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The Messenger (2009)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $1,109,660Details
International Box Office $635,292Details
Worldwide Box Office $1,744,952
Home Market Performance
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $462,714 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $462,714
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Synopsis

An Iraq War veteran who narrowly escaped death in combat struggles with his new post at the Casualty Notification Office while anticipating his upcoming discharge. Will Montgomery has spent his fair share of time in army hospitals, and with just three months to go before returning to civilian life, he discovers that his girlfriend back home has decided to move on with her life. Crestfallen, Will discovers that his latest hope for a fresh start will be training to work for the Casualty Notification Office under the mentorship of senior officer Tony. As someone who had a close brush with death himself, Will isn’t sure that he’s the man to tell families that their own loved ones will never be coming home. Thankfully, in between his assignments, Tony offers a sympathetic ear and the two men form a bond that will ultimately help them to readjust to “normal” life. But once you’ve been in the thick of it, any true hope for a normal life after the military is just wishful thinking.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
89% - Certified Fresh
Audience
75% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$6,500,000
Domestic Releases: November 13th, 2009 (Limited) by Oscilloscope Pictures
International Releases: September 18th, 2015 (Wide) (United Kingdom)
Video Release: May 18th, 2010 by Oscilloscope Video
MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content/nudity
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Keywords: Military Life
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 26th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 408 $4,222 May 7, 2010 178
Biggest 25th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 465 $4,596 Apr 30, 2010 171
Biggest 24th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 495 $6,489 Apr 23, 2010 164
Biggest 23rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 668 $3,466 Apr 16, 2010 157
Biggest 22nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 734 $4,973 Apr 9, 2010 150
Biggest 21st Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 894 $4,435 Apr 2, 2010 143
Biggest 20th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,029 $4,309 Mar 26, 2010 136
Biggest 19th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 994 $10,989 Mar 19, 2010 129
Biggest 18th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,088 $15,489 Mar 12, 2010 122
Biggest 17th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,067 $32,118 Mar 5, 2010 115
Biggest 16th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,135 $46,240 Feb 26, 2010 108
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,566 $25,972 Feb 19, 2010 101
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,650 $38,024 Feb 12, 2010 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,173 $20,967 Feb 5, 2010 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,581 $17,951 Jan 29, 2010 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,857 $20,254 Jan 22, 2010 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,285 $19,368 Jan 15, 2010 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,759 $17,386 Jan 8, 2010 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,130 $18,755 Jan 1, 2010 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,843 $13,955 Dec 25, 2009 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,906 $26,444 Dec 18, 2009 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,997 $45,204 Dec 11, 2009 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,137 $71,515 Dec 4, 2009 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,071 $140,203 Nov 27, 2009 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,623 $110,112 Nov 20, 2009 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,074 $44,523 Nov 13, 2009 3

Cast

   Staff Sgt. Will Montgomery
Jena Malone    Kelly
Eamonn Walker    Col. Stuart Dorsett
Woody Harrelson    Capt. Tony Stone
Steve Buscemi    Dale Martin
Samantha Morton    Olivia Pitterson

