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Lions for Lambs (2007)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $14,998,070Details
International Box Office $48,213,018
Worldwide Box Office $63,211,088
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $12,783,156 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $12,783,156
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  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Full Financials
  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics RottenAudience Spilled
27% - Rotten
47% - Spilled

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Production Budget:$35,000,000
Domestic Releases: November 9th, 2007 (Wide) by United Artists
Video Release: April 8th, 2008 by MGM Video
MPAA Rating: R for some war violence and language
Running Time: 88 minutes
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Keywords: War, Terrorism
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: United Artists
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,104 $2,905 Feb 1, 2008 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,939 $9,187 Jan 25, 2008 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,711 $26,883 Jan 18, 2008 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,917 $526 Jan 11, 2008 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,914 $2,173 Jan 4, 2008 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,249 $2,847 Dec 28, 2007 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,987 $11,382 Dec 21, 2007 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,762 $32,670 Dec 14, 2007 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,070 $136,738 Dec 7, 2007 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,776 $401,039 Nov 30, 2007 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,540 $1,163,124 Nov 23, 2007 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,089 $2,896,594 Nov 16, 2007 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,453 $6,702,434 Nov 9, 2007 3
Widest Opening Weekend 1,952 2,215 Nov 9, 2007 3


   Professor Stephen Malley
   Janine Roth
   Senator Jasper Irving
Michael Peña    Ernest Rodriguez
Andrew Garfield    Todd Hayes
Derek Luke    Arian Finch
Peter Berg    Lt. Col. Falco
Kevin Dunn    ANX Editor
Larry Bates    Soldier
Christopher May    Soldier
David Pease    Soldier
Heidi Janson    Soldier
Christopher Carley    Sniper
George Back    Student
Kristy Wu    Student
Bo Brown    Student
Josh Zuckerman    Student
Samantha Carro    Student
Chris Jordan    Student
Angela Stefanelli    Student
John Brently Reynolds    Skinny
Paula Rhodes    Summer-ANX News Reporter
Muna Otaru    Nervous Student
Clay Wilcox    Crew Chief
Sarayu Rao    Senator Irving's Receptionist
Amanda Loncar    Young Assistant
Rick Burns    Senate Employee
Kevin Collins    Ranger
Candace Moon    Fate
Chris Hoffman    Bully Dog
Louise Linton    Skin Care Consultant
Jennifer Sommerfield    Talk Show Host
Wynonna Smith    Talk Show Host
Babar Peerzada    Afghan Fighter
Wade Harlan    Helicopter Pilot
Paul Adams    Helicopter Pilot
Michael Peoples    Veteran Soldier

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Matthew Michael Carnahan
Producer    Robert Redford
Producer    Matthew Michael Carnahan
Producer    Andrew Hauptman
Producer    Tracy Falco
Executive Producer    Daniel Lupi
Director of Photography    Philippe Rousselot
Production Designer    Jan Roelfs
Editor    Joe Hutshing
Costume Designer    Mary Zophres
Associate Producer    William Holderman
Assistant Director    Adam Somner
Second Unit Director    Dan Bradley
Unit Production Manager    Will Weiske
Unit Production Manager    Daniel Lupi
Washington D.C.    Nancy Swenton
Additional Photography    Steve Hardie
Art Director    Francois Audouy
Set Decorator    Leslie Pope
Additional Photography    Phil Meheux
Additional Photography    Dan Mindel
Costume Supervisor    Lori De Lapp
Additional Photography    Eden Coblenz
Associate Editor    David Bilow
Additional Editor    Paul Hirsch
Sound Mixer    Petur Hliddal
Re-recording Mixer    Christopher Boyes
Re-recording Mixer    Lora Hirschberg
Supervising Sound Editor    Richard Hymns
Sound Effects Editor    J.R. Grubbs
Sound Designer    Frank Eulner
Dialogue Editor    Ewa Sztompke
Dialogue Editor    Marilyn McCoppen
Music Editor    Bill Abbott
Make up    Leo Corey Castellano
Hairstylist    Bunny Parker
Composer    Mark Isham
Casting Director    Avy Kaufman
Stunt Coordinator    Charles Croughwell
Stunt Coordinator    Myke Schwartz

DVD Releases for May 19th, 2009 - Part I

May 19th, 2009

It's a strange week when it comes to spotlight reviews with a lot of movies coming in pairs. We have a pair of Ben Affleck releases, a pair of Westerns from the Centennial Collection, a pair of Philip K. Dick releases, a pair of World War II films, a pair of stand up concert DVDs. We even have a spotlight review featuring twins. Besides that quirk of fate, there were a few releases that were contenders for the DVD Pick of the Week, including Terminator 2 - Judgement Day - Skynet Edition, True Blood - Season One, A Bug's Life - Blu-ray, all of which are coming on Blu-ray. In fact, the only contender for DVD Pick of the Week that is actually on DVD is The Guild - Season Two. That said, the best on this week's list is A Bug's Life - Blu-ray, and it is this week's DVD Pick of the Week. With all the double-shots, it comes as no surprise that this week's list had to be split into two, while the second page can be seen here. More...

