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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Raiders of the Lost Ark poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $248,159,971Details
International Box Office $141,766,000
Worldwide Box Office $389,925,971
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $23,139,994 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $23,139,994
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  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Cast & Crew
  6. Trailer

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
94% - Certified Fresh
Audience
96% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$20,000,000
Domestic Releases: June 12th, 1981 (Wide) by Paramount Pictures
July 16th, 1982 (Wide) by Paramount Pictures
September 7th, 2012 (IMAX) by Paramount Pictures
Video Release: May 13th, 2008 by Paramount Home Video, released as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 115 minutes
Franchise: Indiana Jones
Comparisons: vs. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
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Keywords: Treasure Hunters, IMAX: DMR, Nazis, Religious, Character's Journey Shown on Map, Academics, Hot for Teacher, Occult, Prologue, Kidnap, Rescue, Intertitle, Archaeology
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Adventure
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Lucasfilm
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 65th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4 $1,362,289 Sep 3, 1982 451
Biggest 64th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2 $823,798 Aug 27, 1982 444
Biggest 63rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2 $670,596 Aug 20, 1982 437
Biggest 62nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1 $804,124 Aug 13, 1982 430
Biggest 61st Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2 $1,213,958 Aug 6, 1982 423
Biggest 60th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1 $1,617,938 Jul 30, 1982 416
Biggest 59th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1 $2,827,413 Jul 23, 1982 409
Biggest 58th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1 $4,347,101 Jul 16, 1982 402
Fastest Movies to Earn $200 Million at the Domestic Box Office 167 $213,909,222 Jul 16, 1982 402
Biggest 40th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3 $1,243,988 Mar 12, 1982 276
Biggest 39th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4 $1,665,000 Mar 5, 1982 269
Biggest 38th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5 $1,410,000 Feb 26, 1982 262
Biggest 37th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6 $1,442,813 Feb 19, 1982 255
Biggest 36th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5 $1,640,574 Feb 12, 1982 248
Biggest 35th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6 $1,281,561 Feb 5, 1982 241
Biggest 34th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3 $1,520,273 Jan 29, 1982 234
Biggest 33rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3 $1,788,556 Jan 22, 1982 227
Biggest 32nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6 $1,629,191 Jan 15, 1982 220
Biggest 31st Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7 $1,908,232 Jan 8, 1982 213
Biggest 30th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4 $3,735,244 Jan 1, 1982 206
Biggest 29th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3 $3,716,952 Dec 25, 1981 199
Biggest 26th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3 $2,441,000 Dec 4, 1981 178
Biggest 25th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2 $4,228,951 Nov 27, 1981 171
Biggest 24th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4 $3,307,347 Nov 20, 1981 164
Fastest Movies to Earn $150 Million at the Domestic Box Office 290 $151,938,500 Nov 20, 1981 164
Biggest 23rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 31 $1,113,624 Nov 13, 1981 157
Biggest 22nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 25 $1,268,973 Nov 6, 1981 150
Biggest 21st Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 51 $967,723 Oct 30, 1981 143
Biggest 19th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 45 $1,533,105 Oct 16, 1981 129
Biggest 18th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 34 $2,213,904 Oct 9, 1981 122
Biggest 17th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 51 $1,959,650 Oct 2, 1981 115
Biggest 16th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 55 $1,871,521 Sep 25, 1981 108
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 52 $2,326,951 Sep 18, 1981 101
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 59 $2,422,842 Sep 11, 1981 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 15 $5,406,403 Sep 4, 1981 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 37 $3,909,879 Aug 28, 1981 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 44 $4,183,784 Aug 21, 1981 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 43 $5,157,432 Aug 14, 1981 66
Fastest Movies to Earn $100 Million at the Domestic Box Office 535 $104,088,566 Aug 14, 1981 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 60 $4,846,228 Aug 7, 1981 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 70 $5,369,898 Jul 31, 1981 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 107 $6,046,274 Jul 24, 1981 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 163 $6,450,189 Jul 17, 1981 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 337 $6,137,192 Jul 10, 1981 31
Fastest Movies to Earn $50 Million at the Domestic Box Office 1,071 $52,269,366 Jul 3, 1981 28
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 488 $7,342,026 Jul 3, 1981 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 920 $7,069,358 Jun 26, 1981 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,339 $8,018,871 Jun 19, 1981 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,071 $8,305,823 Jun 12, 1981 3
Widest Opening Weekend 3,570 1,078 Jun 12, 1981 3