Production and Technical Credits

Director   

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for May 18th, 2010

May 17th, 2010

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March 5th, 2010

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March 4th, 2010

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February 2nd, 2010

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December 17th, 2009

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December 16th, 2009

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December 2nd, 2009

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November 17th, 2009

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November 13th, 2009

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2009/11/13 47 $44,523   4 $11,131   $44,523 3
2009/11/20 28 $110,112 +147% 31 $3,552   $167,346 10
2009/11/27 29 $140,203 +27% 40 $3,505   $353,303 17
2009/12/04 34 $71,515 -49% 50 $1,430   $464,878 24
2009/12/11 38 $45,204 -37% 50 $904   $541,782 31
2009/12/18 43 $26,444 -42% 43 $615   $592,390 38
2009/12/25 50 $13,955 -47% 22 $634   $623,689 45
2010/01/01 54 $18,755 +34% 21 $893   $654,374 52
2010/01/08 51 $17,386 -7% 22 $790   $680,966 59
2010/01/15 48 $19,368 +11% 24 $807   $712,078 66
2010/01/22 53 $20,254 +5% 22 $921   $742,460 73
2010/01/29 60 $17,951 -11% 28 $641   $770,208 80
2010/02/05 55 $20,967 +17% 36 $582   $804,307 87
2010/02/12 43 $38,024 +81% 30 $1,267   $852,362 94
2010/02/19 55 $25,972 -32% 28 $928   $893,323 101
2010/02/26 51 $46,240 +78% 34 $1,360   $952,043 108
2010/03/05 51 $32,118 -31% 32 $1,004   $1,006,655 115
2010/03/12 62 $15,489 -52% 22 $704   $1,035,320 122
2010/03/19 69 $10,989 -29% 17 $646   $1,057,706 129
2010/03/26 88 $4,309 -61% 10 $431   $1,068,286 136
2010/04/02 79 $4,435 +3% 9 $493   $1,075,174 143
2010/04/09 82 $4,973 +12% 8 $622   $1,081,412 150
2010/04/16 93 $3,466 -30% 4 $867   $1,085,975 157
2010/04/23 77 $6,489 +87% 6 $1,082   $1,093,047 164
2010/04/30 86 $4,596 -29% 5 $919   $1,101,187 171
2010/05/07 84 $4,222 -8% 7 $603   $1,108,684 178

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2009/11/26 - $13,005   40 $325   $213,100 14
2010/01/18 - $3,514   24 $146   $715,592 67
2010/02/15 45 $5,691   30 $190   $858,053 95

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2009/11/13 50 $57,234   4 $14,309   $57,234 7
2009/11/20 36 $155,866 +172% 31 $5,028   $213,100 14
2009/11/27 29 $180,263 +16% 40 $4,507   $393,363 21
2009/12/04 33 $103,215 -43% 50 $2,064   $496,578 28
2009/12/11 37 $69,368 -33% 50 $1,387   $565,946 35
2009/12/18 45 $43,788 -37% 43 $1,018   $636,178 42
2009/12/25 52 $25,885 -41% 22 $1,177   $649,574 49
2010/01/01 51 $27,961 +8% 21 $1,331   $663,580 56
2010/01/08 52 $29,135 +4% 22 $1,324   $692,710 63
2010/01/15 47 $29,496 +1% 24 $1,229   $722,206 70
2010/01/22 53 $30,051 +2% 22 $1,366   $752,257 77
2010/01/29 56 $31,083 +3% 28 $1,110   $783,340 84
2010/02/05 51 $30,998 n/c 36 $861   $814,338 91
2010/02/12 45 $53,013 +71% 30 $1,767   $867,351 98
2010/02/19 56 $38,452 -27% 28 $1,373   $905,803 105
2010/02/26 50 $68,734 +79% 34 $2,022   $974,537 112
2010/03/05 50 $46,244 -33% 32 $1,445   $1,020,781 119
2010/03/12 60 $25,936 -44% 22 $1,179   $1,046,717 126
2010/03/19 68 $17,260 -33% 17 $1,015   $1,063,977 133
2010/03/26 89 $6,762 -61% 10 $676   $1,070,739 140
2010/04/02 82 $5,700 -16% 9 $633   $1,076,439 147
2010/04/09 86 $6,070 +6% 8 $759   $1,082,509 154
2010/04/16 98 $4,049 -33% 4 $1,012   $1,086,558 161
2010/04/23 77 $10,003 +147% 6 $1,667   $1,096,591 168
2010/04/30 86 $7,871 -21% 5 $1,574   $1,104,462 175
2010/05/07 115 $743 -91% 7 $106   $1,109,660 182

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
United Kingdom 9/18/2015 $410 8 8 8 $410 9/23/2015
 
Rest of World $634,882
 
International Total$635,292 9/23/2015

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
5/23/20101510,579 10,579$211,471$211,4711

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