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The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $50,735Details
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The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing, combined with his aggressive approach to information access, that ensnared him in a two year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron’s story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office 11,650 $50,735
All Time Worldwide Box Office 14,648 $50,735
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies 4,512 $50,735
All Time Domestic Box Office for R Movies 3,687 $50,735
All Time Worldwide Box Office for R Movies 4,024 $50,735

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: June 27th, 2014 (Limited) by Participant Media
Video Release: June 27th, 2014 by FilmBuff
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 104 minutes
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Keywords: Early / Simultaneous Video on Demand release, Internet, Biography, Civil Disobedience, Government Corruption, Inventor, Depression, Suicide
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Filmbuff, Participant Media, Luminant Media, Unjustus Films
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest Domestic 4th Weekend 7,574 $2,849 Jul 18, 2014 24
Biggest 4th Weekend Limited Release 3,303 $2,849 Jul 18, 2014 24
Theater Average 4th Weekend Limited Release 1,042 $2,849 Jul 18, 2014 24
Theater Average Limited Release 13,164 $2,849 Jul 18, 2014 24
Top 2014 Theater Average Limited Release 520 $2,849 Jul 18, 2014 24
Biggest Domestic 3rd Weekend 8,820 $1,342 Jul 11, 2014 17
Biggest 3rd Weekend Limited Release 4,214 $1,342 Jul 11, 2014 17
Theater Average 3rd Weekend Limited Release 3,945 $671 Jul 11, 2014 17
Biggest Domestic 2nd Weekend 9,145 $4,397 Jul 4, 2014 10
Biggest 2nd Weekend Limited Release 4,330 $4,397 Jul 4, 2014 10
Theater Average 2nd Weekend Limited Release 4,296 $1,099 Jul 4, 2014 10
Biggest Domestic Opening Weekend 8,183 $21,705 Jun 27, 2014 3
Biggest Opening Weekend Limited Release 3,279 $21,705 Jun 27, 2014 3
Theater Average Opening Weekend Limited Release 5,573 $1,809 Jun 27, 2014 3
Never Wide Domestic 5,492 $50,735 Jun 27, 2014 0
Never No. 1 Domestic 8,971 $50,735 Jun 27, 2014 0
Widest Expansion Limited Release 7,178 0 Jun 27, 2014 0


Aaron Swartz    Himself
Timber Timbre    Himself
Cindy Cohn    Herself
Gabriella Coleman    Herself
Cory Doctorow    Himself
Peter Eckersley    Himself
Brewster Kahle    Himself
Orin Kerr    Himself
Lawrence Lessig    Himself
Carl Malamud    Himself

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Brian Knappenberger
Producer    Brian Knappenberger
Executive Producer    Charlie Annenberg Weingarten
Editor    Bryan Storkel
Editor    Michelle Witten
Editor    Andy Robertson
Editor    Jason Decker
Editor    Brian Knappenberger
Composer    John Dragonetti
Cinematographer    Lincoln Else
Cinematographer    Scott Sinkler

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/06/27 57 $21,705   12 $1,809   $21,705 3
2014/07/04 74 $4,397 -80% 4 $1,099   $40,816 10
2014/07/11 89 $1,342 -69% 2 $671   $46,379 17
2014/07/18 80 $2,849 +112% 1 $2,849   $50,735 24

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/06/27 54 $36,419   12 $3,035   $36,419 7
2014/07/04 74 $8,618 -76% 4 $2,155   $45,037 14
2014/07/11 80 $2,849 -67% 2 $1,425   $47,886 21

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