Margin Call

Margin Call poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $5,353,586Details
International Box Office $12,518,620
Worldwide Box Office $17,872,206
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Synopsis

When an entry-level analyst at an investment company unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics
88% - Certified Fresh
Audience
74% - Upright

Movie Details

Production Budget:$3,400,000
Theatrical Release: October 21st, 2011 (Limited) by Roadside Attractions
Video Release: December 20th, 2012 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for language.
(Rating bulletin 2160, 2/23/2011)
Keywords: Inspired by a True Story, Investment Banking, Fired, Corporate Malfeasance, White Collar Crime
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction

2012 Awards Season: The Artist Shows its Spirit

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2012 Awards Season: Oscar Highlight: Best Original Screenplay

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2012 Awards Season: Hugo and The Artist Compete for Oscar Glory

Yesterday was one of the biggest days during Awards Season as The Oscar nominations were announced in the morning. It was a two horse race for top spot as far as the big winners are concerned. Hugo earned the most nominations with eleven, while The Artist was right behind with ten. However, one could argue The Artist is the bigger winner, as more of its nominations were in the more prestigious categories. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for December 20th, 2011

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Per Theater Chart: Nothing is Impossible

It was a busy week on the per theater chart with several films in the $10,000 club. These were led by Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol with $30,083, but given its unusual opening, it's hard to judge this start. (More on its IMAX run later today.) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy expanded from four to sixteen theaters, but remained potent with an average of $28,549. Some measure of mainstream success is guaranteed, even if it is failing to live up to expectations during Awards Season. On the other hand, The Artist is starting to clean up during Awards Season and this is helping its per theater average remain strong at $16,904. It should have no trouble expanding some more, even if the nature of the film will prevent it from becoming a hit in Megaplexes. Carnage debuted with an average of $15,959 in five theaters, which is disappointing given its pedigree. The overall box office leader, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, was the final film in the $10,000 club earning an average of $10,704. More...

Featured DVD / Blu-ray Review: Margin Call

Margin Call opened in limited release in late October in way more theaters than most limited releases debut in, but despite this, it still managed a $10,000 per theater average. It did well enough to expand somewhat, and this past week it cracked $5 million in total. It is now coming out on the home market, but will it continue this success? More...

Awards Season: Early Nods Speak Volumes

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Melancholia has a Finite Result on Per Theater Chart

Melancholia led the way on the per theater chart with an average of $13,535 in 19 theaters. It was playing in more theaters than most limited releases debut in, but for a film with Oscar aspirations, this was a weaker result that I would have liked. It also might hurt the film's Oscar chances; after all, people can't vote for films they haven't seen. The overall box office leader, Immortals, placed second with an average of $10,349, which is about $3,000 more than I was expecting. More...

Per Theater Chart Still Feeling Crazy

Like last week, Like Crazy was the only film to reach the $10,000 on the per theater chart. It expanded from four to sixteen theaters, while its per theater average remained strong at $16,657. The only new release that came close to $10,000 was The Other F Word and it was well back with an average of $6,643 in two theaters. More...

Per Theater Chart Goes Crazy

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Weekend Estimates: Puss in Boots Opens with $34 Million

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Martha Marcy May Marlene Makes the Most on Per Theater Chart

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Weekend Estimates: Big Activity at the Box Office

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Unlimited Number of Limited Releases Compete for Limited Audiences

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Cast

Kevin Spacey    Sam Rogers
Paul Bettany    Will Emerson
Jeremy Irons    John Tuld
Zachary Quinto    Peter Sullivan
Penn Badgley    Seth Bregman
Simon Baker    Jared Cohen
Demi Moore    Sarah Robertson
Stanley Tucci    Eric Dale
Mary McDonnell    Mary Rogers

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    J.C. Chandor
Director    J.C. Chandor
Producer    Michael Benaroya
Producer    Robert Ogden Barnun
Producer    Neal Dodson
Producer    Corey Moosa
Producer    Zachary Quinto
Executive Producer    Cassian Elwes
Executive Producer    Laura Rister

