Looper

Looper poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $66,486,205Details
International Box Office $103,980,200
Worldwide Box Office $170,466,405
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $20,609,683 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $11,449,712 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $32,059,395
Further financial details...

  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Full Financials
  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer

Synopsis

Time travel has been invented—but it is illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper”—a hired gun, like Joe—is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good... until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self for assassination.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
93% - Certified Fresh
Audience
82% - Upright

Movie Details

Production Budget:$30,000,000
Domestic Releases: September 28th, 2012 (Wide) by Sony Pictures
Video Release: December 31st, 2012 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, language, some sexuality/nudity and drug content.
(Rating bulletin 2238, 8/29/2012)
Running Time: 119 minutes
Keywords: Same Role, Multiple Actors, Organized Crime, Hitmen, Time Travel, Addiction
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Action
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Science Fiction
Production Companies: TriStar Pictures, FilmDistrict, Endgame Entertainment, DMG Entertainment, Ram Bergman Productions

Cast

   Old Joe
   Joe
Emily Blunt    Sara
Paul Dano    Seth
Noah Segan    Kid Blue
Piper Perabo    Suzie
Jeff Daniels    Abe
Pierce Gagnon    Cid
Summer Qing    Old Joe's Wife

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    Rian Johnson
Producer    Ram Bergman
Producer    James D. Stern
Executive Producer    Douglas E. Hansen
Executive Producer    Julie Goldstein
Executive Producer    Peter Schlessel
Executive Producer    Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Executive Producer    Dan Mintz
Co-Producer    Dave Pomier
Co-Producer    Eleanor Nett
Co-Producer    Lucas Smith
Co-Producer    Christopher C. Chen
Cinematographer    Steve Yedlin
Editor    Bob Ducsay
Composer    Nathan Johnson
Production Designer    Ed Verreaux
Art Director    James Gelarden
Art Director    Scott Plauche
Set Decorator    Katherine Verreaux
Costume Designer    Sharen Davis
Supervising Sound Editor    Jeremy Peirson
Sound Designer    Jeremy Peirson
Re-recording Mixer    Tim LeBlanc
Re-recording Mixer    Jeremy Peirson
Special Effects Coordinator    David Nami
Visual Effects Supervisor    Karen Goulekas
Visual Effects Producer    Dane Allan Smith
Stunt Coordinator    Steven Ritzi
Assistant Director    Nicholas Mastandrea
Second Unit Director    Jaron Presant
Casting Director    Mary Vernieu
Casting Director    Lindsay Graham
Stunts    Tom Proctor

Blu-ray Sales: January 27th, 2013: End Begins On Top

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Blu-ray Sales: January 20th, 2013: Taken Too Much for Competition

We had a new release on top of the Blu-ray sales chart for the week of January 20th, 2013. Taken 2 sold 838,000 units and generated $16.75 million. Its opening week Blu-ray share was 42%, which is good for the genre, but not great. More...

Blu-ray Sales: January 13th, 2013: Dredd is Feeling Blu

New releases dominated the top five of the Blu-ray sales chart for the week of January 13th, 2003. Dredd led the way in terms of units with 184,000 units, but was second in terms of revenue with $3.68 million. Its opening week Blu-ray share was just 37%, which is weak for an action film like this. More...

Blu-ray Sales: Week of January 6th: In the Loop

New releases were a bit of a mess, as Christmas Day was a Tuesday, so there were a few releases that came out the following Monday. One of those releases, Looper, led the Blu-ray sales chart during the week of January 6th with 317,000 units / $6.66 million. Its opening week Blu-ray share was just 34%, which is lower than I was expecting. More...

DVD Sales: New Year, Old Releases

This week is a little confusing on the home market, as there are two weeks of new releases to deal with. (Because Christmas landed on a Tuesday, new releases were spread throughout the week, including some the following Monday.) One of the old new releases topped the DVD sales chart, as Looper sold 553,000 units and generated $9.71 million during its first full week on the home market. This is better than I was expecting. More...

2013 Awards Season: WGAs Leaves Analysts In the Dark

Surprises seems to be the word of the day, as the WGA nominations included a number of them. Granted, Zero Dark Thirty and a lot of the other films that have earned Awards Season success thus far were here, but there were almost as many surprises as there were obvious choices. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for December 25th, 2012

This year, Christmas day lands on the Tuesday, so it should come as no surprise there are not a lot of DVDs or Blu-ray coming out that day, or over the next week. (There are some films in this week's list that are definitely fillers, plus two late reviews, and I still could only get to a dozen releases.) However, there are some coming out during the week that are of interest and there are two that would be contenders for Pick of the Week in all but the busiest weeks. Justified: The Complete Third Season on DVD or Blu-ray is one such contender. However, in the end I went with Looper on DVD or Blu-ray as Pick of the Week. More...