DVD Sales - Alvin Repeats on Top

April 21st, 2008

Despite numerous new releases that charted this week, seven in fact, Alvin and the Chipmunks remained in top spot on the DVD sales chart. It's rare for a film to repeat on top of the charts, but Alvin was able to do so despite a 72% drop-off from its opening and added 872,000 units and $14.38 million in spending. This lifts its total to 4.02 million units / $66.34 million making it the third best selling DVD of the year so far. More...

DVD Rentals - There Will Be a New Number One

April 21st, 2008

Like on the sales chart there were plenty of new releases. However, there was a new number on film on the rental chart as There Will Be Blood opened in first place with $8.54 million. I did find it strange that a critically acclaimed, Oscar winning movie would do better on the rental charts than the sales charts. Usually this happens when people want to try before they buy, but this doesn't seem the type of movie that would happen with. More...

DVD Releases for April 8, 2008

April 7th, 2008

It was a good week for top-notch releases with plenty that are worth picking up. But there were two films that were obvious choices for DVD Pick of the Week: Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and Adventures of Baron Munchausen. In both cases, I would recommend the Blu-ray versions over the DVD. (On a side note, there were a few late spotlight reviews this week, and next week there will be a few more. Hopefully I will catch up by then, but there's always a chance that more screeners will arrive late in the meantime.) More...

Contest - King of the Box Office Prognosticators

April 4th, 2008

The widest release of next week should be Street Kings, and it is this week's target film. In order to win, one must simply predict Street Kings's three-day, opening weekend box office. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win Lions for Lambs on DVD, Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains on DVD, and Steep on DVD. Meanwhile, whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will also win Lions for Lambs on DVD, Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains on DVD, and Steep on DVD. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

International Details - Bee Strong Overseas

January 13th, 2008

Bee Movie slipped to sixth place this weekend with $14.34 million on 4820 screens in 49 markets for a total of $131.97 million. This includes a first place opening in South Korea where it earned $1.96 million on 334 screens over the weekend and $2.30 million in total, but this is not a particularly strong start. More...

International Details - Requiem has Strong Start

January 6th, 2008

Alien vs. Predator: Requiem opened in sixth place internationally with $16.43 million on 1877 screens in 20 markets. The film opened in second place in Germany with an impressive $4.64 million on 553 screens, while it debuted in fourth place in Australia with $1.86 million on just 182 screens over the weekend and $2.95 million since Boxing Day. More...

International Details - Bee Movie is Buzzing Internationally

December 9th, 2007

Bee Movie returned to the charts in sixth place with $6.71 million on 1288 screens in 11 markets for an early international total of $19.43 million after a month of release. This includes a pair of first place debuts in Spain and Mexico. In the former it earned $2.81 million on 421 screens while in the latter is earned $2.60 million on 389 screens. While Spain is the larger marker, I thought the family friendly nature of Mexico would give it the edge. Even so, there are great openings for the film. More...

International Details - Lions are more like Lambs

December 3rd, 2007

Lions for Lambs climbed a spot to sixth place with $4.34 million on 2453 screens in 53 markets for a total of $25.97 million, while only managing $1 million or more in one market this past weekend, ($1.40 million on 390 screens during its sixth place debut in France). It opens in Italy later this month and Japan in the spring of '08, but there's almost no chance the film will show a profit at this point. Normally one movie losing money isn't a big issue because the studio can rely on one or two monster hits to pay for their misses, (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix made enough money to pay for the entire budgets of half-a-dozen misses for Warner Bros. this year, and that's before the home market). However, United Artists is a newly relauched studio and they don't have a war chest built up from past victories. Stumbling out of the gate like this hurts. More...

International Details - Elizabeth a Little More Golden Overseas

November 25th, 2007

Elizabeth: The Golden Age nearly reached the top five with $5.79 million on 1579 screens in 12 markets for a total of $21.80 million. This includes a first place, $1.89 million opening on 470 screens in Russia, while the film added $933,000 on 394 screens in the U.K. for a total of $8.40 million so far. More...

