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The Last Samurai (2003)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $111,110,575Details
International Box Office $345,700,000
Worldwide Box Office $456,810,575
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  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Full Financials
  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
Critics
66% - Fresh
Audience
83% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$140,000,000
Domestic Releases: December 5th, 2003 (Wide) by Warner Bros.
Video Release: May 4th, 2004 by Warner Home Video, released as Last Samurai, The
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence and battle sequences
Running Time: 154 minutes
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Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Action
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Radar Pictures, The Bedford Falls Company, Cruise-Wagner
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 18th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 906 $29,918 Apr 2, 2004 122
Biggest 17th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 815 $64,517 Mar 26, 2004 115
Biggest 16th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 839 $90,896 Mar 19, 2004 108
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 839 $126,668 Mar 12, 2004 101
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 815 $166,205 Mar 5, 2004 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 989 $151,370 Feb 27, 2004 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 534 $391,141 Feb 20, 2004 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 499 $542,948 Feb 13, 2004 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 546 $693,214 Feb 6, 2004 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 481 $1,203,487 Jan 30, 2004 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 400 $2,177,479 Jan 23, 2004 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 371 $3,122,326 Jan 16, 2004 45
Fastest Movies to Earn $100 Million at the Domestic Box Office 496 $101,998,497 Jan 16, 2004 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 322 $4,550,419 Jan 9, 2004 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 237 $7,373,719 Jan 2, 2004 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 380 $8,326,947 Dec 26, 2003 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 824 $7,769,301 Dec 19, 2003 17
Fastest Movies to Earn $50 Million at the Domestic Box Office 656 $50,656,000 Dec 12, 2003 13
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 632 $14,087,074 Dec 12, 2003 10
Biggest Sunday at the Domestic Box Office 902 $6,686,637 Dec 7, 2003 3
Biggest December Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 79 $24,271,354 Dec 5, 2003 3
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 634 $24,271,354 Dec 5, 2003 3
Biggest Weekends at the Domestic Box Office 978 $24,271,354 Dec 5, 2003 3
Widest Opening Weekend 979 2,908 Dec 5, 2003 3
Biggest December Day at the Domestic Box Office 260 $9,195,348 Dec 6, 2003 2
Biggest Saturday at the Domestic Box Office 1,011 $9,195,348 Dec 6, 2003 2
Biggest Friday at the Domestic Box Office 902 $8,200,000 Dec 5, 2003 1

Cast

   Capt. Nathan Algren
Timothy Spall    Simon Graham
   Lord Katsumoto
Billy Connolly    Sgt. Zebulah Grant
Tony Goldwyn    Col. Bagley
Shin Koyamada    Nobutada
Hiroyuki Sanada    Ujio
Masato Harada    Omura
   Taka
William Atherton    Winchester Rep
Shun Sugata    Nakao
Scott Wilson    Ambassador Swanbeck
Shichinosuke Nakamura    Emperor Meiji
Togo Igawa    General Hasegawa
Seizo Fukumoto    Silent Samurai
Chad Lindberg    Winchester Rep Assistant

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    John Logan
Screenwriter    Marshall Herskovitz
Screenwriter    Edward Zwick
Story Creator    John Logan
Producer    Edward Zwick
Producer    Marshall Herskovitz
Producer    Tom Cruise
Producer    Paula Wagner
Producer    Scott Kroopf
Producer    Tom Engelman
Executive Producer    Ted Field
Executive Producer    Richard Solomon
Executive Producer    Vincent Ward
Executive Producer    Charles Mulvehill
Cinematographer    John Toll
Editor    Steven Rosenblum
Editor    Victor du Bois
Composer    Hans Zimmer
Production Designer    Lilly Kilvert
Supervising Art Director    Chris Burian-Mohr
Lead Art Director    Jess Gonchor
Art Director    Kim Sinclair
Set Designer    Philip Thomas
Set Designer    Michael Smale
Set Designer    Samuel J. Storey
Set Designer    John P. Goldsmith
Set Designer    Anthony D. Parrillo
Set Designer    Roy Barnes
Set Designer    James Bayliss
Set Designer    Adrian Gorton
Set Designer    Ann Harris
Set Designer    Patte Strong-Lord
Set Decorator    Gretchen Rau
Costume Designer    Ngila Dickson
Sound    Jeff Wexler
Supervising Sound Editor    Mark P. Stoeckinger
Sound Designer    Michael Kamper
Sound Designer    Jon Title
Visual Effects Supervisor    Jeffrey A. Okun
Special Effects Supervisor    Paul Lombardi
Associate Producer    Graham J. Larson
Associate Producer    Michael Doven
Associate Producer    Yoko Narahashi
Assistant Director    Nilo Otero
Stunt Coordinator    Nick Powell
Second Unit Director    Gary Capo
Casting    Victoria Thomas

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March 2nd, 2004

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February 24th, 2004

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Lasting Reign

February 10th, 2004

After crossing $250 million international some time during the mid-week, The Last Samurai opened in another 10 markets pushing its weekend total to $17.7 million. Most impressive is the film's run in Japan; it was first in its 10th week of release and it crossed the $100 million mark in that nation. If Ken Watanabe wins the Oscar it should outperform its domestic run in Japan. It is very unusual for a Hollywood film to earn more in a single international market than it earned domestically. More...

