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Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $3,965,090Details
International Box Office $8,948,401Details
Worldwide Box Office $12,913,491
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $2,189,535 Details
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $1,475,940 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $3,665,475
Further financial details...

  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. International
  5. Video Sales
  6. Full Financials
  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer

Synopsis

In the late '60s, two celebrated producers, who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, discovered a musician in a Detroit bar. They recorded an album that they believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, it became a phenomenon. Two South African fans then set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez.

Metrics

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

RecordRankAmount
All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 6,201-6,300) 6,226 $3,965,090
All Time International Box Office (Rank 3,501-3,600) 3,595 $8,948,401
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 5,401-5,500) 5,497 $12,913,491
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 601-700) 664 $3,965,090

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


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: July 27th, 2012 (Limited) by Mongrel Media (Canada)
International Releases: July 27th, 2012 (Limited) (Canada)
July 27th, 2012 (Wide) (United Kingdom)
August 24th, 2012 (Wide) (Sweden)
October 4th, 2012 (Wide) (Denmark)
October 14th, 2012 (Wide) (New Zealand)
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Video Release: January 22nd, 2013 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language and some drug references.
Running Time: 85 minutes
Comparisons: vs. 20 Feet From Stardom
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Keywords: Musicians, Rock 'n' Roll, Big Break, Directing Yourself
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Genre:Documentary
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Red Box Films, Passion Pictures, Confield Pictures, The Documentary Company
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankAmountChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest Domestic 54th Weekend 78 $282 Aug 16, 2013 374
Biggest 54th Weekend Limited Release 28 $282 Aug 16, 2013 374
Theater Average 54th Weekend 76 $282 Aug 16, 2013 374
Biggest Domestic 53rd Weekend 71 $1,568 Aug 9, 2013 367
Biggest 53rd Weekend Limited Release 20 $1,568 Aug 9, 2013 367
Theater Average 53rd Weekend 56 $1,568 Aug 9, 2013 367
Biggest Domestic 52nd Weekend 84 $256 Aug 2, 2013 360
Biggest 52nd Weekend Limited Release 30 $256 Aug 2, 2013 360
Theater Average 52nd Weekend 83 $256 Aug 2, 2013 360
Biggest Domestic 51st Weekend 88 $356 Jul 26, 2013 353
Biggest 51st Weekend Limited Release 35 $356 Jul 26, 2013 353
Theater Average 51st Weekend 93 $178 Jul 26, 2013 353
Biggest Domestic 50th Weekend 84 $648 Jul 19, 2013 346
Biggest 50th Weekend Limited Release 33 $648 Jul 19, 2013 346
Theater Average 50th Weekend 73 $648 Jul 19, 2013 346
Biggest 49th Weekend Limited Release 46 $446 Jun 28, 2013 339
Theater Average 49th Weekend 93 $446 Jun 28, 2013 339
Biggest 48th Weekend Limited Release 39 $684 Jun 21, 2013 332
Biggest Domestic 47th Weekend 94 $1,420 Jun 14, 2013 325
Biggest 47th Weekend Limited Release 24 $1,420 Jun 14, 2013 325
Biggest Domestic 46th Weekend 89 $2,384 Jun 7, 2013 318
Biggest 46th Weekend Limited Release 21 $2,384 Jun 7, 2013 318
Biggest Domestic 44th Weekend 88 $3,621 May 24, 2013 304
Biggest 44th Weekend Limited Release 21 $3,621 May 24, 2013 304
Biggest Domestic 43rd Weekend 91 $3,561 May 17, 2013 297
Biggest 43rd Weekend Limited Release 22 $3,561 May 17, 2013 297
Biggest Domestic 42nd Weekend 91 $4,638 May 10, 2013 290
Biggest 42nd Weekend Limited Release 28 $4,638 May 10, 2013 290
Biggest 41st Weekend Limited Release 38 $3,105 May 3, 2013 283
Biggest Domestic 40th Weekend 98 $5,287 Apr 26, 2013 276
Biggest 40th Weekend Limited Release 28 $5,287 Apr 26, 2013 276
Biggest Domestic 39th Weekend 90 $8,209 Apr 19, 2013 269
Biggest 39th Weekend Limited Release 27 $8,209 Apr 19, 2013 269
Biggest Domestic 38th Weekend 95 $9,234 Apr 12, 2013 262
Biggest 38th Weekend Limited Release 30 $9,234 Apr 12, 2013 262
Biggest Domestic 37th Weekend 84 $16,065 Apr 5, 2013 255
Biggest 37th Weekend Limited Release 23 $16,065 Apr 5, 2013 255
Biggest Domestic 36th Weekend 95 $15,440 Mar 29, 2013 248
Biggest 36th Weekend Limited Release 30 $15,440 Mar 29, 2013 248
Biggest Domestic 35th Weekend 83 $23,780 Mar 22, 2013 241
Biggest 35th Weekend Limited Release 24 $23,780 Mar 22, 2013 241
Biggest Domestic 34th Weekend 75 $35,855 Mar 15, 2013 234
Biggest 34th Weekend Limited Release 18 $35,855 Mar 15, 2013 234
Biggest Domestic 33rd Weekend 75 $44,218 Mar 8, 2013 227
Biggest 33rd Weekend Limited Release 18 $44,218 Mar 8, 2013 227
Biggest Domestic 32nd Weekend 70 $57,552 Mar 1, 2013 220
Biggest 32nd Weekend Limited Release 12 $57,552 Mar 1, 2013 220
Biggest 31st Weekend Limited Release 28 $32,583 Feb 22, 2013 213
Biggest 30th Weekend Limited Release 43 $23,347 Feb 15, 2013 206
Biggest 29th Weekend Limited Release 53 $20,555 Feb 8, 2013 199
Biggest 28th Weekend Limited Release 66 $19,917 Feb 1, 2013 192
Biggest 27th Weekend Limited Release 55 $31,808 Jan 25, 2013 185
Biggest 26th Weekend Limited Release 60 $32,029 Jan 18, 2013 178
Biggest 25th Weekend Limited Release 84 $26,121 Jan 11, 2013 171
Biggest 24th Weekend Limited Release 92 $26,723 Jan 4, 2013 164

