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How I Live Now (2013)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $60,360Details
International Box Office $16,434Details
Worldwide Box Office $76,794
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $313,409 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $138,637 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $452,046
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  5. Video Sales
  6. Full Financials
  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer


Set in the near-future UK, Daisy is an American teenager sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. Initially withdrawn and alienated, she begins to warm up to her charming surroundings, and strikes up a romance with the handsome Edmund. But on the fringes of their idyllic summer days are tense news reports of an escalating conflict in Europe. As the UK falls into a violent, chaotic military state, Daisy finds herself hiding and fighting to survive.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Spilled
67% - Fresh
55% - Spilled

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: November 8th, 2013 (Limited) by Magnolia Pictures
International Releases: November 28th, 2013 (Wide) (Australia)
Video Release: February 11th, 2014 by Magnolia Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for violence, disturbing images, language and some sexuality.
(Rating bulletin 2292, 10/2/2013)
Running Time: 101 minutes
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Keywords: Dystopia, Romance, Coming of Age, Fugitive / On the Run, Early / Simultaneous Video on Demand release, Young Child Dealing with the Death of a Parent, Escape, War Crimes, Sex Crimes, Child Soldier, First Love, Country Mouse, City Mouse, Dysfunctional Family, POW, Fascism
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Science Fiction
Production Companies: Film 4, BFI, Protagonist Pictures, Entertainment One, Cowboy Films, Passion Pictures, Prospect Entertainment
Production Countries: United Kingdom

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 8,090 $630 Nov 29, 2013 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 8,526 $1,671 Nov 22, 2013 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 8,423 $7,371 Nov 15, 2013 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,661 $28,547 Nov 8, 2013 3


Tom Holland    Isaac
George MacKay    Eddie
Harley Bird    Piper
Danny McEvoy    Joe
Anna Chancellor    Aunt Penn
Jonathan Rugman    News Reporter
Corey Johnson    Consular Official

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Alasdair Flind
Producer    Charles Steel
Producer    John Battsek
Producer    Andrew Ruhemann
Based on the novel "How I Live Now"    Meg Rosoff
Screenwriter    Jeremy Brock
Screenwriter    Penelope Skinner
Screenwriter    Tony Grisoni
Executive Producer    Tessa Ross
Executive Producer    Robert Walak
Executive Producer    Piers Wenger
Executive Producer    Nigel Williams
Associate Producer    Jeremy Brock
Associate Producer    Nicole Stott
Line Producer    Rosa Romero
Director of Photography    Franz Lustig
Editor    Jinx Godfrey
Music Supervisor    Abi Leland
Composer    Jon Hopkins
Sound Mixer    Nigel Albemaniche
Supervising Sound Editor    Glenn Freemantle
Production Designer    Jacqueline Abrahams
Costume Designer    Jane Petrie
Make-up and Hair Designer    Marese Langan
Casting Director    Nina Gold

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for February 11th, 2014

February 11th, 2014

It's a strange week on the home market. If you look at the top ten selling new releases on, there are a couple of first run releases, a catalog title, TV on DVD release, and some limited releases. That's basically every category there is. The biggest release is Ender's Game, a film that failed to find an audience in theaters. It barely earned overall positive reviews and it isn't a contender for Pick of the Week. Some of the other best-selling releases are contenders, like The Jungle Book: Blu-ray Diamond Edition or Sherlock: Season Three on DVD or Blu-ray. There are also a few of the smaller releases that were in consideration, including Doctor Who: Story 33: The Moonbase and G.B.F. on DVD. But in the end, I went with Wadjda on Blu-ray Combo Pack for Pick of the Week. One last note, Dry Spell is coming out on Video on Demand. It's a good chance to support ultra-low-budget filmmaking and the reviews I've read have been positive. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: How I Live Now

February 9th, 2014

How I Live Now is based on a 2004 Young Adult novel, which puts it in a category that includes nearly all films made in the past decade or so. That's exaggerating, but it is one of the crowded genres today with numerous examples coming out each year. How I Live Now wasn't one of the more lucrative examples. In fact, it opened in limited release missing the Mendoza Line before quickly disappearing from theaters. Granted, it was also a Video on Demand premiere so that has a serious effect on box office numbers. Should it have performed better? Or does it suffer from too many of the clichés of the genre. More...

Per Theater Chart: Thief Steals Top Spot

November 12th, 2013

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The Book Thief was a surprise top spot with an average of $26,251 in four theaters. It was seen by some as a possible Awards Season contender, but its reviews suggest otherwise. Thor: The Dark World was first on the overall box office and second on the per theater chart with $22,322. Dallas Buyers Club fell from first to third on the per theater chart, but with a still strong average of $18,249 in 35 theaters. More...

Limited Releases: Lying about Limited Releases

November 8th, 2013

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There are quite a few limited releases on this week's list, including several that have earned more pre-release buzz that most limited releases earn. However, many of these films' reviews are good, but not great. The Book Thief is one such film, but it could still find an audience in limited release, although its plans to expand wide are very unlikely to happen. How I Live Now and Great Expectations are in similar positions. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2013/11/08 48 $28,547   68 $420   $28,547 3
2013/11/15 60 $7,371 -74% 21 $351   $52,471 10
2013/11/22 76 $1,671 -77% 7 $239   $58,883 17
2013/11/29 74 $630 -62% 8 $79   $60,213 24

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2013/11/08 40 $45,100   68 $663   $45,100 7
2013/11/15 57 $12,112 -73% 21 $577   $57,212 14
2013/11/22 71 $2,371 -80% 7 $339   $59,583 21
2013/11/29 72 $777 -67% 3 $259   $60,360 28

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Australia 11/28/2013 $16,434 16 16 16 $16,434 12/13/2015
International Total$16,434 12/13/2015

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