The Master

The Master poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $16,247,159Details
International Box Office $8,869,581
Worldwide Box Office $25,116,740
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $1,641,976 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $1,136,082 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $2,778,058
Further financial details...

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Synopsis

A portrait of drifters and seekers in post World War II America, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master unfolds the journey of a Naval veteran who arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics
85% - Certified Fresh
Audience
60% - Upright

Movie Details

Production Budget:$37,500,000
Theatrical Release: September 14th, 2012 (Limited) by Weinstein Co.
September 21st, 2012 (Expands Wide) by Weinstein Co.
Video Release: February 26th, 2013 by Anchor Bay Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, graphic nudity and language.
(Rating bulletin 2232, 7/18/2012)
Keywords: Addiction, Depression, Inspired by a True Story, Cults, Returning Soldiers, PTSD
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction

DVD Sales: March 3rd, 2013: Breaking Dawn Breaks 2013 Record

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 dominated the new releases and easily took first place on the March 3rd, 2013 edition of the DVD sales chart. It sold 2.12 million units and generated $31.64 million, and did so during a shortened sales week. (It came out on Friday.) Second place went to a Breaking Dawn double-pack, which was an exclusive release. The double-shot sold an additional 418,00 units and generated $16.70 million more in sales. Add them together, and this film is already the best selling DVD of 2013, at least so far. More...

Blu-ray Sales: March 3rd, 2013: Dawn Not as Bright on Blu

A pair of new releases led the way on the March 3rd, 2013 edition of the Blu-ray sales chart. Or perhaps there was only one. It depends on how you look at things. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 earned first place with 649,000 units / $12.96 million. However, second place went to the Breaking Dawn double-shot, which sold 173,000 units / $3.77 million. Technically those are two different releases, but one could count them as one movie. Individually, they have opening week Blu-ray shares of 23% and 29%, which is pretty bad for a first-run release. However, this franchise has always pulled in more women than men, and movies aimed at women tend not to do as well on Blu-ray. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for February 26th, 2013

It's a good week on the home market with not only one of the biggest films of the last year coming out, but also one of the best. The biggest is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2, which should be the best selling DVD and Blu-ray for the week, but it isn't a contender for Pick of the Week. For that honor, we go back a few weeks to Frankenweenie. The screener arrived late, but it was worth waiting for and the 3D Combo Pack, while a little pricey, is worth picking up. Also in contender for Pick of the Week is Rocko's Modern Life: The Complete Series. More...

2013 Awards Season: Oscar Highlight: Best Supporting Actress

With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. This week we will look at the four acting categories, starting with Best Supporting Actress, which is again not a very competitive category this year. I'm not saying it is impossible for upset to happen here, but it is very, very unlikely. More...

2013 Awards Season: Oscar Highlight: Best Supporting Actor

With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. This week we will look at the four acting categories, continuing with Best Supporting Actor. This category is more competitive than Best Supporting Actress, but even so, it is mostly a two horse race. More...

2013 Awards Season: Oscar Highlight: Best Lead Actor

With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. This week we will look at the four acting categories, continuing with Best Lead Actor. This category is not truly competitive, but I'm supporting an underdog. More...

2013 Awards Season: Lincoln Oversees a Divided Group of Nominees

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and there's certainly a lot to talk about. There are some nominations that should surprise no one. For instance, Lincoln led the way with twelve nominations, and it has been seen as the major contender for a long time. However, there were also a few surprise nominations and some major snubs. Here are the list of nominations, and some reactions. 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...

Awards Season: Lincoln Shows a United Front at the Golden Globes

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominations and the same list of films that have been mentioned since the beginning of Awards Season were rewarded today. Lincoln led the way with seven nods, while Argo and Django Unchained were close behind with five. More...

2013 Awards Season: SAG Focuses a Searchlight on Silver Linings

SAG nominations were announced and there were only a few surprises to deal with. Leading the way for total nominations was The Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, and Les Miserables, all of which earned nominations in four of the six categories. More...

Per Theater Chart: Session In, New Releases Out

The Sessions was the only film to top $10,000 on the per theater chart with an average of $10,868 in 20 theaters. Earning some measure of mainstream success is very likely at this point. More...

Per Theater Chart: Taken to the Top

Taken 2 was the only film to top the $10,000 mark on this week's per theater chart earning an average of $13,525. The best new limited release was The Paperboy, which came very close with an average of $9,337 in eleven theaters. More...

