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Kill the Messenger (2014)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $2,450,846Details
International Box Office $336,093Details
Worldwide Box Office $2,786,939
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $1,830,451 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $995,783 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $2,826,234
Further financial details...

  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. International
  5. Video Sales
  6. Full Financials
  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer

Synopsis

Gary Webb was a real-life dedicated reporter for The San Jose Mercury-News. In the 1990s, Webb uncovered the Central Intelligence Agency’s role in importing cocaine into California that was sold to raise money for the Nicaraguan Contras rebel army. Supported by his wife and children, Webb pursued the story and went public with his evidence. When targeted for a vicious smear campaign by the CIA and rival journalists, Webb found himself fighting for his reputation and his family.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
78% - Certified Fresh
Audience
69% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$5,000,000
Domestic Releases: October 10th, 2014 (Limited) by Focus Features
October 17th, 2014 (Expands Wide) by Focus Features
International Releases: June 18th, 2015 (Wide) (Italy)
September 10th, 2015 (Wide) (Germany)
January 28th, 2016 (Wide) (Hong Kong)
Video Release: February 10th, 2015 by Universal Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for language and drug content.
(Rating bulletin 2325, 6/4/2014)
Running Time: 112 minutes
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Keywords: Whistleblowers, Narcotics, C.I.A., Smuggler, Government Corruption, News, Investigative Journalist
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Genre:Thriller/Suspense
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Bluegrass Films
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,170 $8,343 Dec 5, 2014 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,657 $970 Nov 28, 2014 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,730 $3,084 Nov 21, 2014 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,585 $9,629 Nov 14, 2014 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,534 $22,640 Nov 7, 2014 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,318 $57,169 Oct 31, 2014 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,012 $148,644 Oct 24, 2014 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,637 $481,784 Oct 17, 2014 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,596 $941,809 Oct 10, 2014 3

Cast

   Gary Webb
Rosemarie DeWitt    Sue Webb
Ray Liotta    John Cullen
Tim Blake Nelson    Alan Fenster
Barry Pepper    Russell Dodson
Oliver Platt    Jerry Ceppos
Michael Sheen    Fred Weil
Michael Kenneth Williams    Ricky Ross
Mary Elizabeth Winstead    Anna Simons
Andy Garcia    Norwin Meneses
Josh Close    Rich Kline
Lucas Hedges    Ian Webb
Robert Patrick    Ronald J. Quail
Paz Vega    Coral Baca
Jena Sims    Quail's Girlfriend
Robert Pralgo    L.A. Sheriff
Hajji Golightly    DEA Agent
Ted Huckabee    Bob
Matt Lintz    Eric Webb
Parker Douglas    Christine Webb
Kai Schmoll    Sacramento Journalist
Aaron Farb    Rafael Cornejo
Tom Jordan    San Francisco Judge
Clay Kraski    DEA Agent Jones
Yul Vazquez    Danilo Blandon
Jen Harper    Ricky Ross Trial Judge
Manuel Rodriguez    Guard
Brett Rice    Hansjorg Baier
Jonathan Fritschi    Soldier
Gil Bellows    DEA Agent Miller
Steve Coulter    Anonymous Agent
Kenny Alfonso    Marc Mansfield
Dan Futterman    Leo Wolinsky
Susan Walters    Los Angeles Times Editor
Richard Schiff    Richard Zuckerman
David DeVries    Washington Post Editor
David Lee Garver    Doug Farah
Rhoda Griffis    Female Anchor
Andrew Masset    Jose Mercury News Editor
Brik Berkes    Outside Counsel
E. Roger Mitchell    Detective
Kevin Harrison    Man in Suit
Michael H. Cole    Pete

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    Peter Landesman
Inspired by the Bood 'Kill the Messanger'    Nick Schou
Inspired by the Book Dark Alliance    Gary Webb
Producer    Scott Stuber
Producer    Jeremy Renner
Producer    Naomi Despres
Executive Producer    Peter Landesman
Executive Producer    Don Handfield
Executive Producer    Michael Bederman
Executive Producer    Pamela Abdy
Director of Photography    Sean Bobbitt
Production Designer    John Paino
Editor    Brian Kates
Composer    Nathan Johnson
Music Supervisor    Jim Black
Casting Director    Avy Kaufman
Unit Production Manager    Michael Bederman
First Assistant Director    David A. Ticotin
Second Assistant Director    Amir R. Khan
Art Director    Scott Anderson
Set Decorator    Nicole LeBlanc
Script Supervisor    Mari Wilson
First Assistant Editor    Matthew Booras
Assistant Editor    Aleks Gezentsvey
Assistant Editor    Christopher Rand
Sound Mixer    Aron Siegel
Costume Supervisor    Drew Fuller
Make up    Felicity Bowring
Make up    Kimberly Jones
Hairstylist    Michael White
Hairstylist    Lawrence Davis
Hairstylist    Monty Schuth
Special Effects Coordinator    Kathy Tonkin
Production Supervisor    Gigi Causey
Set Designer    Jayme Long
Supervising Sound Editor    Paul Hsu
Dialogue Editor    Branka Mrkic-Tana
Sound Effects Editor    Rich Bologna
Assistant Sound Editor    Luciano Vignola
Re-recording Mixer    Paul Hsu
Second Unit Director    Michael Bederman
Stunt Coordinator    Anthony Molinari
Stunt Coordinator    Cal Johnson

