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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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  8. Trailer

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

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

RecordRankAmount
All Time Domestic Box Office 7,635 $1,109,660
All Time International Box Office 6,108 $635,292
All Time Worldwide Box Office 9,185 $1,744,952
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies 1,441 $1,109,660
All Time Domestic Box Office for R Movies 2,480 $1,109,660
All Time International Box Office for R Movies 1,840 $635,292
All Time Worldwide Box Office for R Movies 2,686 $1,744,952

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.


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

RecordRankAmountChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest Domestic 26th Weekend 408 $4,222 May 7, 2010 178
Biggest 26th Weekend Limited Release 184 $4,222 May 7, 2010 178
Theater Average 26th Weekend Limited Release 258 $603 May 7, 2010 178
Biggest Domestic 25th Weekend 466 $4,596 Apr 30, 2010 171
Biggest 25th Weekend Limited Release 200 $4,596 Apr 30, 2010 171
Theater Average 25th Weekend Limited Release 192 $919 Apr 30, 2010 171
Biggest Domestic 24th Weekend 496 $6,489 Apr 23, 2010 164
Biggest 24th Weekend Limited Release 203 $6,489 Apr 23, 2010 164
Theater Average 24th Weekend Limited Release 181 $1,082 Apr 23, 2010 164
Biggest Domestic 23rd Weekend 670 $3,466 Apr 16, 2010 157
Biggest 23rd Weekend Limited Release 297 $3,466 Apr 16, 2010 157
Theater Average 23rd Weekend Limited Release 270 $867 Apr 16, 2010 157
Biggest Domestic 22nd Weekend 735 $4,973 Apr 9, 2010 150
Biggest 22nd Weekend Limited Release 307 $4,973 Apr 9, 2010 150
Theater Average 22nd Weekend Limited Release 422 $622 Apr 9, 2010 150
Biggest Domestic 21st Weekend 896 $4,435 Apr 2, 2010 143
Biggest 21st Weekend Limited Release 387 $4,435 Apr 2, 2010 143
Theater Average 21st Weekend Limited Release 587 $493 Apr 2, 2010 143
Biggest Domestic 20th Weekend 1,034 $4,309 Mar 26, 2010 136
Biggest 20th Weekend Limited Release 434 $4,309 Mar 26, 2010 136
Theater Average 20th Weekend Limited Release 695 $431 Mar 26, 2010 136
Biggest Domestic 19th Weekend 1,001 $10,989 Mar 19, 2010 129
Biggest 19th Weekend Limited Release 327 $10,989 Mar 19, 2010 129
Theater Average 19th Weekend Limited Release 602 $646 Mar 19, 2010 129
Biggest Domestic 18th Weekend 1,098 $15,489 Mar 12, 2010 122
Biggest 18th Weekend Limited Release 320 $15,489 Mar 12, 2010 122
Theater Average 18th Weekend Limited Release 640 $704 Mar 12, 2010 122
Biggest Domestic 17th Weekend 1,078 $32,118 Mar 5, 2010 115
Biggest 17th Weekend Limited Release 254 $32,118 Mar 5, 2010 115
Theater Average 17th Weekend Limited Release 482 $1,004 Mar 5, 2010 115
Biggest Domestic 16th Weekend 1,147 $46,240 Feb 26, 2010 108
Biggest 16th Weekend Limited Release 240 $46,240 Feb 26, 2010 108
Theater Average 16th Weekend Limited Release 336 $1,360 Feb 26, 2010 108
Biggest Domestic 15th Weekend 1,584 $25,972 Feb 19, 2010 101
Biggest 15th Weekend Limited Release 401 $25,972 Feb 19, 2010 101
Theater Average 15th Weekend Limited Release 652 $928 Feb 19, 2010 101
Biggest Domestic 14th Weekend 1,670 $38,024 Feb 12, 2010 94
