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Ruby Sparks (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $2,540,106Details
International Box Office $6,242,872Details
Worldwide Box Office $8,782,978
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  8. Trailer

Synopsis

Calvin is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing -- as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby, in the flesh, sitting on his couch about a week later, he is completely flabbergasted that his words have turned into a living, breathing person.

Metrics

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: July 25th, 2012 (Limited) by Fox Searchlight
International Releases: September 6th, 2012 (Wide) (Portugal)
September 12th, 2012 (Wide) (Belgium)
September 13th, 2012 (Wide) (Netherlands)
September 19th, 2012 (Wide) (Philippines)
September 20th, 2012 (Wide) (Argentina)
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Video Release: October 30th, 2012 by Fox Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for language including some sexual references, and for some drug use.
(Rating bulletin 2222, 5/9/2012)
Running Time: 104 minutes
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Keywords: Writing and Writers, Writer's Block, Therapists / Therapy, Mental Illness, Fiction / Reality Crossover, Dream Sequence, Romance, Relationships Gone Wrong, Screenplay Written By the Star, Voiceover/Narration, Wish Granters
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Romantic Comedy
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Fox Searchlight Pictures, Bona Fide
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,666 $7,218 Oct 19, 2012 89
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,803 $11,689 Oct 12, 2012 82
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,688 $4,723 Oct 5, 2012 75
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,717 $9,363 Sep 28, 2012 68
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,672 $19,811 Sep 21, 2012 61
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,568 $41,713 Sep 14, 2012 54
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,792 $54,889 Sep 7, 2012 47
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,861 $89,597 Aug 31, 2012 40
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,904 $163,534 Aug 24, 2012 33
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,981 $301,226 Aug 17, 2012 26
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,245 $443,102 Aug 10, 2012 19
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,739 $395,913 Aug 3, 2012 12
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,772 $140,822 Jul 27, 2012 5

Cast

   Calvin Weir-Fields
   Ruby Sparks
Antonio Banderas    Harry
Annette Bening    Gertrude
Steve Coogan    Langdon Tharp
Elliott Gould    Dr. Rosenthal
Chris Messina    Harry
Alia Shawkat    Mabel

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Director   
Screenwriter    Zoe Kazan
Producer    Albert Berger
Producer    Ron Yerxa
Executive Producer    Robert Graf
Executive Producer    Zoe Kazan
Executive Producer    Paul Dano

Awards Season: Silver Linings for Limited Releases

November 28th, 2012

The Independent Spirit Awards has a special place in the Awards Season. The nominations are the unoffficial start of Awards Season, but the actual awards aren't given out until Oscar weekend, so they are the beginning at the end of Awards Season. They also help out a lot of limited releases that would otherwise not get enough buzz, although they are not so good at predicting Oscar wins. This year, two films tied for most nominations, Moonrise Kingdom and The Silver Linings Playbook, both of which earned five nominations. They weren't the only films to earn multiple nominations though. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for October 30th, 2012

October 30th, 2012

It's not a great week on the home market. The best first run release is The Campaign, but while the movie is good, the DVD and the Blu-ray Combo Pack don't have enough extras. There are a few limited releases that piqued my interested as far as Pick of the Week was concerned. Safety Not Guaranteed on DVD or Blu-ray, Ruby Sparks on DVD or Blu-ray, and Polisse on DVD were all contenders. However, in the end I went with Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection. The Blu-ray box set is awesome. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Ruby Sparks

October 29th, 2012

Paul Dano is an incredibly talented actor; however, his track record at the box office has been spotty. Ruby Sparks had enough buzz going in that some thought it would expand semi-wide. It did start out well, but by the third week of limited release, it was clear it wasn't going to find a mainstream audience. Did it deserve to perform better? Is it too art house? Or is there another reason it failed to live up to some expectations. More...

Per Theater Chart: Sleepwalk Runs to the Top

August 29th, 2012

Sleepwalk With Me found its way on top of the per theater chart with $68,801 in one theater. This is higher than the per theater average for the opening of The Avengers, which was the goal of the filmmakers after their fake fight with Joss Whedon. Samsara opened with an average of $38,111 in two theaters. The only other film in the $10,000 club was Space Station with $14,268 in one theater. More...