International Box Office: Normal Activity

Paranormal Activity 4 opened in first place on the international chart with $26.35 million on 3,900 screens in 32 markets. This includes a number of major markets. It earned first place in Australia with $3.73 million on 321 screens and in Germany with $3.30 million on 316. It was also strong in Mexico topping the chart with $2.20 million on 956 and in Brazil with $1.81 million on 268. The film had to settle for second place in the U.K. with $4.08 million on 416 screens and in Russia with $3.90 million on 810 screens. While it missed first place, it still did well in both markets. On the other hand, it really struggled in Spain earning fourth place with just $918,000 on 238 screens. It is still too early to tell where the film will end up, but this is a good start More...

International Box Office: Two Tops Taken

After just two weeks of release, Taken 2 has already earned more internationally than the original did in total. Over the weekend, the sequel pulled in $45.09 million on 6,889 screens in 63 markets for a two-week total of $134.76 million, while its worldwide total rose to $220.89 million. The film had to settle for second place in Germany with $3.55 million on 437 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $3.88 million. It only managed fourth place in Italy with $1.26 million on 265. Its best market of the weekend was the U.K. with $6.01 million on 510 screens over the weekend for a total of $23.29 million after two. The film has very few markets left to open in, but it has already made enough to cover its production budget and likely a good chunk of its P&A budget. It will reach profitability before it reaches the home market. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Taken Two Recaptures Top Spot

It was another good week at the box office with just about every film in the top ten at least doing as well as expected. Granted, none of the new releases were monster hits, but the depth was very good with five films topping $10 million over the weekend. Taken 2 remained in first place, so it should come as no surprise that the box office was lower than last weekend; however, it only fell 8.6% to $130 million. This is 48% more than the same weekend last year, which is a huge boost. Year-to-date, 2012 expanded its lead to 3.8% at $8.42 billion to $8.11 billion. Just a few weeks ago, it looked like 2012 would fall below 2011's pace in the end, but now things are looking a lot more optimistic. More...

International Box Office: Taken Over the Top

Taken 2 was just as strong internationally as it was domestically earning first place with $55.23 million on 6,319 screens in 50 markets for a total of $66.79 million. The film had a trio of first place openings in major markets, starting with the U.K. with $11.85 million on 506 screens. It also opened in first place in France with $8.29 million on 561 screens and in Australia with $7.92 million on 246. On the other hand, the film had to settle for second place in Mexico with $2.54 million on 930 screens, in Russia with $2.00 million on 750, and in Spain with $1.24 million on 320. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Taken Two Twice as Strong

Taken 2 took the competition and went to work on them. It opened much, much better than its predecessor did, doubling its opening weekend haul. It also made nearly twice as much as Hotel Transylvania and easily more than last year's number one film, Real Steel. This helped the overall box office grow by 20% from last weekend to $142 million, which is nearly 50% higher than the same weekend last year. Finally there's a reason to celebrate the box office again. One win could have been a fluke, but two is officially a streak. Year-to-date, 2012 is ahead of 2011 by 3.2% at $8.24 billion to $7.99 billion. Granted, that's off its peak from earlier in the year, but I'm happy the bleeding has stopped. More...

International Box Office: Looper Leaps to the Top

It looks like International numbers will be late this week, for reasons I hinted at earlier. Looper won the weekend race, but about two thirds of its opening weekend haul came from China which is notoriously slow for getting final box office numbers. (The same used to be true of Russia, but they've gotten a lot better.) Overall it is estimated the film made $36 million, including China, with first place openings in Russia ($5.09 million on 1,010 screens) and the U.K. ($3.92 million on 449). Resident Evil: Retribution was knocked to second place after two weeks on top, but held strong with $21.1 million over the weekend for running tally of $136.9 million after three. Finally, Ice Age: Continental Drift became the highest grossing animated film at the international box office and is on pace to become the first animated film to cross $700 million. More information will come when the weekend final numbers are out. More...

International Box Office: Looper Leads, But Not as Lively

Well... we found out why the Chinese box office numbers were extra late this week. There was an accounting error in Looper's previously reported numbers and it took time to sort things out. Instead of making $23 million to $25 million, it made about $6 million. That's actually still really good and better than it performed here, relative to the size of the two markets, but it wasn't a monster hit. The wide gap in the initial reported number and the final figure is an embarrassment, but hopefully it will spur China to build the infrastructure needed to collect box office data faster and more accurately. China might be the most important international market, but studios can't invest money into making movies aimed more at a Chinese market if they can't trust the box office numbers they get. The other numbers we had were accurate leading to a total weekend haul of $22.85 million on 2,506 million in 17 markets. It wasn't a hit in all of them, as it only managed third place in Brazil with $955,000 on 332 screens. The film is just starting its international run, so it is hard to predict where it will end up, but so far most signs are very positive. More...