Samurai and King Battle Lasts Another Week

February 3rd, 2004

Strong holdovers and a half a dozen smaller openings kept The Last Samurai in first place on the international scene for the third weekend in a row. This week it took in another $23.3 million to raise its total to nearly $250 million internationally. Ken Watanabe's Oscar nomination helped the film's Japanese take rise by 22% from last weekend, and is now just shy of $100 million in that nation. More...

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January 27th, 2004

The weekend take for The Last Samurai dropped less than expected, just 23% or $31.3 million, and that helped it maintain first place for the second weekend in a row. It also crossed $200 million internationally and $300 million worldwide. A mid-February opening in Russia is the last major opening for The Last Samurai, but strong legs in many markets could pull in another $100 million internationally. More...

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January 27th, 2004

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January 25th, 2004

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January 21st, 2004

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January 18th, 2004

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January 16th, 2004

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January 13th, 2004

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January 6th, 2004

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December 23rd, 2003

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The shaded area represents the expected performance range for a film, based on its opening weekend box office. 95% of films fall within the shaded area. If a film trends towards the top end of the shaded area, it has good legs compared to the average film; if it trends towards the bottom end of the shaded area, it has poor legs. The predictive area is based on movies from the past 5 years.

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2003/12/05 1 $24,271,354   2,908 $8,346   $24,271,354 3
2003/12/12 2 $14,087,074 -42% 2,908 $4,844   $46,874,330 10
2003/12/19 4 $7,769,301 -45% 2,938 $2,644   $59,487,166 17
2003/12/26 8 $8,326,947 +7% 2,557 $3,257   $74,324,104 24
2004/01/02 8 $7,373,719 -11% 2,401 $3,071   $90,017,337 31
2004/01/09 9 $4,550,419 -38% 1,901 $2,394   $97,181,327 38
2004/01/16 10 $3,122,326 -31% 1,403 $2,225   $101,998,497 45
2004/01/23 12 $2,177,479 -30% 1,115 $1,953   $105,521,192 52
2004/01/30 19 $1,203,487 -45% 808 $1,489   $107,459,807 59
2004/02/06 22 $693,214 -42% 441 $1,572   $108,635,117 66
2004/02/13 23 $542,948 -22% 267 $2,034   $109,435,703 73
2004/02/20 27 $391,141 -28% 220 $1,778   $110,068,737 80
2004/02/27 41 $151,370 -61% 136 $1,113   $110,330,124 87
2004/03/05 35 $166,205 +10% 339 $490   $110,572,904 94
2004/03/12 36 $126,668 -24% 281 $451   $110,788,675 101
2004/03/19 40 $90,896 -28% 220 $413   $110,947,183 108
2004/03/26 49 $64,517 -29% 168 $384   $111,054,195 115
2004/04/02 64 $29,918 -54% 102 $293   $111,110,575 122