Per Theater Chart Perks Up

The Perks of Being a Wallflower easily topped the per theater chart with an average of $57,090 in four theaters. This combined with its 81% positive reviews suggests a potential for significant expansion and long legs. Diana Vreeland - The Eye Has to Travel was also strong with an average of $21,233. This is an excellent start, but documentaries rarely expand significantly beyond the art house circuit. Occupy Unmasked just managed to top $10,000 on the per theater chart with an average of $10,238 in four theaters. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: End Starts on Top

It was another terrible week at the box office with only one of the four wide releases matching pre-weekend predictions. End of Watch was able to come out on top and it was only the second time an Open Road release was able to do that. The rest of the films ranged from a little disappointing to, 'Please don't make me talk about this; it's depressing.' The overall box office rose by 5.1% from last week to $90, but that's a staggering 23% lower than the same weekend last year. Yes, year-to-date, 2012 is still ahead of 2011, but its lead continues to shrink reaching just 2.5% at $7.92 billion to $7.73 billion. Ticket sales are just 1.3% higher than last year's pace and the upcoming releases don't seem particularly strong, so by the end of October, we could officially be in trouble. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will the New Releases Be in Trouble?

This weekend there are four wide releases, which is too many. The odds are at least one, more likely two films will miss reaching their full potential. That's under normal circumstances. The box office is clearly sub-normal at the moment. The widest release of the week is Trouble with the Curve, but its Tomatometer Score has fallen from close to 90% to barely more than 60%. At this pace, by the time the weekend starts, it will be below the overall positive level. House at the End of the Street has good buzz, but still no reviews, and that is troubling. Dredd's reviews are shockingly good, but the film has had trouble escaping the remake stink. Finally, End of Watch is also earning great reviews, but its studio has a really bad track record at the box office. By comparison, last year there were four wide releases, none of which earned more than $20 million; however, three of them did earn more than $10 million and the fourth came close, while The Lion King won the weekend with more than $20 million. I think it will be another loss for 2012 in the year-over-year comparison. It likely won't be close. More...

Per Theater Chart: Mastering the Per Theater Chart

We had a monster hit on the per theater chart, as The Master earned close to $750,000 in five theaters for an average of $147,262. This is unbelievably strong; however, one does have to take into account the particulars. The Master was released on 70mm and because this is such an unusual event, the tickets were sold at a premium price. The only other film to top the $10,000 mark was Arbitrage, which made just over $2 million in just under 200 theaters for an average of $10,163. More...

Weekend Estimates: Resident Evil Conquers Nemo

Resident Evil: Retribution will post a solid opening weekend to top this weekend's box office, according to studio estimates released on Sunday morning. With $21.1 million projected by Sony, it will be the fourth consecutive film in the franchise to open between $20 million and $27 million -- an impressive level of consistency. In second place, Finding Nemo 3D is expected to post about $17.5 million, which is a significant disappointment compared to the $30 million debut enjoyed by The Lion King this weekend last year. But the real plaudits this weekend will go to a film playing in just five theaters. More...

Limited Releases: The Master of Limited Releases

There are ten films on this week's list, including three that are opening in more than 100 theaters each. There are also three films earning overwhelmingly positive reviews. Amazing, one of these films is in both groups: Arbitrage. I think the theater count will hurt it more than it will help, so it might struggle on the per theater chart. On the other hand, The Master could have incredible success. More...

Cast

Joaquin Phoenix    Freddie Quell
Philip Seymour Hoffman    Lancaster Dodd
Amy Adams    Mary Sue Dodd
Laura Dern    Helen Sullivan
Katie Boland    Young Woman

Production and Technical Credits

Director    Paul Thomas Anderson
Screenwriter    Paul Thomas Anderson
Producer    Joanne Seller
Producer    Daniel Lupi
Producer    Paul Thomas Anderson
Producer    Megan Ellison
Executive Producer    Adam Somner
Executive Producer    Ted Schipper
Co-Producer    Albert Chi
Co-Producer    Will Weiske

