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Little Birds (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $16,594Details
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15 year-old Lily and her best friend Alison live on the shores of the Salton Sea among rundown trailers parks, rotting household items, drained pools and decaying streets. What was once an oasis for the wealthy and famous has become a near ghost town, leaving its residents fighting for breath in the deep end. Lily feels eternally claustrophobic and rebellious, living with her manic, single mother, clinging to hope for something more exciting than visits with her young and already washed up Aunt. When they meet a few visiting street kids, the girls' bond is finally tested and Lily convinces Alison to follow the boys back to Los Angeles. Not intimidated by the journey ahead, Lily is hopelessly drawn to one of the boys and the freedoms of their lifestyle. But in the big city, Lily and Alison quickly fall into the boys' world of scams and petty crime. Lily is determined to stay and make it work, while Alison is overwhelmed and eager to return home. When an idea is hatched to use Lily as bait for men with money to steal, things quickly escalate to a life-changing moment. Lily must decide how far she will go to grow up and Alison must decide how far she will go to protect Lily.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office 13,089 $16,594
All Time Worldwide Box Office 16,255 $16,594
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies 5,705 $16,594
All Time Domestic Box Office for R Movies 4,046 $16,594
All Time Worldwide Box Office for R Movies 4,331 $16,594

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: August 29th, 2012 (Limited) by Alchemy
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, some violence including a sexual assault, sexuality/nudity, drug and alcohol use - all involving teens.
(Rating bulletin 2181, 7/20/2011)
Running Time: 96 minutes
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Keywords: Runaway, Coming of Age, Inspired by a True Story, Autobiographical, Sex Crimes, Dysfunctional Family, Addiction, Juvenile Delinquent, Poverty, Homeless, Young Child Dealing with the Death of a Parent, Suicide
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Burger Collection, Hunting Lane Films, Polsky Films, Sundial Pictures
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest Domestic 3rd Weekend 8,152 $4,027 Sep 14, 2012 19
Biggest 3rd Weekend Limited Release 3,606 $4,027 Sep 14, 2012 19
Theater Average 3rd Weekend Limited Release 2,192 $2,014 Sep 14, 2012 19
Biggest Domestic 2nd Weekend 10,045 $1,222 Sep 7, 2012 12
Biggest 2nd Weekend Limited Release 5,157 $1,222 Sep 7, 2012 12
Theater Average 2nd Weekend Limited Release 4,128 $1,222 Sep 7, 2012 12
Biggest Domestic Opening Weekend 10,685 $4,574 Aug 31, 2012 5
Biggest Opening Weekend Limited Release 5,697 $4,574 Aug 31, 2012 5
Theater Average Opening Weekend Limited Release 3,389 $4,574 Aug 31, 2012 5
Theater Average Limited Release 7,302 $4,574 Aug 31, 2012 5
Top 2012 Theater Average Limited Release 272 $4,574 Aug 31, 2012 5
Never Wide Domestic 6,880 $16,594 Aug 29, 2012 0
Never No. 1 Domestic 10,332 $16,594 Aug 29, 2012 0
Widest Expansion Limited Release 4,003 1 Aug 29, 2012 0


   Lily Hobart
   Alison Hoffman
Neal McDonough    Hogan
Kyle Gallner    Jesse McNamara
Chris Coy    David Riley
Carlo Pena    Louis Estes
J.R. Bourne    John Gretton
Kate Bosworth    Bonnie Muller
Leslie Mann    Margaret Hobart
David Warshofsky   
Joel McKinnon Miller   

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Elgin James
Producer    Alan Polsky
Producer    Gabe Polsky
Producer    Jamie Patricof
Executive Producer    Max Burger
Executive Producer    Monique Burger
Executive Producer    Kevin Iwashina
Executive Producer    Stefan Nowicki
Co-Producer    Keith Fairclough
Co-Producer    Pavlina Hatoupis

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for January 1st, 2012

December 31st, 2012

This week on the home market is actually worse than last week, by a considerable degree. There are no first-run releases, and only two releases are in the top 2000 on the Amazon sales chart. Ouch. Furthermore, those two releases are Cosmopolis and Being Human: Season Two and I'm still waiting for the screeners for both films. Being Human: Season Two is easily the best pick coming out this week and since the Blu-ray is the same price as the DVD, it is the Pick of the Week. More...

Per Theater Chart: Samsara (Sleep)Walks to the Top

September 5th, 2012

Samsara expanded from two to nine theaters, but held on well enough to rise to top spot on the per theater chart with $12,597. Sleepwalk With Me expanded to 29 theaters and was very solid with an average of $11,127. More...

Limited Releases: For a Good Time, Go to a Limited Release

August 31st, 2012

It is a slow week for limited releases. There are six on this week's list, but none of them are earning overwhelmingly positive reviews. In fact, only half are earning overall positive reviews, and that might change for the worse as more reviews come in. (As I'm writing this, two of them are at exactly 60% positive. Last minute update: both of them fell below 60% positive reviews.) The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate is earning the best reviews and it was a massive hit in its native China, but it will likely struggle here. There are plans to expand For a Good Time, Call... on the 7th and the 14th of September, but while I want to see this film more than the rest of the new releases, I have my doubts it will expand significantly. More...

Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/08/31 71 $4,574   1 $4,574   $6,914 5
2012/09/07 93 $1,222 -73% 1 $1,222   $11,501 12
2012/09/14 84 $4,027 +230% 2 $2,014   $16,590 19

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/08/31 75 $7,939   1 $7,939   $10,279 9
2012/09/07 93 $2,284 -71% 1 $2,284   $12,563 16
2012/09/14 87 $4,031 +76% 2 $2,016   $16,594 23

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