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Howl (2010)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $617,334Details
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Synopsis

Howl is the story of how Allen Ginsberg’s seminal work broke down societal barriers in the face of an infamous public obscenity trial. In his famously confessional style, Ginsberg—poet, counter-culture icon, and chronicler of the Beat Generation—recounts the road trips, love affairs, and search for personal liberation that led to Howl, the most timeless work of his career. The film interweaves three stories: the unfolding of the landmark 1957 obscenity trial; an animated ride through the prophetic masterpiece; and a unique portrait of a man who found new ways to express himself, and in doing so, changed his own life and galvanized a generation.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Spilled
Critics
62% - Fresh
Audience
58% - Spilled

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: September 24th, 2010 (Limited) by Oscilloscope Pictures
Video Release: January 4th, 2011 by Oscilloscope Video
MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content including language and images, and for some drug material.
(Rating bulletin 2156, 1/26/2011)
Running Time: 85 minutes
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Keywords: Biography, Writing and Writers, LGBT, Courtroom Drama
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Rabbit Bandini Productions, Telling Pictures, Werc Werk Works
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 20th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,170 $2,341 Feb 4, 2011 136
Biggest 19th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,211 $4,512 Jan 28, 2011 129
Biggest 18th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,807 $1,049 Jan 21, 2011 122
Biggest 17th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,022 $1,517 Jan 14, 2011 115
Biggest 16th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,952 $4,774 Jan 7, 2011 108
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,066 $6,734 Dec 31, 2010 101
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,851 $2,049 Dec 24, 2010 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,723 $6,461 Dec 17, 2010 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,890 $9,848 Dec 10, 2010 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,044 $15,378 Dec 3, 2010 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,758 $8,784 Nov 26, 2010 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,053 $10,544 Nov 19, 2010 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,112 $19,209 Nov 12, 2010 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,244 $32,269 Nov 5, 2010 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,718 $33,966 Oct 29, 2010 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,059 $41,609 Oct 22, 2010 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,632 $38,955 Oct 15, 2010 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,973 $48,306 Oct 8, 2010 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,349 $53,534 Oct 1, 2010 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,892 $51,185 Sep 24, 2010 3

Cast

   Allen Ginsburg
Jeff Daniels    Professor David Kirk
Jon Hamm    Jake Ehrlich
David Strathairn    Ralph McIntosh
Bob Balaban    Judge Clayton Horn
Mary-Louise Parker    Gail Potter
Treat Williams    Mark Schorer
Alessandro Nivola    Luther Nichols
Jon Prescott    Neal Cassidy
Aaron Tveit    Peter Orlovsky

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Elizabeth Redleaf
Producer    Christine Kunewa Walker
Producer    Rob Epstein
Producer    Jeffrey Friedman
Executive Producer    Gus Van Sant
Executive Producer    Jawal Nga
Co-Producer    Brian Benson
Co-Producer    Andrew Peterson
Co-Producer    Mark Steele
Co-Director    Rob Epstein
Screenwriter    Rob Epstein
Co-Director    Jeffrey Friedman
Screenwriter    Jeffrey Friedman

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for January 4th, 2011

January 3rd, 2011

The first week of the year and this year starts the same way last year ends, without a whole lot of must have choices. Machete is topping the chart, and it's a good movie, but there are not enough extras on the DVD / Blu-ray to rate as Pick of the Week material. On the other hand, Howl's DVD and Blu-ray are loaded with extras, but the movie didn't live up to expectations with critics. After going over the list for a third time, I have to conclude that there are no Pick of the Week releases this time around. That should change next week. More...

Some Super New Releases on Per Theater Chart

September 28th, 2010

There were three films that topped $10,000 on the per theater chart, including one that topped $30,000. That film was Waiting for Superman, which pulled in an average of $34,758 in four theaters. However, its prospects for a wide expansion are limited, since it is a documentary. Second place went to You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger with and average of $26,684 in six theaters, but it likely has a better chance at significant expansion. The final $10,000 film was Enter the Void with an average of $14,550 in three theaters. More...

