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Rosewater (2014)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $3,128,941Details
International Box Office $39,917Details
Worldwide Box Office $3,168,858
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $388,250 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $204,455 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $592,705
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  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. International
  5. Video Sales
  6. Full Financials
  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer

Synopsis

Tehran-born Bahari is a 42-year-old broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship living in London. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, who was the prime challenger to controversial incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Moussavi’s supporters rose up to protest Ahmadinejad’s victory declaration hours before the polls closed on election day, Bahari endured great personal risk by submitting camera footage of the unfolding street riots to the BBC. Bahari was soon arrested by Revolutionary Guard police, led by a man identifying himself only as “Rosewater,” who proceeded to torture and interrogate the journalist over the next 118 days.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
77% - Certified Fresh
Audience
68% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$10,000,000
Domestic Releases: November 14th, 2014 (Limited) by Open Road
International Releases: February 19th, 2015 (Wide) (Australia)
Video Release: February 10th, 2015 by Universal Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for language including some crude references, and violent content.
(Rating bulletin 2347, 11/4/2014)
Running Time: 102 minutes
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Keywords: Prologue, Intertitle, Iran, Non-Chronological, Government Corruption, Investigative Journalist, Political Campaign, Civil Disobedience, News, Hallucinations, Prison, Cruel Wardens or Prison Guards, Biography, Autobiographical, Epilogue, Voiceover/Narration, Digital Cinematography
Source:Based on Factual Book/Article
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Busboy
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,138 $8,539 Dec 26, 2014 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,081 $20,366 Dec 19, 2014 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,663 $65,128 Dec 12, 2014 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,422 $172,784 Dec 5, 2014 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,414 $346,043 Nov 28, 2014 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,544 $567,038 Nov 21, 2014 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,496 $1,154,303 Nov 14, 2014 3

Cast

   Maziar Bahari
Kim Bodnia    Rosewater
Haluk Bilginer    Baba Akbar
Shohreh Aghdashloo    Moloojoon
Golshifteh Farahani    Bahari's Sister
Claire Foy    Paola
Dimitri Leonidas    Davood
Amir El-Masry    Alireza
Nasser Faris    Haj Agha
Kambiz Hosseini    Hassan

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    Jon Stewart
Story Creator    Maziar Bahari
Producer    Scott Rudin
Producer    Jon Stewart
Producer    Gigi Pritzker
Executive Producer    Lila Yacoub
Executive Producer    Eli Bush
Executive Producer    Chris McShane
Co-Producer    Will Weiske
Director of Photography    Bobby Bukowski
Production Designer    Gerald Sullivan
Editor    Jay Rabinowitz
Costume Designer    Phaedra Dahdaleh
Composer    Howard Shore
Music Supervisor    Linda Cohen
Casting Director    Jina Jay
Casting Director    Debra Zane

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for February 10th, 2015

February 11th, 2015

I can't wait till the winter blockbusters start coming out, because I've run out of ways to say, "It is a slow week on the home market." without repeating myself. There are some releases that are certainly worth picking up, like the Blu-ray debut for 101 Dalmatians, but there are also releases that I would call filler on the first page of Amazon.com's list of new releases. There are a number of releases that are worth picking, including Force Majeure (DVD or Blu-ray); Laggies (DVD or Blu-ray); Nightcrawler (DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack); and Rosewater (DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack). However, the only real contender for Pick of the Week was 101 Dalmatians. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Rosewater

February 9th, 2015

Rosewater is Jon Stewart's directorial debut and it is coming out on the home market the same week John Oliver's show returned to HBO. I wonder if that is a coincidence? As for the movie itself, it opened in a very awkward theater count and it struggled at the box office, but still managed $3 million overall. Is it worth checking out for those interested in Jon Stewart's directorial debut? Is it good regardless of who was behind the camera? More...

Per Theater Chart: Holdovers Versus Vice and Vice Versa

December 16th, 2014

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Inherent Vice won top spot on the per theater chart with an average of $65,637 in five theaters. This is the fifth best per theater average for the year, which is much better than expected. Second place went to The Imitation Game with an average of $34,010 in 25 theaters. It still has plenty of room to expand. The final film in the $10,000 club was Wild with an average of $13,198 in 116 theaters. It too has some room to expand, while it has also reached some level of mainstream success. More...

Per Theater Chart: Mockingjay Makes a Mockery of the Per Theater Chart

November 26th, 2014

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 not only earned first place on the overall box office, but it also led the way on the per theater chart with an average of $29,366. Foxcatcher earned an average of $19,764 in 24 theaters. It is nearly at $1 million and has room to grow further. The Theory of Everything expanded again, but still remained in the $10,000 club with an average of $10,798 in 141 theaters.

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Per Theater Chart: None of the Competition could Catch Foxcatcher

November 19th, 2014

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Foxcatcher was the latest Oscar-hopeful to top the per theater chart earning an average of $45,146 in six theaters. This practically guarantees some measure of mainstream success; however, unless it can earn some Awards Season nominations, it likely won't expand truly wide. Likewise, The Theory of Everything expanded to 41 theaters earning an average of $17,937. It also reached its first major milestone over the weekend and will earn more in the future. The overall number one film, Dumb and Dumber To, was next with an average of $11,450, while The Homesman was right behind with an average of $11,358 in four theaters.

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Weekend Estimates: Dumb and Dumber Top

November 16th, 2014

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The box office chart is starting to take on a decidedly seasonal look, with a comedy sequel topping the chart, a smattering of Oscar hopefuls doing well in limited release, and not a single top 10 film dropping by more than 50% from last weekend. The comedy sequel, Dumb and Dumber To, will narrowly win the weekend with a shade over $38 million, per Universal’s Sunday estimate. That’s $2 million more than Big Hero 6 will post in its second weekend in release. The animated adventure will be off just 36% from last weekend. Also posting an impressive hold from a big opening weekend is Interstellar, with $29.1 million—39% below its opening frame. More...