Contest: In the Loop: Winning Announcement

The winners of our In the Loop contest were determined and they are... More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: An Early Halloween Treat

September ended on a record-breaking note as Hotel Transylvania finally bumped Sweet Home Alabama out of top spot on the September weekend list. That record lasted a full decade, which is amazing given the total ticket price inflation since 2002. Not only did Hotel Transylvania crush predictions, Looper also did a little bit better than predicted, a tiny bit better than predicted. This is true of just about every film in the top ten, and every little bit helps. Overall, the weekend box office surged 30% from last weekend to $118 million, which was 19% higher than the same weekend last year. Let's hope this is more than a momentary blip and the beginning of a new winning streak. More...

Weekend Predictions: A Vacancy for New Releases

There are two wide releases coming out this week that should be in a relatively close race for first place, plus an also-ran that will mostly be forgotten. Last week I thought Looper would win the weekend over Hotel Transylvania; however, that's probably not going to happen. Looper is definitely the better movie, but Hotel Transylvania is opening in more theaters than expected, while Looper is opening in less than expected. Both should do decent business, at least compared to the rest of September's new releases. On the other hand, Won't Back Down will likely struggle just to reach the top five. There's one more new release with a shot at a spot in the top ten, Pitch Perfect. It's opening in more than 300 theaters, which is a risky proposition. If it does open in the top ten, it could expand wide next weekend. I don't think it is very likely, but I'll have more to say with the limited release report. Last year there were four wide releases, but none of them cracked $10 million. The number one film was Dolphin Tale at just under $13 million. If we don't top that this year, we are in a world of trouble. More...

Contest: In the Loop

The final weekend of September features three wide releases: Hotel Transylvania, Looper, and Won't Back Down. When it comes to the target film, I think we can dismiss Won't Back Down, as it is opening in the fewest theaters and has the least amount of buzz. Hotel Transylvania is opening in the most theaters, but early reviews are only mixed and the buzz isn't much louder than Frankenweenie, despite opening a week earlier. Looper is earning near perfect reviews so far and it has a lot of buzz, but it has a lot of internet buzz, which often fails to translate into ticket sales. I really, really, really want Looper to be a hit, but I'm afraid that is clouding my judgment. Even so, I think it will be the number one film next Friday and will just have enough to stay ahead of Hotel Transylvania. As such, I'm making it the target film in this week's box office prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for Looper. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a copy of Glee: Season Three on Blu-ray. 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 a copy of In Time on Blu-ray. (It's the closest thing I had to a Time Travel film I had in the prize pool.) Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

2012 Preview: September

August is over and let's just be glad we never have to talk about that month again. It is too early to tell how a couple of the wide releases from the month will do, but of the other fourteen we have solid numbers for, none of them were a pleasant surprise. There were a few that were mildly disappointing, but likely still profitable. There were also a few that were "What were they thinking?" level of box office bomb. This September, there about a dozen films opening wide, depending on your definition of wide. (Plus, For A Good Time, Call might expand wide on the 14th, while The Master is opening in limited release on the 14th, but might expand wide before the end of the month. "Might" is the key here. I don't think either will get it done.) None of the dozen films are likely to get to $100 million. In fact, there's a good chance no film opening this month will get to $75 million in total. The biggest film of the month could be Finding Nemo, which is getting a 3D Re-release. As long as the movie going public hasn't tired of 3D re-releases, it should be a hit, but there are signs that the trend might be ending soon. There are a few others that should become midlevel hits, but most will struggle to find an audience. Last September was not terrible with one $100 million film and a few other midlevel hits. For 2012 to come out ahead, it will have to rely on depth, and I'm more than a little worried in that regard. More...

