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The Pelican Brief (1993)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $100,768,056Details
International Box Office $87,227,803
Worldwide Box Office $187,995,859
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  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Cast & Crew
  6. Trailer

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics RottenAudience Upright
Critics
52% - Rotten
Audience
61% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$45,000,000
Domestic Releases: December 17th, 1993 (Wide) by Warner Bros.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for momentary language and some violence.
Running Time: 141 minutes
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Keywords: Lawyers
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Warner Bros.
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 431 $2,826,155 Jan 28, 1994 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 476 $3,711,685 Jan 21, 1994 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 377 $5,798,756 Jan 14, 1994 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 359 $8,569,419 Jan 7, 1994 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 335 $13,129,302 Dec 31, 1993 17
Fastest Movies to Earn $50 Million at the Domestic Box Office 808 $61,056,465 Dec 31, 1993 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 897 $11,124,936 Dec 24, 1993 10
Biggest December Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 138 $16,864,404 Dec 17, 1993 3
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,043 $16,864,404 Dec 17, 1993 3
Widest Opening Weekend 2,266 1,993 Dec 17, 1993 3

Cast

   Darby Shaw
   Gray Grantham
Sam Shepard    Thomas Callahan
John Heard    Gavin Verheek
Tony Goldwyn    Fletcher Coal
James Sikking    FBI Director Denton Voyles
William Atherton    Bob Gminski
Robert Culp    President
Stanley Tucci    Khamel
Hume Cronyn    Supreme Court Justice Rosenberg
John Lithgow    Smith Keen
Stanley Anderson    Edwin Sneller
John Finn    Matthew Barr
Anthony Heald    Marty Velmano
Jake Weber    Charles Morgan, a.k.a. Garcia
Nicholas Woodeson    Stump
Casey Biggs    Eric East
Cynthia Nixon    Alice Stark
Christopher Murray    Rupert
Sonny Jim Gaines    Sarge
Kevin Geer    K.O. Lewis
Joseph Chrest    Song and Dance Man from Bar
Richard Bauer    Managing Editor
Michelle O'Neill    Sara Ann Morgan
Peter Carlin    Edward Linney
Ralph Cosham    Justice Jensen
Terrence P. Currier    Rosenberg's Nurse
Edwin Newman    Edwin Newman
Helen Carey    Federal Clerk
Howard Shalwitz    Washington Herald Journalist
Kyle Prue    News Desk Reporter
Jewell Robinson    Senior Washington Herald Editor
Kim Peter Kovac    Senior Washington Herald Editor
Norman Aronovic    Senior Washington Herald Editor
Carl Palmer    Cop in Cowboy Boots
Carol Sutton    New Orleans Policewoman
Scott Jefferson    Lt. Olsen
Daniel Kamin    Hooten
Mark McLaughlin    CIA Agent in Hotel Room
Robert Pavlovich    CIA Agent in Hotel Room
Magee Hickey    Magee Hickey
Constance Yelverton    Clerk at Sheraton Hotel
Kim Kettle    Gavin Verheek's Wife
Ellie K. Wang    Reporter at National Cathedral
Fran Dorn    University Registrar
Karen Bralove    University Placement Clerk
Teagle F. Bougere    Male University Student
Carey Varner    Female University Student
Saundra Quarterman    Laura Kass
Cynthia Hood    Parklane Receptionist
Alan Wade    Parklane Administrator
Harold J. Surratt    Parklane Security Officer
Paul Morella    White & Bazevich Attorney
Ed Johnson    White & Blazevich Security Guard
Jurian Hughes    White & Blazevich Receptionist
Dick Stilwell    White & Blazevich Security
Tom Quinn    Sara Ann Morgan's Father
Beverly Brigham    Safe Deposit Teller
Liza Sweeney Coleman    Female Pursuer with Gun
Doug Coleman    Male Pursuer with Gun
Michael Port    Tulane Law Student
Shanna Connell    Tulane Law Student
Gene Babb    Reporter
Kyle D. Duvall    Reporter
Karl Warren    Reporter
Carrie Boren    Reporter
James Earl Reed    Reporter

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    Alan J. Pakula
Story Creator    John Grisham
Producer    Alan J. Pakula
Producer    Pieter Jan Brugge
Production Designer    Philip Rosenberg
Editor    Tom Rolf
Editor    Trudy Ship
Composer    James Horner
Director of Photography    Stephen Goldblatt
Associate Producer    Donald Laventhall
Assistant Director    Peter Kohn
Unit Production Manager    Celia Costas
Art Director    Robert Guerra
Set Decorator    Lisa Fischer
Set Decorator    Patrick Simpson
Costume Designer    Albert Wolsky
Costume Supervisor    Carlane Passman
Costume Supervisor    George Little
Associate Editor    Vicki Hiatt
Associate Editor    Marty Levenstein
Sound Mixer    James J. Sabat
Re-recording Mixer    Richard Portman
Re-recording Mixer    Rick Dior
Re-recording Mixer    Michael Cerrone
Re-recording Mixer    Ron Bochar
Supervising Sound Editor    Ron Bochar
Sound Editor    Fred Rosenberg
Dialogue Editor    Robert Hein
Dialogue Editor    Magdaline Volaitis
Dialogue Editor    Marissa Littlefield
Music Editor    Jim Henrikson
Music Editor    Tom Drescher
Special Make-up Effects    Neal Martz
Casting Director    Alixe Gordin
Casting Director    Doug Coleman

The shaded area represents the expected performance range for a film, based on its opening weekend box office. 95% of films fall within the shaded area. If a film trends towards the top end of the shaded area, it has good legs compared to the average film; if it trends towards the bottom end of the shaded area, it has poor legs. The predictive area is based on movies from the past 5 years.

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1993/12/17 1 $16,864,404   1,993 $8,462   $16,864,404 3
1993/12/24 1 $11,124,936 -34% 2,008 $5,540   $35,997,562 10
1993/12/31 2 $13,129,302 +18% 2,008 $6,538   $61,056,465 17
1994/01/07 2 $8,569,419 -35% 2,022 $4,238   $73,502,364 24
1994/01/14 5 $5,798,756 -32% 1,934 $2,998   $81,662,226 31
1994/01/21 6 $3,711,685 -36% 1,809 $2,052   $86,562,317 38
1994/01/28 8 $2,826,155 -24% 1,730 $1,634   $90,338,565 45

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1993/12/17 1 $24,872,626   1,993 $12,480   $24,872,626 7
1993/12/24 2 $23,054,537 -7% 2,008 $11,481   $47,927,163 14
1993/12/31 2 $17,005,782 -26% 2,008 $8,469   $64,932,945 21
1994/01/07 2 $10,930,525 -36% 2,022 $5,406   $75,863,470 28
1994/01/14 5 $6,987,162 -36% 1,934 $3,613   $82,850,632 35
1994/01/21 7 $4,661,778 -33% 1,809 $2,577   $87,512,410 42