Cast

   Indiana Jones
Ted Grossman    Peruvian Porter
   Marion
Paul Freeman    Dr. Rene Belloq
Ronald Lacey    Toht
John Rhys-Davies    Sallah
Denholm Elliott    Brody
Wolf Kahler    Dietrich
Anthony Higgons    Gobler
Alfred Molina    Satipo
Pat Roach    Giant Sherpa/1st Mechanic
Frank Welker    Monkey and Special Vocal Effects
Don Fellows    Colonel Musgrove
Vic Tablian    Barranca/Monkey Man
William Hootkins    Major Eaton
Bill Reimbold    Bureaucrat
Fred Sorenson    Jock
Patrick Durkin    Australian Climber
Matthew Scurfield    Nazi
Malcolm Weaver    Ratty Nepalese
Sonny Caldinez    Mean Mongolian
Anthony Chinn    Mohan
Christopher Frederick    Otto
Tuttle Lemkow    Imam
Ishaq Bux    Omar
Kiran Shah    Abu
Souad Messaoudi    Fayah
Terry Richards    Arab Swordsman
Steve Hanson    German Agent
Frank Marshall    Pilot
Martin Kreidt    Young Soldier
George Harris    Katanga
Eddie Tagoe    Messenger Pirate
John Rees    Sergeant
Tony Vogel    Tall Captain

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Producer    Frank Marshall
Story Creator    George Lucas
Story Creator    Philip Kaufman
Screenwriter    Lawrence Kasdan
Executive Producer    George Lucas
Executive Producer    Howard Kazanjian
Cinematographer    Douglas Slocombe
Composer    John Williams
Editor    Michael Kahn
Art Director    Norman Reynolds
Associate Producer    Robert Watts
Assistant Director    David Tomblin
Second Unit Director    Michael D. Moore
Production Supervisor    Douglas Twiddy
Production Designer    Norman Reynolds
Set Decorator    Michael Ford
Visual Effects Supervisor    Richard Edlund
Visual Effects Designer    Bruce Nicholson
Visual Effects Designer    Joe Johnston
Special Effects Supervisor    Kit West
Costume Designer    Deborah Nadoolman
Sound Mixer    Roy Charman
Re-recording Mixer    Bill Varney
Re-recording Mixer    Steve Maslow
Re-recording Mixer    Gregg Landaker
Sound Designer    Ben Burtt
Makeup    Tom Smith
Makeup    Dickie Mills
Hairstylist    Pat McDermott
Hairstylist    Mike Lockey
Special Make-up Effects    Chris Walas
Stunt Coordinator    Glenn Randall

Blu-ray Sales: Indiana Jones Raids Blu-ray Sales Chart

October 2nd, 2012

There was a wide variety of new releases to reach the top ten on the Blu-ray Sales Chart this week. Indiana Jones Blu-ray Box Set opened in first place with 239,000 units / $15.55 million, which is excellent for a box set. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for September 18th, 2012

September 18th, 2012

It's quite a busy week on the home market front, but most of the new releases are TV on DVD. This includes Modern Family: Season Three on DVD or Blu-ray, which is a contender for Pick of the Week. The best limited release of the week is The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on DVD or Blu-ray, while the Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures Blu-ray Box Set is also a contender for Pick of the Week. However, in the end I went with The Cabin in the Woods Blu-ray, which is practically the only first-run release of the week. More...

Featured Blu-ray Review: Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures

September 17th, 2012

Indiana Jones makes its Blu-ray debut this week in a massive five-disc box set. I swear I've reviewed all four films in the past, but I can only find the review for Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Since this is one of the most famous franchises of all time, and it has been released on the home market repeatedly, I think I can spend less time talking about the movies and more about the Blu-rays. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: New Releases Go Silent

September 10th, 2012

Yuck. The overall box office this past weekend was not only the worst of the year so far, but it was the worst we've seen in more than a decade. Not only did the box office have a decade of inflation, but also a decade of population growth, which makes this result even more depressing. The Possession was the only bright spot in the top ten. Both The Words and The Cold Light of Day missed the Mendoza Line during their opening weekend. Overall, the box office plummeted 35% to just $67 million. Compared to last year, the box office fell by 17%. It's a disaster. 2012 is still ahead of 2011 by 3.3% at $7.70 billion to $7.45 billion. Things will have to get better next weekend, so hopefully we will never have to think about this weekend again. More...

