The Muppets

The Muppets poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $88,625,922Details
International Box Office $72,346,000
Worldwide Box Office $160,971,922
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $33,740,837 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $24,535,461 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $58,276,298
Further financial details...

  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Full Financials
  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer

Synopsis

On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary and Gary's girlfriend, Mary, from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman to raze Muppet Studios and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage a telethon and raise the $10 million needed to save the studio, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
96% - Certified Fresh
Audience
80% - Upright

Movie Details

Production Budget:$45,000,000
Domestic Releases: November 23rd, 2011 (Wide) by Walt Disney, released as The Muppets
Video Release: March 20th, 2012 by Buena Vista Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG for some mild rude humor.
(Rating bulletin 2188, 9/7/2011)
Franchise: Muppets
Keywords: Character's Journey Shown on Map, Coming of Age, Performing Arts, Kidnap, Relationships Gone Wrong, TV Industry, Road Trip, Breaking the Fourth Wall, Robot, Dream Sequence, Prologue, Voiceover/Narration, Corporate Malfeasance, Gratuitous Cameos, Puppets in a Live Action World
Source:Based on TV
Genre:Comedy
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Kids Fiction
Production Companies: Walt Disney Pictures

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DVD and Blu-ray Releases for March 20th, 2012

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Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/11/23 2 $6,510,912   3,440 $1,893   $6,510,912 1
2011/11/24 2 $5,766,753 -11% 3,440 $1,676   $12,277,665 2
2011/11/25 2 $12,123,246 +110% 3,440 $3,524   $24,400,911 3
2011/11/26 2 $10,927,021 -10% 3,440 $3,176   $35,327,932 4
2011/11/27 2 $6,188,759 -43% 3,440 $1,799   $41,516,691 5
2011/11/28 2 $1,072,282 -83% 3,440 $312   $42,588,973 6
2011/11/29 2 $1,042,471 -3% 3,440 $303   $43,631,444 7
2011/11/30 2 $809,272 -22% 3,440 $235   $44,440,716 8
2011/12/01 2 $833,699 +3% 3,440 $242   $45,274,415 9
2011/12/02 2 $2,721,975 +226% 3,440 $791   $47,996,390 10
2011/12/03 2 $5,134,456 +89% 3,440 $1,493   $53,130,846 11
2011/12/04 2 $3,226,324 -37% 3,440 $938   $56,357,170 12
2011/12/05 2 $571,567 -82% 3,440 $166   $56,928,737 13
2011/12/06 2 $682,444 +19% 3,440 $198   $57,611,181 14
2011/12/07 2 $567,704 -17% 3,440 $165   $58,178,885 15
2011/12/08 2 $584,373 +3% 3,440 $170   $58,763,258 16
2011/12/09 4 $1,672,046 +186% 3,328 $502   $60,435,304 17
2011/12/10 4 $3,268,931 +96% 3,328 $982   $63,704,235 18
2011/12/11 3 $2,037,893 -38% 3,328 $612   $65,742,128 19
2011/12/12 6 $408,232 -80% 3,328 $123   $66,150,360 20
2011/12/13 6 $476,100 +17% 3,328 $143   $66,626,460 21
2011/12/14 5 $419,949 -12% 3,328 $126   $67,046,409 22
2011/12/15 7 $427,236 +2% 3,328 $128   $67,473,645 23
2011/12/16 10 $854,714 +100% 2,808 $304   $68,328,359 24
2011/12/17 9 $1,541,563 +80% 2,808 $549   $69,869,922 25
2011/12/18 9 $1,124,649 -27% 2,808 $401   $70,994,571 26
2011/12/19 9 $588,340 -48% 2,808 $210   $71,582,911 27
2011/12/20 9 $678,834 +15% 2,808 $242   $72,261,745 28
2011/12/21 8 $586,401 -14% 2,808 $209   $72,848,146 29
2011/12/22 8 $708,379 +21% 2,808 $252   $73,556,525 30
2011/12/23 9 $928,676 +31% 1,752 $530   $74,485,201 31
2011/12/24 8 $607,133 -35% 1,752 $347   $75,092,334 32
2011/12/25 15 $609,953 n/c 1,752 $348   $75,702,287 33
2011/12/26 11 $1,123,575 +84% 1,752 $641   $76,825,862 34
2011/12/27 10 $1,014,029 -10% 1,536 $660   $77,839,891 35
2011/12/28 10 $1,012,427 n/c 1,536 $659   $78,852,318 36
2011/12/29 10 $1,014,943 n/c 1,536 $661   $79,867,261 37
2011/12/30 10 $1,104,535 +9% 1,541 $717   $80,971,796 38
2011/12/31 11 $823,487 -25% 1,541 $534   $81,795,283 39
2012/01/01 13 $734,169 -11% 1,541 $476   $82,529,452 40
2012/01/02 10 $1,031,621 +41% 1,541 $669   $83,561,073 41