Beowulf Adds a New Dimension to the Weekend Box Office

November 20th, 2007

It was another tough week at the box office. No film missed Thursday's prediction by a significant margin, but there was an overall weakness. This pushed the box office to $104 million, down 8% from last weekend. More importantly it was down 28% from the same weekend last year. It is getting close to the time to panic. Granted, this year is safe but there's little evidence that this slowdown at the box office, which has lasted almost the entire fall, is going to end now that the Holidays have started. The only good news is that last Thanksgiving was a terrible weekend for new releases. More...

International Top Five - Bollywood Blowout

November 14th, 2007

For the first time in a while we have a Hollywood film releases day-and-date internationally in more than 40 markets, so it comes as a huge surprise that the number one film this weekend is Om Shanti Om. It is true that Bollywood films have been performing better as of late and the overall market is typically slow during the fall, but earning $18.17 million on 1,048 screens in 17 markets is still a fantastic start by any measure. Most of that figure came from India, but unfortunately that market generally doesn't release final numbers till much later in the week, if not the following week. We have read reports of record openings on the vast majority of the 600 screens it opened on in its native market, and expectations are for strong legs there. Meanwhile, the film placed seventh in the U.K. with $1.07 million on just 52 screens for a per screen average of over $20,000. More...

Claus is Box Office Coal

November 12th, 2007

There was little to cheer over the weekend, as all four of the new releases missed expectations, some by substantial margins. This left the overall box office struggling with $113 million over the weekend, down 16% from last weekend and 11% from the same weekend last year. This means the streak of year-to-year growth ends at one. On the other hand, had the four wide releases mere met expectations, the overall box office would have been within a rounding error of last year. More...

Movie Website Reviews for Weekend of November 9, 2007

November 11th, 2007

A soft week for movie sites with only a few that stand out and none that are award-worthy. Next week should be different. More...

Will Santa Bring a Gift to Theater Owners?

November 8th, 2007

With the streak of year-to-year declines finally over, the winter holiday season is looking to start earning back some of the loses from October. The good news is, this weekend there are three films that should top $20 million at the box office compared to just one that did last year. Bad news, that one film was Borat, which earned more than $28 million and there's a chance no film will replicate that performance this time around. More...

2007 Preview: November

November 1st, 2007

After a horrible October, we finally get to November and the start of the holiday season. Just like the summer season doesn't officially begin until Memorial Day, the winter holiday season doesn't officially begin until the Thanksgiving long weekend. However, studios are trying to stretch the lucrative box office season as long as possible and the holiday-like releases start during the first weekend of the month. This means practically every weekend this month, there's at least one potential $100 million movie. There are also a few that might be Oscar contenders, although not as many as I had expected. In fact, so far Award Season has been particularly slow, but at least this means there should be more buzz surrounding the upcoming films as the race is wide open. More...

Movie Website Updates for October 7, 2007 - October 13, 2007

October 14th, 2007

Quite a few full sites launched this week, but as is the case most times, there were pretty Spartan at the moment and it will take a few more updates before we can tell if they are award-worthy or not. That said, it was a site for a movie that opens this week, Lars and the Real Girl - Official Site, that won the top prize as it finished adding all the material marked coming soon this week. More...

Movie Website Updates for July 29 - August 4, 2007

August 5th, 2007

Another big list of movie sites, but not much in the way of top-notch entries. For a movie site to be an award winner, I expect it to have all of the usual features, extras like clips, something interactive like a game, and background sound and animation. The film that best exemplifies that criteria is Stardust - Official Site, which is the winner of the Weekly Website Award. More...

Movie Website Updates for July 1st - July 7, 2007

July 7th, 2007

The list returns to its normal busy self, in fact, we have several sites making their first appearance this weekend. In addition, there were a couple of older sites that saw massive updates, including this week's winner, Charlie Bartlett - Official Site. More...

New Movie US Release Dates - February 18, 2007

February 18th, 2007

This week's round of new movie release information contains release dates for Miss Potter, DOA: Dead or Alive, Lions for Lambs and more. More...

