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The Guard (2011)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $5,359,774Details
International Box Office $15,837,680
Worldwide Box Office $21,197,454
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Sergeant Gerry is an eccentric small-town cop with a confrontational and crass personality and a subversive sense of humor. A longtime policeman in County Galway, Boyle is a maverick with his own moral code. He has seen enough of the world to know there isn't much to it and has had plenty of time to think about it. When a fellow police officer disappears and Boyle's small town becomes key to a large drug trafficking investigation, he is forced to at least feign interest when dealing with the humorless FBI agent Wendell Everett assigned to the case. Left to run his territory to his liking for many years, he is not at all impressed when the FBI comes to town. Everett looks down on Boyle as a low-level provincial policeman with a limited and flippant view of the world; Boyle sees Everett as a by-the-book policeman with a chip on his shoulder and no understanding of how the real world runs. Despite the fact that Boyle seems more interested in mocking and undermining Everett than in actively working to solve the case, Boyle finds that circumstances keep pulling him back into the thick of it. As unconventional as Boyle is, these events unwittingly offend his murky moral code. He realizes that he needs to take matters into his own hands, and that Everett is the only person he can trust. And so the scene is set for an unlikely friendship and explosive finale.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
94% - Certified Fresh
81% - Upright

Movie Details

Production Budget:$6,000,000
Domestic Releases: July 29th, 2011 (Limited) by Sony Pictures Classics
Video Release: January 3rd, 2012 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, some violence, drug material and sexual content.
(Rating bulletin 2168, 4/20/2011)
Running Time: 96 minutes
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Keywords: Prostitution, Buddy Cop, Bigotry, Organized Crime, Narcotics, Corrupt Cops
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Reprisal Films, Element Pictures, Prescience, Aegis Film Fund, UK Film Council, Crescendo Productions, Eos Pictures, Irish Film Board
Production Countries: Ireland


   Gerry Boyle
   Wendell Everett
Liam Cunningham    Francis Sheehy-Skeffington
David Wilmot    Liam O'Leary
Rory Keenan    David Wilmot
Mark Strong    Clive Cornell
Eileen Boyle    Fionnula Flanagan
Dominique McElligott    Aoife
Sarah Greene    Sinead
Katarina Cas    Gabriela

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    John Michael McDonagh
Producer    Chris Clark
Producer    Flora Fernandez-Marengo
Producer    Ed Guiney
Producer    Andrew Lowe
Cinematographer    Larry Smith
Production Designer    John Paul Kelly
Editor    Chris Gill
Composer    Calexico
Casting Director    Jina Jay

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for January 3rd, 2012

January 3rd, 2012

The first Tuesday of the year is not a great time of year for new releases on the home market. It's an even worse time of year for critics, especially this year. With Christmas Day landing on the Sunday, many studios took the entire week off, so there are plenty of screeners that still haven't made it my way. (There is some good news here, as I was able to get caught up on all of the screeners that had previously arrived late.) A couple of these potential late arrivals are contenders for Pick of the Week, like Justified: Season Two - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray and Mildred Pierce - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack. They also have competition from Contagion - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray, but in the end I gave that honor to The Guard - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray. More...

Awards Season: Globes Reward Artistic Intent

December 16th, 2011

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominations and the Awards Season picture started to look a whole lot clearer. The Artist led the way with six nominations, while The Descendents and The Help were right behind with five apiece. More...

Per Theater Chart Goes Crazy

November 1st, 2011

Like Crazy was the only film to reach the $10,000 mark on the per theater chart, but was stellar with an average of $30,785 in four theaters. Its reviews suggest it will be able to expand somewhat, but it's a little too weak to be an Awards Season player. While it didn't get to the $10,000 mark, Ra. One came relatively close to reaching the top ten with $1.65 million in 189 theaters over the weekend for an average of $8,751. That's amazing for this type of film and it deserves a special mention. More...

Per Theater Chart: What a Weekend!

September 27th, 2011

Weekend earned nearly perfect reviews, but I'm still surprised by its box office strength as it earned $27,245 in one theater during its opening weekend of release. The Man Nobody Knew was next with $15,411, also in one theater. Machine Gun Preacher also topped expectations with an average of $11,283 in four theaters, but its reviews suggest it won't last long. Pearl Jam Twenty earned an average of $10,245 in ten theaters over the weekend, and including the special showing it had earlier in the week, it already has close to $400,000. More...

Per Theater Chart: Laughing at the Competition

September 14th, 2011

There was only one film to reach the $10,000 mark on the per theater chart, but it did it with style. Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain earned just under $2 million in 98 theaters for an average of $19,474. I wasn't expecting it to earn $2 million in total. More...

Per Theater Chart: Detective Dee on the Case

September 7th, 2011

The per theater chart is nearly empty and only Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame topping $10,000 over the three-day portion of the weekend. It's average from Friday through Sunday was $17,533 in three theaters. Bodyguard earned an average of $9,813 in 88 theaters over the three-day portion of the weekend, but crossed over the $10,000 mark if you include Monday. It was even more impressive if you take into account its Wednesday and Thursday numbers. More...

