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Magic Trip (2011)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $154,521Details
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Synopsis

In 1964, Ken Kesey, the famed author of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," set off on a legendary, LSD-fuelled cross-country road trip to the New York World's Fair. He was joined by "The Merry Band of Pranksters," a renegade group of counterculture truth-seekers, including Neal Cassady, the American icon immortalized in Kerouac's "On the Road," and the driver and painter of the psychedelic Magic Bus. Kesey and the Pranksters intended to make a documentary about their trip, shooting footage on 16MM, but the film was never finished and the footage has remained virtually unseen. With MAGIC TRIP, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney and co-director Alison Ellwood were given unprecedented access to this raw footage by the Kesey family. They worked with the Film Foundation, HISTORY and the UCLA Film Archives to restore over 100 hours of film and audiotape, and have shaped an invaluable document of this extraordinary piece of American history.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
Critics
70% - Fresh
Audience
63% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: August 5th, 2011 (Limited) by Magnolia Pictures
Video Release: November 1st, 2011 by Magnolia Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for drug content, language and some nudity.
(Rating bulletin 2173, 5/25/2011)
Running Time: 107 minutes
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Keywords: Narcotics, Road Trip, Writing and Writers, Counterculture, Artists
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Genre:Documentary
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: History Films, Optimum Releasing, Imaginary Forces, Jigsaw Productions, Magnolia Pictures
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankAmountChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest Domestic 13th Weekend 3,398 $1,322 Oct 28, 2011 87
Biggest 13th Weekend Limited Release 1,569 $1,322 Oct 28, 2011 87
Theater Average 13th Weekend Limited Release 1,527 $441 Oct 28, 2011 87
Biggest Domestic 12th Weekend 4,073 $435 Oct 21, 2011 80
Biggest 12th Weekend Limited Release 1,987 $435 Oct 21, 2011 80
Theater Average 12th Weekend Limited Release 1,977 $218 Oct 21, 2011 80
Biggest Domestic 11th Weekend 3,950 $2,858 Oct 14, 2011 73
Biggest 11th Weekend Limited Release 1,646 $2,858 Oct 14, 2011 73
Theater Average 11th Weekend Limited Release 1,799 $476 Oct 14, 2011 73
Biggest Domestic 10th Weekend 4,702 $1,178 Oct 7, 2011 66
Biggest 10th Weekend Limited Release 2,103 $1,178 Oct 7, 2011 66
Theater Average 10th Weekend Limited Release 2,241 $295 Oct 7, 2011 66
Biggest Domestic 9th Weekend 4,781 $3,029 Sep 30, 2011 59
Biggest 9th Weekend Limited Release 1,966 $3,029 Sep 30, 2011 59
Theater Average 9th Weekend Limited Release 1,931 $606 Sep 30, 2011 59
Biggest Domestic 8th Weekend 5,382 $2,192 Sep 23, 2011 52
Biggest 8th Weekend Limited Release 2,274 $2,192 Sep 23, 2011 52
Theater Average 8th Weekend Limited Release 2,609 $313 Sep 23, 2011 52
Biggest Domestic 7th Weekend 5,304 $6,961 Sep 16, 2011 45
Biggest 7th Weekend Limited Release 1,961 $6,961 Sep 16, 2011 45
Theater Average 7th Weekend Limited Release 2,259 $696 Sep 16, 2011 45
Biggest Domestic 6th Weekend 5,426 $13,048 Sep 9, 2011 38
Biggest 6th Weekend Limited Release 1,835 $13,048 Sep 9, 2011 38
Theater Average 6th Weekend Limited Release 2,482 $725 Sep 9, 2011 38
Biggest Domestic 5th Weekend 5,961 $12,694 Sep 2, 2011 31
Biggest 5th Weekend Limited Release 2,098 $12,694 Sep 2, 2011 31
Theater Average 5th Weekend Limited Release 2,135 $1,154 Sep 2, 2011 31
Biggest Domestic 4th Weekend 6,871 $7,602 Aug 26, 2011 24
Biggest 4th Weekend Limited Release 2,681 $7,602 Aug 26, 2011 24
Theater Average 4th Weekend Limited Release 2,406 $1,267 Aug 26, 2011 24
Biggest Domestic 3rd Weekend 7,623 $7,537 Aug 19, 2011 17
Biggest 3rd Weekend Limited Release 3,151 $7,537 Aug 19, 2011 17
Theater Average 3rd Weekend Limited Release 3,785 $754 Aug 19, 2011 17
Biggest Domestic 2nd Weekend 7,634 $17,184 Aug 12, 2011 10
Biggest 2nd Weekend Limited Release 2,967 $17,184 Aug 12, 2011 10
Theater Average 2nd Weekend Limited Release 2,799 $2,455 Aug 12, 2011 10
Biggest Domestic Opening Weekend 8,734 $14,367 Aug 5, 2011 3
Biggest Opening Weekend Limited Release 3,823 $14,367 Aug 5, 2011 3
Theater Average Opening Weekend Limited Release 3,962 $3,592 Aug 5, 2011 3
Theater Average Limited Release 9,944 $3,592 Aug 5, 2011 3
Top 2011 Theater Average Limited Release 483 $3,592 Aug 5, 2011 3
Never Wide Domestic 4,053 $154,521 Aug 5, 2011 0
Never No. 1 Domestic 7,554 $154,521 Aug 5, 2011 0
Widest Expansion Limited Release 1,969 14 Aug 5, 2011 0

