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Hell and Back Again (2011)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $40,634Details
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From his embed with US Marines Echo Company in Afghanistan, photojournalist and filmmaker Danfung Dennis reveals the devastating impact a Taliban machine-gun bullet has on the life of 25-year-old Sergeant Nathan Harris. The film transitions from war reportage to an intimate portrait of one man's personal struggle at home in North Carolina, where Harris confronts the physical and emotional difficulties of re-adjusting to civilian life with the love and support of his wife, Ashley.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
100% - Fresh
69% - Upright

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: October 5th, 2011 (Limited) by Docurama
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 88 minutes
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Keywords: PTSD, Returning Soldiers, Afghanistan War, War
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Impact Pictures, Thought Engine, Sabotage Films, Channel 4, BRITDOC Foundations

Production and Technical Credits

Executive Producer    Dan Cogan
Executive Producer    Karol Martesko-Fenster
Executive Producer    Gernot Schaffler
Executive Producer    Thomas Brunner
Producer    Michael Lerner
Producer    Martin Herring
Executive Producer    Maxyne Franklin
Cinematographer    Danfung Dennis
Editor    Fiona Otway
Composer    J. Ralph

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Per Theater Chart Goes Through Hell

October 12th, 2011

There were no films that reached the $10,000 mark on this week's per theater chart. The film that came closest was Real Steel with an average of $7,942, which is good for a wide release, but disappointing for the top film on the per theater chart. The best limited release was Munger Road with an average of $5,675 during its second week of release. This is excellent for the genre and bodes well for its home market run. As for the best new limited release, that was Hell and Back Again with just $3,413 in its lone theater. It's hard to put a good spin on that result. More...

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October 7th, 2011

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Daily Box Office Performance

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/10/07 93 $3,413   1 $3,413   $4,809 5
2011/10/14 105 $3,597 +5% 2 $1,799   $11,057 12
2011/10/21 108 $2,326 -35% 2 $1,163   $15,890 19
2011/10/28 103 $1,574 -32% 2 $787   $19,137 26
2011/11/04 94 $2,607 +66% 2 $1,304   $22,504 33
2011/11/11 104 $775 -70% 1 $775   $24,712 40
2011/11/18 79 $4,974 +542% 3 $1,658   $29,686 47
2011/12/02 88 $1,300   1 $1,300   $32,460 61
2011/12/09 106 $401 -69% 1 $401   $34,292 68
2011/12/16 98 $346 -14% 1 $346   $34,637 75
2012/01/06 85 $1,235   2 $618   $35,872 96
2012/01/13 97 $341 -72% 1 $341   $37,209 103
2012/02/03 89 $302   4 $76   $37,539 124
2012/02/24 98 $628   2 $314   $39,165 145

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