Paul

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $37,412,945Details
International Box Office $62,767,002
Worldwide Box Office $100,179,947
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $8,114,486 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $6,506,639 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $14,621,125
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Synopsis

Two sci-fi geeks take a pilgrimage to America's UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. For reasons unknown, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town - a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy and Clive Gollings. Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
Critics
71% - Fresh
Audience
61% - Upright

Movie Details

Production Budget:$40,000,000
Theatrical Release: March 18th, 2011 (Wide) by Universal
Video Release: August 9th, 2011 by Universal Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for language including sexual references, and some drug use.
(Rating bulletin 2146, 11/10/2010)
Keywords: Friendly Alien on Earth, Conspiracy Theory, Road Trip, Religious, Escape, Fugitive / On the Run, Epilogue, Non-Chronological
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Comedy
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Science Fiction
Production Companies: Relativity Media, Working Title Films, Big Talk Pictures

Blu-ray Sales: Rio Returns to the Top

As bad as it was on the DVD sales chart this week, it was worse on the Blu-ray sales chart. The best new release was a catalog title for a direct-to-DVD sequel, which is a terrible sign. As for the only bit of bright news on the chart, Rio returned to first place with 69,000 units / $1.48 million for the week and 1.51 million units / $33.23 million after four. More...

Blu-ray Sales: Priest Pulls out the Win

Despite only managing fourth place on the DVD sales chart this week, Priest opened on top of the Blu-ray sales chart with 187,000 units / $4.24 million. Its opening Blu-ray ratio was 49% and this is great news for upcoming summer blockbusters, as it suggests they could break 50%. More...

DVD Sales: Rio Remains Perched on Top

New releases were particularly weak this past week, and none of them were able to unseat Rio on the DVD sales chart. It sold an additional 636,000 units and generated $9.53 million more dollars in sales, pushing its running tallies to 2.27 million units and $34.01 million. It is already in six place for 2011 (fifth place if you don't count Despicable Me, which was released in 2010). More...

Blu-ray Sales: Parrots Hold Off Alien Invasion

Despite six new releases in the top ten on the Blu-ray sales chart this past week, Rio was able to remain on top with 261,000 units / $7.30 million over the week and 1.29 million units / $28.67 million after two. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for August 9th, 2011

This week's list is highly frustrating for two reasons. Firstly, while there's a pretty big list of first-run releases, many of which had some pre-release buzz, almost none of them matched expectations. Secondly, my internet access kept cutting out, so it took till 4:30 a.m. to get this done, and by the end I was swearing nearly constantly. (Even 15 minutes of the Smooth Jazz Nyan Cat wasn't enough to calm my nerves.) Moving on... There were two main contenders for Pick of the Week, Paul on Blu-ray and Stargate: Atlantis: Complete Series Megaset on Blu-ray. In the end I went with the latter, partially because the screener for the former hasn't shown up yet. More...

International Box Office: Rio's Reaching for the Top

Rio has become the biggest hit on the international box office so far this year after just two weeks of release. This past weekend it made $56.34 million on 13,754 screens in 63 markets to lift its total to $131.78 million. This is just a couple of million above The Green Hornet, although it is extending that lead very rapidly. The film was aided by a pair of first place openings in major markets, scoring $4.92 million on 667 screens in France and $2.38 million on 626 screens in Italy. It really shone in a number of holdover markets as well, including Brazil, where it was down a mere 14% to $7.22 million on 1,025 screens over the weekend for a total of $18.75 million after two. At this pace, it will top the final box office of Toy Story 3, Harry Potter and Tangled by next weekend. It added $5.70 million on 1,297 screens in Russia to lift its running tally to $18.94 million. It did drop by 39% from its opening weekend, which was higher than in most major markets, but still very strong for Russia. It grew by 33% in Australia to $3.22 million on 467 screens over the weekend for a total of $7.97 million after two. It was up 12% in the U.K. to $2.76 million on 531 screens over the weekend for a total of $8.97 million. Rio doesn't have a lot of markets left to expand into, but even so, at this pace it should hit $200 million internationally and $300 million worldwide with relative ease. More...