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March 1st, 2015

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Blu-ray Sales: That's a Lot of Spots

March 1st, 2015

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DVD and Blu-ray Releases for February 10th, 2015

February 11th, 2015

I can't wait till the winter blockbusters start coming out, because I've run out of ways to say, "It is a slow week on the home market." without repeating myself. There are some releases that are certainly worth picking up, like the Blu-ray debut for 101 Dalmatians, but there are also releases that I would call filler on the first page of Amazon.com's list of new releases. There are a number of releases that are worth picking, including Force Majeure (DVD or Blu-ray); Laggies (DVD or Blu-ray); Nightcrawler (DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack); and Rosewater (DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack). However, the only real contender for Pick of the Week was 101 Dalmatians. More...

Per Theater Chart: Birdman Still Soars

October 28th, 2014

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Per Theater Chart: Bird is the Word, and that Word is Awards Season

October 21st, 2014

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Birdman debuted in first place on the Per Theater Chart with an amazing average of $106,099. This is the best per theater average since The Grand Budapest Hotel opened with just over $200,000 for its per theater average. It wasn't the only film in the $10,000 club, as Dear White People opened with an average of $31,633 in eleven theaters. The Tale of Princess Kaguya was surprisingly strong during its opening weekend earning an average of $18,305 in three theaters. God the Father earned $15,037 in one theater. The final film in the $10,000 club was Listen Up Philip, which earned an average of $11,642 in two theaters. Diplomacy might have made it in the $10,000 club if it opened on Friday. However, it opened on Wednesday earning $8,518 in one theater over the weekend for a total opening of $12,750. More...

Per Theater Chart: Whiplash has a Saintly Opening

October 15th, 2014

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Limited Releases: Whipped into Shape

October 10th, 2014

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/10/10 15 $941,809   374 $2,518   $941,809 3
2014/10/17 19 $481,784 -49% 427 $1,128   $1,846,417 10
2014/10/24 26 $148,644 -69% 211 $704   $2,223,563 17
2014/10/31 46 $57,169 -62% 75 $762   $2,352,073 24
2014/11/07 55 $22,640 -60% 32 $708   $2,402,888 31
2014/11/14 62 $9,629 -57% 18 $535   $2,425,958 38
2014/11/21 71 $3,084 -68% 11 $280   $2,433,609 45
2014/11/28 81 $970 -69% 8 $121   $2,436,161 52
2014/12/05 62 $8,343 +760% 27 $309   $2,445,646 59

