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The Horse Whisperer (1998)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $75,383,563Details
International Box Office $111,500,000
Worldwide Box Office $186,883,563
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  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Cast & Crew
  6. Trailer

Synopsis

After her fourteen year old daughter suffers a serious horse riding accident, a high-powered magazine editor goes to Montana to bring the horse to a legendary 'horse whisperer,' a person with a unique gift of being able to cure troubled horses. Romance blossoms between the sophisticated mother and the gentle horseman, leading to wonderful and tragic consequences.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
Critics
74% - Fresh
Audience
72% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$60,000,000
Domestic Releases: May 15th, 1998 (Wide) by Walt Disney
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for a disturbing accident scene
Running Time: 169 minutes
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Keywords: Paralysis / Loss of a Limb, Depression, Animal Lead, Love Triangle, Romance, Dysfunctional Family, Directing Yourself, Infidelity, Workaholic, Voiceover/Narration, Road Trip, Country Mouse, City Mouse, Culture Clash
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Touchstone Pictures
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 22nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 435 $34,361 Oct 9, 1998 150
Biggest 20th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 513 $49,996 Sep 25, 1998 136
Biggest 19th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 547 $69,691 Sep 18, 1998 129
Biggest 18th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 590 $85,173 Sep 11, 1998 122
Biggest 17th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 517 $142,786 Sep 4, 1998 115
Biggest 16th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 606 $151,793 Aug 28, 1998 108
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 532 $227,813 Aug 21, 1998 101
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 463 $321,239 Aug 14, 1998 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 397 $444,261 Aug 7, 1998 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 527 $394,264 Jul 31, 1998 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 748 $348,201 Jul 24, 1998 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 651 $547,928 Jul 17, 1998 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 644 $832,256 Jul 10, 1998 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 636 $1,341,274 Jul 3, 1998 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 677 $1,885,386 Jun 26, 1998 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 775 $2,576,416 Jun 19, 1998 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 757 $3,948,234 Jun 12, 1998 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 848 $5,248,338 Jun 5, 1998 24
Fastest Movies to Earn $50 Million at the Domestic Box Office 1,008 $50,425,000 Jun 5, 1998 23
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 892 $7,338,090 May 29, 1998 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 605 $14,516,024 May 22, 1998 10
Biggest May Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 228 $14,516,024 May 22, 1998 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,319 $13,685,488 May 15, 1998 3
Widest Opening Weekend 2,169 2,039 May 15, 1998 3
Biggest May Day at the Domestic Box Office 676 $5,615,000 May 16, 1998 2
Biggest Saturday at the Domestic Box Office 2,192 $5,615,000 May 16, 1998 2

Cast

   Tom Booker
   Annie MacLean
Sam Neill    Robert MacLean
Dianne Wiest    Diane Booker
Scarlett Johansson    Grace MacLean
Chris Cooper    Frank Booker
Cherry Jones    Liz Hammond
Ty Hillman    Joe Booker
Kate Bosworth    Judith
Austin Schwarz    Twin 1
Dustin Schwarz    Twin 2
Jeanette Nolan    Ellen Booker
Steve Frye    Hank
Don Edwards    Smokey
Jessalyn Gilsig    Lucy
William Byrd    Lester Petersen
John Hogarty    Local Tracker
Mike La Londe    Park Ranger
C.J. Byrnes    Doctor
Kathy Baldwin Keenen    Nurse
Allison Moorer    Barn Dance Vocalist
George Sack Jr.    Truck Driver
Kelley Sweeney    Nurse 2
Stephen Pearlman    David Gottschalk, V.O.
Joelle Carter    Office Worker 1
Sunny Chae    Office Worker 2
Anne Joyce    Office Worker 3
Tara Sobeck    Schoolgirl 1
Kristy Ann Servidio    Schoolgirl 2
Marie Engle    Neighbor
Curt Pate    Handsome Cowboy
Steven Brian Conard    Ranch Hand
Tammy Pate    Roper
Cliff Fleming    Pilot
Dirk Vahle    Pilot