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/09/28 2 $6,804,981   2,992 $2,274   $6,804,981 1
2012/09/29 2 $8,726,716 +28% 2,992 $2,917   $15,531,697 2
2012/09/30 2 $5,269,855 -40% 2,992 $1,761   $20,801,552 3
2012/10/01 2 $1,768,621 -66% 2,992 $591   $22,570,173 4
2012/10/02 1 $2,368,350 +34% 2,992 $792   $24,938,523 5
2012/10/03 1 $1,552,486 -34% 2,992 $519   $26,491,009 6
2012/10/04 1 $1,609,642 +4% 2,992 $538   $28,100,651 7
2012/10/05 4 $3,507,278 +118% 2,993 $1,172   $31,607,929 8
2012/10/06 4 $5,142,308 +47% 2,993 $1,718   $36,750,237 9
2012/10/07 5 $3,466,415 -33% 2,993 $1,158   $40,216,652 10
2012/10/08 4 $1,737,417 -50% 2,993 $580   $41,954,069 11
2012/10/09 3 $1,264,843 -27% 2,993 $423   $43,218,912 12
2012/10/10 3 $989,893 -22% 2,993 $331   $44,208,805 13
2012/10/11 4 $933,620 -6% 2,993 $312   $45,142,425 14
2012/10/12 7 $1,883,698 +102% 2,605 $723   $47,026,123 15
2012/10/13 8 $2,742,292 +46% 2,605 $1,053   $49,768,415 16
2012/10/14 8 $1,575,675 -43% 2,605 $605   $51,344,090 17
2012/10/15 7 $561,978 -64% 2,605 $216   $51,906,068 18
2012/10/16 7 $660,091 +17% 2,605 $253   $52,566,159 19
2012/10/17 7 $539,192 -18% 2,605 $207   $53,105,351 20
2012/10/18 7 $534,781 -1% 2,605 $205   $53,640,132 21
2012/10/19 9 $1,285,907 +140% 2,223 $578   $54,926,039 22
2012/10/20 10 $1,867,926 +45% 2,223 $840   $56,793,965 23
2012/10/21 10 $1,048,854 -44% 2,223 $472   $57,842,819 24
2012/10/22 9 $338,769 -68% 2,223 $152   $58,181,588 25
2012/10/23 9 $492,803 +45% 2,223 $222   $58,674,391 26
2012/10/24 9 $366,242 -26% 2,223 $165   $59,040,633 27
2012/10/25 9 $372,673 +2% 2,223 $168   $59,413,306 28
2012/10/26 13 $665,387 +79% 1,189 $560   $60,078,693 29
2012/10/27 - $892,544 +34% 1,189 $751   $60,971,237 30
2012/10/28 14 $542,596 -39% 1,189 $456   $61,513,833 31
2012/10/29 - $178,312 -67% 1,189 $150   $61,692,145 32
2012/10/30 12 $273,520 +53% 1,189 $230   $61,965,665 33
2012/10/31 12 $233,671 -15% 1,189 $197   $62,199,336 34
2012/11/01 12 $251,685 +8% 1,189 $212   $62,451,021 35
2012/11/02 17 $359,551 +43% 696 $517   $62,810,572 36
2012/11/03 16 $562,448 +56% 696 $808   $63,373,020 37
2012/11/04 17 $288,784 -49% 696 $415   $63,661,804 38
2012/11/05 17 $99,408 -66% 696 $143   $63,761,212 39
2012/11/06 16 $120,920 +22% 696 $174   $63,882,132 40
2012/11/07 14 $103,211 -15% 696 $148   $63,985,343 41
2012/11/08 18 $101,890 -1% 696 $146   $64,087,233 42
2012/11/09 18 $168,135 +65% 491 $342   $64,255,368 43
2012/11/10 18 $253,477 +51% 491 $516   $64,508,845 44
2012/11/11 18 $160,538 -37% 491 $327   $64,669,383 45
2012/11/12 19 $83,420 -48% 491 $170   $64,752,803 46
2012/11/13 17 $67,070 -20% 491 $137   $64,819,873 47
2012/11/14 18 $48,913 -27% 491 $100   $64,868,786 48
2012/11/15 19 $41,875 -14% 491 $85   $64,910,661 49
2012/11/16 - $64,218 +53% 214 $300   $64,974,879 50
2012/11/17 - $91,817 +43% 214 $429   $65,066,696 51
2012/11/18 - $50,348 -45% 214 $235   $65,117,044 52
2012/11/19 - $21,429 -57% 214 $100   $65,138,473 53
2012/11/20 - $36,899 +72% 214 $172   $65,175,372 54
2012/11/21 - $48,959 +33% 293 $167   $65,224,331 55
2012/11/22 - $42,286 -14% 293 $144   $65,266,617 56
2012/11/23 - $117,986 +179% 293 $403   $65,384,603 57
2012/11/24 - $131,397 +11% 293 $448   $65,516,000 58
2012/11/25 - $71,055 -46% 293 $243   $65,587,055 59
2012/11/26 - $29,257 -59% 293 $100   $65,616,312 60
2012/11/27 - $37,192 +27% 293 $127   $65,653,504 61
2012/11/28 - $30,172 -19% 293 $103   $65,683,676 62
2012/11/29 - $31,499 +4% 293 $108   $65,715,175 63
2012/11/30 - $60,692 +93% 280 $217   $65,775,867 64
2012/12/01 - $87,058 +43% 280 $311   $65,862,925 65
2012/12/02 - $52,660 -40% 280 $188   $65,915,585 66
2012/12/07 - $41,262   232 $178   $66,051,929 71
2012/12/08 - $57,248 +39% 232 $247   $66,109,177 72
2012/12/09 - $36,903 -36% 232 $159   $66,146,080 73
2012/12/10 - $15,416 -58% 232 $66   $66,161,496 74
2012/12/11 - $18,294 +19% 232 $79   $66,179,790 75
2012/12/12 - $17,933 -2% 232 $77   $66,197,723 76
2012/12/13 - $17,810 -1% 232 $77   $66,215,533 77
2012/12/14 - $24,874 +40% 190 $131   $66,240,407 78
2012/12/15 - $38,673 +55% 190 $204   $66,279,080 79
2012/12/16 - $25,965 -33% 190 $137   $66,305,045 80
2012/12/17 - $13,344 -49% 190 $70   $66,318,389 81
2012/12/18 - $14,634 +10% 190 $77   $66,333,023 82
2012/12/19 - $14,299 -2% 175 $82   $66,347,322 83
2012/12/20 - $15,195 +6% 175 $87   $66,362,517 84
2012/12/21 - $9,998 -34% 100 $100   $66,372,515 85
2012/12/22 - $13,819 +38% 100 $138   $66,386,334 86
2012/12/23 - $10,620 -23% 100 $106   $66,396,954 87
2012/12/24 - $4,835 -54% 100 $48   $66,401,789 88
2012/12/25 - $7,656 +58% 93 $82   $66,409,445 89
2012/12/26 - $9,031 +18% 93 $97   $66,418,476 90
2012/12/27 - $9,717 +8% 93 $104   $66,428,193 91
2012/12/28 - $12,392 +28% 84 $148   $66,440,585 92
2012/12/29 - $15,413 +24% 84 $183   $66,455,998 93
2012/12/30 - $12,317 -20% 84 $147   $66,468,315 94
2012/12/31 - $6,727 -45% 84 $80   $66,475,042 95
2013/01/01 - $11,163 +66% 84 $133   $66,486,205 96