Wimpy Fights its Way to the Top

Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules opened on the high end of expectations while Sucker Punch opened on the low end of expectations, which meant there wasn't a really tight race for top spot at the box office this weekend. The overall box office was healthy with a total haul of $121 million, which was close to 6% higher than last weekend, but it was also close to 6% lower than the same weekend last year. On the one hand, this is arguably the best performance 2011 has had so far, as the only time we've won on the year-over-year comparison was when 2011 has a holiday that didn't line up with 2010. On the other hand, 2011 is still half a billion dollars behind 2010's pace at $2.18 billion to $2.69 billion. More...

Contest: Ominous Signs: Winning Announcement

The winners of our Ominous Signs contest were determined and they are... More...

Box Office Watchers Have Limited Reasons to Cheer

It was another poor weekend at the box office and none of the new wide releases were blockbusters, but on the plus side, none were bombs either. The overall box office was down 11% from last weekend to $115 million, which was 9% lower than the same weekend last year. However, that was actually much better than 2011 has managed for most of the year. Year-to-date, 2011 is still off of 2010's pace by 20% at $2.52 billion to $2.02 billion and that likely won't change till Memorial day. Hopefully it won't be too late to turn things around by then. More...

Weekend Estimates: Limitless Wins Five-Way Box Office Battle

The North American box office showed further glimmers of hope this weekend, with no less than five movies vying for top spot on the chart, and Limitless handily beating expectations to finish first. Its $19 million debut is the best so far for Relativity Media's fledgling distribution organization. Overall, however, box office will be down around 10% from last year, continuing a losing streak that will almost certainly extend to cover the entire first quarter. More...

Weekend Preview: Do the New Releases have Limitless Potential?

Three wide releases come out this week, all of which have the potential to reach first place, and there's a slim chance they will finish one-two-three. On the other hand, there are also two holdovers that have a reasonable shot at first place as well, meaning the new releases could be fighting for scraps at the box office. Regardless, there's little hope that the total box office will match last year's pace, as Alice in Wonderland was still dominating the chart. Best case scenario, there's a close race for top spot with a couple of the new releases pulling in $30 million, or close to it. Worst case scenario has no new release earning half that. Unfortunately, the low end seems more likely. More...

Contest: Ominous Signs

Three films open in wide release next weekend, with Paul reportedly opening the widest. I don't think that will be enough to propel the film into first place during its opening (the previous two Pegg and Frost films didn't even open in the top five). But it could be close and we have a prize that also has an alien theme to it, so we going with that one as the target film in this week's box office prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for Paul. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), regardless if they go over or not, will win a copy of Dark Skies: The Complete Series on DVD. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

International Box Office: Swan's Song a Three-Part Harmony

For the third weekend in a row, Black Swan led the way on the international chart, pulling in $17.50 million on 3,950 screens in 45 markets for a total of $123.37 million internationally and $226.95 million worldwide. In Spain it remained in first place with $2.52 million on 319 screens over the weekend for a total of $6.47 million after two. It added $2.81 million on 363 screens over the weekend for a total of $13.74 million after three. It doesn't have many markets left to open in, but the film has already made nearly a quarter billion dollars on a production budget of just $13 million, so it is fantastically profitable. More...

2011 Preview: March

This is going to suck. February wasn't exactly a banner month at the box office and 2011 is already roughly $400 million behind 2010's pace. To make matters worse, last March broke records starting with the release of Alice in Wonderland. There is no movie coming out this month that will come close to Alice in Wonderland's performance; in fact, the number one film this March will likely not do as well as the second best film from last March. The best case scenario has the month producing three $100 million movies, plus a number of midlevel hits, while still failing to match last year's pace by about $100 million. The worst case scenario has two of the three potential $100 million hits missing that mark, plus the midlevel hits also struggling. In that case, we could end March about $300 million further behind 2010's pace. (Hopefully things will start to turn around in April.) More...

International Box Office: Swan and Speech Have Unlimited Success

As I've stated in the past, it is quite rare for a film that opened in limited release in the United States to go on and have success internationally. Most markets are simply too small to have the infrastructure to support limited releases. So it's quite a pleasant surprise to find two such films atop the international box office. Leading the way for the second weekend in a row is Black Swan, this time earning $17.60 million on 3,699 screens in 39 markets. In total it has $98.24 million and it has likely already reached the century mark. It opened in first place in Spain with $2.91 million on 296 screens, but it was not as strong in Italy with $1.50 million on 257 screens, which was only enough for third place. Oscar contenders tend to perform really well in Italy, so this is a bit of a disappointment. As far as holdovers are concerned, the film was down just 18% in France, adding $3.82 million on 338 screens over the weekend for a total of $9.77 million after just two weeks of release. More...