Weekend Estimates: Possession Tops Very Quiet Weekend

September 9th, 2012

One statistic suffices to sum up this weekend at the box office: based on estimates received so far, the weekend ranks as the 5th-worst weekend for total box office receipts since January, 2000 (see full chart here). While that position will improve when we get complete numbers on Monday, there's a good chance this will end up as the worst weekend since 2001, even though ticket prices have risen substantially since then. The two marks that industry watchers should look out for are the $67.5 million weekend of September 5, 2003 and the $67.9 million weekend of September 5, 2008. Unsurprisingly, the top film at the box office this weekend is the same as last weekend: The Possession is set for about $9.5 million in its second outing. The Words is the top opener, with about $5 million in 2,801 theaters -- certainly a disappointment, although CBS Films is hoping for good legs thanks to its adult-skewing demographic. More...

Weekend Predictions: The Box Office is Going to Get Schooled

September 6th, 2012

The weekend after the Labor Day long weekend is often the worst weekend of the entire year at the box office. This certainly seems to be the case this year. There are two wide releases, or to be more accurate, one wide release, The Words, and one semi-wide release, The Cold Light of Day. Neither film is expected to top $10 million. The last time the number one film over the weekend earned less than $10,000,000 was way back in 2008 with the release of Bangkok Dangerous, which opened in the weekend after Labor Day. There is a slim chance The Words will earn less than Bangkok Dangerous did. This weekend last year wasn't actually pretty good with Contagion dominating the chart. There's almost no chance any film opening this weekend will match the $22.40 million that film earned. The top three films combined probably won't match that figure. 2012 will start the autumn with a pretty big fall. More...

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
1981/06/12 1 $8,305,823   1,078 $7,705   $8,305,823 3
1981/06/19 3 $8,018,871 -3% 1,078 $7,439   $21,861,910 10
1981/06/26 3 $7,069,358 -12% 1,078 $6,558   $34,903,399 17
1981/07/03 2 $7,342,026 +4% 1,078 $6,811   $46,273,735 24
1981/07/10 2 $6,137,192 -16% 1,078 $5,693   $58,406,558 31
1981/07/17 1 $6,450,189 +5% 1,400 $4,607   $68,431,268 38
1981/07/24 2 $6,046,274 -6% 1,182 $5,115   $78,743,581 45
1981/07/31 2 $5,369,898 -11% 1,140 $4,710   $88,137,951 52
1981/08/07 1 $4,846,228 -10% 1,091 $4,442   $95,974,374 59
1981/08/14 1 $5,157,432 +6% 1,310 $3,937   $104,088,566 66
1981/08/21 1 $4,183,784 -19% 1,180 $3,546   $110,733,608 73
1981/08/28 1 $3,909,879 -7% 1,110 $3,522   $117,371,084 80
1981/09/04 1 $5,406,403 +38% 1,144 $4,726   $125,254,773 87
1981/09/11 2 $2,422,842 -55% 900 $2,692   $128,566,311 94
1981/09/18 4 $2,326,951 -4% 750 $3,103   $131,810,688 101
1981/09/25 7 $1,871,521 -20% 621 $3,014   $134,396,731 108
1981/10/02 6 $1,959,650 +5% 550 $3,563   $136,885,717 115
1981/10/09 5 $2,213,904 +13% 550 $4,025   $139,888,596 122
1981/10/16 7 $1,533,105 -31% 466 $3,290   $141,812,813 129
1981/10/30 8 $967,723   431 $2,245   $144,963,710 143
1981/11/06 5 $1,268,973 +31% 440 $2,884   $146,648,104 150
1981/11/13 7 $1,113,624 -12% 410 $2,716   $148,244,536 157
1981/11/20 2 $3,307,347 +197% 1,232 $2,685   $151,938,500 164
1981/11/27 2 $4,228,951 +28% 1,251 $3,380   $158,118,372 171
1981/12/04 1 $2,441,000 -42% 981 $2,488   $160,955,434 178
1981/12/25 2 $3,716,952   1,221 $3,044   $0 199
1982/01/01 7 $3,735,244 n/c 1,094 $3,414   $176,193,981 206
1982/01/08 6 $1,908,232 -49% 914 $2,088   $179,642,063 213
1982/01/15 6 $1,629,191 -15% 796 $2,047   $181,717,672 220
1982/01/22 6 $1,788,556 +10% 740 $2,417   $183,912,000 227
1982/01/29 6 $1,520,273 -15% 681 $2,232   $185,748,792 234
1982/02/05 7 $1,281,561 -16% 732 $1,751   $187,406,147 241
1982/02/12 6 $1,640,574 +28% 620 $2,646   $189,468,297 248
1982/02/19 6 $1,442,813 -12% 668 $2,160   $191,231,287 255
1982/02/26 5 $1,410,000 -2% 650 $2,169   $192,999,474 262
1982/03/05 5 $1,665,000 +18% 650 $2,562   $194,974,748 269
1982/03/12 5 $1,243,988 -25% 633 $1,965   $196,614,672 276
1982/07/16 2 $4,347,101   1,330 $3,268   $213,909,222 402
1982/07/23 5 $2,827,413 -35% 1,330 $2,126   $219,081,050 409
1982/07/30 10 $1,617,938 -43% 840 $1,926   $222,254,556 416
1982/08/06 14 $1,213,958 -25% 630 $1,927   $224,532,266 423
1982/08/13 17 $804,124 -34% 479 $1,679   $226,124,455 430
1982/08/20 19 $670,596 -17% 425 $1,578   $227,358,343 437
1982/08/27 21 $823,798 +23% 490 $1,681   $228,671,608 444
1982/09/03 11 $1,362,289 +65% 567 $2,403   $230,329,080 451
2012/09/07 14 $1,673,731   267 $6,269   $246,708,089 11,413
2012/09/14 23 $390,093 -77% 322 $1,211   $247,859,820 11,420
2012/09/21 46 $75,114 -81% 85 $884   $248,089,661 11,427
2012/09/28 64 $26,522 -65% 40 $663   $248,149,473 11,434