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/09/14 - $242,127   5 $48,425   $242,127 1
2012/09/15 - $263,577 +9% 5 $52,715   $505,704 2
2012/09/16 - $230,607 -13% 5 $46,121   $736,311 3
2012/09/17 - $103,650 -55% 5 $20,730   $839,961 4
2012/09/18 - $84,975 -18% 5 $16,995   $924,936 5
2012/09/19 - $68,935 -19% 5 $13,787   $993,871 6
2012/09/20 - $62,012 -10% 5 $12,402   $1,055,883 7
2012/09/21 7 $1,397,378 +2,153% 788 $1,773   $2,453,261 8
2012/09/22 7 $1,946,919 +39% 788 $2,471   $4,400,180 9
2012/09/23 7 $1,046,795 -46% 788 $1,328   $5,446,975 10
2012/09/24 7 $351,070 -66% 788 $446   $5,798,045 11
2012/09/25 7 $385,650 +10% 788 $489   $6,183,695 12
2012/09/26 7 $383,697 -1% 788 $487   $6,567,392 13
2012/09/27 7 $320,678 -16% 788 $407   $6,888,070 14
2012/09/28 10 $789,291 +146% 856 $922   $7,677,361 15
2012/09/29 9 $1,260,246 +60% 856 $1,472   $8,937,607 16
2012/09/30 10 $631,017 -50% 856 $737   $9,568,624 17
2012/10/01 10 $211,725 -66% 856 $247   $9,780,349 18
2012/10/02 9 $283,865 +34% 856 $332   $10,064,214 19
2012/10/03 11 $181,371 -36% 856 $212   $10,245,584 20
2012/10/04 10 $229,745 +27% 856 $268   $10,475,329 21
2012/10/05 9 $498,406 +117% 864 $577   $10,973,735 22
2012/10/06 9 $839,312 +68% 864 $971   $11,813,047 23
2012/10/07 10 $523,985 -38% 864 $606   $12,337,032 24
2012/10/08 10 $270,630 -48% 864 $313   $12,607,662 25
2012/10/09 9 $189,291 -30% 864 $219   $12,796,953 26
2012/10/10 9 $166,909 -12% 864 $193   $12,963,862 27
2012/10/11 10 $133,046 -20% 864 $154   $13,096,908 28
2012/10/12 15 $221,650 +67% 682 $325   $13,318,558 29
2012/10/13 15 $377,284 +70% 682 $553   $13,695,842 30
2012/10/14 15 $214,445 -43% 682 $314   $13,910,287 31
2012/10/15 14 $78,365 -63% 682 $115   $13,988,652 32
2012/10/16 15 $75,298 -4% 682 $110   $14,063,950 33
2012/10/17 15 $76,019 +1% 682 $111   $14,139,969 34
2012/10/18 15 $77,567 +2% 682 $114   $14,217,536 35
2012/10/19 17 $150,843 +94% 412 $366   $14,368,379 36
2012/10/20 16 $240,241 +59% 412 $583   $14,608,620 37
2012/10/21 16 $129,593 -46% 412 $315   $14,738,213 38
2012/10/22 - $39,696 -69% 412 $96   $14,777,909 39
2012/10/23 - $65,834 +66% 412 $160   $14,843,743 40
2012/10/24 - $52,813 -20% 412 $128   $14,896,556 41
2012/10/25 - $53,826 +2% 412 $131   $14,950,382 42
2012/10/26 - $75,754 +41% 201 $377   $15,026,136 43
2012/10/27 - $118,509 +56% 201 $590   $15,144,645 44
2012/10/28 - $64,007 -46% 201 $318   $15,208,652 45
2013/01/02 - $2,556   13 $197   $15,966,455 111
2013/01/07 - $1,314   12 $110   $15,981,183 116
2013/01/14 - $3,148   16 $197   $16,012,015 123
2013/01/15 - $5,102 +62% 16 $319   $16,017,117 124
2013/01/16 - $5,334 +5% 16 $333   $16,022,451 125

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/09/14 19 $736,311   5 $147,262   $736,311 3
2012/09/21 7 $4,391,092 +496% 788 $5,572   $5,446,975 10
2012/09/28 9 $2,680,554 -39% 856 $3,131   $9,568,624 17
2012/10/05 9 $1,861,703 -31% 864 $2,155   $12,337,032 24
2012/10/12 15 $813,379 -56% 682 $1,193   $13,910,287 31
2012/10/19 16 $520,677 -36% 412 $1,264   $14,738,213 38
2012/10/26 21 $258,270 -50% 201 $1,285   $15,208,652 45
2012/11/02 25 $180,599 -30% 138 $1,309   $15,511,394 52
2012/11/09 32 $103,425 -43% 88 $1,175   $15,688,483 59
2012/11/16 40 $50,056 -52% 52 $963   $15,788,701 66
2012/11/23 52 $29,675 -41% 25 $1,187   $15,842,500 73
2012/11/30 59 $17,403 -41% 23 $757   $15,873,233 80
2012/12/07 67 $12,069 -31% 23 $525   $15,895,739 87
2012/12/14 65 $9,361 -22% 14 $669   $15,912,499 94
2012/12/21 54 $11,568 +24% 13 $890   $15,933,452 101
2013/01/04 61 $10,396   17 $612   $15,979,869 115
2013/01/11 50 $22,141 +113% 16 $1,384   $16,008,867 122
2013/01/25 41 $70,422   37 $1,903   $16,128,167 136
2013/02/01 47 $42,013 -40% 28 $1,500   $16,202,317 143
2013/02/08 57 $23,758 -43% 29 $819   $16,247,159 150

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
3/3/20132435,321 35,321$549,595$549,5951

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
3/3/20131024,804 24,804$508,988$508,9881

The Master HD Trailer

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