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The Music Never Stopped (2011)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $258,538Details
International Box Office $42,865Details
Worldwide Box Office $301,403
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Synopsis

The Music Never Stopped, based on the case study "The Last Hippie" by Dr. Oliver Sacks, M.D., chronicles the journey of a father and son adjusting to cerebral trauma and a lifetime of missed opportunities. Through the music that embodied the generation gap of the 1960s, the film weaves the heartwarming progress of Henry and Gabriel. With father and son on the opposite side of musical tastes as well as politics and the war in Vietnam, Gabriel disappears into the counterculture following a devastating confrontation with his father. The film opens nearly two decades later, when Henry and wife Helen are told their son has been found wandering the streets of New York City. Gabriel has a brain tumor that has caused extensive brain damage, and needs immediate surgery. When he recovers, he is in a near-catatonic state, his brain damaged to the point that it cannot recall or create any long-term memories. Effectively, Gabriel still thinks he is in 1968. After his operation, the extent of Gabriel's condition is made clear: the tumor damaged the part of the brain that creates new memories. For Gabriel, past, present, and future are indistinguishable, and he still lives in the era of Vietnam, acid tests, and psychedelic music. Determined not to let their son slip away from them again, Henry and wife Helen vow to connect with Gabriel, who is barely able to communicate effectively. Unhappy with Gabriel's progress, Henry researches brain injuries, which leads him to Dr. Dianne Daly. She is a music therapist who has made progress with victims of brain tumors using music. As Diane works more with Gabriel, she realizes that he seems to respond actively to the music of the psychedelic era - the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and particularly the Grateful Dead - which has a remarkable effect on Gabriel. He is able to have conversations and express himself, even though he is unaware the era of his music has long passed. Henry can't stand rock and roll - but he is determined to forge some memories and a new relationship with his son. While his own health fails, Henry begins his own pilgrimage through the bands of the sixties. As he learns the songs that animate his son's soul, he indeed begins to form a most unusual but emotionally vibrant bond with the child he thought he had lost.

Metrics

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: March 18th, 2011 (Limited) by Roadside Attractions
International Releases: December 20th, 2013 (Wide) (Brazil)
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, some mild drug references, language and smoking.
(Rating bulletin 2161, 3/2/2011)
Running Time: 105 minutes
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Keywords: Non-Chronological, Dysfunctional Family, Inspired by a True Story, Faulty Memory, Medical and Hospitals, Road Trip, Mental Illness, Rock 'n' Roll, Big Band, Musicians, Vietnam War, Directing Yourself, Coming of Age
Source:Based on Factual Book/Article
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Essential Pictures, InterAL Prods
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 26th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 668 $208 Sep 9, 2011 178
Biggest 25th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 690 $632 Sep 2, 2011 171
Biggest 20th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,419 $631 Jul 29, 2011 136
Biggest 19th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,771 $193 Jul 22, 2011 129
Biggest 17th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,862 $2,562 Jul 8, 2011 115
Biggest 16th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,543 $595 Jul 1, 2011 108
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,864 $596 Jun 24, 2011 101
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,349 $272 Jun 17, 2011 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,606 $533 Jun 10, 2011 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,722 $1,586 Jun 3, 2011 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,154 $1,692 May 27, 2011 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,360 $2,730 May 20, 2011 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,008 $1,618 May 13, 2011 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,356 $2,090 May 6, 2011 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,467 $344 Apr 29, 2011 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,427 $2,029 Apr 22, 2011 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,381 $6,293 Apr 15, 2011 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,832 $7,499 Apr 8, 2011 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,465 $29,534 Apr 1, 2011 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,450 $48,667 Mar 25, 2011 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,398 $76,543 Mar 18, 2011 3

Cast

   Henry Sawyer
   Gabriel Sawyer
Cara Seymour    Helen Sawyer
Julia Ormond    Dianne Daley
Tammy Blanchard    Tamara
Mia Maestro    Celia
Scott Adsit    Doctor Discow
James Urbaniak   
Peggy Gormley    Florence
Max Antisell    Young Gabriel

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Julie W. Noll
Producer    Jim Kohlberg
Producer    Peter Newman
Producer    Greg Johnson
Co-Producer    George Paaswell
Executive Producer    Neal H. Moritz
Executive Producer    Brad Luft
Director   
Screenwriter    Gwyn Lurie
Screenwriter    Gary Marks
Story Creator    Oliver Sacks

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for August 2nd, 2011

August 2nd, 2011

It's not a particularly strong week on the home market with only two first-run releases of note. Coincidentally, I'm waiting on screeners for both Rio and Soul Surfer. While both are likely worth checking out at the least, the latter's Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack is the best bet for Pick of the Week. Normally I'd like to wait till the screener arrives before handing out that honor, but there is a pretty big gap between first and second place this time around. More...