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Producer    Robert Redford
Producer    Patrick Markey
Screenwriter    Eric Roth
Screenwriter    Richard LaGravenese
Based on the book "The Horse Whisperer"    Nicholas Evans
Executive Producer    Rachel Pfeffer
Director of Photography    Robert Richardson
Production Designer    Jon Hutman
Editor    Tom Rolf
Costume Designer    Judy Ruskin
Co-Producer    Joseph Reidy
Composer    Thomas Newman
Associate Producer    Karen Tenkhoff
Assistant Director    Joseph Reidy
Unit Production Manager    Amy Herman
Supervising Art Director    W. Steven Graham
Set Decorator    Hilton Rosemarin
Set Decorator    Gretchen Rau
Editor    Freeman Davies
Editor    Hank Corwin
Production Sound Mixer    Tod A. Maitland
Re-recording Mixer    Tom Johnson
Re-recording Mixer    Lora Hirschberg
Re-recording Mixer    Dennis Sands
Supervising Sound Editor    Richard Hymns
Supervising Sound Editor    Frank Eulner
Sound Editor    Sara Bolder
Sound Editor    Ewa Sztompke
Sound Editor    Claire Sanfilippo
Sound Effects Editor    David C. Hughes
Sound Effects Editor    Larry Oatfield
Sound Effects Editor    Ken Fischer
Sound Effects Editor    Shannon Mills
Sound Designer    Gary Rydstrom
Sound Designer    Steve Boeddeker
Key Makeup    Gary Liddiard
Head Hairstylisy    Bunny Parker
Song "A Soft Place to Fall" words and music    Allison Moorer
Song "A Soft Place to Fall" words and music    Gwil Owen
Casting Director    Ellen Chenoweth
Casting Director    Gretchen Rennell
Stunt Coordinator    Gary Combs
Stunt Coordinator (Accidents)    Mickey Gilbert

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

July 4th, 2012

After a run of several good weeks, it is a complete disaster on the home market this week. The best selling first run release will be... nothing. This is because there is no first run release coming out this week. According to Amazon.com, the best selling new release of the week is Midsomer Murders: Set 20, while the top ten is dominated by limited releases and Blu-ray catalogue titles. This makes choosing a Pick of the Week difficult, because there are so few prime releases. Rocko's Modern Life: Season Three is on the short list for contenders, as is The Hunter on Blu-ray. But in the end, I went with God Bless America on either DVD or Blu-ray. It's a great movie and there's a surprising number of extras on the DVD. More...

