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Half Nelson (2006)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $2,697,938Details
International Box Office $2,213,787
Worldwide Box Office $4,911,725
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $1,538,323 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $1,538,323
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Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
90% - Certified Fresh
83% - Upright

Movie Details

Production Budget:$700,000
Domestic Releases: August 11th, 2006 (Limited) by ThinkFilm
Video Release: February 13th, 2007 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for drug content throughout, language and some sexuality
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Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction


Ryan Gosling    Dan
Anthony Mackie    Frank
Jay O. Sanders    Russ
Shareeka Epps    Drey

Production and Technical Credits


Award Season - Little Miss Big Winner

February 25th, 2007

While the Independent Spirit Award announces their nominations earlier than anyone else, they only handed the awards last night. The two big winners were Little Miss Sunshine and Half Nelson, but both have to be seen as underdogs for tonight's Oscars. More...

Departed Arrives on the Home Market

February 24th, 2007

Despite having seven new releases to chart this week, only one of them made it to the top five. However, that film was The Departed and it dominated both the rental and the sales chart. It took in $9.86 million in rentals during its first week of releases pushing Flags of Our Fathers into second place with $6.33 million. More...

DVD Releases for February 13, 2007

February 12th, 2007

In terms of raw numbers, this isn't as busy a week as last, but there are a lot more releases worthy of discussing, including several that I rate highly. The short-lived series Grosse Pointe - The Complete Series - Buy from Amazon gets its wide release after being an Amazon exclusive since November. Half Nelson - Buy from Amazon comes up just in time for Oscar buzz to reach its peak. Meanwhile, ... So Goes the Nation - Buy from Amazon should get the political junkies all worked up. However, the clear winner of the DVD Pick of the Week is The Departed - 2-Disc Special Edition. My only concern is the likelihood of a super special edition coming out after it wins several Oscars. More...

Award Season - Oscar Nods Offer Little Surprises - Correction

January 23rd, 2007

The Oscar nominations were handed out today and for the most part they've followed the script written by previous awards committees fairly closely. More...

Award Season - SAG Spreads the Love

January 5th, 2007

The Screen Actors Guide handed out their nominations yesterday and of the 5 theatrical categories, there were more than a dozen films to pick up at least one nomination. More...

Award Season - Fighting for Independence

November 29th, 2006

As always, Award Season officially begins with the announcing of the Independent Spirit Award nominations. While this is the first major awards to announce their nominations, they are one of the last to hand them out so the nominees have a long wait ahead of them. More...

Royalty Rule the Per Theatre Chart

October 3rd, 2006

The Queen was crowned champion of the per theatre charts this weekend after it earned an astounding $122,000 in 3 theatres for an average of $40,671. Even more impressive is the fact that it earned that in just two days as Friday's debut was actually part of the New York Film Festival and not a theatrical release. Second place went to another regally titled film, The Last King of Scotland; this film brought in $143,000 in 4 theatres for an average of $35,725. Even more impressive is the fact that it opened on Wednesday, which undoubtedly kept its weekend box office lower than it otherwise would have been. Both films seemed poised to earn some measure of mainstream success, which will really help their chances come awards season. There were two other films to top $10,000 on the per theatre charts, Old Joy at $13,029 and A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints at $11,848. More...

Opening the Door to the Per Theater Charts

September 12th, 2006

Red Doors earned top spot on the per theatre charts after starting its theatrical run with just over $35,000 in its two theatres for an average of $17,525. Hopefully this will allow the film to expand in the coming weeks. Man Push Cart was the only other film to top $10,000 as it took in $13,694 in its lone theatre. More...

Per Theatre Charts - No Illusion

August 29th, 2006

The Illusionist was able to climb to the top of the per theatre charts this week despite seeing its theatre count nearly triple. The film's average of $12,745 was significantly, but not overwhelmingly ahead of second place Suicide Killers, which earned $10,601 in its lone theatre. Half Nelson, which led the charts the previous two weeks, slipped to third but still managed to maintain its $10,000 per theatre average with nearly $211,000 in 21 theatres for an average of $10,036. More...

Nelson Continues to Put Strangle Hold on Per Theatre Charts

August 22nd, 2006

Half Nelson was able to remain on top of the per theatre charts, barely, with an average of $18,755 in three theatres. That was less than $1,000 ahead of the second place film, The Illusionist and its $18,195 average; that figure is made even more impressive by the film's 51 theatre count, which is very high for a limited release and usually causes serious problems because the distributor can't do national advertising, but local advertising in lots of markets becomes very expensive.

For the third weekend in a row, The Wedding Curse's average topped $10,000 as it earned just over $50,000 in 3 theatres for an average of $17,271. Another holdover rounded out the list of $10,000 films as Viva Pedro saw its box office dip less than 24% to $10,227 in its lone theatre. More...

Movie Website Updates for August 5 - August 11

August 11th, 2006

The torrid pace of website updates continues with more than 30 films on this week's list. There were a few sites that really caught my eye, but it was Trust the Man - Official Site and its interactive map of New York City and its more than 2 dozen clips that won the Weekly Website Award. More...

Viva Limited Releases!

August 11th, 2006

More than ten limited releases on this week's list including a couple that should earn some measure of mainstream success, Conversations with Other Women and Half Nelson. While the Canadian release, Bon Cop, Bad Cop, could break records north of the border. More...

Movie Website Updates for July 29 - August 4

August 4th, 2006

Third week in a row where the number of sites featured on this list has topped 30. With such a busy week it would take something different to win the award, and that's something Michel Gondry excels at delivering giving The Science of Sleep - Official Site the Weekly Website Award. More...

Movie Website Updates for July 22 - July 28

July 28th, 2006

Another big week for movie sites with several excellent entries. In this crowded field there were a lot of sites that showed promise and could be just one big update away from winning the award. But this week the best of the best was World Trade Center - Official Site. Let's hope that the movie can live up to the site. More...

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Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2006/09/04 35 $63,800   36 $1,772   $788,440 25

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2006/08/11 49 $53,983   2 $26,992   $53,983 3
2006/08/18 51 $56,264 +4% 3 $18,755   $147,246 10
2006/08/25 34 $210,762 +275% 21 $10,036   $389,972 17
2006/09/01 33 $233,863 +11% 36 $6,496   $724,640 24
2006/09/08 32 $226,840 -3% 63 $3,601   $1,070,302 31
2006/09/15 30 $279,112 +23% 86 $3,245   $1,441,944 38
2006/09/22 28 $290,708 +4% 105 $2,769   $1,838,817 45
2006/09/29 28 $232,823 -20% 105 $2,217   $2,175,988 52
2006/10/06 37 $122,180 -48% 99 $1,234   $2,378,723 59
2006/10/13 48 $75,295 -38% 80 $941   $2,506,509 66
2006/10/20 51 $48,666 -35% 61 $798   $2,591,047 73
2006/10/27 64 $20,515 -58% 38 $540   $2,639,124 80
2006/11/03 87 $6,288 -69% 16 $393   $2,653,746 87
2006/11/10 72 $10,995 +75% 12 $916   $2,667,944 94
2006/11/17 70 $6,766 -38% 9 $752   $2,680,659 101
2006/11/24 88 $2,434 -64% 5 $487   $2,684,452 108
2006/12/01 107 $489 -80% 1 $489   $2,687,199 115
2006/12/08 73 $5,488 +1,022% 5 $1,098   $2,694,973 122

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