Cast

Mia Stallard    Young Tara
Simon Pegg    Graeme Willy
Nick Frost    Clive Gollings
Jeremy Owen    Sword Vender
Jeffrey Tambor    Adam Shadowchild
David House    Security Guard
Jennifer Granger    Adam Shadowchild Fan
Nelson Ascencio    Jorge
Jane Lynch    Pat Stevens
David Koechner    Gus
Jesse Plemons    Jake
Seth Rogen    Paul
Jason Bateman    Agent Zoil
Sigourney Weaver    The Big Guy
Bill Hader    Haggard
Joe Lo Truglio    O'Reilly
Mark Sivertsen    State Trooper
Joe Berryman    Gas Station Attendant
Kristen Wiig    Ruth Buggs
John Carroll Lynch    Moses Buggs
Steven Spielberg    Himself
Syd Masters    Band Member #1
Gary Roller    Band Member #2
Oliver O'Shea    Band Member #3
Lonnie Otha-Mayer    Band Member #4
Will Veitch    Band Member #5
Michael Miller    Police Officer
Lori Dillen    Robed Woman
J. Todd Anderson    Comic Store Clerk
Brett Michael Jones    Keith Nash
Diego Deane    Fireworks Store Clerk
Blythe Danner    Tara Walton

Production and Technical Credits

Director    Greg Mottola
Screenwriter    Simon Pegg
Screenwriter    Nick Frost
Producer    Nira Park
Producer    Tim Bevan
Producer    Eric Fellner
Executive Producer    Liza Chasin
Executive Producer    Debra Hayward
Executive Producer    Natascha Wharton
Executive Producer    Robert Graf

