J. Edgar

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $37,306,030Details
International Box Office $41,700,000
Worldwide Box Office $79,006,030
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $9,661,710 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $2,461,982 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $12,123,692
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Synopsis

During his lifetime, J. Edgar Hoover would rise to be the most powerful man in America. As head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly 50 years, he would stop at nothing to protect his country. Through eight presidents and three wars, Hoover waged battle against threats both real and perceived, often bending the rules to keep his countrymen safe. His methods were at once ruthless and heroic, with the admiration of the world his most coveted, if ever elusive, prize. Hoover was a man who placed great value on secrets - particularly those of others - and was not afraid to use that information to exert authority over the leading figures in the nation. Understanding that knowledge is power and fear poses opportunity, he used both to gain unprecedented influence and to build a reputation that was both formidable and untouchable. He was as guarded in his private life as he was in his public one, allowing only a small and protective inner circle into his confidence. His closest colleague, Clyde Tolson, was also his constant companion. His secretary, Helen Gandy, who was perhaps most privy to Hoover's designs, remained loyal to the end...and beyond. Only Hoover's mother, who served as his inspiration and his conscience, would leave him, her passing truly crushing to the son who forever sought her love and approval. As seen through the eyes of Hoover himself, "J. Edgar" explores the personal and public life and relationships of a man who could distort the truth as easily as he upheld it during a life devoted to his own idea of justice, often swayed by the darker side of power.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics
43% - Rotten
Audience
45% - Spilled

Movie Details

Theatrical Release: November 9th, 2011 (Limited) by Warner Bros.
November 11th, 2011 (Expands Wide) by Warner Bros.
Video Release: February 21st, 2012 by Warner Home Video
MPAA Rating: R for brief strong language.
(Rating bulletin 2185, 8/17/2011)
Keywords: LGBT, Biography, Political
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization

DVD Sales: Boots Snatches Top Spot

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Blu-ray Sales: Puss Rises Above Tower

Like it did on the DVD Sales Chart, Puss in Boots opened on first place on the Blu-ray sales chart. It sold 571,000 units generating $15.99 million in sales, and that's just from Friday through Sunday. Its opening Blu-ray share was 40%, which is excellent for a kid's movie. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for February 21st, 2012

It's a mixed week on the home market. The biggest hit coming out on Tuesday is Tower Heist, which struggled compared to expectations and its production budget. The rest of Tuesday's offerings include more wide releases that missed at the box office, some TV on DVD releases from cable networks, as well as a few limited releases of note. Fortunately, there is a film coming out on Friday that is picking up the slack. Puss in Boots also missed expectations at the box office, at least domestically. However, it earned more than $500 million worldwide, not to mention an Oscar nomination. It is also the easy choice for Pick of the Week. More...

Awards Season: Globes Reward Artistic Intent

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominations and the Awards Season picture started to look a whole lot clearer. The Artist led the way with six nominations, while The Descendents and The Help were right behind with five apiece. More...

Awards Season: SAG Spreads the Love

The SAG nominations were handed out this week, and while The Help led the way with four nods, it wasn't the only film that earned multiple nominations. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Dawn Breaks, But There are Storm Clouds Ahead

Normally the breaking of the dawn is a sign of hope, and normally a film opening with close to $140 million is a reason to celebrate. However, despite the success of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1, there are some troubling signs ahead. If we can focus on the positive for a bit, the film did help the overall box office rocket up 63% from last weekend to $222 million, which was 14% higher than the same weekend last year. That's not enough to suggest 2011 will catch up to 2010 by the end of the year. We are still 3.5% behind last year's pace at $9.09 billion to $9.42 billion and we are rapidly running out of time. Plus there are worse signs ahead. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Immortals Avoid a Quick Death

We finally had some good news, as there was a surprise hit at the box office. Immortals opened with substantially more than expected, while the rest of the top five at least came within $500,000 of weekend predictions. This led to an increase from last weekend of 20% to $136 million, while compared to last year, the box office was 12% higher. There is still some bad news. For instance, 2011 is still behind 2010's pace by about 4% at $8.83 billion to $9.19 billion. Also, in order to catch up, we need to maintain year-over-year gains that are about twice as high as they were this weekend. I don't see that happening. More...