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/10/10 15 $304,374   374 $814   $304,374 1
2014/10/11 - $396,599 +30% 374 $1,060   $700,973 2
2014/10/12 14 $240,836 -39% 374 $644   $941,809 3
2014/10/13 15 $137,703 -43% 374 $368   $1,079,512 4
2014/10/14 14 $105,632 -23% 374 $282   $1,185,144 5
2014/10/15 14 $96,157 -9% 374 $257   $1,281,301 6
2014/10/16 14 $83,332 -13% 374 $223   $1,364,633 7
2014/10/17 - $144,087 +73% 427 $337   $1,508,720 8
2014/10/18 - $212,272 +47% 427 $497   $1,720,992 9
2014/10/19 - $125,425 -41% 427 $294   $1,846,417 10
2014/10/20 - $55,003 -56% 427 $129   $1,901,420 11
2014/10/21 - $65,405 +19% 427 $153   $1,966,825 12
2014/10/22 - $57,837 -12% 427 $135   $2,024,662 13
2014/10/23 - $50,257 -13% 427 $118   $2,074,919 14
2014/10/24 - $40,274 -20% 211 $191   $2,115,193 15
2014/10/25 - $64,449 +60% 211 $305   $2,179,642 16
2014/10/26 - $43,921 -32% 211 $208   $2,223,563 17
2014/10/27 - $17,368 -60% 211 $82   $2,240,931 18
2014/10/28 - $19,308 +11% 211 $92   $2,260,239 19
2014/10/29 - $17,145 -11% 211 $81   $2,277,384 20
2014/10/30 - $17,520 +2% 211 $83   $2,294,904 21
2014/10/31 - $13,158 -25% 75 $175   $2,308,062 22
2014/11/01 - $27,023 +105% 75 $360   $2,335,085 23
2014/11/02 - $16,988 -37% 75 $227   $2,352,073 24
2014/11/03 - $6,209 -63% 75 $83   $2,358,282 25
2014/11/04 - $6,989 +13% 75 $93   $2,365,271 26
2014/11/05 - $7,456 +7% 75 $99   $2,372,727 27
2014/11/06 - $7,521 +1% 75 $100   $2,380,248 28
2014/11/07 - $6,348 -16% 32 $198   $2,386,596 29
2014/11/08 - $9,829 +55% 32 $307   $2,396,425 30
2014/11/09 - $6,463 -34% 32 $202   $2,402,888 31
2014/11/10 - $2,916 -55% 32 $91   $2,405,804 32
2014/11/11 - $4,404 +51% 32 $138   $2,410,208 33
2014/11/12 - $2,999 -32% 32 $94   $2,413,207 34
2014/11/13 - $3,122 +4% 32 $98   $2,416,329 35
2014/11/14 - $2,509 -20% 18 $139   $2,418,838 36
2014/11/15 - $4,782 +91% 18 $266   $2,423,620 37
2014/11/16 - $2,338 -51% 18 $130   $2,425,958 38
2014/11/17 - $828 -65% 18 $46   $2,426,786 39
2014/11/18 - $1,233 +49% 18 $69   $2,428,019 40
2014/11/19 - $1,225 -1% 18 $68   $2,429,244 41
2014/11/20 - $1,281 +5% 18 $71   $2,430,525 42
2014/11/21 - $1,127 -12% 11 $102   $2,431,652 43
2014/11/22 36 $1,332 +18% 11 $121   $2,432,984 44
2014/11/23 - $625 -53% 11 $57   $2,433,609 45
2014/11/24 - $512 -18% 11 $47   $2,434,121 46
2014/11/25 - $334 -35% 11 $30   $2,434,455 47
2014/11/26 - $660 +98% 10 $66   $2,435,115 48
2014/11/27 - $76 -88% 10 $8   $2,435,191 49
2014/11/28 - $372 +389% 8 $47   $2,435,563 50
2014/11/29 - $355 -5% 8 $44   $2,435,918 51
2014/11/30 - $243 -32% 8 $30   $2,436,161 52
2014/12/01 - $229 -6% 8 $29   $2,436,390 53
2014/12/02 - $204 -11% 8 $26   $2,436,594 54
2014/12/03 - $450 +121% 8 $56   $2,437,044 55
2014/12/04 - $259 -42% 8 $32   $2,437,303 56
2014/12/05 - $2,535 +879% 27 $94   $2,439,838 57
2014/12/06 - $3,345 +32% 27 $124   $2,443,183 58
2014/12/07 - $2,463 -26% 27 $91   $2,445,646 59
2014/12/08 - $1,028 -58% 27 $38   $2,446,674 60
2014/12/09 - $1,426 +39% 27 $53   $2,448,100 61
2014/12/10 - $1,200 -16% 27 $44   $2,449,300 62
2014/12/11 - $1,546 +29% 27 $57   $2,450,846 63

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/10/10 15 $1,364,633   374 $3,649   $1,364,633 7
2014/10/17 17 $710,286 -48% 427 $1,663   $2,074,919 14
2014/10/24 25 $219,985 -69% 211 $1,043   $2,294,904 21
2014/10/31 47 $85,344 -61% 75 $1,138   $2,380,248 28
2014/11/07 54 $36,081 -58% 32 $1,128   $2,416,329 35
2014/11/14 64 $14,196 -61% 18 $789   $2,430,525 42
2014/11/21 70 $4,666 -67% 10 $467   $2,435,191 49
2014/11/28 84 $2,112 -55% 8 $264   $2,437,303 56
2014/12/05 60 $13,543 +541% 27 $502   $2,450,846 63

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
Germany 9/10/2015 $0 0 35 58 $107,577 11/3/2015
Hong Kong 1/28/2016 $17,528 7 7 7 $18,941 6/9/2016
Italy 6/18/2015 $157,826 170 170 171 $209,575 10/13/2015
 
International Total$336,093 6/9/2016

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
2/15/20151935,098 35,098$596,666$596,6661

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
2/15/20151521,319 21,319$438,535$438,5351

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