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/09/28 2 $20,801,552   2,992 $6,952   $20,801,552 3
2012/10/05 4 $12,116,001 -42% 2,993 $4,048   $40,216,652 10
2012/10/12 8 $6,201,665 -49% 2,605 $2,381   $51,344,090 17
2012/10/19 10 $4,202,687 -32% 2,223 $1,891   $57,842,819 24
2012/10/26 14 $2,100,527 -50% 1,189 $1,767   $61,513,833 31
2012/11/02 17 $1,210,783 -42% 696 $1,740   $63,661,804 38
2012/11/09 18 $582,150 -52% 491 $1,186   $64,669,383 45
2012/11/16 22 $206,383 -65% 214 $964   $65,117,044 52
2012/11/23 20 $320,438 +55% 293 $1,094   $65,587,055 59
2012/11/30 22 $200,410 -37% 280 $716   $65,915,585 66
2012/12/07 24 $135,413 -32% 232 $584   $66,146,080 73
2012/12/14 25 $89,512 -34% 190 $471   $66,305,045 80
2012/12/21 40 $34,437 -62% 100 $344   $66,396,954 87
2012/12/28 41 $40,122 +17% 84 $478   $66,468,315 94

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
1/6/20131552,613 552,613$9,714,937$9,714,9371
1/13/20136182,970-67% 735,583$3,652,081$13,367,0182
1/20/2013973,127-60% 808,710$1,459,615$14,826,6333
1/27/20131355,931-24% 864,641$1,116,383$15,943,0154
2/3/20132330,919-45% 895,560$564,272$16,507,2875
2/10/20132329,289-5% 924,849$534,524$17,041,8116
2/17/20132070,387+140% 995,236$954,448$17,996,2597
2/24/20132531,341-55% 1,026,577$469,802$18,466,0618

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
1/6/20131257,662 257,662$5,405,749$5,405,7491
1/13/2013371,332-72% 328,994$1,780,439$7,186,1882
1/20/2013440,560-43% 369,553$1,012,371$8,198,5593
1/27/2013421,357-47% 390,911$521,118$8,719,6774
2/3/20131119,897-7% 410,808$397,154$9,116,8315
2/10/20131410,717-46% 421,525$213,903$9,330,7346
2/17/20131812,469+16% 433,994$247,262$9,577,9967

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