Weekend Estimates: Immortals Easily Wins Three-Way Race

Relativity will enjoy a relatively comfortable win at the box office this weekend, based on Sunday estimates. 3D fantasy action movie Immortals is set to earn about $32 million, according to their Sunday estimate, and will comfortably beat fellow-opener Jack and Jill. The Adam Sandler comedy is projected to earn $26 million, which makes it essentially tied with Puss in Boots. The animated adventure will be down just 22% this weekend and has passed $100 million at the box office in its third weekend. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Sandler Slay Immortals, or Will Boots Beat Them All?

2011 continues to stumble to the finish line and I'm starting to get more than a little depressed at the overall box office numbers. This week we have three wide releases, if you stretch the definition of wide a little bit, as J. Edgar will open in less than 2,000 theaters. On the other hand, both Jack and Jill and Immortals are opening in 3,000 theaters and both have a shot at first place. However, Puss in Boots has an even better shot at holding onto first place for the third weekend in a row. While this is good news for Puss in Boots, it's bad news for the box office as a whole. It will likely earn substantially less than last year's number one film, Megamind. The combined openings of the three wide releases coming out this week will likely be larger than three wide releases from last year. If there's a pleasant surprise or two, 2011 will be able to earn the win. At least there's little chance we will see the kind of year-over-year declines we saw the last two weeks. More...

2011 Preview: November

October was a bit of a write-off. After the last weekend of September, the 2011 box office was about $280 million behind 2010's pace, but after the final weekend in October, that gap increased to $340 million. November will obviously bring in more box office dollars than October did. After all, it has one of the most important long holiday weekends of the year, Thanksgiving. However, the important question is not, "Can this November top last month?" It's, "Can this November top last year?" The biggest hit of last November was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I, which earned just shy of $300 million. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 should match that figure. Tangled reached $200 million and maybe Happy Feet 2 will match that figure, but that's far less certain. There's a chance The Muppets will match Megamind while Tower Heist should top Due Date. If Jack and Jill and / or Hugo can become surprise $100 million hits and one of the limited releases can become a monster hit, like The King's Speech was able to, then suddenly the box office looks whole lot rosier going into the final month of the year. It's possible, but it's kind of like getting a backdoor full house in Texas Hold'em to beat a straight. I wouldn't bet on it. On the other hand, there doesn't appear to be many Skyline, The Next Three Days or Faster films that bombed at the box office. So while we might not be as strong at the top, there is better depth this year and hopefully that will be enough. More...

Cast

Leonardo DiCaprio    J. Edgar Hoover
Naomi Watts    Helen Gandy
Armie Hammer    Clyde Tolson
Josh Lucas    Charles Lindbergh
Judi Dench    Annie Hoover
Josh Hamilton    Robert Irwin
Geoff Pierson    Mitchell Palmer
Cheryl Lawson    Palmer's Wife
Kaitlyn Dever    Palmer's Daughter
Brady Matthews    Inspector
Gunner Wright    Dwight Eisenhower
David A. Cooper    Franklin Roosevelt
Ed Westwick    Agent Smith
Kelly Lester    Head Secretary
Jack Donner    Edgar's Father
Dylan Burns    Hoover as a Child
Jordan Bridges    Labor Dept. Lawyer
Jack Axlerod    Caminetti
Jessica Hecht    Emma Goldman
Josh Stamberg    Agent Stokes
Michael James Faradie    Bureau Agent (1919)
Christian Clemenson    Inspector Schell
Billy Smith    Secret Service Officer
Michael Rady    Agent Jones
Ken Howard    Harlan Fiske Stone
Scot Carlisle    Agent Williams
Geoff Stults    Raymond Caffrey
Sadie Calvano    Edgar's Niece
Allen Nabors    Agent Appel
Ryan McPartlin    Lawrence Richey
William Bebow    Mr. Walters
Jeffrey Donovan    Robert Kennedy
Joseph Culliton    Credit Director
Scott Johnston    Tailor
Tom Archdeacon    Gangster
Mike Vaughn    Balding Agent
Stephen F. Schmidt    NJ Officer
Dermot Mulroney    Colonel Schwarzkopf
Zach Grenier    John Condon
Johnny Cicco    Young Agent
Denis O'Hare    Albert Osborne
Damon Herriman    Bruno Hauptmann
Kahil Dotay    Elmer Irey
Lea Coco    Agent Sisk
Scott C. Roe    Wiretap Agent
Ernest Harden, Jr.    Hoover's Driver
Roberta E. Bassin    Roosevelt's Secretary
Steve Monroe    Restaurant Host
Christopher Lee Phillips    William
Sean Murphy    Truck Driver
Stephen Root    Arthur Koehler
Gary Werntz    Attorney General
David Clennon    Senator Friendly
Michael O'Neill    Senator McKeller
Eric Larken    Fred Hunter
Manu Intiraymi    Alvin Karpis
Eric Frentzel    William Mahan
Michael Klinger    Harry Brunette
Evan Charest    Reporter
Emily Alyn Lind    Shirley Temple
Kyle Eastwood    Stork Club Band
Joe Bagg    Stork Club Band
Kye Palmer    Stork Club Band
Jason Harnell    Stork Club Band
Michael Gladis    Stork Club Owner
Jamie Labarber    Ginger Rogers
Lea Thompson    Lela Rogers
Amanda Schull    Anita Colby
Craig Zucchero    Man at the Counter
Gregory Hoyt    Agent One
Jeff Cockey    Agent Two
Gerald Downey    FBI Agent
Brennan Coulter    Newspaper Boy
Jenny Phagan    Baker's Wife
Tom Christensen    Theater Cashier
Chris Caputo    Bronx Baker
Austin Basis    Bank Teller
Adam Driver    Walter Lyle
Shannon McClain    African American Woman
Justin Alston    African American Man
Eric Matheny    Doctor
Ary Katz    Agent Owens
Duncan Hood    Radio Announcer
Aaron Lazar    Prosecutor Wilentz
Ernest Heinz    Jury Foreman
Teresa Hegji    Hauptmann's Wife
Thomas Langston    Young Boy
Robert Fleet    Edgar's Mother's Doctor
Joe Keyes    Edgar's Brother
Christopher Shyer    Richard Nixon
Maxine Weldon    Hoover's Maid
Larkin Campbell    H.R. Haldeman
Mark Thomason    Nixon Aide

