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Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Wells (2014)

Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Wells poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $15,528Details
International Box Office $4,977Details
Worldwide Box Office $20,505
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Synopsis

The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles looks at the remarkable genius of Orson Welles on the eve of his centenary - the enigma of his career as a Hollywood star, a Hollywood director (for some a Hollywood failure), and a crucially important independent filmmaker. Orson Welles's life was magical: a musical prodigy at age 10, a director of Shakespeare at 14, a painter at 16, a star of stage and radio at 20, romances with some of the most beautiful women in the world, including Rita Hayworth. His work was similarly extraordinary, most notably Citizen Kane, (considered by many to be the most important movie ever made), created by Welles when he was only 25. In the years following Citizen Kane, Welles’s career continued to change as he made film after film (some never finished, many dismissed) and acted in other projects often to earn money in order to keep making his own films. Magician features scenes from almost every existing Welles film, from Hearts of Age, (which he made in a day when he was only 18 years old) to rarely-seen clips from his final unfinished works like The Other Side of the Dream, The Deep, and Don Quixote, as well as his television and commercial work.

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: December 10th, 2014 (Limited) by Cohen Media Group
International Releases: July 3rd, 2015 (Limited), released as Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (United Kingdom)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief language, some suggestive images/nudity and smoking.
(Rating bulletin 2348, 11/12/2014)
Running Time: 94 minutes
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Keywords: Biography, Movie Business, Film Actor
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Genre:Documentary
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Cohen Media Group
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 9,729 $1,664 Dec 19, 2014 12
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 9,786 $7,130 Dec 12, 2014 5

Cast

Orson Welles    Himself
Simon Callow    Himself
Christopher Welles Feder    Himself
Norman Lloyd    Himself
Julie Taymor    Herself
Peter Bogdanovich    Himself
William Friedkin    Himself
Elvis Mitchell    Himself
Jonathan Rosenbaum    Himself
Henry Jaglom    Himself

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Producer    Charles S. Cohen
Co-Producer    Alice Henty
Editor    Chuck Workman
Cinematographer    John Sharaf
Cinematographer    Tom Hurwitz
Cinematographer    Michael Lisnet
Sound Mixer    Patty Sharaf
Sound Mixer    Freddie Clare
Sound Mixer    Tom Bergin

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/12/12 58 $7,130   2 $3,565   $9,762 5
2014/12/19 68 $1,664 -77% 1 $1,664   $15,528 12

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/12/12 61 $11,232   2 $5,616   $13,864 9

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
United Kingdom 7/3/2015 $4,977 13 13 13 $4,977 9/28/2015
 
International Total$4,977 9/28/2015

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