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2003/12/05 1 $8,200,000   2,908 $2,820   $8,200,000 1
2003/12/06 1 $9,195,348 +12% 2,908 $3,162   $17,584,717 2
2003/12/07 1 $6,686,637 -27% 2,908 $2,299   $24,271,354 3
2003/12/08 1 $2,244,000 -66% 2,908 $772   $26,516,000 4
2003/12/09 1 $2,312,000 +3% 2,908 $795   $28,828,000 5
2003/12/10 1 $2,031,000 -12% 2,908 $698   $30,859,000 6
2003/12/11 1 $1,928,000 -5% 2,908 $663   $32,787,000 7
2003/12/12 2 $4,500,000 +133% 2,908 $1,547   $37,300,000 8
2003/12/13 2 $6,028,707 +34% 2,908 $2,073   $43,095,373 9
2003/12/14 1 $3,778,957 -37% 2,908 $1,300   $46,874,330 10
2003/12/15 2 $1,303,000 -66% 2,908 $448   $48,178,000 11
2003/12/16 2 $1,365,000 +5% 2,908 $469   $49,543,000 12
2003/12/17 3 $1,112,000 -19% 2,908 $382   $50,656,000 13
2003/12/18 3 $1,062,000 -4% 2,908 $365   $51,718,000 14
2003/12/19 4 $2,100,000 +98% 2,938 $715   $53,800,000 15
2003/12/20 4 $2,997,814 +43% 2,938 $1,020   $56,823,779 16
2003/12/21 4 $2,663,387 -11% 2,938 $907   $59,487,166 17
2003/12/22 5 $1,368,602 -49% 2,938 $466   $60,855,768 18
2003/12/23 5 $1,600,000 +17% 2,938 $545   $62,455,768 19
2003/12/24 4 $1,150,000 -28% 2,938 $391   $63,605,768 20
2003/12/25 8 $2,400,000 +109% 2,557 $939   $65,920,000 21
2003/12/26 8 $2,860,000 +19% 2,557 $1,118   $68,780,000 22
2003/12/27 8 $2,911,472 +2% 2,557 $1,139   $71,766,823 23
2003/12/28 8 $2,557,281 -12% 2,557 $1,000   $74,324,104 24
2003/12/29 8 $1,779,000 -30% 2,557 $696   $76,103,000 25
2003/12/30 8 $1,923,000 +8% 2,557 $752   $78,026,000 26
2003/12/31 8 $1,700,000 -12% 2,557 $665   $79,700,000 27
2004/01/01 8 $2,696,000 +59% 2,557 $1,054   $82,396,000 28
2004/01/02 8 $2,700,000 n/c 2,401 $1,125   $85,100,000 29
2004/01/03 8 $2,846,481 +5% 2,401 $1,186   $88,271,429 30
2004/01/04 8 $1,745,908 -39% 2,401 $727   $90,017,337 31
2004/01/05 6 $664,000 -62% 2,401 $277   $90,682,000 32
2004/01/06 5 $678,000 +2% 2,401 $282   $91,360,000 33
2004/01/07 5 $648,000 -4% 2,401 $270   $92,009,000 34
2004/01/08 5 $622,000 -4% 2,401 $259   $92,631,000 35
2004/01/09 10 $1,300,000 +109% 1,901 $684   $93,900,000 36
2004/01/10 9 $1,977,181 +52% 1,901 $1,040   $95,929,226 37
2004/01/11 8 $1,252,101 -37% 1,901 $659   $97,181,327 38
2004/01/12 6 $414,000 -67% 1,901 $218   $97,596,000 39
2004/01/13 7 $460,000 +11% 1,901 $242   $98,056,000 40
2004/01/14 7 $402,000 -13% 1,901 $211   $98,458,000 41
2004/01/15 7 $418,000 +4% 1,901 $220   $98,876,000 42
2004/01/19 13 $585,146   1,403 $417   $97,181,327 46
2004/01/20 9 $271,000 -54% 1,403 $193   $102,855,000 47
2004/01/21 9 $232,000 -14% 1,403 $165   $103,087,000 48
2004/01/22 9 $256,000 +10% 1,403 $182   $103,344,000 49
2004/02/16 29 $92,521   267 $347   $109,528,224 74

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2003/12/05 1 $32,787,256   2,908 $11,275   $32,787,256 7
2003/12/12 3 $18,930,609 -42% 2,908 $6,510   $51,717,865 14
2003/12/19 4 $14,279,292 -25% 2,938 $4,860   $65,997,157 21
2003/12/26 8 $16,646,461 +17% 2,557 $6,510   $82,643,618 28
2004/01/02 8 $9,987,290 -40% 2,401 $4,160   $92,630,908 35
2004/01/09 9 $6,245,263 -37% 1,901 $3,285   $98,876,171 42
2004/01/16 10 $4,467,542 -28% 1,403 $3,184   $103,343,713 49
2004/01/23 13 $2,912,607 -35% 1,115 $2,612   $106,256,320 56
2004/01/30 19 $1,685,583 -42% 808 $2,086   $107,941,903 63
2004/02/06 22 $950,852 -44% 441 $2,156   $108,892,755 70
2004/02/13 24 $784,841 -17% 267 $2,939   $109,677,596 77
2004/02/20 28 $501,158 -36% 220 $2,278   $110,178,754 84
2004/02/27 40 $227,945 -55% 136 $1,676   $110,406,699 91
2004/03/05 33 $255,308 +12% 339 $753   $110,662,007 98
2004/03/12 36 $194,280 -24% 281 $691   $110,856,287 105
2004/03/19 42 $133,391 -31% 220 $606   $110,989,678 112
2004/03/26 49 $90,979 -32% 168 $542   $111,080,657 119
2004/04/02 74 $29,918 -67% 102 $293   $111,110,575 126

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