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/09/07 - $440,136   267 $1,648   $245,474,494 11,411
2012/09/08 - $740,324 +68% 267 $2,773   $246,214,818 11,412
2012/09/09 - $493,271 -33% 267 $1,847   $246,708,089 11,413
2012/09/10 13 $151,520 -69% 267 $567   $246,859,609 11,414
2012/09/11 - $182,872 +21% 267 $685   $247,042,481 11,415
2012/09/12 10 $207,190 +13% 267 $776   $247,249,671 11,416
2012/09/13 10 $220,056 +6% 267 $824   $247,469,727 11,417
2012/09/14 - $105,667 -52% 322 $328   $247,575,394 11,418
2012/09/15 - $172,678 +63% 322 $536   $247,748,072 11,419
2012/09/16 - $111,748 -35% 322 $347   $247,859,820 11,420
2012/09/17 - $39,684 -64% 322 $123   $247,899,504 11,421
2012/09/18 - $43,213 +9% 322 $134   $247,942,717 11,422
2012/09/19 - $33,525 -22% 322 $104   $247,976,242 11,423
2012/09/20 - $38,305 +14% 322 $119   $248,014,547 11,424
2012/09/21 - $19,740 -48% 85 $232   $248,034,287 11,425
2012/09/22 - $33,868 +72% 85 $398   $248,068,155 11,426
2012/09/23 - $21,506 -37% 85 $253   $248,089,661 11,427
2012/09/24 - $6,558 -70% 85 $77   $248,096,219 11,428
2012/09/25 - $6,474 -1% 85 $76   $248,102,693 11,429
2012/09/26 - $9,006 +39% 85 $106   $248,111,699 11,430
2012/09/27 - $11,252 +25% 85 $132   $248,122,951 11,431
2012/09/28 - $7,403 -34% 40 $185   $248,130,354 11,432
2012/09/29 - $13,133 +77% 40 $328   $248,143,487 11,433
2012/09/30 - $5,986 -54% 40 $150   $248,149,473 11,434
2012/10/01 - $1,665 -72% 40 $42   $248,151,138 11,435
2012/10/02 - $2,613 +57% 40 $65   $248,153,751 11,436
2012/10/03 - $2,438 -7% 40 $61   $248,156,189 11,437
2012/10/04 - $3,782 +55% 40 $95   $248,159,971 11,438

