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The Island President (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $75,233Details
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Jon Shenk's The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced - the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives after thirty years of despotic rule, Nasheed is now faced with an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable. The Island President captures Nasheed's first year of office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, where the film provides a rare glimpse of the political horse-trading that goes on at such a top-level global assembly. Nasheed is unusually candid about revealing his strategies - leveraging the Maldives' underdog position as a tiny country, harnessing the power of media, and overcoming deadlocks through an appeal to unity with other developing nations. When hope fades for a written accord to be signed, Nasheed makes a stirring speech which salvages an agreement. Despite the modest size of his country, Mohamed Nasheed has become one of the leading international voices for urgent action on climate change.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
98% - Certified Fresh
77% - Upright

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: March 28th, 2012 (Limited) by Samuel Goldwyn Films
Video Release: November 13th, 2012 by First Run Home
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, some violent content and smoking.
(Rating bulletin 2203, 12/21/2011)
Running Time: 101 minutes
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Keywords: Environment, Political, Agitprop, Disaster, Extreme Weather
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: AfterImage Public Media, Actual Films, Impact Pictures, ITVS, Ford Foundation
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,419 $1,664 May 18, 2012 54
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,913 $2,054 May 11, 2012 47
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,332 $2,382 May 4, 2012 40
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,359 $6,275 Apr 27, 2012 33
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,905 $6,549 Apr 20, 2012 26
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,967 $4,186 Apr 13, 2012 19
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,831 $13,159 Apr 6, 2012 12
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 8,697 $13,998 Mar 30, 2012 5


Mohamed 'Anni' Nasheed    Himself
Ahmed Naseem    Himself
Mohamed Aslam    Himself
Aminath Shauna    Himself
Mohamed Zuhair    Himself
Laila Ali    Herself
Ahmed Moosa    Himself
Paul Roberts    Himself
Mohamed Waheed    Himself
Mark Lynas    Himself
Mohamed Ziyad    Himself
Dr. Ahmed Shaheed    Himself
Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed    Himself
Ibrahim Hussein Zaki    Himself
Iruthisham Adam    Herself

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Richard Berge
Producer    Bonni Cohen
Executive Producer    Jon Else
Director of Photography    Jon Shenk
Editor    Pedro Kos
Sound Mixer    Lincoln Else
Co-Editor    Josh Peterson
Sound Editor    James LeBrecht
Composer    Radiohead
Composer    Stars of the Lid
Additional Music Composer by    Marco D'Ambrosio
Executive Producer for ITVS    Sally Jo Fifer
Co-Executive Producer    Dan Cogan

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...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for November 13th, 2012

November 13th, 2012

New releases this week are dominated by one title, Brave. The second best selling title according to is Lawrence of Arabia, which is a film that should be in everyone's collection, but as a catalog title, it likely won't sell a huge number of units. The third best selling title according to is Duck Dynasty: Season One. That's not a good sign. Fortunately, Brave is clearly Pick of the Week material with the Blu-ray Combo Pack or 3D Combo Pack battling for that honor. More...

Per Theater Chart: Bullying is No Game

April 4th, 2012

The ratings controversy didn't hurt Bully, which topped the per theater chart with an average of $23,294 in five theaters. It is always difficult for a documentary to expand significantly, but this start will certainly help. The overall box office leader, The Hunger Games, was next with an average of $14,153 in more than 4,000 theaters. More...

Limited Releases Fighting Mad

March 30th, 2012

There are a number of films opening in limited release this week, including a few documentaries. The biggest of these is Bully, which earned a boost in its publicity thanks to a ratings fight with the MPAA. The Island President is another documentary worth checking out. Meanwhile, Goon makes its theatrical debut in the States and it deserves to find an audience south of the border. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/03/30 67 $13,998   2 $6,999   $17,903 5
2012/04/06 58 $13,159 -6% 5 $2,632   $31,062 12
2012/04/13 83 $4,186 -68% 5 $837   $47,459 19
2012/04/20 79 $6,549 +56% 2 $3,275   $55,836 26
2012/04/27 83 $6,275 -4% 5 $1,255   $64,090 33
2012/05/04 93 $2,382 -62% 3 $794   $69,194 40
2012/05/11 101 $2,054 -14% 5 $411   $72,522 47
2012/05/18 92 $1,664 -19% 4 $416   $75,233 54

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/03/30 71 $13,998   2 $6,999   $17,903 9
2012/04/06 68 $25,370 +81% 5 $5,074   $43,273 16
2012/04/13 83 $6,014 -76% 5 $1,203   $49,287 23
2012/04/20 84 $8,528 +42% 2 $4,264   $57,815 30
2012/04/27 80 $8,997 +5% 5 $1,799   $66,812 37
2012/05/04 86 $3,656 -59% 3 $1,219   $70,468 44
2012/05/11 96 $3,101 -15% 5 $620   $73,569 51
2012/05/18 82 $1,664 -46% 4 $416   $75,233 58

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