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Get on Up (2014)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $30,569,935Details
International Box Office $2,745,869
Worldwide Box Office $33,315,804
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $3,592,044 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $1,431,222 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $5,023,266
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  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Full Financials
  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer

Synopsis

Based on the life story of the Godfather of Soul, a look inside the music, moves and moods of James Brown, from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
80% - Certified Fresh
Audience
68% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$30,000,000
Domestic Releases: August 1st, 2014 (Wide) by Universal
Video Release: January 6th, 2015 by Universal Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, drug use, some strong language, and violent situations.
(Rating bulletin 2329, 7/2/2014)
Running Time: 138 minutes
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Keywords: Non-Chronological, Dysfunctional Family, Vietnam War, Breaking the Fourth Wall, Biography, Musicians, Singers, Music Industry, Big Break, Romance, Relationships Gone Wrong, African-American, Addiction
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Jagged Films, Brian Grazer Productions, Wyolah Films
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,059 $40,150 Sep 12, 2014 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,626 $330,900 Sep 5, 2014 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,729 $585,690 Aug 29, 2014 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,015 $932,595 Aug 22, 2014 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,887 $1,949,295 Aug 15, 2014 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,099 $5,195,150 Aug 8, 2014 10
Biggest August Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 193 $13,585,915 Aug 1, 2014 3
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,329 $13,585,915 Aug 1, 2014 3
Widest Opening Weekend 1,624 2,468 Aug 1, 2014 3
Biggest August Day at the Domestic Box Office 531 $5,145,295 Aug 2, 2014 2
Biggest Saturday at the Domestic Box Office 2,464 $5,145,295 Aug 2, 2014 2

Cast

   James Brown
Nelsan Ellis    Bobby Byrd
Dan Aykroyd    Ben Bart
Viola Davis    Susie Brown
Craig Robinson    Maceo Parker
Octavia Spencer    Aunt Honey
Lennie James    Joe Brown
Fred Melamed    Syd Nathan
Jill Scott    DeeDee Brown
Josh Hopkins    Ralph Bass
Brandon Smith    Little Richard
Tika Sumpter    Yvonne Fair
Aunjanue Ellis    Vicki Anderson
Tariq Trotter    Pee Wee Ellis
Aloe Blacc    Nafloyd Scott
Keith Robinson    Baby Roy
Nick Eversman    Mick Jagger
J.D. Evermore    Seminar Presenter
Carol Lee    Mavis
Cleta E. Ellington    Shirley Buell
Jim Gleason    Insurance Salesman
Ahna O'Reilly    Reporter
Antonius Charles    Black Infantryman
Donald Watkins    Black Infantryman
Corey Sorenson    Pilot
Hunter Burke    Soldier
James DuMont    Corporal Dooley
Jamarion Scott    Little James Brown
Jordan Scott    Little James Brown
Stacey Scowley    Penelope White
Rena DeAngelo    Reno Reporter
Liz Mikel    Gertrude Sanders
Aakomon Jones    Bobby Bennett
George Quinones    Lynched Man
Aaron Jay Rome    Frankie Avalon
Atkins Estimond    Big Junior
Clyde R. Jones    Daddy Grace
Michael Papajohn    1949 Cop
Matt Thompson    1949 Cop
Denzel Reed    Big Kid
Phyllis Montana LeBlanc    Mrs. Byrd
Julius William Tennon    Grandpa Byrd
Taura Cherne    Sarah Byrd
Kirk Bovill    Announcer
Cariella Smith    Diner Waitress
Jacinte Blankenship    Velma Brown
Sandra Denis Frazier Arnold    Female in Audience
Sheldon Frett    Susie's Soldier
Mario J. Radford    JB Chauffeur
Joe Blankenship    Alan Leeds
Randy Smith    Minder
Alvin Edney II    Teddy Brown
Adrien Scott Robinson    Little Christmas Boy
Elliott June Rogers    Little Christmas Girl
John Benjamin Hickey    Richard
Allison Janney    Kathy
Jamell Richardson    Jimmy Nolen
Jason Davis    Mayor White
Justin Hall    Bootsy
David Carzell    Catfish
Dorran Thigpen    Chicken
Billy Slaughter    Pool Cleaner
Heather Bland    Dancer
Kenita Coleman    Dancer
Jadtrl Christina Heard    Dancer
Marc Innis    Dancer
Naomi James    Dancer
Bri Kraft    Dancer
Lindsey Legros    Dancer
Chioma Osiah    Dancer
Dionne Renee    Dancer
Jennifer Marie Slaughter    Dancer
Sharmaine Tate    Dancer
Ambrya Underwood    Dancer
Khadijah Wilson    Dancer

