were led by the U.K. where the film earned $1.09 million on 364 screens during its fourth week of release for a total of $15.71 million in that market alone. That's close to a $100 million run here, taking into account the relative sizes of the two markets. More...

Steppin' Out on Top

January 17th, 2007

Martin Luther King Jr. long weekend saw a new film take top spot while several films in the top five outperformed expectations. However, overall the box office was 3% lower from last weekend at $128 million and just 2% higher than the same weekend last year. That's likely not enough to keep up with ticket price inflation. Obviously it is too early to panic, or even make predictions, but this is not the start the industry was hoping for. More...

Night Lasts Three Weeks

January 9th, 2007

There were a couple of pleasant surprises this week, including a generally stronger than expected performance by the holdovers. Better than expected still resulted in an 18% drop-off from last weekend to $133 million, but that's 3.5% better than 2006's start. More...

Movie Website Updates for December 30 - January 5, 2007

January 6th, 2007

Big list as I try to catch up after the holidays. I think I caught all the updates. Not only are there a lot of sites on this week's list, several of them are potential award winners with the best of the best being Smokin' Aces - Official Site. More...

New Year Hangover

January 5th, 2007

The first weekend of the year is not known for producing many hits. In fact, perhaps only the first weekend after Labor Day is worse. This year is no exception: the three wide releases are not earning strong reviews, only one new film is able to crack 2,000 theaters, and none of them have a real shot at first place. More...

2007 Preview: January

January 2nd, 2007

It is the beginning of a new year. A time to start fresh. So why do most of the new releases smell so stale? It's the January dumping ground, home to films that looked promising on paper but just didn't pan out. That doesn't mean there are no films that could be worth checking out. Out of the twelve new films opening wide this month (that's opening, not expanding), Smokin' Aces looks great and so does ... no, that's about it. Almost all of the new releases are likely to struggle at the box office and with critics alike. And to make matters worse, six of these new releases are going wide on the same weekend. This is complete madness and guarantees that at least two films that would otherwise succeed are going to fail. On the other hand, there are nearly a dozen films that have previously opened and are expanding wide (Children of Men and Pan's Labyrinth, for example), or are being re-released to grab some last minute Oscar buzz, (The Queen and The Last King of Scotland, among others). This makes for an incredibly busy month, but not one that will likely produce many hits.

Two additional notes... Firstly, Letters from Iwo Jima is expanding throughout the month but likely won't go wide until February. Secondly, The Dead Girl has a planned expansion on the 19th, but after struggling in limited release since opening last weekend, this seems unlikely. More...

New Movie US Release Dates - December 17, 2006

December 17th, 2006

This week's round of new movie release information contains release dates for I am Legend, Angels & Demons and more. More...

Movie Website Updates for December 9 - December 15, 2006

December 16th, 2006

The end of year big movie rush continues, the last few big movies are launching their sites. And one such movie, Night at the Museum - Official Site, is the winning of the Weekly Website Award. More...

Movie Website Updates for November 11 - November 17, 2006

November 18th, 2006

A lot of trailers on this week's list of websites. Not only were there a lot of site with just trailers, there were a few trailers without sites. On the other hand, there were also a few contenders for the Weekly Website Award. In the end it was The Children of Men - Official Site that took home that prestigious award. More...

Movie Website Updates for October 14 - October 20, 2006

October 20th, 2006

Strange week with very few site featuring updates, but several very strong contenders for Weekly Website Award. In the end I went with The Prestige - Official Site, but several others on this list should win awards in the coming weeks. More...

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. The predictive area is based on movies from the past 5 years.

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2007/01/05 4 $9,405,582   1,360 $6,916   $9,405,582 3
2007/01/12 5 $7,324,853 -22% 2,179 $3,362   $18,648,680 10
2007/01/19 6 $5,207,062 -29% 2,286 $2,278   $26,524,683 17
2007/01/26 11 $3,514,548 -33% 2,273 $1,546   $31,312,123 24
2007/02/02 13 $1,860,547 -47% 1,915 $972   $34,150,008 31
2007/02/09 19 $1,018,435 -45% 1,125 $905   $35,751,265 38
2007/02/16 41 $145,729 -86% 232 $628   $36,235,753 45
2007/02/23 53 $50,267 -66% 111 $453   $36,358,137 52
2007/03/02 42 $114,440 +128% 216 $530   $36,489,507 59
2007/03/09 52 $53,227 -53% 131 $406   $36,581,633 66