Featured DVD Review: The Music Never Stopped

August 2nd, 2011

The Music Never Stopped opened in limited release March in way more theaters than most limited releases open in. It proved to be too many and the film never found an audience. Will it perform better on the home market? More...

It was Win Win Win Win on the Per Theater Chart

March 22nd, 2011

There were a quartet of strong performers on the per theater chart this past weekend with Bill Cunningham New York coming out on top with $33,677 in its lone theater. However, while Win Win came in second, it was close behind with $30,072 while it was playing in five theaters, instead of just one, so you could argue it had the better start. Jane Eyre remained potent with an average of $17,939, while its theater count grew from 4 to 26. It will start hitting major milestones very soon. Nostalgia for the Light was the final $10,000 film with $10,681 in one theater. More...

Going to See Limited Releases is a Win Win Proposition

March 18th, 2011

It's another rather busy week for limited releases, plus there are a few that have might expand wide enough to earn some measure of mainstream success. There are a few very impressive documentaries on this week's list, while hopefully narrative films like Win Win or The Music Never Stopped can continue the mini-winning streak limited releases have had. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/03/18 39 $76,543   32 $2,392   $76,543 3
2011/03/25 48 $48,667 -36% 33 $1,475   $150,515 10
2011/04/01 56 $29,534 -39% 28 $1,055   $197,101 17
2011/04/08 76 $7,499 -75% 14 $536   $218,576 24
2011/04/15 73 $6,293 -16% 13 $484   $227,910 31
2011/04/22 101 $2,029 -68% 6 $338   $233,355 38
2011/04/29 110 $344 -83% 4 $86   $234,700 45
2011/05/06 105 $2,090 +508% 7 $299   $237,126 52
2011/05/13 113 $1,618 -23% 5 $324   $239,576 59
2011/05/20 96 $2,730 +69% 5 $546   $242,918 66
2011/05/27 88 $1,692 -38% 5 $338   $244,724 73
2011/06/03 90 $1,586 -6% 5 $317   $247,279 80
2011/06/10 104 $533 -66% 2 $267   $248,470 87
2011/06/17 102 $272 -49% 3 $91   $248,990 94
2011/06/24 108 $596 +119% 2 $298   $250,000 101
2011/07/01 100 $595 n/c 5 $119   $250,870 108
2011/07/08 89 $2,562 +331% 4 $641   $253,899 115
2011/07/22 109 $193   4 $48   $255,773 129
2011/07/29 105 $631 +227% 2 $316   $256,590 136
2011/09/02 122 $632   1 $632   $257,535 171
2011/09/09 135 $208 -67% 1 $208   $258,077 178