Per Theater Chart: 2 Days 2 Strong

August 15th, 2012

2 Days in New York led the way on the per theater chart with an average of $11,971 in two theaters. This is well below its predecessor and it likely won't have the same legs either. The re-release of Max and the Junkman earned $11,264 in its lone theater. The overall number one film, The Bourne Legacy, cracked the $10,000 club with an average of $10,185. Red Hook Summer was right behind with an average of $10,018 in four theaters. More...

Dark Knight Puts the Spark in the Per Theater Chart

July 31st, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises remained on top of the per theater chart with an average of $14,101 in more than 4,400 theaters. Killer Joe opened with an average of $12,621 in three theaters, while Ruby Sparks was also strong with an average of $10,832 in thirteen. Both films have some potential to expand. Deep Sea 3-D remained strong with $10,412 in its lone theater. More...

Searching for Killer Limited Releases

July 27th, 2012

There are not a huge number of limited releases on this week's chart, but all of them are earning overall positive reviews, and a few of them are generating some strong buzz. Killer Joe is one such film, but its rating could prevent it from reaching a sizable audience. Ruby Sparks has far more populous appeal, but weaker reviews. Searching for Sugar Man has some of the best reviews of the month, but documentaries rarely escape the grasp of limited release. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/07/27 29 $140,822   13 $10,832   $180,658 5
2012/08/03 21 $395,913 +181% 64 $6,186   $638,683 12
2012/08/10 17 $443,102 +12% 261 $1,698   $1,240,600 19
2012/08/17 24 $301,226 -32% 218 $1,382   $1,796,597 26
2012/08/24 33 $163,534 -46% 135 $1,211   $2,105,380 33
2012/08/31 46 $89,597 -45% 78 $1,149   $2,269,687 40
2012/09/07 48 $54,889 -39% 76 $722   $2,373,073 47
2012/09/14 53 $41,713 -24% 70 $596   $2,435,765 54
2012/09/21 69 $19,811 -53% 43 $461   $2,478,254 61
2012/09/28 71 $9,363 -53% 17 $551   $2,498,098 68
2012/10/05 76 $4,723 -50% 10 $472   $2,509,477 75
2012/10/12 61 $11,689 +147% 15 $779   $2,523,828 82
2012/10/19 78 $7,218 -38% 15 $481   $2,535,819 89