Limited Release: Foxy Releases

November 14th, 2014

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It's a long list this week, but you could eliminate nearly all of the films and concentrate on just Foxcatcher and Rosewater. These two films are earning the vast majority of the buzz. They are not the only films worth seeing, Red Army looks particularly good, but I worry no other film will thrive. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/11/14 13 $1,154,303   371 $3,111   $1,154,303 3
2014/11/21 16 $567,038 -51% 371 $1,528   $2,065,933 10
2014/11/28 21 $346,043 -39% 216 $1,602   $2,632,920 17
2014/12/05 27 $172,784 -50% 204 $847   $2,906,392 24
2014/12/12 34 $65,128 -62% 115 $566   $3,040,662 31
2014/12/19 43 $20,366 -69% 27 $754   $3,093,491 38
2014/12/26 57 $8,539 -58% 15 $569   $3,119,717 45

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/11/14 - $422,125   371 $1,138   $422,125 1
2014/11/15 - $452,995 +7% 371 $1,221   $875,120 2
2014/11/16 - $279,183 -38% 371 $753   $1,154,303 3
2014/11/17 13 $79,755 -71% 371 $215   $1,234,058 4
2014/11/18 13 $97,301 +22% 371 $262   $1,331,359 5
2014/11/19 13 $86,598 -11% 371 $233   $1,417,957 6
2014/11/20 12 $80,938 -7% 371 $218   $1,498,895 7
2014/11/21 15 $143,105 +77% 371 $386   $1,642,000 8
2014/11/22 15 $263,313 +84% 371 $710   $1,905,313 9
2014/11/23 15 $160,620 -39% 371 $433   $2,065,933 10
2014/11/24 - $57,611 -64% 371 $155   $2,123,544 11
2014/11/25 - $65,100 +13% 371 $175   $2,188,644 12
2014/11/26 - $47,686 -27% 371 $129   $2,236,330 13
2014/11/27 - $50,647 +6% 371 $137   $2,286,977 14
2014/11/28 - $130,464 +158% 216 $604   $2,417,441 15
2014/11/29 - $140,901 +8% 216 $652   $2,558,342 16
2014/11/30 - $74,678 -47% 216 $346   $2,632,920 17
2014/12/01 - $22,125 -70% 216 $102   $2,655,045 18
2014/12/02 - $26,106 +18% 216 $121   $2,681,151 19
2014/12/03 - $26,628 +2% 216 $123   $2,707,779 20
2014/12/04 - $25,829 -3% 216 $120   $2,733,608 21
2014/12/05 - $44,064 +71% 204 $216   $2,777,672 22
2014/12/06 - $82,400 +87% 204 $404   $2,860,072 23
2014/12/07 - $46,320 -44% 204 $227   $2,906,392 24
2014/12/08 - $15,286 -67% 204 $75   $2,921,678 25
2014/12/09 - $18,343 +20% 204 $90   $2,940,121 26
2014/12/10 - $17,976 -2% 204 $88   $2,958,097 27
2014/12/11 - $17,437 -3% 204 $85   $2,975,534 28
2014/12/12 - $17,480 n/c 115 $152   $2,993,014 29
2014/12/13 - $30,940 +77% 115 $269   $3,023,954 30
2014/12/14 - $16,708 -46% 115 $145   $3,040,662 31
2014/12/15 - $7,685 -54% 115 $67   $3,048,347 32
2014/12/16 - $8,455 +10% 115 $74   $3,056,802 33
2014/12/17 - $8,286 -2% 115 $72   $3,065,088 34
2014/12/18 - $8,037 -3% 115 $70   $3,073,125 35
2014/12/19 - $4,671 -42% 27 $173   $3,077,796 36
2014/12/20 - $9,342 +100% 27 $346   $3,087,138 37
2014/12/21 - $6,353 -32% 27 $235   $3,093,491 38
2014/12/22 - $4,447 -30% 27 $165   $3,097,938 39
2014/12/23 - $5,203 +17% 27 $193   $3,103,141 40
2014/12/24 - $5,307 +2% 27 $197   $3,108,448 41
2014/12/25 - $2,730 -49% 27 $101   $3,111,178 42
2014/12/26 - $2,865 +5% 15 $191   $3,114,043 43
2014/12/27 - $3,438 +20% 15 $229   $3,117,481 44
2014/12/28 - $2,236 -35% 15 $149   $3,119,717 45
2014/12/29 - $1,564 -30% 15 $104   $3,121,281 46
2014/12/30 - $2,096 +34% 15 $140   $3,123,377 47
2014/12/31 - $2,368 +13% 15 $158   $3,125,745 48
2015/01/01 - $3,196 +35% 15 $213   $3,128,941 49

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/11/14 13 $1,498,895   371 $4,040   $1,498,895 7
2014/11/21 20 $788,082 -47% 371 $2,124   $2,286,977 14
2014/11/28 23 $446,631 -43% 216 $2,068   $2,733,608 21
2014/12/05 27 $241,926 -46% 204 $1,186   $2,975,534 28
2014/12/12 36 $97,591 -60% 115 $849   $3,073,125 35
2014/12/19 51 $38,053 -61% 27 $1,409   $3,111,178 42
2014/12/26 58 $17,763 -53% 15 $1,184   $3,128,941 49

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
Australia 2/19/2015 $17,597 12 12 33 $38,729 9/8/2015
 
Rest of World $1,188
 
International Total$39,917 9/8/2015

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