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1981/06/12 2 $13,843,039   1,078 $12,841   $13,843,039 7
1981/06/19 4 $13,991,002 +1% 1,078 $12,979   $27,834,041 14
1981/06/26 3 $11,097,668 -21% 1,078 $10,295   $38,931,709 21
1981/07/03 2 $13,337,657 +20% 1,078 $12,373   $52,269,366 28
1981/07/10 2 $9,711,713 -27% 1,078 $9,009   $61,981,079 35
1981/07/17 1 $10,716,228 +10% 1,100 $9,742   $72,697,307 42
1981/07/24 2 $10,070,746 -6% 1,182 $8,520   $82,768,053 49
1981/07/31 2 $8,360,093 -17% 1,140 $7,333   $91,128,146 56
1981/08/07 1 $7,802,988 -7% 1,091 $7,152   $98,931,134 63
1981/08/14 2 $7,618,690 -2% 1,310 $5,816   $106,549,824 70
1981/08/21 1 $6,911,381 -9% 1,180 $5,857   $113,461,205 77
1981/08/28 1 $6,387,165 -8% 1,110 $5,754   $119,848,370 84
1981/09/04 1 $6,295,099 -1% 1,144 $5,503   $126,143,469 91
1981/09/11 2 $3,340,268 -47% 900 $3,711   $129,483,737 98
1981/09/18 4 $3,041,473 -9% 750 $4,055   $132,525,210 105
1981/09/25 7 $2,400,857 -21% 621 $3,866   $134,926,067 112
1981/10/02 6 $2,748,625 +14% 550 $4,998   $137,674,692 119
1981/10/09 6 $2,605,016 -5% 550 $4,736   $140,279,708 126
1981/10/30 4 $1,383,144   431 $3,209   $145,379,131 147
1981/11/06 4 $1,751,781 +27% 440 $3,981   $147,130,912 154
1981/11/13 5 $1,500,241 -14% 410 $3,659   $148,631,153 161
1981/11/20 2 $5,258,268 +250% 1,232 $4,268   $153,889,421 168
1981/11/27 2 $4,625,013 -12% 1,251 $3,697   $158,514,434 175
1981/12/25 1 $176,175,689   1,221 $144,288   $172,458,737 203
1982/01/01 7 $5,275,094 -97% 1,094 $4,822   $177,733,831 210
1982/01/08 8 $1,908,232 -64% 914 $2,088   $180,089,481 217
1982/01/15 6 $2,033,963 +7% 796 $2,555   $182,123,444 224
1982/01/22 6 $2,105,075 +3% 740 $2,845   $184,228,519 231
1982/01/29 6 $1,896,067 -10% 681 $2,784   $186,124,586 238
1982/02/05 6 $1,703,137 -10% 732 $2,327   $187,827,723 245
1982/02/12 6 $1,960,751 +15% 620 $3,163   $189,788,474 252
1982/02/19 5 $1,801,000 -8% 668 $2,696   $191,589,474 259
1982/02/26 5 $1,720,274 -4% 650 $2,647   $193,309,748 266
1982/03/05 4 $2,060,936 +20% 650 $3,171   $195,370,684 273
1982/07/16 3 $6,691,516   1,330 $5,031   $216,253,637 406
1982/07/23 7 $4,382,981 -34% 1,330 $3,295   $220,636,618 413
1982/07/30 11 $2,681,690 -39% 840 $3,192   $223,318,308 420
1982/08/06 14 $2,002,023 -25% 630 $3,178   $225,320,331 427
1982/08/13 17 $1,367,416 -32% 479 $2,855   $226,687,747 434
1982/08/20 19 $1,160,063 -15% 425 $2,730   $227,847,810 441
1982/08/27 21 $1,118,981 -4% 490 $2,284   $228,966,791 448
2012/09/07 13 $2,435,369   267 $9,121   $247,469,727 11,417
2012/09/14 23 $544,820 -78% 322 $1,692   $248,014,547 11,424
2012/09/21 45 $108,404 -80% 85 $1,275   $248,122,951 11,431
2012/09/28 66 $37,020 -66% 40 $926   $248,159,971 11,438

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
5/18/20087231,920 231,920$3,958,874$3,958,8741
5/25/20083212,968-8% 444,888$3,635,364$7,594,2382
6/1/2008673,051-66% 517,939$1,241,136$8,835,3753
6/8/20081756,222-23% 574,161$955,212$9,790,5864
6/15/200811106,905+90% 681,066$1,614,266$11,404,8525
6/22/20082831,830-70% 712,896$540,792$11,945,6446
6/29/20081254,646+72% 767,542$928,436$12,874,0797
7/27/20082238,648 843,742$656,630$14,168,71711
10/19/20082528,551 973,766$379,157$15,960,84623