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/07/25 - $19,557   13 $1,504   $19,557 1
2012/07/26 - $20,279 +4% 13 $1,560   $39,836 2
2012/07/27 - $34,551 +70% 13 $2,658   $74,387 3
2012/07/28 - $63,330 +83% 13 $4,872   $137,717 4
2012/07/29 - $42,941 -32% 13 $3,303   $180,658 5
2012/07/30 - $15,864 -63% 13 $1,220   $196,522 6
2012/07/31 - $14,860 -6% 13 $1,143   $211,382 7
2012/08/01 - $16,110 +8% 13 $1,239   $227,492 8
2012/08/02 - $15,278 -5% 13 $1,175   $242,770 9
2012/08/03 - $103,115 +575% 64 $1,611   $345,885 10
2012/08/04 - $173,648 +68% 64 $2,713   $519,533 11
2012/08/05 - $119,150 -31% 64 $1,862   $638,683 12
2012/08/06 - $45,955 -61% 64 $718   $684,638 13
2012/08/07 - $45,236 -2% 64 $707   $729,874 14
2012/08/08 - $33,730 -25% 64 $527   $763,604 15
2012/08/09 - $33,894 n/c 64 $530   $797,498 16
2012/08/10 - $126,549 +273% 261 $485   $924,047 17
2012/08/11 - $191,757 +52% 261 $735   $1,115,804 18
2012/08/12 - $124,796 -35% 261 $478   $1,240,600 19
2012/08/13 - $60,345 -52% 261 $231   $1,300,945 20
2012/08/14 - $76,244 +26% 261 $292   $1,377,189 21
2012/08/15 - $59,552 -22% 252 $236   $1,436,741 22
2012/08/16 - $58,630 -2% 252 $233   $1,495,371 23
2012/08/17 - $82,728 +41% 218 $379   $1,578,099 24
2012/08/18 - $133,369 +61% 218 $612   $1,711,468 25
2012/08/19 - $85,129 -36% 218 $391   $1,796,597 26
2012/08/20 - $34,657 -59% 218 $159   $1,831,254 27
2012/08/21 - $43,718 +26% 218 $201   $1,874,972 28
2012/08/22 - $32,219 -26% 194 $166   $1,907,191 29
2012/08/23 - $34,655 +8% 194 $179   $1,941,846 30
2012/08/24 - $44,187 +28% 135 $327   $1,986,033 31
2012/08/25 - $74,985 +70% 135 $555   $2,061,018 32
2012/08/26 - $44,362 -41% 135 $329   $2,105,380 33
2012/08/27 - $18,762 -58% 135 $139   $2,124,142 34
2012/08/28 - $21,750 +16% 135 $161   $2,145,892 35
2012/08/29 - $17,182 -21% 119 $144   $2,163,074 36
2012/08/30 - $17,016 -1% 119 $143   $2,180,090 37
2012/08/31 - $21,704 +28% 78 $278   $2,201,794 38
2012/09/01 - $35,398 +63% 78 $454   $2,237,192 39
2012/09/02 - $32,495 -8% 78 $417   $2,269,687 40
2012/09/03 - $26,281 -19% 78 $337   $2,295,968 41
2012/09/04 - $7,996 -70% 78 $103   $2,303,964 42
2012/09/05 - $6,873 -14% 78 $88   $2,310,837 43
2012/09/06 - $7,347 +7% 78 $94   $2,318,184 44
2012/09/07 - $15,291 +108% 76 $201   $2,333,475 45
2012/09/08 - $25,935 +70% 76 $341   $2,359,410 46
2012/09/09 - $13,663 -47% 76 $180   $2,373,073 47
2012/09/10 - $4,963 -64% 76 $65   $2,378,036 48
2012/09/11 - $5,762 +16% 76 $76   $2,383,798 49
2012/09/12 - $5,176 -10% 76 $68   $2,388,974 50
2012/09/13 - $5,078 -2% 76 $67   $2,394,052 51
2012/09/14 - $13,227 +160% 70 $189   $2,407,279 52
2012/09/15 - $18,855 +43% 70 $269   $2,426,134 53
2012/09/16 - $9,631 -49% 70 $138   $2,435,765 54
2012/09/17 - $5,257 -45% 70 $75   $2,441,022 55
2012/09/18 - $6,196 +18% 70 $89   $2,447,218 56
2012/09/19 - $5,486 -11% 70 $78   $2,452,704 57
2012/09/20 - $5,739 +5% 70 $82   $2,458,443 58
2012/09/21 - $6,100 +6% 43 $142   $2,464,543 59
2012/09/22 - $8,666 +42% 43 $202   $2,473,209 60
2012/09/23 - $5,045 -42% 43 $117   $2,478,254 61
2012/09/24 - $1,986 -61% 43 $46   $2,480,240 62
2012/09/25 - $2,974 +50% 43 $69   $2,483,214 63
2012/09/26 - $2,919 -2% 43 $68   $2,486,133 64
2012/09/27 - $2,602 -11% 43 $61   $2,488,735 65
2012/09/28 - $2,422 -7% 17 $142   $2,491,157 66
2012/09/29 - $4,853 +100% 17 $285   $2,496,010 67
2012/09/30 - $2,088 -57% 17 $123   $2,498,098 68
2012/10/01 - $2,004 -4% 17 $118   $2,500,102 69
2012/10/02 - $1,651 -18% 17 $97   $2,501,753 70
2012/10/03 - $1,090 -34% 17 $64   $2,502,843 71
2012/10/04 - $1,911 +75% 17 $112   $2,504,754 72
2012/10/05 - $1,283 -33% 10 $128   $2,506,037 73
2012/10/06 - $1,988 +55% 10 $199   $2,508,025 74
2012/10/07 - $1,452 -27% 10 $145   $2,509,477 75
2012/10/08 - $898 -38% 10 $90   $2,510,375 76
2012/10/09 - $654 -27% 10 $65   $2,511,029 77
2012/10/10 - $521 -20% 10 $52   $2,511,550 78
2012/10/11 - $589 +13% 10 $59   $2,512,139 79
2012/10/12 - $2,338 +297% 15 $156   $2,514,477 80
2012/10/13 - $6,454 +176% 15 $430   $2,520,931 81
2012/10/14 - $2,897 -55% 15 $193   $2,523,828 82
2012/10/15 - $819 -72% 15 $55   $2,524,647 83
2012/10/16 - $1,845 +125% 15 $123   $2,526,492 84
2012/10/17 - $1,122 -39% 15 $75   $2,527,614 85
2012/10/18 - $987 -12% 15 $66   $2,528,601 86
2012/10/19 - $1,697 +72% 15 $113   $2,530,298 87
2012/10/20 - $3,531 +108% 15 $235   $2,533,829 88
2012/10/21 - $1,990 -44% 15 $133   $2,535,819 89
2012/10/22 - $836 -58% 15 $56   $2,536,655 90
2012/10/23 - $1,161 +39% 15 $77   $2,537,816 91
2012/10/24 - $1,220 +5% 15 $81   $2,539,036 92
2012/10/25 - $1,070 -12% 15 $71   $2,540,106 93