Cast

Ken Kesey    Himself
Neal Cassady    Himself
Ken Babbs    Himself
Jane Burton    Generally Famished
George Walker    Hardley Visible
Paula Sundsten    Gretchen Fetchen
Steve Lambrecht    Zonker
Kathy Casamo    Stark Naked
Paul Krassner    Himself
Stewart Brand    Himself
Carolyn Garcia    Mountain Girl

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Producer    Alex Gibney
Screenwriter    Alex Gibney
Director   
Screenwriter    Alison Ellwood
Editor    Alison Ellwood
Producer    Will Clarke
Producer    Alexandra Johnes
Executive Producer    David McKillop
Executive Producer    Molly Thompson
Executive Producer    Robert Belau
Executive Producer    David Kowitz
Executive Producer    Gareth Wiley
Composer    David Kahne

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for November 1st, 2011

November 1st, 2011

The selection of home market releases is rather soft this week. Sure, Cars 2 was a major hit at the box office, but it is the only major hit on this week's list. The best selling TV on DVD release is Californication, which is a cable show, while the top ten selling titles according to Amazon.com include limited releases, catalogue titles and direct-to-DVD releases. There are more second-tier Christmas releases than any other type of release. There are far fewer titles that are worth picking up than last week, and the the Pick of the Week contenders are even more limited. Transformers: Beast Wars comes out on a Complete Series Collection and that could be Pick of the Week material, but I'm still waiting for the screener. More...

Per Theater Chart: Apes Conquer Crowded Field

August 9th, 2011

Just as it led the overall box office chart, Rise of the Planet of the Apes led the per theater chart with an average of $15,024. Gun Hill Road was in second place with an average of $12,609, which put it just ahead of El Bulli: Cooking in Progress's haul of $12,149 in its lone theater. Bellflower's amazing reviews helped it earn an average of $11,140 in two theaters. The final member of the $10,000 club was The Guard with an average of $10,209 in 19 theaters. It should still find room to expand while reaching at least one major milestone is likely. More...

Will Limited Releases be Perfect or Magical?

August 5th, 2011

While a number of new limited releases this week, only one has generated some advance buzz, The Whistleblower. There is also only one release with overwhelmingly positive reviews, Bellflower. Had the film with the most buzz also been the movie with the best reviews, it would have been the clear choice for best bet. As it is, I don't know if there's any film on this week's list that will escape the art house circuit. More...

Compare this performance with other movies…

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/08/05 69 $14,367   4 $3,592   $14,367 3
2011/08/12 66 $17,184 +20% 7 $2,455   $40,798 10
2011/08/19 77 $7,537 -56% 10 $754   $61,266 17
2011/08/26 77 $7,602 +1% 6 $1,267   $74,748 24
2011/09/02 77 $12,694 +67% 11 $1,154   $94,348 31
2011/09/09 79 $13,048 +3% 18 $725   $118,396 38
2011/09/16 90 $6,961 -47% 10 $696   $131,364 45
2011/09/23 113 $2,192 -69% 7 $313   $138,043 52
2011/09/30 97 $3,029 +38% 5 $606   $142,600 59
2011/10/07 111 $1,178 -61% 4 $295   $145,056 66
2011/10/14 108 $2,858 +143% 6 $476   $148,157 73
2011/10/21 130 $435 -85% 2 $218   $151,618 80
2011/10/28 104 $1,322 +204% 3 $441   $153,943 87

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/09/05 68 $5,779   11 $525   $100,127 32

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/08/05 69 $23,614   4 $5,904   $23,614 7
2011/08/12 61 $30,115 +28% 7 $4,302   $53,729 14
2011/08/19 73 $13,417 -55% 10 $1,342   $67,146 21
2011/08/26 74 $14,508 +8% 6 $2,418   $81,654 28
2011/09/02 72 $23,694 +63% 11 $2,154   $105,348 35
2011/09/09 80 $19,055 -20% 18 $1,059   $124,403 42
2011/09/16 89 $11,448 -40% 10 $1,145   $135,851 49
2011/09/23 105 $3,720 -68% 7 $531   $139,571 56
2011/09/30 97 $4,307 +16% 5 $861   $143,878 63
2011/10/07 113 $1,421 -67% 4 $355   $145,299 70
2011/10/14 97 $5,884 +314% 6 $981   $151,183 77
2011/10/21 108 $1,438 -76% 2 $719   $152,621 84
2011/10/28 101 $1,900 +32% 3 $633   $154,521 91

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