Featured Blu-ray Review: The Horse Whisperer

July 2nd, 2012

The Horse Whisperer came out early in the summer of 1998 and there were high hopes for the film. It was directed by Robert Redford, who had recently made A River Runs Through It and Quiz Show, both of which were nominated for a few Oscars, A River Runs Through It even won for Best Cinematography. It was also the first time Robert Redford would star in a movie he directed and some thought that he might finally win an Oscar for acting to go with his one for directing. However, the film earned good reviews, but not Oscar-worthy reviews like many were expecting. Now nearly 15 years later, the movie is coming out on Blu-ray. Is it worth checking out for those who missed the film the first time around? Is it worth upgrading for those who own the DVD? More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1998/05/15 2 $13,685,488   2,039 $6,712   $13,685,488 3
1998/05/22 3 $14,516,024 +6% 2,049 $7,084   $33,097,956 10
1998/05/29 4 $7,338,090 -49% 2,189 $3,352   $43,414,451 17
1998/06/05 6 $5,248,338 -28% 2,362 $2,222   $51,823,567 24
1998/06/12 8 $3,948,234 -25% 2,286 $1,727   $58,395,949 31
1998/06/19 10 $2,576,416 -35% 1,852 $1,391   $63,064,187 38
1998/06/26 10 $1,885,386 -27% 1,419 $1,329   $66,532,043 45
1998/07/03 10 $1,341,274 -29% 1,048 $1,280   $68,946,418 52
1998/07/10 14 $832,256 -38% 670 $1,242   $70,617,622 59
1998/07/17 17 $547,928 -34% 493 $1,111   $71,622,529 66
1998/07/24 21 $348,201 -36% 361 $965   $72,270,798 73
1998/07/31 20 $394,264 +13% 418 $943   $72,842,570 80
1998/08/07 22 $444,261 +13% 527 $843   $73,537,519 87
1998/08/14 25 $321,239 -28% 455 $706   $74,124,424 94
1998/08/21 31 $227,813 -29% 337 $676   $74,506,257 101
1998/08/28 41 $151,793 -33% 215 $706   $74,766,362 108
1998/09/04 40 $142,786 -6% 159 $898   $74,956,940 115
1998/09/11 41 $85,173 -40% 161 $529   $75,072,005 122
1998/09/18 46 $69,691 -18% 133 $524   $75,181,361 129
1998/09/25 53 $49,996 -28% 0     $75,265,390 136
1998/10/09 59 $34,361   0     $75,370,763 150

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1998/05/15 1 $4,400,000   2,039 $2,158   $4,400,000 1
1998/05/16 2 $5,615,000 +28% 2,039 $2,754   $10,015,000 2
1998/05/17 2 $3,613,000 -36% 2,039 $1,772   $13,685,000 3
1998/05/18 2 $1,236,731 -66% 2,039 $607   $14,922,219 4
1998/05/19 3 $1,217,112 -2% 2,039 $597   $16,139,331 5
1998/05/20 2 $1,173,339 -4% 2,039 $575   $17,312,670 6
1998/05/21 3 $1,269,262 +8% 2,039 $622   $18,581,932 7
1998/05/22 3 $2,850,068 +125% 2,049 $1,391   $21,432,000 8
1998/05/23 3 $4,320,000 +52% 2,049 $2,108   $25,752,000 9
1998/05/24 3 $4,000,000 -7% 2,049 $1,952   $29,752,000 10
1998/05/25 3 $3,268,464 -18% 2,049 $1,595   $33,097,956 11
1998/05/26 3 $1,018,797 -69% 2,049 $497   $34,116,753 12
1998/05/27 2 $963,354 -5% 2,049 $470   $35,080,107 13
1998/05/28 2 $995,000 +3% 2,049 $486   $36,075,000 14
1998/05/29 4 $2,075,000 +109% 2,189 $948   $38,151,000 15
1998/05/30 4 $3,360,000 +62% 2,189 $1,535   $41,511,000 16
1998/05/31 4 $1,945,000 -42% 2,189 $889   $43,414,000 17
1998/06/01 4 $693,204 -64% 2,189 $317   $44,107,655 18
1998/06/02 4 $839,758 +21% 2,189 $384   $44,947,413 19
1998/06/03 3 $775,040 -8% 2,189 $354   $45,722,453 20
1998/06/04 4 $852,776 +10% 2,189 $390   $46,575,229 21
1998/06/05 6 $1,445,000 +69% 2,362 $612   $48,020,000 22
1998/06/06 6 $2,405,000 +66% 2,362 $1,018   $50,425,000 23
1998/06/07 6 $1,390,000 -42% 2,362 $588   $51,824,000 24
1998/06/08 5 $591,408 -57% 2,362 $250   $52,414,976 25
1998/06/09 5 $712,311 +20% 2,362 $302   $53,127,286 26
1998/06/10 5 $619,512 -13% 2,362 $262   $53,746,798 27
1998/06/11 5 $700,917 +13% 2,362 $297   $54,447,715 28
1998/06/12 9 $1,035,285 +48% 2,286 $453   $55,483,000 29
1998/06/13 8 $1,740,000 +68% 2,286 $761   $57,223,000 30
1998/06/14 7 $1,079,000 -38% 2,286 $472   $58,396,000 31
1998/06/15 8 $479,981 -56% 2,286 $210   $58,875,930 32
1998/06/16 7 $559,582 +17% 2,286 $245   $59,435,512 33
1998/06/17 8 $523,792 -6% 2,286 $229   $59,959,304 34
1998/06/18 7 $528,467 +1% 2,286 $231   $60,487,771 35
1998/06/19 10 $730,229 +38% 1,852 $394   $61,218,000 36
1998/06/20 10 $1,040,000 +42% 1,852 $562   $62,258,000 37
1998/06/21 9 $681,000 -35% 1,852 $368   $63,064,000 38
1998/06/22 9 $342,679 -50% 1,852 $185   $63,406,866 39
1998/06/23 9 $417,265 +22% 1,852 $225   $63,824,131 40
1998/06/24 9 $406,454 -3% 1,852 $219   $64,230,585 41
1998/06/25 8 $416,072 +2% 1,852 $225   $64,646,657 42
1998/06/26 10 $560,000 +35% 1,419 $395   $65,217,000 43
1998/06/27 9 $835,000 +49% 1,419 $588   $66,052,000 44
1998/06/28 10 $515,000 -38% 1,419 $363   $66,532,000 45
1998/06/29 10 $258,857 -50% 1,419 $182   $66,790,857 46
1998/06/30 10 $321,837 +24% 1,419 $227   $67,112,737 47
1998/07/01 10 $218,911 -32% 1,151 $190   $67,336,648 48
1998/07/02 10 $280,000 +28% 1,151 $243   $67,627,000 49
1998/07/03 10 $475,000 +70% 1,048 $453   $68,102,000 50
1998/07/04 9 $441,000 -7% 1,048 $421   $68,543,000 51
1998/07/05 10 $403,000 -9% 1,048 $385   $68,946,000 52
1998/07/07 10 $217,492   1,048 $208   $69,350,461 54
1998/07/08 10 $222,174 +2% 1,048 $212   $69,572,635 55
1998/07/09 10 $212,731 -4% 1,048 $203   $69,785,366 56