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2007/01/05 4 $3,402,212   1,360 $2,502   $3,402,212 1
2007/01/06 5 $3,939,577 +16% 1,360 $2,897   $7,341,789 2
2007/01/07 5 $2,063,793 -48% 1,360 $1,517   $9,405,582 3
2007/01/08 5 $489,077 -76% 1,360 $360   $9,894,659 4
2007/01/09 6 $493,662 +1% 1,360 $363   $10,388,321 5
2007/01/10 6 $457,277 -7% 1,360 $336   $10,845,598 6
2007/01/11 6 $478,229 +5% 1,360 $352   $11,323,827 7
2007/01/12 7 $2,167,513 +353% 2,179 $995   $13,491,340 8
2007/01/13 5 $2,915,860 +35% 2,179 $1,338   $16,407,200 9
2007/01/14 5 $2,241,480 -23% 2,179 $1,029   $18,648,680 10
2007/01/15 6 $1,524,152 -32% 2,179 $699   $20,172,832 11
2007/01/16 7 $365,984 -76% 2,179 $168   $20,538,816 12
2007/01/17 7 $383,535 +5% 2,179 $176   $20,922,351 13
2007/01/18 7 $395,270 +3% 2,179 $181   $21,317,621 14
2007/01/19 6 $1,652,988 +318% 2,286 $723   $22,970,609 15
2007/01/20 6 $2,468,175 +49% 2,286 $1,080   $25,438,784 16
2007/01/21 7 $1,085,899 -56% 2,286 $475   $26,524,683 17
2007/01/22 8 $307,869 -72% 2,286 $135   $26,832,552 18
2007/01/23 9 $302,203 -2% 2,286 $132   $27,134,755 19
2007/01/24 9 $305,222 +1% 2,286 $134   $27,439,977 20
2007/01/25 8 $357,598 +17% 2,286 $156   $27,797,575 21
2007/01/26 9 $1,100,000 +208% 2,273 $484   $28,900,000 22
2007/01/31 11 $249,524   2,273 $110   $32,019,175 27
2007/02/01 9 $270,286 +8% 2,273 $119   $32,289,461 28
2007/02/02 13 $620,000 +129% 1,915 $324   $32,910,000 29
2007/02/09 - $310,000   1,125 $276   $35,040,000 36
2007/02/19 40 $32,103   232 $138   $36,267,856 46
2007/03/02 - $32,227   216 $149   $36,407,294 57
2007/03/03 - $52,619 +63% 216 $244   $36,459,913 58
2007/03/04 - $29,594 -44% 216 $137   $36,489,507 59
2007/03/05 - $8,276 -72% 216 $38   $36,497,783 60
2007/03/06 - $9,968 +20% 216 $46   $36,507,751 61
2007/03/07 - $9,939 n/c 216 $46   $36,517,690 62
2007/03/08 - $10,716 +8% 216 $50   $36,528,406 63
2007/03/09 - $16,198 +51% 131 $124   $36,544,604 64
2007/03/10 - $24,367 +50% 131 $186   $36,568,971 65
2007/03/11 - $12,662 -48% 131 $97   $36,581,633 66
2007/03/12 - $5,530 -56% 131 $42   $36,587,163 67
2007/03/13 - $5,736 +4% 131 $44   $36,592,899 68
2007/03/14 - $5,382 -6% 131 $41   $36,598,281 69
2007/03/15 21 $7,321 +36% 131 $56   $36,605,602 70

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2007/01/05 4 $11,323,827   1,360 $8,326   $11,323,827 7
2007/01/12 5 $9,993,794 -12% 2,179 $4,586   $21,317,621 14
2007/01/19 6 $6,479,954 -35% 2,286 $2,835   $27,797,575 21
2007/01/26 11 $4,491,886 -31% 2,273 $1,976   $32,289,461 28
2007/02/02 13 $2,443,369 -46% 1,915 $1,276   $34,732,830 35
2007/02/09 21 $1,357,194 -44% 1,125 $1,206   $36,090,024 42
2007/02/16 41 $217,846 -84% 232 $939   $36,307,870 49
2007/02/23 53 $67,197 -69% 111 $605   $36,375,067 56
2007/03/02 42 $153,339 +128% 216 $710   $36,528,406 63
2007/03/09 53 $77,196 -50% 131 $589   $36,605,602 70

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
4/22/20073408,616 408,616$8,168,234$8,168,2341
4/29/20077159,100-61% 567,716$3,180,409$11,348,6432
5/6/20072464,287-60% 632,003$1,285,097$12,633,7403

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