Per Theater Chart: State Makes Senna See Red

August 24th, 2011

Red State continued its run of special engagements this past weekend earning $25,800 in one theater. The only other film to reach the $10,000 mark was Senna, which earned an average of $11,365 in 14 theaters. More...

Per Theater Chart: Apes Conquer Crowded Field

August 9th, 2011

Just as it led the overall box office chart, Rise of the Planet of the Apes led the per theater chart with an average of $15,024. Gun Hill Road was in second place with an average of $12,609, which put it just ahead of El Bulli: Cooking in Progress's haul of $12,149 in its lone theater. Bellflower's amazing reviews helped it earn an average of $11,140 in two theaters. The final member of the $10,000 club was The Guard with an average of $10,209 in 19 theaters. It should still find room to expand while reaching at least one major milestone is likely. More...

The Future of the Per Theater Chart

August 3rd, 2011

Miranda July's second film, The Future, opened about as well as her first film, Me and You and Everyone We Know, did. It earned $27,137 in its lone theater, which was enough for top spot on the per theater chart and suggests a strong potential for expansion. The Devil's Double and The Guard were in a virtual tie with averages of $19,283 and $19,209 respectively. Attack the Block was one of the wider limited releases of the week, and it had the biggest opening in terms of raw dollars. Furthermore, its average of $17,198 suggest potential to expand. El Bulli: Cooking in Progress opened in one theater earning $12,756 over the weekend and $20,699 since Wednesday. Sarah's Key expanded from 5 theaters to 33, but still managed a very strong per theater average of $11,112. The final film to cross the $10,000 per theater average was The Smurfs at $10,489. More...

Weekend Estimates: Cowboys and Smurfs in Box Office Tie

July 31st, 2011

Universal and Sony showed how compromise is done on Sunday, as each studio settled on an identical weekend estimate, with Cowboys & Aliens and The Smurfs tied on an estimated $36,206,250. That's a slight disappointment for Cowboys (although certainly up from the worst fears of a few weeks ago) and above expectations for Smurfs, which showed the resilience of kids movies to weak reviews and gave 3D a needed boost. More...

Limited Releases Double Down

July 29th, 2011

There are five films opening in limited release that are earning Tomatometer Scores of 80% or better. There are also a couple others earning reviews that are good, but not great. That's a lot of competition and sadly it likely means a few of them won't live up to their potential as a result. Some, like Attack the Block, might have to wait till the home market to find an audience. Others won't be as lucky. More...

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Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/09/05 27 $183,433   178 $1,031   $2,706,346 39

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/07/29 40 $76,834   4 $19,209   $76,834 3
2011/08/05 26 $192,336 +150% 19 $10,123   $307,509 10
2011/08/12 26 $282,678 +47% 47 $6,014   $670,082 17
2011/08/19 21 $419,919 +49% 83 $5,059   $1,217,689 24
2011/08/26 22 $384,699 -8% 107 $3,595   $1,777,900 31
2011/09/02 30 $580,698 +51% 178 $3,262   $2,522,913 38
2011/09/09 25 $408,561 -30% 203 $2,013   $3,254,011 45
2011/09/16 28 $339,784 -17% 202 $1,682   $3,782,349 52
2011/09/23 29 $249,325 -27% 167 $1,493   $4,165,154 59
2011/09/30 29 $193,343 -22% 157 $1,231   $4,455,135 66
2011/10/07 30 $119,125 -38% 124 $961   $4,646,796 73
2011/10/14 35 $106,717 -10% 94 $1,135   $4,824,661 80
2011/10/21 35 $111,062 +4% 82 $1,354   $4,984,918 87
2011/10/28 41 $62,836 -43% 56 $1,122   $5,067,227 94
2011/11/04 46 $48,965 -22% 39 $1,256   $5,150,733 101
2011/11/11 52 $34,633 -29% 29 $1,194   $5,204,773 108
2011/11/18 51 $26,118 -25% 22 $1,187   $5,244,467 115
2011/11/25 53 $19,930 -24% 23 $867   $5,257,693 122
2011/12/02 57 $13,074 -34% 17 $769   $5,297,639 129
2011/12/09 66 $10,301 -21% 15 $687   $5,313,327 136
2011/12/16 65 $6,341 -38% 12 $528   $5,325,090 143
2011/12/23 63 $1,380 -78% 6 $230   $5,330,294 150
2011/12/30 67 $2,571 +86% 4 $643   $5,336,144 157
2012/01/06 72 $3,316 +29% 11 $301   $5,341,471 164
2012/01/13 68 $3,201 -3% 11 $291   $5,346,599 171
2012/01/20 75 $3,875 +21% 9 $431   $5,354,868 178
2012/01/27 79 $1,680 -57% 4 $420   $5,358,148 185
2012/02/03 82 $840 -50% 2 $420   $5,359,774 192

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