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The Lunchbox (2014)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $4,231,500Details
International Box Office $8,000,000Details
Worldwide Box Office $12,231,500
Home Market Performance
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $422,045 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $422,045
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  6. Full Financials
  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer

Synopsis

Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day’s lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery. This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. They each discover a new sense of self and find an anchor to hold on to in the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams. Still strangers physically, Ila and Saajan become lost in a virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
96% - Certified Fresh
Audience
86% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$1,700,000
Domestic Releases: February 28th, 2014 (Limited) by Sony Pictures Classics
International Releases: June 13th, 2014 (Wide) (Bulgaria)
July 3rd, 2014 (Wide) (Argentina)
July 10th, 2014 (Wide) (Australia)
Video Release: July 1st, 2014 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic material and smoking.
(Rating bulletin 2303, 12/24/2013)
Running Time: 104 minutes
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Keywords: Relationships Gone Wrong, Food, Widow/Widower
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Rohfilm, Cine Mosaic, ASAP Films, Sikhya Entertainment, DAR Motion Pictures, NFDC
Production Countries: France,
Germany,
India

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 35th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 254 $160 Oct 24, 2014 241
Biggest 34th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 260 $370 Oct 17, 2014 234
Biggest 33rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 285 $341 Oct 10, 2014 227
Biggest 29th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 270 $3,450 Sep 12, 2014 199
Biggest 28th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 342 $2,281 Sep 5, 2014 192
Biggest 27th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 362 $3,596 Aug 29, 2014 185
Biggest 26th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 519 $1,830 Aug 22, 2014 178
Biggest 25th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 552 $2,317 Aug 15, 2014 171
Biggest 24th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 583 $3,205 Aug 8, 2014 164
Biggest 23rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 706 $2,706 Aug 1, 2014 157
Biggest 22nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 653 $7,313 Jul 25, 2014 150
Biggest 21st Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 879 $4,766 Jul 18, 2014 143
Biggest 20th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,016 $4,647 Jul 11, 2014 136
Biggest 19th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,070 $7,949 Jul 4, 2014 129
Biggest 18th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,161 $12,339 Jun 27, 2014 122
Biggest 17th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,198 $22,144 Jun 20, 2014 115
Biggest 16th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,303 $30,640 Jun 13, 2014 108
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,376 $41,352 Jun 6, 2014 101
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,469 $55,420 May 30, 2014 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,326 $96,501 May 23, 2014 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,128 $162,421 May 16, 2014 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 993 $244,104 May 9, 2014 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,179 $262,841 May 2, 2014 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,266 $322,434 Apr 25, 2014 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,554 $349,663 Apr 18, 2014 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,168 $283,903 Apr 11, 2014 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,585 $342,001 Apr 4, 2014 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,389 $287,430 Mar 28, 2014 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,368 $183,986 Mar 21, 2014 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,426 $88,921 Mar 14, 2014 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,569 $114,779 Mar 7, 2014 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,069 $44,542 Feb 28, 2014 3

Cast

   Saajan Fernandes
   Ila
Nawazuddin Siddiqui    Shaikh
Denzil Smith    Mr. Shroff
Bharati Achrekar    Mrs. Deshpande
Nakul Vaid    Ila's Husband
Yashiv Puneet Nagar    Yavshi
Lillete Dubey    Ila's Mother
Shruti Bapna    Mehrunnisa
Akash Sinha    Himself

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    Ritesh Batra
Story Creator    Ritesh Batra
Producer    Guneet Monga
Producer    Anurag Kashyap
Producer    Arun Rangachari
Co-Producer    Karan Johar
Co-Producer    Ronnie Screwvala
Co-Producer    Siddharth Roy Kapur
Co-Producer    Nina Lath Gupta
Co-Producer    Shahnaab Alam
Co-Producer    Vivek Rangachari
Co-Producer    Sunil John
Co-Producer    Nittin Keni
Co-Producer    Karsten Stoter
Co-Producer    Benny Drechsel
Co-Producer    Cedomir Kolar
Co-Producer    Marc Baschet
Co-Producer    Danis Tanovic
Executive Producer    Lydia Dean Pilcher
Executive Producer    Irrfan Khan
Executive Producer    Ritesh Batra
Line Producer    Meraj Shaikh
Line Producer    Smriti Jain
Director of Photography    Michael Simmonds
Editor    John F. Lyons
Production Designer    Shruti Gupte
Composer    Max Richter
Head of Sound    Michael Kaczmarek
Make up    Serina Tixeira
Costume Designer    Niharika Khan
Casting Director    Seher Latif