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    Jez Butterworth
Screenwriter    John-Henry Butterworth
Story Creator    Steven Baigelman
Story Creator    Jez Butterworth
Story Creator    John-Henry Butterworth
Producer    Brian Grazer
Producer    Mick Jagger
Producer    Tate Taylor
Producer    Victoria Pearman
Producer    Erica Huggins
Executive Producer    Peter Afterman
Executive Producer    Trish Hofmann
Executive Producer    Jez Butterworth
Executive Producer    John-Henry Butterworth
Executive Producer    John Norris
Executive Producer    Anna Culp
Director of Photography    Stephen Goldblatt
Production Designer    Mark Ricker
Editor    Michael McCusker
Costume Designer    Sharen Davis
Composer    Thomas Newman
Music Supervisor    Budd Carr
Music Supervisor    Margaret Yen
Executive Music Producer    Mick Jagger
Music Producer    The Underdogs
Casting Director    Kerry Barden
Casting Director    Paul Schnee
Unit Production Manager    Trish Hofmann
First Assistant Director    Cleta E. Ellington
Second Assistant Director    Kathleen Tull
Re-recording Mixer    Scott Millan
Re-recording Mixer    Greg P. Russell
Additional Editor    Andrew Buckland
Production Supervisor    Robin Mulcahy Fisichella
Art Director    Jesse Rosenthal
Set Decorator    Rena DeAngelo
Set Designer    Jim Truesdale
Storyboard Artist    Paulo Defreitas, Jr.
Art Department Coordinator    Erin Foster
Sound Mixer    Steve Morrow
First Assistant Editor    Christopher Rucinski
Assistant Editor    Eric Kench
Assistant Editor    Daniel W. Nussbaum
Lighting Design    Andrew Giffin
Set Lighting Technicians    Drew Frazier
Set Lighting Technicians    Jeff Herring
Set Lighting Technicians    Renaldo Jackson
Set Lighting Technicians    Bradley Martin
Set Lighting Technicians    Jason Prowell
Set Lighting Technicians    Jerry Wheat
Special Effects Coordinator    Jack Lynch
Special Effects Supervisor-SPFX Foreman    John Cappel
Special Effects Supervisor-SPFX Foreman    Richard Perry
Costume Supervisor    Charlene Amateau
Make up    Julie Hewitt
Make up    Kim Perrodin
Hairstylist    Carla Farmer
Hairstylist    Shannon Bakeman
Re-recording Mixer    Drew Webster
Supervising Music Editor    Curt Sobel
Music Editor    Bill Bernstein
Additional Music Editor    Jordan Corngold
Score Recordist    Thomas Vicari
Score Mixer    Thomas Vicari
Digital Score Recordist    Larry Mah
Assistant Music Editor    Michael Zainer
Additional Sound Re-recording Mixer    Marc Fishman
Additional Sound Re-recording Mixer    David E. Fluhr
Additional Sound Re-recording Mixer    Adam Jenkins
Post-Production Supervisor    Tricia Miles Tharp
Supervising Sound Editor    Gregg Baxter
Sound Designer    Jason King
Sound Designer    Robert L. Sephton
Dialogue Editor    Julie Feiner
Dialogue Editor    Christopher T. Welch
Foley Mixer    David Jobe
Stunt Coordinator    Lex D. Geddings

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January 24th, 2015

Left Behind led the new releases on the DVD chart, at least in terms of units sold, with 201,000. Its sales for the week were $2.05 million, giving it third place by that metric. This is not great for a first-run release, but not bad compared to the film's box office. It is also much better than its opening on Blu-ray. More...