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/11/25 2 $29,239,026   3,440 $8,500   $41,516,691 5
2011/12/02 2 $11,082,755 -62% 3,440 $3,222   $56,357,170 12
2011/12/09 4 $6,978,870 -37% 3,328 $2,097   $65,742,128 19
2011/12/16 9 $3,520,926 -50% 2,808 $1,254   $70,994,571 26
2011/12/23 10 $2,145,762 -39% 1,752 $1,225   $75,702,287 33
2011/12/30 11 $2,662,191 +24% 1,541 $1,728   $82,529,452 40
2012/01/06 15 $1,358,289 -49% 1,236 $1,099   $85,561,195 47
2012/01/13 21 $573,868 -58% 547 $1,049   $86,409,396 54
2012/01/20 28 $261,418 -54% 285 $917   $87,036,379 61
2012/01/27 31 $212,903 -19% 206 $1,034   $87,314,426 68
2012/02/10 32 $271,985   291 $935   $87,777,650 82
2012/02/17 36 $207,263 -24% 269 $770   $88,067,260 89
2012/02/24 39 $145,905 -30% 205 $712   $88,355,068 96
2012/03/02 44 $79,202 -46% 138 $574   $88,479,901 103
2012/03/09 56 $41,574 -48% 84 $495   $88,542,491 110
2012/03/16 64 $21,928 -47% 52 $422   $88,586,976 117
2012/03/23 65 $12,381 -44% 35 $354   $88,605,092 124
2012/03/30 72 $8,464 -32% 21 $403   $88,625,922 131

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
3/25/20121717,414 717,414$12,208,664$12,208,6641
4/1/20123266,509-63% 983,923$4,801,080$17,009,7442
4/8/20125348,450+31% 1,332,373$5,087,126$22,096,8703
4/15/2012872,540-79% 1,404,913$1,389,446$23,486,3164
4/22/20121048,606-33% 1,453,519$973,909$24,460,2255
4/29/20121141,052-16% 1,494,571$820,892$25,281,1176
5/6/20121838,645-6% 1,533,216$760,847$26,041,9637
5/13/20122818,034-53% 1,551,250$361,050$26,403,0138
5/20/20122615,429-14% 1,566,679$308,847$26,711,8609

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
3/25/20121439,248 439,248$13,159,870$13,159,8701
4/1/20123120,065-73% 559,313$3,240,546$16,400,4162
4/8/20123164,788+37% 724,101$4,447,633$20,848,0493
4/15/2012823,644-86% 747,745$682,827$21,530,8764
4/22/2012178,833-63% 756,578$264,915$21,795,7915
4/29/20121710,316+17% 766,894$309,163$22,104,9546
5/6/2012159,694-6% 776,588$290,616$22,395,5707