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/10/21 - $169,290   56 $3,023   $169,290 1
2011/10/22 - $239,131 +41% 56 $4,270   $408,421 2
2011/10/23 - $153,485 -36% 56 $2,741   $561,906 3
2011/10/24 - $48,233 -69% 56 $861   $610,139 4
2011/10/25 - $52,177 +8% 56 $932   $662,316 5
2011/10/26 - $52,111 n/c 56 $931   $714,427 6
2011/10/27 - $46,820 -10% 56 $836   $761,247 7
2011/10/28 - $193,521 +313% 140 $1,382   $954,768 8
2011/10/29 - $313,209 +62% 140 $2,237   $1,267,977 9
2011/10/30 - $222,366 -29% 140 $1,588   $1,490,343 10
2011/10/31 - $77,689 -65% 140 $555   $1,568,032 11
2011/11/01 - $81,029 +4% 140 $579   $1,649,061 12
2011/11/02 - $73,217 -10% 140 $523   $1,722,278 13
2011/11/03 - $76,232 +4% 140 $545   $1,798,510 14
2011/11/04 16 $204,166 +168% 178 $1,147   $2,002,676 15
2011/11/05 16 $328,267 +61% 178 $1,844   $2,330,943 16
2011/11/06 17 $185,406 -44% 178 $1,042   $2,516,349 17
2011/11/07 - $52,728 -72% 178 $296   $2,569,077 18
2011/11/08 - $74,013 +40% 178 $416   $2,643,090 19
2011/11/09 - $58,954 -20% 178 $331   $2,702,044 20
2011/11/10 - $64,639 +10% 178 $363   $2,766,683 21
2011/11/11 - $164,578 +155% 199 $827   $2,931,261 22
2011/11/12 - $250,886 +52% 199 $1,261   $3,182,147 23
2011/11/13 - $128,818 -49% 199 $647   $3,310,965 24
2011/11/14 - $38,495 -70% 199 $193   $3,349,460 25
2011/11/15 - $52,834 +37% 199 $265   $3,402,294 26
2011/11/16 - $46,218 -13% 199 $232   $3,448,512 27
2011/11/17 - $43,725 -5% 199 $220   $3,492,237 28
2011/11/18 - $108,080 +147% 170 $636   $3,600,317 29
2011/11/19 - $208,015 +92% 170 $1,224   $3,808,332 30
2011/11/20 - $107,452 -48% 170 $632   $3,915,784 31
2011/11/21 - $33,540 -69% 170 $197   $3,949,324 32
2011/11/22 - $49,168 +47% 170 $289   $3,998,492 33
2011/11/23 - $42,991 -13% 182 $236   $4,041,483 34
2011/11/24 - $32,524 -24% 182 $179   $4,074,007 35
2011/11/25 - $105,179 +223% 140 $751   $4,179,186 36
2011/11/26 - $124,320 +18% 140 $888   $4,303,506 37
2011/11/27 - $64,229 -48% 140 $459   $4,367,735 38
2011/11/28 - $20,437 -68% 140 $146   $4,388,172 39
2011/11/29 - $34,595 +69% 140 $247   $4,422,767 40
2011/11/30 - $24,436 -29% 140 $175   $4,447,203 41
2011/12/01 - $22,114 -10% 140 $158   $4,469,317 42
2011/12/02 - $57,021 +158% 151 $378   $4,526,338 43
2011/12/03 - $105,116 +84% 151 $696   $4,631,454 44
2011/12/04 - $53,301 -49% 151 $353   $4,684,755 45
2011/12/05 - $16,700 -69% 151 $111   $4,701,455 46
2011/12/06 - $26,881 +61% 151 $178   $4,728,336 47
2011/12/07 - $19,664 -27% 151 $130   $4,748,000 48
2011/12/08 - $20,950 +7% 151 $139   $4,768,950 49
2011/12/09 - $45,792 +119% 148 $309   $4,814,742 50
2011/12/10 - $88,030 +92% 148 $595   $4,902,772 51
2011/12/11 - $44,308 -50% 148 $299   $4,947,080 52
2011/12/12 - $15,569 -65% 148 $105   $4,962,649 53
2011/12/13 - $20,065 +29% 148 $136   $4,982,714 54
2011/12/14 - $17,319 -14% 148 $117   $5,000,033 55
2011/12/15 - $16,728 -3% 148 $113   $5,016,509 56
2011/12/16 - $25,602 +53% 121 $212   $5,042,111 57
2011/12/17 - $48,071 +88% 121 $397   $5,090,182 58
2011/12/18 - $24,504 -49% 121 $203   $5,114,687 59
2011/12/19 - $13,033 -47% 121 $108   $5,127,720 60
2011/12/20 - $15,473 +19% 121 $128   $5,143,193 61
2011/12/21 - $11,032 -29% 121 $91   $5,154,225 62
2011/12/22 - $11,214 +2% 121 $93   $5,165,439 63
2011/12/23 - $7,212 -36% 30 $240   $5,172,651 64
2011/12/24 - $6,233 -14% 30 $208   $5,178,884 65
2011/12/25 - $7,466 +20% 30 $249   $5,186,350 66
2011/12/26 - $11,841 +59% 30 $395   $5,198,191 67
2011/12/27 - $9,904 -16% 30 $330   $5,208,095 68
2011/12/28 - $6,734 -32% 30 $224   $5,214,829 69
2011/12/29 - $7,892 +17% 30 $263   $5,222,721 70
2011/12/30 - $6,619 -16% 29 $228   $5,229,340 71
2011/12/31 - $8,779 +33% 28 $314   $5,238,119 72
2012/01/01 - $8,247 -6% 29 $284   $5,246,366 73
2012/01/02 - $7,821 -5% 29 $270   $5,254,187 74
2012/01/03 - $3,813 -51% 29 $131   $5,258,000 75
2012/01/04 - $4,943 +30% 29 $170   $5,262,943 76
2012/01/05 - $6,555 +33% 29 $226   $5,269,498 77
2012/01/06 - $8,922 +36% 30 $297   $5,278,420 78
2012/01/07 - $14,591 +64% 30 $486   $5,293,011 79
2012/01/08 - $7,721 -47% 30 $257   $5,300,732 80
2012/01/09 - $2,518 -67% 30 $84   $5,303,250 81
2012/01/10 - $3,311 +31% 30 $110   $5,306,561 82
2012/01/11 - $2,307 -30% 30 $77   $5,308,868 83
2012/01/12 - $2,412 +5% 30 $80   $5,311,280 84
2012/01/13 - $4,193 +74% 20 $210   $5,315,473 85
2012/01/14 - $6,757 +61% 20 $338   $5,322,230 86
2012/01/15 - $4,237 -37% 20 $212   $5,326,467 87
2012/01/16 - $3,753 -11% 20 $188   $5,330,220 88
2012/01/17 - $2,021 -46% 20 $101   $5,332,241 89
2012/01/18 - $1,797 -11% 20 $90   $5,334,038 90
2012/01/19 - $1,918 +7% 20 $96   $5,335,956 91
2012/01/20 - $2,360 +23% 14 $169   $5,338,316 92
2012/01/21 - $2,615 +11% 14 $187   $5,340,931 93
2012/01/22 - $3,173 +21% 14 $227   $5,344,104 94
2012/01/23 - $3,707 +17% 14 $265   $5,347,811 95
2012/01/24 - $535 -86% 14 $38   $5,348,346 96
2012/01/25 - $1,371 +156% 14 $98   $5,349,717 97
2012/01/26 - $1,182 -14% 14 $84   $5,350,899 98
2012/01/27 - $255 -78% 1 $255   $5,351,154 99
2012/01/28 - $787 +209% 1 $787   $5,351,941 100
2012/02/03 - $609   2 $305   $5,352,550 106
2012/02/05 - $293   2 $147   $5,352,843 108
2012/02/10 - $144   2 $72   $5,352,987 113
2012/02/11 - $389 +170% 2 $195   $5,353,376 114
2012/02/12 - $210 -46% 2 $105   $5,353,586 115