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/07/20 48 $39,836   13 $3,064   $39,836 2
2012/07/27 29 $202,934 +409% 13 $15,610   $242,770 9
2012/08/03 22 $554,728 +173% 64 $8,668   $797,498 16
2012/08/10 20 $697,873 +26% 252 $2,769   $1,495,371 23
2012/08/17 25 $446,475 -36% 218 $2,048   $1,941,846 30
2012/08/24 35 $238,244 -47% 119 $2,002   $2,180,090 37
2012/08/31 47 $138,094 -42% 78 $1,770   $2,318,184 44
2012/09/07 49 $75,868 -45% 76 $998   $2,394,052 51
2012/09/14 53 $64,391 -15% 70 $920   $2,458,443 58
2012/09/21 68 $30,292 -53% 43 $704   $2,488,735 65
2012/09/28 73 $16,019 -47% 17 $942   $2,504,754 72
2012/10/05 77 $7,385 -54% 10 $739   $2,512,139 79
2012/10/12 68 $16,462 +123% 15 $1,097   $2,528,601 86
2012/10/19 78 $11,505 -30% 15 $767   $2,540,106 93

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
Argentina 9/20/2012 $0 0 18 30 $88,282 12/12/2015
Australia 9/20/2012 $562,325 209 211 602 $1,717,285 12/12/2015
Austria 12/7/2012 $4,844 7 7 19 $18,496 12/13/2015
Bahrain 11/8/2012 $263 1 1 17 $5,721 12/14/2015
Belgium 9/12/2012 $36,699 16 16 64 $119,237 12/12/2015
Brazil 10/12/2012 $39,010 54 54 140 $265,580 12/12/2015
Chile 11/8/2012 $0 0 13 22 $44,213 12/12/2015
East Africa 11/16/2012 $1,361 1 1 1 $1,946 12/12/2015
France 10/3/2012 $174,741 41 41 41 $174,741 12/12/2015
Germany 11/29/2012 $22,764 50 50 50 $92,234 12/12/2015
Hong Kong 10/11/2012 $45,228 11 11 38 $154,011 12/12/2015
Italy 12/6/2012 $94,512 111 111 111 $94,512 12/12/2015
Lebanon 11/22/2012 $4,984 4 4 4 $6,571 12/12/2015
Mexico 11/30/2012 $110,898 69 69 290 $496,925 12/14/2015
Netherlands 9/13/2012 $31,384 13 13 26 $76,076 12/11/2015
New Zealand 9/20/2012 $42,983 42 42 136 $143,043 12/12/2015
Oman 11/8/2012 $1,496 1 1 1 $1,769 12/12/2015
Philippines 9/19/2012 $66,000 46 46 56 $87,294 12/11/2015
Portugal 9/6/2012 $22,070 19 19 44 $65,010 12/12/2015
Qatar 11/8/2012 $4,825 2 2 2 $6,123 12/12/2015
Russia (CIS) 9/27/2012 $176,080 280 280 280 $176,080 12/11/2015
Singapore 9/20/2012 $37,549 12 12 26 $88,427 12/12/2015
Spain 10/26/2012 $97,188 66 66 168 $230,338 12/12/2015
Taiwan 10/19/2012 $3,406 3 3 8 $11,999 12/12/2015
Turkey 11/2/2012 $18,270 12 12 67 $76,109 12/13/2015
United Arab Emirates 10/25/2012 $13,731 7 7 7 $13,731 12/12/2015
United Kingdom 10/12/2012 $482,903 308 308 592 $1,256,657 12/12/2015
 
Rest of World $730,462
 
International Total$6,242,872 12/14/2015

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