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/03/18 - $20,093   32 $628   $20,093 1
2011/03/19 - $36,258 +80% 32 $1,133   $56,351 2
2011/03/20 - $20,192 -44% 32 $631   $76,543 3
2011/03/21 - $5,895 -71% 32 $184   $82,438 4
2011/03/22 - $6,488 +10% 32 $203   $88,926 5
2011/03/23 - $6,628 +2% 32 $207   $95,554 6
2011/03/24 - $6,294 -5% 32 $197   $101,848 7
2011/03/25 - $11,904 +89% 33 $361   $113,752 8
2011/03/26 - $22,955 +93% 33 $696   $136,707 9
2011/03/27 - $13,808 -40% 33 $418   $150,515 10
2011/03/28 - $3,438 -75% 33 $104   $153,953 11
2011/03/29 - $5,673 +65% 33 $172   $159,626 12
2011/03/30 - $4,289 -24% 33 $130   $163,915 13
2011/03/31 - $3,652 -15% 33 $111   $167,567 14
2011/04/01 - $8,448 +131% 28 $302   $176,015 15
2011/04/02 - $12,741 +51% 28 $455   $188,756 16
2011/04/03 - $8,345 -35% 28 $298   $197,101 17
2011/04/04 - $2,606 -69% 28 $93   $199,707 18
2011/04/05 - $3,280 +26% 28 $117   $202,987 19
2011/04/06 - $3,647 +11% 28 $130   $206,634 20
2011/04/07 - $4,443 +22% 28 $159   $211,077 21
2011/04/08 - $1,928 -57% 14 $138   $213,005 22
2011/04/09 - $3,877 +101% 14 $277   $216,882 23
2011/04/10 - $1,694 -56% 14 $121   $218,576 24
2011/04/11 - $605 -64% 14 $43   $219,181 25
2011/04/12 - $725 +20% 14 $52   $219,906 26
2011/04/13 - $716 -1% 14 $51   $220,622 27
2011/04/14 - $995 +39% 14 $71   $221,617 28
2011/04/15 - $1,537 +54% 13 $118   $223,154 29
2011/04/16 - $3,018 +96% 13 $232   $226,172 30
2011/04/17 - $1,738 -42% 13 $134   $227,910 31
2011/04/18 - $581 -67% 13 $45   $228,491 32
2011/04/19 - $1,041 +79% 13 $80   $229,532 33
2011/04/20 - $749 -28% 13 $58   $230,281 34
2011/04/21 - $1,045 +40% 13 $80   $231,326 35
2011/04/22 - $511 -51% 6 $85   $231,837 36
2011/04/23 - $936 +83% 6 $156   $232,773 37
2011/04/24 - $582 -38% 6 $97   $233,355 38
2011/04/25 - $148 -75% 6 $25   $233,503 39
2011/04/26 - $210 +42% 6 $35   $233,713 40
2011/04/27 - $403 +92% 6 $67   $234,116 41
2011/04/28 - $240 -40% 6 $40   $234,356 42
2011/04/29 - $144 -40% 4 $36   $234,500 43
2011/04/30 - $148 +3% 4 $37   $234,648 44
2011/05/01 - $52 -65% 4 $13   $234,700 45
2011/05/02 - $107 +106% 4 $27   $234,807 46
2011/05/03 - $94 -12% 4 $24   $234,901 47
2011/05/04 - $61 -35% 4 $15   $234,962 48
2011/05/05 - $74 +21% 4 $19   $235,036 49
2011/05/06 - $466 +530% 7 $67   $235,502 50
2011/05/07 - $887 +90% 7 $127   $236,389 51
2011/05/08 - $737 -17% 7 $105   $237,126 52
2011/05/09 - $155 -79% 7 $22   $237,281 53
2011/05/10 - $232 +50% 7 $33   $237,513 54
2011/05/11 - $239 +3% 7 $34   $237,752 55
2011/05/12 - $206 -14% 7 $29   $237,958 56
2011/05/13 - $497 +141% 5 $99   $238,455 57
2011/05/14 - $629 +27% 5 $126   $239,084 58
2011/05/15 - $492 -22% 5 $98   $239,576 59
2011/05/16 - $104 -79% 5 $21   $239,680 60
2011/05/17 - $161 +55% 5 $32   $239,841 61
2011/05/18 - $158 -2% 5 $32   $239,999 62
2011/05/19 - $189 +20% 5 $38   $240,188 63
2011/05/20 - $846 +348% 5 $169   $241,034 64
2011/05/21 - $1,040 +23% 5 $208   $242,074 65
2011/05/22 - $844 -19% 5 $169   $242,918 66
2011/05/24 - $7   5 $1   $242,925 68
2011/05/25 - $10 +43% 5 $2   $242,935 69
2011/05/26 - $97 +870% 5 $19   $243,032 70
2011/05/27 - $386 +298% 5 $77   $243,418 71
2011/05/28 - $846 +119% 5 $169   $244,264 72
2011/05/29 - $460 -46% 5 $92   $244,724 73
2011/05/30 86 $373 -19% 5 $75   $245,097 74
2011/05/31 - $131 -65% 5 $26   $245,228 75
2011/06/01 - $154 +18% 5 $31   $245,382 76
2011/06/02 - $311 +102% 5 $62   $245,693 77
2011/06/03 - $447 +44% 5 $89   $246,140 78
2011/06/04 - $781 +75% 5 $156   $246,921 79
2011/06/05 - $358 -54% 5 $72   $247,279 80
2011/06/06 - $181 -49% 5 $36   $247,460 81
2011/06/07 - $126 -30% 5 $25   $247,586 82
2011/06/08 - $208 +65% 5 $42   $247,794 83
2011/06/09 - $143 -31% 5 $29   $247,937 84
2011/06/10 - $230 +61% 2 $115   $248,167 85
2011/06/11 - $146 -37% 2 $73   $248,313 86
2011/06/12 - $157 +8% 2 $79   $248,470 87
2011/06/13 - $48 -69% 2 $24   $248,518 88
2011/06/14 - $92 +92% 2 $46   $248,610 89
2011/06/15 - $44 -52% 2 $22   $248,654 90
2011/06/16 - $64 +45% 2 $32   $248,718 91
2011/06/17 - $104 +63% 3 $35   $248,822 92
2011/06/18 - $108 +4% 3 $36   $248,930 93
2011/06/19 - $60 -44% 3 $20   $248,990 94
2011/06/20 - $56 -7% 3 $19   $249,046 95
2011/06/21 - $46 -18% 3 $15   $249,092 96
2011/06/22 - $66 +43% 3 $22   $249,158 97
2011/06/23 - $246 +273% 3 $82   $249,404 98
2011/06/24 - $152 -38% 2 $76   $249,556 99
2011/06/25 - $276 +82% 2 $138   $249,832 100
2011/06/26 - $168 -39% 2 $84   $250,000 101
2011/06/27 - $84 -50% 2 $42   $250,084 102
2011/06/28 - $57 -32% 2 $29   $250,141 103
2011/06/29 - $82 +44% 2 $41   $250,223 104
2011/06/30 - $52 -37% 2 $26   $250,275 105
2011/07/01 - $194 +273% 5 $39   $250,469 106
2011/07/02 - $206 +6% 5 $41   $250,675 107
2011/07/03 - $195 -5% 5 $39   $250,870 108
2011/07/04 94 $124 -36% 5 $25   $250,994 109
2011/07/05 - $75 -40% 5 $15   $251,069 110
2011/07/06 - $117 +56% 5 $23   $251,186 111
2011/07/07 - $151 +29% 5 $30   $251,337 112
2011/07/08 - $775 +413% 4 $194   $252,112 113
2011/07/09 - $1,078 +39% 4 $270   $253,190 114
2011/07/10 - $709 -34% 4 $177   $253,899 115
2011/07/11 - $314 -56% 4 $79   $254,213 116
2011/07/12 - $392 +25% 4 $98   $254,605 117
2011/07/13 - $407 +4% 4 $102   $255,012 118
2011/07/14 - $395 -3% 4 $99   $255,407 119
2011/07/18 - $63   4 $16   $255,470 123
2011/07/19 - $110 +75% 4 $28   $255,580 124
2011/07/22 - $100   4 $25   $255,680 127
2011/07/23 - $93 -7% 4 $23   $255,773 128
2011/07/26 - $33   4 $8   $255,806 131
2011/07/27 - $33 n/c 4 $8   $255,839 132
2011/07/28 - $120 +264% 4 $30   $255,959 133
2011/07/29 - $226 +88% 2 $113   $256,185 134
2011/07/30 - $291 +29% 2 $146   $256,476 135
2011/07/31 - $114 -61% 2 $57   $256,590 136
2011/08/01 - $26 -77% 2 $13   $256,616 137
2011/08/02 - $201 +673% 2 $101   $256,817 138
2011/08/03 - $50 -75% 2 $25   $256,867 139
2011/08/04 - $36 -28% 2 $18   $256,903 140
2011/09/02 - $150   1 $150   $257,053 169
2011/09/03 - $250 +67% 1 $250   $257,303 170
2011/09/04 - $232 -7% 1 $232   $257,535 171
2011/09/05 115 $224 -3% 1 $224   $257,759 172
2011/09/07 - $110   1 $110   $257,869 174
2011/09/09 - $40   1 $40   $257,909 176
2011/09/11 - $168   1 $168   $258,077 178
2011/09/12 - $16 -90% 1 $16   $258,093 179
2011/09/13 - $130 +713% 1 $130   $258,223 180
2011/09/27 - $315   3 $105   $258,538 194