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/10/21 20 $561,906   56 $10,034   $561,906 3
2011/10/28 17 $729,096 +30% 140 $5,208   $1,490,343 10
2011/11/04 16 $717,839 -2% 178 $4,033   $2,516,349 17
2011/11/11 18 $544,282 -24% 199 $2,735   $3,310,965 24
2011/11/18 18 $423,547 -22% 170 $2,491   $3,915,784 31
2011/11/25 20 $293,728 -31% 140 $2,098   $4,367,735 38
2011/12/02 22 $215,438 -27% 151 $1,427   $4,684,755 45
2011/12/09 24 $178,130 -17% 148 $1,204   $4,947,080 52
2011/12/16 30 $98,178 -45% 121 $811   $5,114,687 59
2011/12/23 44 $20,911 -79% 30 $697   $5,186,350 66
2011/12/30 52 $23,645 +13% 29 $815   $5,246,366 73
2012/01/06 49 $31,234 +32% 30 $1,041   $5,300,732 80
2012/01/13 55 $15,187 -51% 20 $759   $5,326,467 87
2012/01/20 63 $8,148 -46% 14 $582   $5,344,104 94
2012/01/27 84 $1,042 -87% 1 $1,042   $5,351,941 101
2012/02/03 81 $902 -13% 2 $451   $5,352,843 108
2012/02/10 95 $743 -18% 2 $372   $5,353,586 115

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