Production and Technical Credits

Director    Clint Eastwood
Producer    Clint Eastwood
Producer    Brian Grazer
Producer    Robert Lorenz
Screenwriter    Dustin Lance Black
Executive Producer    Tim Moore
Executive Producer    Erica Huggins
Director of Photography    Tom Stern
Production Designer    James J. Murakami
Editor    Joel Cox
Costume Designer    Deborah Hopper
Editor    Gary D. Roach
Casting    Fiona Weir
Visual Effects Supervisor    Michael Owen
Unit Production Manager    Tim Moore
First Assistant Director    David M. Bernstein
Second Assistant Director    Paula Case
Composer    Clint Eastwood
Supervising Art Director    Patrick M. Sullivan
Art Director    Greg Berry
Set Decorator    Gary Fettis
Assistant Film Editor    Blu Murray
Assistant Film Editor    David S. Cox
Supervising Sound Editor    Alan Robert Murray
Supervising Sound Editor    Bub Asman

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/11/09 - $52,645   7 $7,521   $52,645 1
2011/11/10 - $45,889 -13% 7 $6,556   $98,534 2
2011/11/11 5 $4,257,906 +9,179% 1,910 $2,229   $4,356,440 3
2011/11/12 5 $4,463,400 +5% 1,910 $2,337   $8,819,840 4
2011/11/13 5 $2,496,018 -44% 1,910 $1,307   $11,315,858 5
2011/11/14 4 $838,088 -66% 1,910 $439   $12,153,946 6
2011/11/15 3 $1,038,274 +24% 1,910 $544   $13,192,220 7
2011/11/16 3 $864,438 -17% 1,910 $453   $14,056,658 8
2011/11/17 4 $738,036 -15% 1,910 $386   $14,794,694 9
2011/11/18 7 $1,795,284 +143% 1,947 $922   $16,589,978 10
2011/11/19 7 $2,613,090 +46% 1,947 $1,342   $19,203,068 11
2011/11/20 7 $1,519,746 -42% 1,947 $781   $20,722,814 12
2011/11/21 7 $577,282 -62% 1,947 $296   $21,300,096 13
2011/11/22 7 $757,131 +31% 1,947 $389   $22,057,227 14
2011/11/23 - $832,013 +10% 1,947 $427   $22,889,240 15
2011/11/24 - $973,431 +17% 1,947 $500   $23,862,671 16
2011/11/25 11 $1,990,212 +104% 1,910 $1,042   $25,852,883 17
2011/11/26 11 $1,972,656 -1% 1,910 $1,033   $27,825,539 18
2011/11/27 11 $1,012,304 -49% 1,910 $530   $28,837,843 19
2011/11/28 10 $333,057 -67% 1,910 $174   $29,170,900 20
2011/11/29 9 $416,481 +25% 1,910 $218   $29,587,381 21
2011/11/30 9 $345,218 -17% 1,910 $181   $29,932,599 22
2011/12/01 10 $328,482 -5% 1,910 $172   $30,261,081 23
2011/12/02 11 $711,696 +117% 1,985 $359   $30,972,777 24
2011/12/03 11 $1,032,966 +45% 1,985 $520   $32,005,743 25
2011/12/04 11 $563,749 -45% 1,985 $284   $32,569,492 26
2011/12/05 10 $223,148 -60% 1,985 $112   $32,792,640 27
2011/12/06 10 $286,049 +28% 1,985 $144   $33,078,689 28
2011/12/07 10 $249,493 -13% 1,985 $126   $33,328,182 29
2011/12/08 10 $244,516 -2% 1,985 $123   $33,572,698 30
2011/12/09 - $355,696 +45% 1,555 $229   $33,928,394 31
2011/12/10 - $545,041 +53% 1,555 $351   $34,473,435 32
2011/12/11 - $287,676 -47% 1,555 $185   $34,761,111 33
2011/12/12 12 $138,153 -52% 1,555 $89   $34,899,264 34
2011/12/13 12 $158,268 +15% 1,555 $102   $35,057,532 35
2011/12/14 12 $139,498 -12% 1,555 $90   $35,197,030 36
2011/12/15 12 $135,373 -3% 1,555 $87   $35,332,403 37
2011/12/16 - $108,082 -20% 703 $154   $35,440,485 38
2011/12/17 - $174,049 +61% 703 $248   $35,614,534 39
2011/12/18 - $104,363 -40% 703 $148   $35,718,897 40
2011/12/19 - $57,327 -45% 703 $82   $35,776,224 41
2011/12/20 - $58,284 +2% 703 $83   $35,834,508 42