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/02/28 48 $44,542   3 $14,847   $44,542 3
2014/03/07 35 $114,779 +158% 13 $8,829   $178,619 10
2014/03/14 40 $88,921 -23% 18 $4,940   $306,347 17
2014/03/21 27 $183,986 +107% 36 $5,111   $525,363 24
2014/03/28 20 $287,430 +56% 73 $3,937   $885,451 31
2014/04/04 17 $342,001 +19% 103 $3,320   $1,352,143 38
2014/04/11 21 $283,903 -17% 129 $2,201   $1,735,911 45
2014/04/18 20 $349,663 +23% 158 $2,213   $2,220,609 52
2014/04/25 21 $322,434 -8% 165 $1,954   $2,696,329 59
2014/05/02 21 $262,841 -18% 149 $1,764   $3,081,447 66
2014/05/09 26 $244,104 -7% 153 $1,595   $3,428,469 73
2014/05/16 28 $162,421 -33% 130 $1,249   $3,681,953 80
2014/05/23 34 $96,501 -41% 68 $1,419   $3,778,454 87
2014/05/30 35 $55,420 -43% 54 $1,026   $3,972,118 94
2014/06/06 41 $41,352 -25% 46 $899   $4,041,380 101
2014/06/13 46 $30,640 -26% 26 $1,178   $4,094,681 108
2014/06/20 50 $22,144 -28% 26 $852   $4,135,626 115
2014/06/27 66 $12,339 -44% 16 $771   $4,161,441 122
2014/07/04 65 $7,949 -36% 5 $1,590   $4,178,281 129
2014/07/11 74 $4,647 -42% 10 $465   $4,185,817 136
2014/07/18 74 $4,766 +3% 6 $794   $4,193,344 143
2014/07/25 68 $7,313 +53% 8 $914   $4,202,632 150
2014/08/01 84 $2,706 -63% 4 $677   $4,207,841 157
2014/08/08 83 $3,205 +18% 5 $641   $4,212,458 164
2014/08/15 86 $2,317 -28% 5 $463   $4,215,920 171
2014/08/22 80 $1,830 -21% 4 $458   $4,218,688 178
2014/08/29 79 $3,596 +97% 4 $899   $4,223,838 185
2014/09/05 91 $2,281 -37% 3 $760   $4,226,661 192
2014/09/12 78 $3,450 +51% 4 $863   $4,231,500 199
2014/10/10 102 $341   1 $341   $754,527 227
2014/10/17 102 $370 +9% 1 $370   $757,451 234
2014/10/24 113 $160 -57% 1 $160   $762,032 241

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/02/28 48 $63,840   3 $21,280   $63,840 7
2014/03/07 37 $153,586 +141% 13 $11,814   $217,426 14
2014/03/14 39 $123,951 -19% 18 $6,886   $341,377 21
2014/03/21 27 $256,644 +107% 36 $7,129   $598,021 28
2014/04/11 21 $418,938   129 $3,248   $1,870,946 49
2014/04/18 19 $502,949 +20% 158 $3,183   $2,373,895 56
2014/04/25 20 $444,711 -12% 165 $2,695   $2,818,606 63
2014/05/02 21 $365,759 -18% 149 $2,455   $3,184,365 70
2014/05/09 26 $335,167 -8% 153 $2,191   $3,519,532 77
2014/05/23 25 $234,745   68 $3,452   $3,916,698 91
2014/05/30 38 $83,330 -65% 54 $1,543   $4,000,028 98
2014/06/06 42 $64,013 -23% 46 $1,392   $4,064,041 105
2014/06/13 45 $49,441 -23% 26 $1,902   $4,113,482 112
2014/06/20 45 $35,620 -28% 26 $1,370   $4,149,102 119
2014/06/27 64 $21,230 -40% 16 $1,327   $4,170,332 126
2014/07/04 69 $10,838 -49% 5 $2,168   $4,181,170 133
2014/07/11 70 $7,408 -32% 10 $741   $4,188,578 140
2014/07/18 80 $6,741 -9% 6 $1,124   $4,195,319 147
2014/07/25 73 $9,816 +46% 8 $1,227   $4,205,135 154
2014/08/01 85 $4,118 -58% 4 $1,030   $4,209,253 161
2014/08/08 79 $4,350 +6% 5 $870   $4,213,603 168
2014/08/15 76 $3,255 -25% 5 $651   $4,216,858 175
2014/08/22 76 $3,384 +4% 4 $846   $4,220,242 182
2014/08/29 84 $4,138 +22% 4 $1,035   $4,224,380 189
2014/09/05 80 $3,670 -11% 3 $1,223   $4,228,050 196
2014/10/03 110 $580   1 $580   $754,186 224
2014/10/10 86 $2,895 +399% 1 $2,895   $757,081 231
2014/10/17 111 $406 -86% 1 $406   $761,872 238
2014/10/24 116 $160 -61% 1 $160   $763,654 245

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
Argentina 7/3/2014 $0 0 10 10 $145,423 12/17/2015
Australia 7/10/2014 $0 0 30 30 $782,640 12/17/2015
Bulgaria 6/13/2014 $0 0 3 3 $13,622 12/17/2015
 
Rest of World $7,058,315
 
International Total$8,000,000 12/17/2015

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