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1998/05/15 2 $18,581,932   2,039 $9,113   $18,581,932 7
1998/05/22 3 $17,494,429 -6% 2,049 $8,538   $36,076,361 14
1998/05/29 4 $10,498,868 -40% 2,189 $4,796   $46,575,229 21
1998/06/05 6 $7,872,486 -25% 2,362 $3,333   $54,447,715 28
1998/06/12 8 $6,040,056 -23% 2,286 $2,642   $60,487,771 35
1998/06/19 9 $4,158,886 -31% 1,852 $2,246   $64,646,657 42
1998/06/26 10 $2,958,487 -29% 1,419 $2,085   $67,605,144 49
1998/07/03 10 $2,180,222 -26% 1,048 $2,080   $69,785,366 56
1998/07/10 14 $1,289,235 -41% 670 $1,924   $71,074,601 63
1998/07/17 17 $847,996 -34% 493 $1,720   $71,922,597 70
1998/07/24 21 $525,709 -38% 361 $1,456   $72,448,306 77
1998/07/31 18 $644,952 +23% 418 $1,543   $73,093,258 84
1998/08/07 22 $709,927 +10% 527 $1,347   $73,803,185 91
1998/08/14 27 $475,259 -33% 455 $1,045   $74,278,444 98
1998/08/21 31 $336,125 -29% 337 $997   $74,614,569 105
1998/08/28 39 $199,585 -41% 215 $928   $74,814,154 112
1998/09/04 40 $172,678 -13% 159 $1,086   $74,986,832 119
1998/09/11 45 $124,838 -28% 161 $775   $75,111,670 126
1998/09/18 46 $103,724 -17% 133 $780   $75,215,394 133