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Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2013)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $132,409Details
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From Michel Gondry, the innovative director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, comes this unique animated documentary on the life of controversial MIT professor, philosopher, linguist, anti-war activist and political firebrand Noam Chomsky. Through complex, lively conversations with Chomsky and brilliant illustrations by Gondry himself, the film reveals the life and work of the father of modern linguistics while also exploring his theories on the emergence of language. The result is not only a dazzling, vital portrait of one of the foremost thinkers of modern times, but also a beautifully animated work of art.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
92% - Fresh
67% - Upright

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: November 22nd, 2013 (Limited) by IFC Films
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 88 minutes
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Keywords: Philosopher, Political, Jewish, Bigotry, Academics
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Hand Animation
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Sleeping Train
Production Countries: France,
United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,636 $3,544 Jan 3, 2014 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,729 $7,177 Dec 27, 2013 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,612 $3,955 Dec 20, 2013 31
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,193 $11,401 Dec 6, 2013 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,531 $17,286 Nov 29, 2013 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,639 $28,934 Nov 22, 2013 3


Noam Chomsky    Himself
Michel Gondry    Himself

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Michel Gondry
Producer    Georges Bermann
Producer    Michel Gondry
Producer    Raffi Adlan
Producer    Julie Fong
Editor    Adam M. Weber
Editor    Sophie Reine
Sound Editor    Gautier De Faultrier
Sound Mixer    Gautier De Faultrier

Per Theater Chart: Frozen has a Hot Opening

November 26th, 2013

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Frozen begun its short prestige release before its wide expansion on Wednesday and it was fantastic. The film pulled in $243,390 in one theater giving it the best per theater average for the year so far, topping Blue Jasmine and pushing Spring Breakers into third place. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was in a distant second place with an average of $37,971 in more than 4,000 theaters. Philomena did very well with an average of $32,109 in four theaters. The Great Beauty remained in the $10,000 club with an average of $17,452 in three theaters. Nebraska rounded out the $10,000 club with an average of $11,634 in 28 theaters. It should continue to expand and start hitting major milestones. More...

Limited Releases: Limited Releases are Frozen Out

November 22nd, 2013

Frozen poster

This week's list of limited releases is kind of mixed. Frozen is coming out this week for a prestige opening before expanding wide on Wednesday and it is virtually guaranteed box office success. On the other hand, most of the rest of the films are documentaries, which almost never have breakout success. Every documentary on this list looks interesting, but of the non-Frozen releases, I think Philomena has the best shot at box office success. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2013/11/22 45 $28,934   3 $9,645   $28,934 3
2013/11/29 49 $17,286 -40% 6 $2,881   $57,454 10
2013/12/06 46 $11,401 -34% 8 $1,425   $78,348 17
2013/12/20 40 $3,955   8 $494   $82,303 31
2013/12/27 48 $7,177 +81% 13 $552   $123,357 38
2014/01/03 56 $3,544 -51% 13 $273   $132,409 45

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2013/11/22 44 $40,168   3 $13,389   $40,168 7
2013/11/29 43 $26,779 -33% 6 $4,463   $66,947 14
2013/12/06 44 $21,712 -19% 8 $2,714   $88,659 21
2013/12/20 46 $7,373   8 $922   $116,180 35
2013/12/27 45 $12,685 +72% 13 $976   $128,865 42

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