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Photographic Memory (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $7,711Details
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Filmmaker Ross McElwee finds himself in frequent conflict with his son, a young adult who seems addicted to and distracted by the virtual worlds of the internet. To understand his fractured love for his son, McElwee travels back to St. Quay-Portrieux in Brittany for the first time in decades to retrace his own journey into adulthood. A meditation on the passing of time, the praxis of photography and film, and the digital versus analog divide.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office 13,910 $7,711
All Time Worldwide Box Office 17,240 $7,711
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies 6,371 $7,711

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: October 12th, 2012 (Limited) by First Run Features
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 87 minutes
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Keywords: Addiction, Internet, Directing Yourself, Voiceover/Narration, Coming of Age, Delayed Adulthood, Cinema Verite, Generational Conflict, Dysfunctional Family, Amatuer Filmmakers, Skiing, Narcotics
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: St. Quay Films, Frency Connection Films, ARTE France, La Lucarne
Production Countries: France,
United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest Domestic 6th Weekend 6,752 $1,245 Nov 16, 2012 38
Biggest 6th Weekend Limited Release 2,993 $1,245 Nov 16, 2012 38
Theater Average 6th Weekend Limited Release 2,675 $623 Nov 16, 2012 38
Biggest Domestic 4th Weekend 8,337 $412 Nov 2, 2012 24
Biggest 4th Weekend Limited Release 3,990 $412 Nov 2, 2012 24
Theater Average 4th Weekend Limited Release 3,749 $412 Nov 2, 2012 24
Biggest Domestic 2nd Weekend 10,270 $726 Oct 19, 2012 10
Biggest 2nd Weekend Limited Release 5,363 $726 Oct 19, 2012 10
Theater Average 2nd Weekend Limited Release 4,813 $726 Oct 19, 2012 10
Biggest Domestic Opening Weekend 11,209 $3,006 Oct 12, 2012 3
Biggest Opening Weekend Limited Release 6,208 $3,006 Oct 12, 2012 3
Theater Average Opening Weekend Limited Release 5,879 $1,503 Oct 12, 2012 3
Theater Average Limited Release 26,024 $1,503 Oct 12, 2012 3
Top 2012 Theater Average Limited Release 967 $1,503 Oct 12, 2012 3
Never Wide Domestic 7,675 $7,711 Oct 12, 2012 0
Never No. 1 Domestic 11,087 $7,711 Oct 12, 2012 0
Widest Expansion Limited Release 6,560 0 Oct 12, 2012 0


Ross McElwee    Himself
Adrian McMorran    Himself
Maud Corbel-Rouchy    Herself

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Marie Hartness
Producer    Ross McElwee
Screenwriter    Ross McElwee
Screenwriter    Marie Hartness
Composer    Charles Mingus
Composer    DJ Flack
Composer    Dane Walker
Cinematographer    Ross McElwee
Editor    Sabrina Zanella-Foresi

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Featured DVD Review: Photographic Memory

February 9th, 2013

Photographic Memory is the latest documentary made by Ross McElwee, whose previous documentaries include Bright Leaves and Sherman's March, both of which did well during Awards Season. This film opened last October and earned near perfect reviews, but went nowhere at the box office. Does it deserve to find a bigger audience on the home market? Or is it just too limited in scope to find a wider audience? More...

Per Theater Chart: Going Nowhere

October 16th, 2012

There was only one film to crack the $10,000 mark on this week's Per Theater Chart. Middle Of Nowhere managed that feat with $68,000 in six theaters for an average of $11,318. Simon and the Oaks came very close with $9,963 in its one theater. More...

Limited Releases: Smashing Success

October 12th, 2012

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/10/12 82 $3,006   2 $1,503   $3,006 3
2012/10/19 96 $726 -76% 1 $726   $4,976 10
2012/11/02 98 $412   1 $412   $6,301 24
2012/11/16 90 $1,245   2 $623   $7,711 38

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/10/12 86 $4,250   2 $2,125   $4,250 7
2012/10/19 99 $1,639 -61% 2 $820   $5,889 14
2012/11/02 108 $577   1 $577   $6,466 28
2012/11/16 98 $1,245   2 $623   $7,711 42

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