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/03/18 40 $101,848   32 $3,183   $101,848 7
2011/03/25 52 $65,719 -35% 33 $1,991   $167,567 14
2011/04/01 30 $211,077 +221% 28 $7,538   $211,077 21
2011/04/08 79 $10,540 -95% 14 $753   $221,617 28
2011/04/15 79 $9,709 -8% 13 $747   $231,326 35
2011/04/22 102 $3,030 -69% 6 $505   $234,356 42
2011/04/29 111 $680 -78% 4 $170   $235,036 49
2011/05/06 107 $2,922 +330% 7 $417   $237,958 56
2011/05/13 115 $2,230 -24% 5 $446   $240,188 63
2011/05/20 109 $2,844 +28% 5 $569   $243,032 70
2011/05/27 93 $2,661 -6% 5 $532   $245,693 77
2011/06/03 96 $2,244 -16% 5 $449   $247,937 84
2011/06/10 106 $781 -65% 2 $391   $248,718 91
2011/06/17 107 $686 -12% 3 $229   $249,404 98
2011/06/24 110 $871 +27% 2 $436   $250,275 105
2011/07/01 101 $1,062 +22% 5 $212   $251,337 112
2011/07/08 90 $4,070 +283% 4 $1,018   $255,407 119
2011/07/15 124 $173 -96% 4 $43   $255,580 126
2011/07/22 113 $379 +119% 4 $95   $255,959 133
2011/07/29 111 $944 +149% 2 $472   $256,903 140
2011/09/02 124 $966   1 $966   $257,869 175
2011/09/09 137 $354 -63% 1 $354   $258,223 182

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
Brazil 12/20/2013 $0 0 1 2 $42,865 12/15/2015
 
International Total$42,865 12/15/2015

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