Blu-ray Sales: No Reward for Good Deeds

January 24th, 2015

The first set of new releases for Blu-ray didn't result in a change at the top, as The Equalizer remained on top of the chart during its sophomore stint. Over the week, it sold $143,000 / $3.48 million for two-week totals of 821,000 units / $17.08 million. This gives it a two-week Blu-ray share of 51%, which is good for an action film. It does have a slightly older target demographic, so that explains why it isn't as good as say... More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for January 6th, 2015

January 5th, 2015

It is a strange week on the home market, as there are five contenders for Pick of the Week, including three of them that start with the letter G. However, this isn't because the week is loaded with simply amazing titles. It's because none of the contenders were simply amazing in both quality and extras. Archer: Season 5 on DVD or Blu-ray, Boyhood on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack, Get on Up on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack, Girls: Season 3 on DVD or Blu-ray, and The Guest on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack were the five contenders. Boyhood is the best in the Award-worthy meaning of the word, Archer is the show I would get the most entertainment from. In the end, it was down to a coin toss, a literal coin toss, and Archer: Season 5 on DVD or Blu-ray won. More...

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December 10th, 2014

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The Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced Wednesday morning. Are there surprises worth mentioning? Is the Oscar picture beginning to take shape? Like with the Independent Spirit Awards, Birdman led the way this time earning four nominations from six categories, while Boyhood, The Imitation Game, and The Theory of Everything had three nods each.

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Per Theater Chart: Lovely and Strange

September 3rd, 2014

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The Last of Robin Hood led the way on the Per Theater Chart with an average of $17,709 in two theaters. Through a Lens Darkly was the only other member of the $10,000 club with $11,764 in its lone theater. This is more impressive, because it opened on Wednesday. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Turtles Topple Guardians

August 11th, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles poster

Despite earning some of the worst reviews of the summer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles easily won the race for the top of the box office chart unseating Guardians of the Galaxy, which earned some of the best reviews. The rest of the new releases were well back. Overall, the box office was down from last weekend, but by less than 0.5% to $185 million. Compared to last year, the box office was 16% higher, which is a great result. Year-to-date, 2014 is still behind 2013, but the deficit was down to 4.4% or $300 million at $6.52 billion to $6.82 billion. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Guardians Help Summer Recover

August 5th, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy poster

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August 3rd, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy poster

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2014 Preview: August

August 1st, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy poster

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July 31st, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy poster

Guardians of the Galaxy will likely become the biggest hit of this August. It might become the biggest hit of any August. The buzz is powerful, as are the reviews, and this could add up to a record-breaking opening. It isn't the only film opening wide, as Get On Up is also coming out this weekend. That film is a biopic of James Brown and it is earning stellar reviews, but will be limited to the counter-programming role. This weekend last year, the box office was led by 2 Guns, which made $27.06 million during the weekend. Guardians of the Galaxy should make more than that during its opening day. It looks like 2014 should finally end the slump it is in. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/08/01 3 $13,585,915   2,468 $5,505   $13,585,915 3
2014/08/08 8 $5,195,150 -62% 2,469 $2,104   $23,109,760 10
2014/08/15 13 $1,949,295 -62% 1,101 $1,770   $27,049,950 17
2014/08/22 15 $932,595 -52% 579 $1,611   $28,697,585 24
2014/08/29 26 $585,690 -37% 371 $1,579   $29,591,355 31
2014/09/05 27 $330,900 -44% 354 $935   $30,271,270 38
2014/09/12 53 $40,150 -88% 253 $159   $30,513,940 45

