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The Paperboy (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $677,200Details
International Box Office $1,499,176
Worldwide Box Office $2,176,376
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $3,341,073 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $549,802 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $3,890,875
Further financial details...

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


The Paperboy takes audiences deep into the backwaters of steamy1960s South Florida, as investigative reporter Ward Jansen and his partner Yardley Acheman chase a sensational, career-making story. With the help of Ward’s younger brother Jack and sultry death-row groupie Charlotte Bless, the pair tries to prove violent swamp-dweller Hillary Van Wetter was framed for the murder of a corrupt local sheriff. Based on the bestselling novel by Pete Dexter, The Paperboy peels back a sleepy small town’s decades-old façade of Southern gentility to reveal a quagmire of evil as dark as a Florida bayou.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics RottenAudience Spilled
43% - Rotten
33% - Spilled

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: October 5th, 2012 (Limited) by Alchemy
Video Release: January 22nd, 2013 by Alchemy
MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content, violence and language.
(Rating bulletin 2234, 8/1/2012)
Running Time: 107 minutes
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Keywords: Film Noir, Corrupt Cops, Wrongfully Convicted, Framed, Life in a Small Town, Bigotry, News, Investigative Journalist, Voiceover/Narration
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Lee Daniels Entertainment, Millennium Films
Production Countries: United States


   Jack Jansen
   Hillary Van Wetter
   Charlotte Bless
David Oyelowo    Yardley
Macy Gray    Anita
Scott Glenn    W.W. Jansen

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Lee Daniels
Screenwriter    Pete Dexter
Based on the novel by    Pete Dexter
Producer    Hilary Shor
Producer    Lee Daniels
Producer    Avi Lerner
Producer    Ed Cathell III
Producer    Cassian Elwes
Executive Producer    Danny Dimbort
Executive Producer    Trevor Short
Executive Producer    John Thompson
Executive Producer    Boaz Davidson
Executive Producer    Mark Gill
Executive Producer    Jan De Bont
Cinematographer    Roberto Schaefer
Production Designer    Daniel T. Dorrance
Editor    Joe Klotz
Composer    Mario Gregorov

Blu-ray Sales: January 27th, 2013: End Begins On Top

March 14th, 2013

New releases did well on the Blu-ray sales chart for the week of January 27th, 2013. This includes End of Watch, which earned first place with 428,000 units / $9.41 million. Its opening week Blu-ray share was just a hair over 50%, which is really impressive for this type of release. More...

DVD Sales: January 27th, 2013: Watch Gets Taken Out in the End

March 14th, 2013

There were four new releases in the top five of the DVD sales chart for the week of January 27th. However, Taken 2 was able to remain in first place with 516,000 units / $7.73 million over the week for totals of 1.68 million units / $27.55 million after two. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for January 22nd, 2013

January 21st, 2013

There are not a lot of big releases on this week's list with End of Watch being the biggest. Conveniently, it is also the best and it is the Pick of the Week on either DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack. More...

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

December 13th, 2012

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

December 12th, 2012

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: Taken to the Top

October 9th, 2012

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...

Weekend Estimates: Taken 2 Posts Top 3 October Opening

October 7th, 2012

After Hotel Transylvania's record-breaking September opening last week, Taken 2 will make its mark on the October record book this weekend, with Fox projecting a $50 million opening, most likely enough for a place in the top 3 October weekends. The film still has a shot at ousting Paranormal Activity 3 from the top of that list, although it would have to have a very strong Sunday to break the record. Regardless of that, we're looking at another up weekend and 2012 will pull further ahead of last year's pace. More...

Limited Releases: Under the Weather

October 4th, 2012

There are a large number of limited releases on this week's list, but very few have a serious shot at box office success. There are several films with casts with strong name recognition that were earning pre-release buzz, Butter, The Oranges, and The Paperboy, but none of them are earning strong enough reviews to suggest they will thrive in limited release. Fat Kid Rules the World might be the film with the best chance at mainstream success on this week's list, while Escape Fire might do well for a documentary. More...

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Daily Box Office Performance

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/10/05 37 $102,706   11 $9,337   $102,706 3
2012/10/12 30 $96,111 -6% 49 $1,961   $236,901 10
2012/10/19 70 $11,153 -88% 74 $151   $394,085 17
2012/10/26 36 $89,327 +701% 76 $1,175   $538,352 24
2012/11/02 45 $48,416 -46% 42 $1,153   $628,198 31
2012/11/09 53 $23,610 -51% 34 $694   $675,813 38

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/10/05 38 $140,790   11 $12,799   $140,790 7
2012/10/12 23 $242,142 +72% 49 $4,942   $382,932 14
2012/10/19 43 $66,093 -73% 74 $893   $449,025 21
2012/10/26 35 $130,757 +98% 76 $1,720   $579,782 28
2012/11/02 47 $72,421 -45% 42 $1,724   $652,203 35
2012/11/09 56 $24,997 -65% 34 $735   $677,200 42

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
1/27/20135105,463 105,463$1,106,307$1,106,3071
2/3/20132026,679-75% 132,142$345,760$1,452,0672

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
1/27/2013620,659 20,659$275,183$275,1831

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