Biggest 14th Weekend Limited Release 383 $38,024 Feb 12, 2010 94
Theater Average 14th Weekend Limited Release 490 $1,267 Feb 12, 2010 94
Biggest Domestic 13th Weekend 2,198 $20,967 Feb 5, 2010 87
Biggest 13th Weekend Limited Release 605 $20,967 Feb 5, 2010 87
Theater Average 13th Weekend Limited Release 1,304 $582 Feb 5, 2010 87
Biggest Domestic 12th Weekend 2,612 $17,951 Jan 29, 2010 80
Biggest 12th Weekend Limited Release 748 $17,951 Jan 29, 2010 80
Theater Average 12th Weekend Limited Release 1,367 $641 Jan 29, 2010 80
Biggest Domestic 11th Weekend 2,890 $20,254 Jan 22, 2010 73
Biggest 11th Weekend Limited Release 815 $20,254 Jan 22, 2010 73
Theater Average 11th Weekend Limited Release 1,075 $921 Jan 22, 2010 73
Biggest Domestic 10th Weekend 3,320 $19,368 Jan 15, 2010 66
Biggest 10th Weekend Limited Release 964 $19,368 Jan 15, 2010 66
Theater Average 10th Weekend Limited Release 1,409 $807 Jan 15, 2010 66
Biggest Domestic 9th Weekend 3,799 $17,386 Jan 8, 2010 59
Biggest 9th Weekend Limited Release 1,167 $17,386 Jan 8, 2010 59
Theater Average 9th Weekend Limited Release 1,599 $790 Jan 8, 2010 59
Biggest Domestic 8th Weekend 4,175 $18,755 Jan 1, 2010 52
Biggest 8th Weekend Limited Release 1,267 $18,755 Jan 1, 2010 52
Theater Average 8th Weekend Limited Release 1,650 $893 Jan 1, 2010 52
Biggest Domestic 7th Weekend 4,898 $13,955 Dec 25, 2009 45
Biggest 7th Weekend Limited Release 1,611 $13,955 Dec 25, 2009 45
Theater Average 7th Weekend Limited Release 2,390 $634 Dec 25, 2009 45
Biggest Domestic 6th Weekend 4,960 $26,444 Dec 18, 2009 38
Biggest 6th Weekend Limited Release 1,478 $26,444 Dec 18, 2009 38
Theater Average 6th Weekend Limited Release 2,681 $615 Dec 18, 2009 38
Biggest Domestic 5th Weekend 5,047 $45,204 Dec 11, 2009 31
Biggest 5th Weekend Limited Release 1,372 $45,204 Dec 11, 2009 31
Theater Average 5th Weekend Limited Release 2,515 $904 Dec 11, 2009 31
Biggest Domestic 4th Weekend 5,190 $71,515 Dec 4, 2009 24
Biggest 4th Weekend Limited Release 1,292 $71,515 Dec 4, 2009 24
Theater Average 4th Weekend Limited Release 2,216 $1,430 Dec 4, 2009 24
Biggest Domestic 3rd Weekend 5,121 $140,203 Nov 27, 2009 17
Biggest 3rd Weekend Limited Release 1,005 $140,203 Nov 27, 2009 17
Theater Average 3rd Weekend Limited Release 1,209 $3,505 Nov 27, 2009 17
Biggest Domestic 2nd Weekend 5,682 $110,112 Nov 20, 2009 10
Biggest 2nd Weekend Limited Release 1,239 $110,112 Nov 20, 2009 10
Theater Average 2nd Weekend Limited Release 2,022 $3,552 Nov 20, 2009 10
Biggest Domestic Opening Weekend 7,147 $44,523 Nov 13, 2009 3
Biggest Opening Weekend Limited Release 2,317 $44,523 Nov 13, 2009 3
Theater Average Opening Weekend Limited Release 1,207 $11,131 Nov 13, 2009 3
Theater Average Limited Release 1,869 $11,131 Nov 13, 2009 3
Top 2009 Theater Average Limited Release 93 $11,131 Nov 13, 2009 3
Never Wide Domestic 1,815 $1,109,660 Nov 13, 2009 0
Never No. 1 Domestic 5,327 $1,109,660 Nov 13, 2009 0
Widest Expansion Limited Release 1,203 46 Nov 13, 2009 0

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

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records


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

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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