2011/12/21 - $36,364 -38% 455 $80   $35,870,872 43
2011/12/22 - $41,398 +14% 455 $91   $35,912,270 44
2011/12/23 - $42,977 +4% 455 $94   $35,955,247 45
2011/12/24 - $34,894 -19% 455 $77   $35,990,141 46
2011/12/25 - $64,268 +84% 455 $141   $36,054,409 47
2011/12/26 - $81,669 +27% 455 $179   $36,136,078 48
2011/12/27 - $61,444 -25% 455 $135   $36,197,522 49
2011/12/28 - $63,020 +3% 455 $139   $36,260,542 50
2011/12/29 - $66,439 +5% 455 $146   $36,326,981 51
2011/12/30 - $79,252 +19% 455 $174   $36,406,233 52
2011/12/31 - $86,818 +10% 455 $191   $36,493,051 53
2012/01/01 - $79,554 -8% 455 $175   $36,572,605 54
2012/01/02 - $78,226 -2% 455 $172   $36,650,831 55
2012/01/03 - $35,202 -55% 455 $77   $36,686,033 56
2012/01/04 - $33,302 -5% 455 $73   $36,719,335 57
2012/01/05 - $32,497 -2% 455 $71   $36,751,832 58
2012/01/06 - $32,005 -2% 152 $211   $36,783,837 59
2012/01/07 - $49,463 +55% 152 $325   $36,833,300 60
2012/01/08 - $28,878 -42% 152 $190   $36,862,178 61
2012/01/09 - $11,552 -60% 152 $76   $36,873,730 62
2012/01/10 - $15,557 +35% 152 $102   $36,889,287 63
2012/01/11 - $16,179 +4% 152 $106   $36,905,466 64
2012/01/12 - $13,800 -15% 152 $91   $36,919,266 65
2012/01/13 - $15,153 +10% 82 $185   $36,934,419 66
2012/01/14 - $23,293 +54% 82 $284   $36,957,712 67
2012/01/15 - $16,810 -28% 82 $205   $36,974,522 68
2012/01/16 - $12,092 -28% 82 $147   $36,986,614 69
2012/01/17 - $6,893 -43% 82 $84   $36,993,507 70
2012/01/18 - $6,086 -12% 82 $74   $36,999,593 71
2012/01/19 - $6,269 +3% 82 $76   $37,005,862 72
2012/01/20 - $9,228 +47% 46 $201   $37,015,090 73
2012/01/21 - $14,316 +55% 46 $311   $37,029,406 74
2012/01/22 - $7,509 -48% 46 $163   $37,036,915 75
2012/01/23 - $3,606 -52% 46 $78   $37,040,521 76
2012/01/24 - $4,748 +32% 46 $103   $37,045,269 77
2012/01/25 - $3,351 -29% 46 $73   $37,048,620 78
2012/01/26 - $3,905 +17% 46 $85   $37,052,525 79
2012/01/27 - $33,180 +750% 208 $160   $37,085,705 80
2012/01/28 - $46,512 +40% 208 $224   $37,132,217 81
2012/01/29 - $29,178 -37% 208 $140   $37,161,395 82
2012/01/30 - $13,122 -55% 208 $63   $37,174,517 83
2012/01/31 - $16,977 +29% 208 $82   $37,191,494 84
2012/02/01 - $12,903 -24% 208 $62   $37,204,397 85
2012/02/02 - $13,048 +1% 208 $63   $37,217,445 86
2012/02/03 - $14,534 +11% 135 $108   $37,231,979 87
2012/02/04 - $19,775 +36% 135 $146   $37,251,754 88
2012/02/05 - $6,886 -65% 135 $51   $37,258,640 89
2012/02/06 - $4,854 -30% 135 $36   $37,263,494 90
2012/02/07 - $6,116 +26% 135 $45   $37,269,610 91
2012/02/08 - $4,954 -19% 135 $37   $37,274,564 92
2012/02/09 - $5,211 +5% 135 $39   $37,279,775 93
2012/02/10 - $4,103 -21% 42 $98   $37,283,878 94
2012/02/11 - $5,634 +37% 42 $134   $37,289,512 95
2012/02/12 - $3,966 -30% 42 $94   $37,293,478 96
2012/02/13 - $1,389 -65% 42 $33   $37,294,867 97
2012/02/14 - $2,311 +66% 42 $55   $37,297,178 98
2012/02/15 - $1,615 -30% 42 $38   $37,298,793 99
2012/02/16 - $1,679 +4% 42 $40   $37,300,472 100
2012/02/17 - $871 -48% 11 $79   $37,301,343 101
2012/02/18 - $1,281 +47% 11 $116   $37,302,624 102
2012/02/19 - $1,827 +43% 11 $166   $37,304,451 103
2012/02/20 - $499 -73% 11 $45   $37,304,950 104
2012/02/21 - $354 -29% 11 $32   $37,305,304 105
2012/02/22 - $330 -7% 11 $30   $37,305,634 106
2012/02/23 - $396 +20% 11 $36   $37,306,030 107

