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Liberal Arts (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $319,176Details
International Box Office $824,774Details
Worldwide Box Office $1,143,950
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  5. Video Sales
  6. Full Financials
  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer

Synopsis

Bookish and newly single Jesse Fisher is a university admissions counselor in his mid-thirties living in New York City who returns to his Ohio alma mater for a retirement dinner honoring Peter Hoburg, his favorite English professor. A chance meeting on campus with 19-year-old Zibby - a precocious undergrad who loves classical music, improv and Twilight - awakens in Jesse long-dormant feelings of possibility and connection. The pair strikes up a long-distance epistolary romance, prompting Jesse to return to campus for another visit. Although Zibby appears beyond her years, the age-difference between the budding paramours weights heavily on Jesse, who is torn between moving forward in life, and holding on to the indelible memories of his own university years.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
Critics
71% - Fresh
Audience
60% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: September 14th, 2012 (Limited) by IFC Films
International Releases: October 5th, 2012 (Wide) (United Kingdom)
December 13th, 2012 (Wide) (Australia)
January 17th, 2013 (Wide) (Hong Kong)
February 1st, 2013 (Wide) (Taiwan)
March 14th, 2013 (Wide) (New Zealand)
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Video Release: December 18th, 2012 by Mpi Home Video
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content including references, mature thematic material, and some teen drinking.
(Rating bulletin 2243, 10/3/2012)
Running Time: 97 minutes
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Keywords: Directing Yourself, Screenplay Written By the Star, Mid-Life Crisis, Delayed Adulthood, Retirement, Romance, College
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Comedy
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Strategic Motion Ventures, BCDF Pictures, Tom Sawyer Entertainment
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,211 $3,802 Nov 16, 2012 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,251 $7,165 Nov 9, 2012 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,584 $9,256 Nov 2, 2012 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,823 $14,443 Oct 26, 2012 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,404 $12,687 Oct 19, 2012 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,671 $18,291 Oct 12, 2012 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,795 $31,649 Oct 5, 2012 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,963 $49,118 Sep 28, 2012 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,713 $38,582 Sep 21, 2012 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,761 $27,435 Sep 14, 2012 3

Cast

   Jesse Fisher
   Zibby
Richard Jenkins    Prof. Peter Holberg
Allison Janney    Prof. Judith Fairfield
Elizabeth Reaser    Ana
John Magaro    Dean
Kate Burton    Susan
Robert Desiderio    David
Zac Efron    Nat
Kristen Bush    Leslie
Ali Ahn    Vanessa
Ned Daunis    Eric
Gregg Edelman    Robert

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Josh Radnor
Director   
Producer    Josh Radnor
Producer    Claude Dal Farra
Producer    Brice Dal Farra
Producer    Lauren Munsch
Producer    Jesse Hara
Executive Producer    Paul Prokop
Executive Producer    Peter Graham
Executive Producer    Stephen Hays
Director of Photography    Seamus Tierney
Production Designer    Jade Healy
Editor    Michael R. Miller
Composer    Ben Toth

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for December 18th, 2012

December 16th, 2012

It's the last week before Christmas, which means it is the last chance for last minute gifts. There are a number of first-run releases coming out this week, some of which are not coming out till Friday, or even next Monday. There are also quite a few limited releases and TV on DVD releases hitting the home market this week. However, none of these were big hits and very few earned strong praise from critics. That doesn't mean there are none that are worth picking up. In fact, we have a trio of contenders for Pick of the Week. Shameless: The Complete Second Season on DVD or Blu-ray; Pitch Perfect on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack; and Arbitrage on DVD or Blu-ray. It was a close call, but in the end I went with Arbitrage. Also coming out this week is Rush: 2012 - CD and Blu-ray in a Deluxe Edition or Super Deluxe Edition, which is a clear winner of Puck of the Week. More...

Per Theater Chart: Mastering the Per Theater Chart

September 19th, 2012

We had a monster hit on the per theater chart, as The Master earned close to $750,000 in five theaters for an average of $147,262. This is unbelievably strong; however, one does have to take into account the particulars. The Master was released on 70mm and because this is such an unusual event, the tickets were sold at a premium price. The only other film to top the $10,000 mark was Arbitrage, which made just over $2 million in just under 200 theaters for an average of $10,163. More...

Limited Releases: The Master of Limited Releases

September 14th, 2012

There are ten films on this week's list, including three that are opening in more than 100 theaters each. There are also three films earning overwhelmingly positive reviews. Amazing, one of these films is in both groups: Arbitrage. I think the theater count will hurt it more than it will help, so it might struggle on the per theater chart. On the other hand, The Master could have incredible success. More...

Compare this performance with other movies…

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/09/14 57 $27,435   4 $6,859   $27,435 3
2012/09/21 57 $38,582 +41% 20 $1,929   $76,367 10
2012/09/28 52 $49,118 +27% 32 $1,535   $150,210 17
2012/10/05 52 $31,649 -36% 29 $1,091   $210,816 24
2012/10/12 54 $18,291 -42% 25 $732   $241,764 31
2012/10/19 69 $12,687 -31% 18 $705   $261,778 38
2012/10/26 62 $14,443 +14% 20 $722   $280,670 45
2012/11/02 69 $9,256 -36% 17 $544   $298,701 52
2012/11/09 71 $7,165 -23% 11 $651   $309,467 59
2012/11/16 69 $3,802 -47% 10 $380   $317,190 66

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/09/14 57 $37,785   4 $9,446   $37,785 7
2012/09/21 57 $63,307 +68% 20 $3,165   $101,092 14
2012/09/28 52 $78,075 +23% 32 $2,440   $179,167 21
2012/10/05 52 $44,306 -43% 29 $1,528   $223,473 28
2012/10/12 57 $25,618 -42% 25 $1,025   $249,091 35
2012/10/19 69 $17,136 -33% 18 $952   $266,227 42
2012/10/26 61 $23,218 +35% 20 $1,161   $289,445 49
2012/11/02 76 $12,857 -45% 15 $857   $302,302 56
2012/11/09 74 $11,086 -14% 10 $1,109   $313,388 63
2012/11/16 75 $5,788 -48% 11 $526   $319,176 70

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
Australia 12/13/2012 $62,247 41 41 41 $94,400 12/12/2015
Hong Kong 1/17/2013 $9,244 4 4 8 $79,801 12/14/2015
New Zealand 3/14/2013 $26,614 27 27 27 $52,967 12/14/2015
Spain 3/15/2013 $63,713 32 32 133 $247,134 12/14/2015
Taiwan 2/1/2013 $1,183 3 3 3 $1,639 12/14/2015
United Kingdom 10/5/2012 $140,715 43 43 90 $338,325 12/12/2015
 
Rest of World $10,508
 
International Total$824,774 12/14/2015

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