New Movie US Release Dates - January 21, 2007

January 21st, 2007

This week's round of new movie release information contains release dates for I am Legend, Angels & Demons and more. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2007/11/09 4 $6,702,434   2,215 $3,026   $6,702,434 3
2007/11/16 8 $2,896,594 -57% 2,216 $1,307   $11,584,339 10
2007/11/23 13 $1,163,124 -60% 1,527 $762   $13,795,571 17
2007/11/30 18 $401,039 -66% 825 $486   $14,510,141 24
2007/12/07 33 $136,738 -66% 350 $391   $14,799,972 31
2007/12/14 42 $32,670 -76% 116 $282   $14,894,306 38
2007/12/21 48 $11,382 -65% 18 $632   $14,927,651 45
2007/12/28 57 $2,847 -75% 12 $237   $14,934,551 52
2008/01/04 65 $2,173 -24% 7 $310   $14,938,321 59
2008/01/11 87 $526 -76% 4 $132   $14,939,738 66
2008/01/18 48 $26,883 +5,011% 95 $283   $14,966,978 73
2008/01/25 69 $9,187 -66% 43 $214   $14,991,014 80
2008/02/01 89 $2,905 -68% 4 $726   $14,998,070 87

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2007/11/09 4 $2,204,530   2,215 $995   $2,204,530 1
2007/11/10 4 $2,749,160 +25% 2,215 $1,241   $4,953,690 2
2007/11/11 4 $1,748,744 -36% 2,215 $790   $6,702,434 3
2007/11/12 5 $747,782 -57% 2,215 $338   $7,450,216 4
2007/11/13 4 $463,783 -38% 2,215 $209   $7,913,999 5
2007/11/14 4 $407,270 -12% 2,215 $184   $8,321,269 6
2007/11/15 4 $365,000 -10% 2,215 $165   $8,686,000 7
2007/11/16 8 $862,486 +136% 2,216 $389   $9,550,231 8
2007/11/17 7 $1,292,602 +50% 2,216 $583   $10,842,833 9
2007/11/18 8 $741,506 -43% 2,216 $335   $11,584,339 10
2007/11/19 8 $249,456 -66% 2,216 $113   $11,833,795 11
2007/11/20 8 $289,287 +16% 2,216 $131   $12,123,082 12
2007/11/21 13 $236,007 -18% 1,527 $155   $12,359,089 13
2007/11/22 - $273,358 +16% 1,527 $179   $12,632,447 14
2007/11/23 13 $447,049 +64% 1,527 $293   $13,079,496 15
2007/11/24 13 $461,738 +3% 1,527 $302   $13,541,234 16
2007/11/25 - $254,337 -45% 1,527 $167   $13,795,571 17
2007/11/26 - $82,836 -67% 1,527 $54   $13,878,407 18
2007/11/27 - $80,567 -3% 1,527 $53   $13,958,974 19
2007/11/28 - $78,851 -2% 1,527 $52   $14,037,825 20
2007/11/29 - $71,277 -10% 1,527 $47   $14,109,102 21
2007/11/30 - $125,652 +76% 825 $152   $14,234,754 22
2007/12/01 - $170,382 +36% 825 $207   $14,405,136 23
2007/12/02 - $105,005 -38% 825 $127   $14,510,141 24
2008/01/01 - $422   12 $35   $14,935,362 54
2008/01/21 47 $4,680   95 $49   $14,971,658 74

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2007/11/09 4 $8,687,745   2,215 $3,922   $8,687,745 7
2007/11/16 11 $3,944,702 -55% 2,216 $1,780   $12,632,447 14
2007/11/23 13 $1,476,655 -63% 1,527 $967   $14,109,102 21
2007/11/30 18 $554,132 -62% 825 $672   $14,663,234 28
2007/12/07 33 $198,402 -64% 350 $567   $14,861,636 35
2007/12/14 43 $54,633 -72% 116 $471   $14,916,269 42
2007/12/21 57 $17,382 -68% 32 $543   $14,933,651 49
2007/12/28 67 $4,444 -74% 12 $370   $14,936,148 56
2008/01/04 69 $3,064 -31% 7 $438   $14,939,212 63
2008/01/11 83 $883 -71% 4 $221   $14,940,095 70
2008/01/18 49 $41,732 +4,626% 95 $439   $14,981,827 77
2008/01/25 68 $13,338 -68% 43 $310   $14,995,165 84
2008/02/01 84 $2,905 -78% 4 $726   $14,998,070 91

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
4/13/20087207,152 207,152$3,728,736$3,728,7361
4/20/200811103,296-50% 310,448$1,809,746$5,538,4822
4/27/20081751,855-50% 362,303$938,104$6,476,5863
5/4/20082332,431-37% 394,734$584,082$7,060,6684

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