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Cast

Jason Segel    Gary
Amy Adams    Mary
Chris Cooper    Tex Richman
Rashida Jones    Executive
Steve Whitmire    Kermit, Beaker, Statler, Rizzo
Dave Goelz    Gonzo, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew
Bill Barretta    Swedish Chef, Rowlf, De. Teeth, Pepe the Prawn, Bobo, Fozzie Moopet
David Rudman    Scooter, Janice, Miss Poogy
Matt Vogel    Sgt. Floyd Pepper, Camilla, Sweetums, 80's Robot, Lew Zealand, Uncle Deadly, Rowlf Moopet, Crazy Harry
Peter Linz    Walter
Alan Arkin    Tour Guide
Bill Cobbs    Grandfather
Ken Jeong    "Punch Teacher" Host
Jim Parsons    Human Walter
Eddie Pepitone    Postman
Kristen Schaal    Moderator
Sarah Silverman    Greeter
Eddie Sotelo    TV Executive
Raymond Ma    Elderly Asian Man
Shu Lan Tuan    Elderly Asian Woman
Donald Glover    Junior CDE Executive
Dahlia Waingort    TV Executive
Jonathan Palmer    Reporter One
Don Yanan    Reporter Two
Michael Albala    TV Executive
Julia Marie Franzese    "Punch Teacher" Kid
Gunner Smith    Gary Age 6
Connor Gallagher    Gary Age 9
Justin Marco    Gary Age 13
Cameron Kasal    Laughing Kid
Justin Tinucci    Laughing Kid
Alex Long    Laughing Kid
Aria Noelle Curzon    Waitress
Emily Blunt    Herself
James Carville    Himself
Leslie Feist    Herself
Whoopi Goldberg    Herself
Selena Gomez    Herself
Dave Grohl    Himself
Neil Patrick Harris    Himself
Judd Hirsch    Himself
John Krasinski    Himself
Rico Rodriguez    Himself
Mickey Rooney    Himself
Tyler Bunch    Additional Muppet Performer
Bruce Lanoil    Additional Muppet Performer
Michelan Sisti    Additonal Muppet Performer
Paul McGinnis    Additional Muppet Performer
Greg Ballora    Additional Muppet Performer
Tim Blaney    Additional Muppet Performer
Leslie Carrara-Rudolph    Additional Muppet Performer
Nathan Danforth    Additional Muppet Performer
Julia Gunn    Additional Muppet Performer
Tanya Haden    Additional Muppet Performer
Sean Johnson    Additional Muppet Performer
James Murphy    Additional Muppet Performer
Karen Prell    Additional Muppet Performer
David Skelly    Additional Muppet Performer
Art Vega    Additional Muppet Performer
Chase Woolner    Additional Muppet Performer
David Barclay    Additional Muppet Performer
Kevin Carlson    Additional Muppet Performer
Kristn Charney    Additional Muppet Performer
Alice Dinnean    Additional Muppet Performer
B.J. Guyer    Additional Muppet Performer
Patrick Johnson    Additional Muppet Performer
Len Levitt    Additional Muppet Performer
Michael Oosterom    Additional Muppet Performer
Mike Quinn    Additional Muppet Performer
Andy Stone    Additional Muppet Performer
Alex Villa    Additional Muppet Performer

Production and Technical Credits

Director    James Bobin
Screenwriter    Jason Segel
Screenwriter    Nicholas Stoller
Producer    David Hoberman
Producer    Todd Lieberman
Executive Producer    Jason Segel
Executive Producer    Nicholas Stoller
Executive Producer    John G. Scotti
Executive Producer    Martin G. Baker
Director of Photography    Don Burgess
Production Designer    Steve Saklad
Editor    James Thomas
Costume Designer    Rahel Afiley
Composer    Christophe Beck
Music Supervisor    Bret McKenzie
Casting    Marcia Ross
Casting    Gail Goldberg
Unit Production Manager    John G. Scotti
First Assistant Director    Josh King
Second Assistant Director    Brian F. Relyea
Visual Effects Supervisor and Producer    Janet Muswell Hamilton
Additional Editor    Alan Baumgarten
Choreography    Michael Rooney
Associate Producer    Bill Barretta

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