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/08/01 3 $4,887,830   2,468 $1,980   $4,887,830 1
2014/08/02 3 $5,145,295 +5% 2,468 $2,085   $10,033,125 2
2014/08/03 3 $3,552,790 -31% 2,468 $1,440   $13,585,915 3
2014/08/04 4 $1,246,350 -65% 2,468 $505   $14,832,265 4
2014/08/05 4 $1,332,205 +7% 2,468 $540   $16,164,470 5
2014/08/06 4 $949,160 -29% 2,468 $385   $17,113,630 6
2014/08/07 4 $800,980 -16% 2,468 $325   $17,914,610 7
2014/08/08 8 $1,506,090 +88% 2,469 $610   $19,420,700 8
2014/08/09 7 $2,196,480 +46% 2,469 $890   $21,617,180 9
2014/08/10 8 $1,492,580 -32% 2,469 $605   $23,109,760 10
2014/08/11 9 $541,965 -64% 2,469 $220   $23,651,725 11
2014/08/12 9 $628,390 +16% 2,469 $255   $24,280,115 12
2014/08/13 10 $443,980 -29% 2,469 $180   $24,724,095 13
2014/08/14 9 $376,560 -15% 2,469 $153   $25,100,655 14
2014/08/15 12 $534,515 +42% 1,101 $485   $25,635,170 15
2014/08/16 11 $842,810 +58% 1,101 $765   $26,477,980 16
2014/08/17 12 $571,970 -32% 1,101 $520   $27,049,950 17
2014/08/18 13 $181,665 -68% 1,101 $165   $27,231,615 18
2014/08/19 13 $214,190 +18% 1,101 $195   $27,445,805 19
2014/08/20 13 $170,135 -21% 1,101 $155   $27,615,940 20
2014/08/21 13 $149,050 -12% 1,101 $135   $27,764,990 21
2014/08/22 13 $252,005 +69% 579 $435   $28,016,995 22
2014/08/23 13 $422,670 +68% 579 $730   $28,439,665 23
2014/08/24 13 $257,920 -39% 579 $445   $28,697,585 24
2014/08/25 14 $78,165 -70% 579 $135   $28,775,750 25
2014/08/26 15 $92,910 +19% 579 $160   $28,868,660 26
2014/08/27 16 $71,070 -24% 579 $123   $28,939,730 27
2014/08/28 17 $65,935 -7% 579 $114   $29,005,665 28
2014/08/29 - $133,375 +102% 371 $360   $29,139,040 29
2014/08/30 - $222,480 +67% 371 $600   $29,361,520 30
2014/08/31 - $229,835 +3% 371 $620   $29,591,355 31
2014/09/01 - $220,745 -4% 371 $595   $29,812,100 32
2014/09/02 - $48,335 -78% 371 $130   $29,860,435 33
2014/09/03 - $40,980 -15% 371 $110   $29,901,415 34
2014/09/04 - $38,955 -5% 371 $105   $29,940,370 35
2014/09/05 - $90,270 +132% 354 $255   $30,030,640 36
2014/09/06 - $166,380 +84% 354 $470   $30,197,020 37
2014/09/07 - $74,250 -55% 354 $210   $30,271,270 38
2014/09/08 - $26,585 -64% 354 $75   $30,297,855 39
2014/09/09 - $30,075 +13% 354 $85   $30,327,930 40
2014/09/10 - $28,465 -5% 354 $80   $30,356,395 41
2014/09/11 - $24,945 -12% 354 $70   $30,381,340 42
2014/09/12 - $37,845 +52% 253 $150   $30,419,185 43
2014/09/13 - $59,410 +57% 253 $235   $30,478,595 44
2014/09/14 - $35,345 -41% 253 $140   $30,513,940 45
2014/09/15 - $14,040 -60% 253 $55   $30,527,980 46
2014/09/16 - $15,220 +8% 253 $60   $30,543,200 47
2014/09/17 - $14,030 -8% 253 $55   $30,557,230 48
2014/09/18 - $12,705 -9% 253 $50   $30,569,935 49

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/08/01 3 $17,914,610   2,468 $7,259   $17,914,610 7
2014/08/08 9 $7,186,045 -60% 2,469 $2,911   $25,100,655 14
2014/08/15 13 $2,664,335 -63% 1,101 $2,420   $27,764,990 21
2014/08/22 16 $1,240,675 -53% 579 $2,143   $29,005,665 28
2014/08/29 24 $934,705 -25% 371 $2,519   $29,940,370 35
2014/09/05 25 $440,970 -53% 354 $1,246   $30,381,340 42
2014/09/12 34 $188,595 -57% 253 $745   $30,569,935 49

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
1/11/2015487,718 87,718$1,529,802$1,529,8021
1/18/20151129,673-66% 117,391$591,086$2,120,8882
2/1/2015267,738 135,810$148,956$2,483,0374

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
1/11/2015528,727 28,727$606,997$606,9971
1/18/2015127,850-73% 36,577$193,736$800,7332

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