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Liberal Arts (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $319,176Details
International Box Office $824,774
Worldwide Box Office $1,143,950
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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.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
70% - Fresh
61% - Upright

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: September 14th, 2012 (Limited) by IFC Films
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: College, Romance, Retirement, Delayed Adulthood, Mid-Life Crisis, Screenplay Written By the Star, Directing Yourself
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Strategic Motion Ventures, BCDF Pictures, Tom Sawyer Entertainment
Production Countries: United States


   Jesse Fisher
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
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...

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Daily Box Office Performance

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/09/14 56 $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

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