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/11/11 5 $11,217,324   1,910 $5,873   $11,315,858 5
2011/11/18 7 $5,928,120 -47% 1,947 $3,045   $20,722,814 12
2011/11/25 11 $4,975,172 -16% 1,910 $2,605   $28,837,843 19
2011/12/02 11 $2,308,411 -54% 1,985 $1,163   $32,569,492 26
2011/12/09 13 $1,188,413 -49% 1,555 $764   $34,761,111 33
2011/12/16 19 $386,494 -67% 703 $550   $35,718,897 40
2011/12/23 25 $142,139 -63% 455 $312   $36,054,409 47
2011/12/30 25 $245,624 +73% 455 $540   $36,572,605 54
2012/01/06 32 $110,346 -55% 152 $726   $36,862,178 61
2012/01/13 43 $55,256 -50% 82 $674   $36,974,522 68
2012/01/20 51 $31,053 -44% 46 $675   $37,036,915 75
2012/01/27 39 $108,870 +251% 208 $523   $37,161,395 82
2012/02/03 44 $41,195 -62% 135 $305   $37,258,640 89
2012/02/10 63 $13,703 -67% 42 $326   $37,293,478 96
2012/02/17 78 $3,979 -71% 11 $362   $37,304,451 103

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
2/26/20124304,648 304,648$4,566,674$4,566,6741
3/4/2012989,831-71% 394,479$1,346,567$5,913,2402
3/11/20122048,500-46% 442,979$727,015$6,640,2553
3/18/20122048,549n/c491,528$727,750$7,368,0054
3/25/20122526,724-45% 518,252$400,593$7,768,5975
4/1/20123016,223-39% 534,475$243,183$8,011,7806
4/15/20122914,844 567,457$222,512$8,506,1808

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
2/26/2012543,002 43,002$1,074,622$1,074,6221
3/4/2012822,574-48% 65,576$564,119$1,638,7412
3/11/20121910,356-54% 75,932$238,082$1,876,8233

J. Edgar HD Trailer

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