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If You Build It (2014)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $43,393Details
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In "If You Build It" we spend a year in the life of one of America's most innovative classrooms. The film follows Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller as they teach the fundamentals of design, architecture and construction to a class of high school juniors in rural North Carolina. Faced with rising unemployment rates, a struggling educational system and simmering racial tension the people of Bertie County North Carolina turn to Pilloton, Miller and their students for help. We discover that what the class designs and builds for their hometown has a chance to transform their community for generations to come.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
81% - Fresh
89% - Upright

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: January 10th, 2014 (Limited) by Long Shot Factory
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 85 minutes
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Keywords: Inspirational Teacher
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Long Shot Factory
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,913 $4,565 Jan 24, 2014 17
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 10,411 $4,949 Jan 10, 2014 3


Emily Pilloton    Herself
Matthew Miller    Himself
The Inaugural Class of Studio H    Themselves

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Christine O'Malley
Producer    Neal Baer
Director of Photography    George Desort
Production Designer    Brian Oakes
Production Designer    Christopher Chuang
Animation    Brian Oakes
Animation    Christopher Chuang
Composer    Peter Golub
Editor    Nick Andert
Editor    Daniel J. Clark
Editor    Doug Blush

Contest: Documenting Your Success: Winning Announcement

June 25th, 2015

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Contest: Documenting Your Success

June 12th, 2015

While there are technically two wide releases coming out next week, Inside Out and Dope, Inside Out is by far the bigger of the two releases. As such, is is the target film for this week's Box Office Prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for Inside Out.

Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a Frankenprize featuring one of the three documentaries we are giving away this week: If You Build It on DVD. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will win a Frankenprize featuring The Swirl on DVD. Finally, we will be choosing an entrant from the group of people who haven't won, or haven't won recently, and they will also win a Frankenprize featuring Where Was God? on DVD. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

Per Theater Chart: Still Lonely

January 14th, 2014

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Limited Releases: Rocket, Man.

January 10th, 2014

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It's a relatively busy week for new releases, but sadly, almost none of them are earning overall positive reviews. Banshee Chapter is one exception, but it is the wrong genre for limited release. On the other hand, The Rocket is earning the best reviews and it is the kind of film that can thrive in limited release. Perhaps it can be an early year success story. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/01/10 53 $4,949   1 $4,949   $4,949 3
2014/01/24 50 $4,565   1 $4,565   $11,079 17

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/01/10 50 $5,799   1 $5,799   $5,799 7
2014/01/17 59 $715 -88% 1 $715   $6,514 14
2014/02/21 65 $10,620   4 $2,655   $28,215 49
2014/02/28 67 $12,094 +14% 5 $2,419   $40,309 56
2014/03/07 84 $3,084 -74% 2 $1,542   $43,393 63

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