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How to Survive a Plague (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $123,814Details
International Box Office $9,575
Worldwide Box Office $133,389
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The untold story of the intensive efforts that turned AIDS into a manageable condition - and the improbable group of (mostly HIV-positive) young men and women whose amazing resilience broke through a time of rampant death and political indifference.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
99% - Certified Fresh
82% - Upright

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: September 21st, 2012 (Limited) by IFC Films
Video Release: February 26th, 2013 by Mpi Home Video
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 109 minutes
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Keywords: AIDS, Terminal Illness, Epidemic, Pharmaceuticals, Agitprop, Political, Medical and Hospitals, Intertitle, Animated Sequences, Voiceover/Narration, Epilogue
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Ninety Thousand Words, France/Tomchin, Ford Foundation, Just Films, Impact Partners, Little Punk
Production Countries: United States


Peter Staley    Himself
Garance Franke-Ruta    Herself
Mark Harrington    Himself
Spencer Cox    Himself
Larry Kramer    Himself
Bill Bahlman    Himself
David Barr    Himself
Gregg Bordowitz    Himself
Gregg Gonsalves    Himself
Derek Link    Himself
Iris Long, PhD    Herself

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    David France
Producer    Howard Gertler
Executive Producer    Joy Tomchin
Executive Producer    Dan Cogan
Editor    T. Woody Richman
Editor    Tyler H. Walk
Cinematographer    Derek Wiesehahn
Composer    Stuart Bogie
Composer    Luke O'Malley
Sound Editor    Lora Hirschberg
Sound Mixer    Lora Hirschberg

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for February 26th, 2013

February 26th, 2013

It's a good week on the home market with not only one of the biggest films of the last year coming out, but also one of the best. The biggest is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2, which should be the best selling DVD and Blu-ray for the week, but it isn't a contender for Pick of the Week. For that honor, we go back a few weeks to Frankenweenie. The screener arrived late, but it was worth waiting for and the 3D Combo Pack, while a little pricey, is worth picking up. Also in contender for Pick of the Week is Rocko's Modern Life: The Complete Series. More...

Featured DVD Review: How to Survive a Plague

February 25th, 2013

How to Survive a Plague opened with perfect reviews and became one of the major documentaries during Awards Season, including earning an Oscar nomination. It didn't win the Oscar, but obviously that still sets up really high expectations. Can it possibly live up to these expectations? And if so, is the DVD worth buying over just renting? More...

2013 Awards Season: Argo Unites a Divided Night at the Oscars

February 25th, 2013

Argo was the big winner at the Oscars last night, although arguably, there were no big winners, but a lot of films that shared in the glory. There were also some pretty interesting twists and a few events that stand out. Due to ongoing computer difficulties, I was unable to live-blog the Oscars this year. I will still be giving my reactions on a category by category basis, but not in the order they were handed out. More...

2013 Awards Season: Oscar Contest: Category Highlight: Best Feature-Length Documentary

February 6th, 2013

With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. Today we look at Best Feature-Length Documentary, which is probably not as competitive as I thought it would be. There are two films that earned perfect reviews, so it should be a close race between those two for the Oscar, right? More...

2013 Awards Season: Argo Adds to Awards Season Haul

February 3rd, 2013

Directors Guild of America Awards were this weekend and the big winner shouldn't surprise too many people, assuming they've been paying attention. Argo won yet again and given this, Ben Affleck should be the favorite to win an Oscar at the end of the month... except he wasn't even nominated. More...

2013 Awards Season: DGA Diverge From Oscars

January 14th, 2013

The Directors Guild of America handed out their nominations for Feature Films last week and Documentaries today. No, I have no idea why they split up their announcements. Usually, there's a lot of overlap between the DGAs and the Oscars, but that's not the case this year, so we again have some surprises. More...

2013 Awards Season: Lincoln Oversees a Divided Group of Nominees

January 10th, 2013

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and there's certainly a lot to talk about. There are some nominations that should surprise no one. For instance, Lincoln led the way with twelve nominations, and it has been seen as the major contender for a long time. However, there were also a few surprise nominations and some major snubs. Here are the list of nominations, and some reactions. More...

2013 Awards Season: PGA Produces a Few Surprises

January 6th, 2013

Producers Guild of America announced their nominations this week, including the three theatrical categories. There were a number of films on the list that have been mentioned time and time again this awards season, like Zero Dark Thirty, but there were also a few surprises. More...

Awards Season: Silver Linings for Limited Releases

November 28th, 2012

The Independent Spirit Awards has a special place in the Awards Season. The nominations are the unoffficial start of Awards Season, but the actual awards aren't given out until Oscar weekend, so they are the beginning at the end of Awards Season. They also help out a lot of limited releases that would otherwise not get enough buzz, although they are not so good at predicting Oscar wins. This year, two films tied for most nominations, Moonrise Kingdom and The Silver Linings Playbook, both of which earned five nominations. They weren't the only films to earn multiple nominations though. More...

Per Theater Chart Perks Up

September 25th, 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower easily topped the per theater chart with an average of $57,090 in four theaters. This combined with its 81% positive reviews suggests a potential for significant expansion and long legs. Diana Vreeland - The Eye Has to Travel was also strong with an average of $21,233. This is an excellent start, but documentaries rarely expand significantly beyond the art house circuit. Occupy Unmasked just managed to top $10,000 on the per theater chart with an average of $10,238 in four theaters. More...

Limited Releases: The Perks of Being a Limited Release

September 21st, 2012

It's another busy week for limited releases. However, of the nine films on this week's list, only two of them are earning overwhelmingly positive reviews, and both of them are documentaries. There is one film that is earning great reviews and is also generating a lot of buzz, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. If that film isn't the biggest hit on this week's list, I would be shocked. More...

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Daily Box Office Performance

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/09/21 60 $28,250   4 $7,063   $28,250 3
2012/09/28 69 $16,145 -43% 7 $2,306   $57,125 10
2012/10/05 64 $12,019 -26% 7 $1,717   $77,578 17
2012/10/12 64 $10,779 -10% 9 $1,198   $94,003 24
2012/10/19 74 $9,421 -13% 14 $673   $108,809 31
2012/10/26 91 $2,979 -68% 9 $331   $118,490 38
2012/11/02 95 $677 -77% 2 $339   $121,201 45
2012/11/09 100 $741 +9% 4 $185   $122,665 52

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/09/21 60 $40,980   4 $10,245   $40,980 7
2012/09/28 69 $24,579 -40% 7 $3,511   $65,559 14
2012/10/05 66 $17,665 -28% 7 $2,524   $83,224 21
2012/10/12 68 $16,164 -8% 9 $1,796   $99,388 28
2012/10/19 72 $16,123 n/c 15 $1,075   $115,511 35
2012/10/26 89 $5,013 -69% 7 $716   $120,524 42
2012/11/02 100 $1,400 -72% 2 $700   $121,924 49
2012/11/09 95 $1,890 +35% 5 $378   $123,814 56

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