Weekend Estimates: Wall Street Opens Up

September 26th, 2010

Twenty-three years after the opening of the original, Wall Street 2 marked the successful return of Gordon Gecko this weekend with a good (though hardly blockbusting) $19 million opening. Intervening years of inflation and radical changes in theatrical distribution make a comparison between the openings of the two movies virtually meaningless, but it is noteworthy that the first Wall Street was more a of cultural icon than a box office hit. It earned $43,848,100 - very respectable for the time, but less than, for example, Outrageous Fortune, Dragnet or La Bamba, which were all also released in 1987. Wall Street 2 looks headed for similar respectability. Whether it'll catch the national mood in the same way is more doubtful. More...

Waiting for Super Limited Releases

September 24th, 2010

It's the last weekend of September, which means Awards Season could start any weekend now. (In fact, it might have started last weekend with the release of Never Let Me Go.) There are a few films that look like they might have been made to be Awards Season contenders, but of those only Waiting for Superman has a real chance. On the other hand, Buried will likely be the biggest box office hit, mainly because it is already scheduled for a wide expansion in a couple weeks. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2010/09/24 51 $51,185   6 $8,531   $51,185 3
2010/10/01 50 $53,534 +5% 17 $3,149   $125,281 10
2010/10/08 50 $48,306 -10% 18 $2,684   $207,437 17
2010/10/15 50 $38,955 -19% 20 $1,948   $273,211 24
2010/10/22 47 $41,609 +7% 26 $1,600   $332,984 31
2010/10/29 42 $33,966 -18% 27 $1,258   $385,033 38
2010/11/05 47 $32,269 -5% 29 $1,113   $439,581 45
2010/11/12 55 $19,209 -40% 16 $1,201   $484,659 52
2010/11/19 57 $10,544 -45% 10 $1,054   $506,313 59
2010/11/26 67 $8,784 -17% 7 $1,255   $520,029 66
2010/12/03 55 $15,378 +75% 8 $1,922   $540,398 73
2010/12/10 62 $9,848 -36% 8 $1,231   $558,190 80
2010/12/17 58 $6,461 -34% 10 $646   $570,411 87
2010/12/24 69 $2,049 -68% 4 $512   $578,112 94
2010/12/31 65 $6,734 +229% 5 $1,347   $591,812 101
2011/01/07 68 $4,774 -29% 6 $796   $602,360 108
2011/01/14 90 $1,517 -68% 3 $506   $606,228 115
2011/01/21 91 $1,049 -31% 2 $525   $608,257 122
2011/01/28 70 $4,512 +330% 3 $1,504   $613,986 129
2011/02/04 79 $2,341 -48% 1 $2,341   $617,334 136

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2010/09/24 51 $71,747   6 $11,958   $71,747 7
2010/10/01 47 $87,384 +22% 17 $5,140   $159,131 14
2010/10/08 49 $75,125 -14% 18 $4,174   $234,256 21
2010/10/15 49 $57,119 -24% 20 $2,856   $291,375 28
2010/10/22 46 $59,692 +5% 26 $2,296   $351,067 35
2010/10/29 44 $55,830 -6% 27 $2,068   $406,897 42
2010/11/05 48 $58,138 +4% 29 $2,005   $465,450 49
2010/11/12 55 $27,739 -52% 16 $1,734   $495,769 56
2010/11/19 62 $15,556 -44% 10 $1,556   $511,245 63
2010/11/26 66 $13,775 -11% 7 $1,968   $525,020 70
2010/12/03 54 $23,322 +69% 8 $2,915   $548,342 77
2010/12/10 61 $15,608 -33% 8 $1,951   $563,950 84
2010/12/17 62 $12,113 -22% 10 $1,211   $576,063 91
2010/12/24 62 $9,015 -26% 4 $2,254   $585,078 98
2010/12/31 61 $12,508 +39% 5 $2,502   $597,586 105
2011/01/07 66 $7,125 -43% 6 $1,188   $604,711 112
2011/01/14 92 $2,497 -65% 3 $832   $607,208 119
2011/01/21 90 $2,266 -9% 2 $1,133   $609,474 126
2011/01/28 75 $5,519 +144% 3 $1,840   $614,933 133
2011/02/04 84 $2,341 -58% 1 $2,341   $617,334 140

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