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/03/18 3 $4,469,190   2,802 $1,595   $4,469,190 1
2011/03/19 5 $5,113,650 +14% 2,801 $1,826   $9,582,840 2
2011/03/20 5 $3,460,470 -32% 2,801 $1,235   $13,043,310 3
2011/03/21 5 $1,078,770 -69% 2,801 $385   $14,122,080 4
2011/03/22 4 $1,134,305 +5% 2,801 $405   $15,256,385 5
2011/03/23 5 $910,335 -20% 2,801 $325   $16,166,720 6
2011/03/24 5 $937,450 +3% 2,801 $335   $17,104,170 7
2011/03/25 6 $2,272,860 +142% 2,806 $810   $19,377,030 8
2011/03/26 6 $3,395,260 +49% 2,806 $1,210   $22,772,290 9
2011/03/27 6 $2,188,680 -36% 2,806 $780   $24,960,970 10
2011/03/28 6 $673,440 -69% 2,806 $240   $25,634,410 11
2011/03/29 6 $729,560 +8% 2,806 $260   $26,363,970 12
2011/03/30 6 $603,565 -17% 2,806 $215   $26,967,535 13
2011/03/31 6 $631,350 +5% 2,806 $225   $27,598,885 14
2011/04/01 8 $1,287,430 +104% 2,550 $505   $28,886,315 15
2011/04/02 9 $1,823,355 +42% 2,543 $717   $30,709,670 16
2011/04/03 9 $1,134,775 -38% 2,543 $446   $31,844,445 17
2011/04/04 8 $356,835 -69% 2,543 $140   $32,201,280 18
2011/04/05 8 $433,525 +21% 2,543 $170   $32,634,805 19
2011/04/06 9 $344,250 -21% 2,543 $135   $32,979,055 20
2011/04/07 9 $356,895 +4% 2,543 $140   $33,335,950 21
2011/04/08 13 $525,335 +47% 1,667 $315   $33,861,285 22
2011/04/09 13 $775,205 +48% 1,667 $465   $34,636,490 23
2011/04/10 13 $441,800 -43% 1,667 $265   $35,078,290 24
2011/04/11 12 $133,035 -70% 1,667 $80   $35,211,325 25
2011/04/12 12 $150,125 +13% 1,667 $90   $35,361,450 26
2011/04/13 13 $124,985 -17% 1,667 $75   $35,486,435 27
2011/04/14 12 $132,985 +6% 1,667 $80   $35,619,420 28
2011/04/15 - $139,360 +5% 536 $260   $35,758,780 29
2011/04/16 - $222,440 +60% 536 $415   $35,981,220 30
2011/04/17 - $123,280 -45% 536 $230   $36,104,500 31
2011/04/18 - $45,560 -63% 536 $85   $36,150,060 32
2011/04/19 - $50,920 +12% 536 $95   $36,200,980 33
2011/04/20 - $45,560 -11% 536 $85   $36,246,540 34
2011/04/21 - $64,320 +41% 536 $120   $36,310,860 35
2011/04/22 - $88,185 +37% 245 $360   $36,399,045 36
2011/04/23 - $93,100 +6% 245 $380   $36,492,145 37
2011/04/24 - $61,250 -34% 245 $250   $36,553,395 38
2011/04/25 - $31,850 -48% 245 $130   $36,585,245 39
2011/04/26 - $22,050 -31% 245 $90   $36,607,295 40
2011/04/27 - $19,525 -11% 245 $80   $36,626,820 41
2011/04/28 - $17,150 -12% 245 $70   $36,643,970 42
2011/04/29 - $109,760 +540% 224 $490   $36,753,730 43
2011/04/30 - $131,040 +19% 224 $585   $36,884,770 44
2011/05/01 - $58,240 -56% 224 $260   $36,943,010 45
2011/05/02 - $16,775 -71% 224 $75   $36,959,785 46
2011/05/03 - $20,160 +20% 224 $90   $36,979,945 47
2011/05/04 - $16,800 -17% 224 $75   $36,996,745 48
2011/05/05 - $15,680 -7% 224 $70   $37,012,425 49
2011/05/06 - $67,320 +329% 204 $330   $37,079,745 50
2011/05/07 - $90,780 +35% 204 $445   $37,170,525 51
2011/05/08 - $43,860 -52% 204 $215   $37,214,385 52
2011/05/09 - $12,240 -72% 204 $60   $37,226,625 53
2011/05/10 - $14,280 +17% 204 $70   $37,240,905 54
2011/05/11 - $12,240 -14% 204 $60   $37,253,145 55
2011/05/12 - $13,260 +8% 204 $65   $37,266,405 56
2011/05/13 - $30,770 +132% 181 $170   $37,297,175 57
2011/05/14 - $47,060 +53% 181 $260   $37,344,235 58
2011/05/15 - $27,150 -42% 181 $150   $37,371,385 59
2011/05/16 - $9,955 -63% 181 $55   $37,381,340 60
2011/05/17 - $11,765 +18% 181 $65   $37,393,105 61
2011/05/18 - $9,935 -16% 181 $55   $37,403,040 62
2011/05/19 - $9,905 n/c 181 $55   $37,412,945 63

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/03/18 5 $13,043,310   2,802 $4,655   $13,043,310 3
2011/03/25 6 $7,856,800 -40% 2,806 $2,800   $24,960,970 10
2011/04/01 9 $4,245,560 -46% 2,550 $1,665   $31,844,445 17
2011/04/08 13 $1,742,340 -59% 1,667 $1,045   $35,078,290 24
2011/04/15 21 $485,080 -72% 536 $905   $36,104,500 31
2011/04/22 26 $242,535 -50% 245 $990   $36,553,395 38
2011/04/29 25 $299,040 +23% 224 $1,335   $36,943,010 45
2011/05/06 30 $201,960 -32% 204 $990   $37,214,385 52
2011/05/13 42 $104,980 -48% 181 $580   $37,371,385 59

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
8/14/20113172,906 172,906$2,991,274$2,991,2741
8/21/2011764,019-63% 236,925$1,183,711$4,174,9852
8/28/2011939,365-39% 276,290$727,859$4,902,8443
9/4/20111626,322-33% 302,612$479,060$5,381,9044
9/11/20112419,784-25% 322,396$336,130$5,718,0355
9/18/20112414,733-26% 337,129$234,549$5,952,5846

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
8/14/20112149,266 149,266$3,082,338$3,082,3381
8/21/2011542,538-72% 191,803$878,402$3,960,7402
8/28/2011531,624-26% 223,428$653,980$4,614,7203
9/4/2011916,338-48% 239,765$351,436$4,966,1564
9/11/20111111,043-32% 250,809$220,757$5,186,9135
9/25/2011174,391 259,845$87,785$5,367,5417

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