Cast

Ilse Assmnn    Herself
Clarence Avant    Himself
Craig Bartholomew-Strydom    Himself
Dennis Coffey    Himself
Dan DiMaggio    Himself
Rick Emmerson    Himself
Jerome Ferretti    Himself
Steve M. Harris    Harris
Rian Malan    Himself

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Producer    Malik Bendjelloul
Cinematographer    Malik Bendjelloul
Editor    Malik Bendjelloul
Producer    Simon Chinn
Executive Producer    John Battsek
Cinematographer    Camilla Skagerstrom
Co-Producer    George Chignell
Co-Producer    Nicole Stott

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records


Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/07/27 47 $27,459   3 $9,153   $27,459 1
2012/08/03 41 $38,743 +41% 7 $5,535   $82,093 2
2012/08/10 40 $63,342 +63% 15 $4,223   $166,368 3
2012/08/17 36 $106,283 +68% 27 $3,936   $309,359 4
2012/08/24 37 $121,211 +14% 29 $4,180   $495,153 5
2012/08/31 39 $140,674 +16% 32 $4,396   $693,975 6
2012/09/07 40 $114,455 -19% 33 $3,468   $892,596 7
2012/09/14 41 $101,263 -12% 34 $2,978   $1,042,970 8
2012/09/21 44 $93,338 -8% 38 $2,456   $1,186,139 9
2012/09/28 44 $95,345 +2% 37 $2,577   $1,318,745 10
2012/10/05 40 $86,563 -9% 38 $2,278   $1,435,234 11
2012/10/12 22 $190,822 +120% 157 $1,215   $1,685,694 12
2012/10/19 22 $197,188 +3% 137 $1,439   $1,968,290 13
2012/10/26 27 $137,728 -30% 114 $1,208   $2,192,640 14
2012/11/02 28 $149,114 +8% 105 $1,420   $2,410,566 15
2012/11/09 33 $103,223 -31% 94 $1,098   $2,560,198 16
2012/11/16 36 $68,832 -33% 54 $1,275   $2,670,917 17
2012/11/30 41 $46,570   53 $879   $2,836,187 19
2012/12/07 44 $36,822 -21% 42 $877   $2,893,916 20
2012/12/14 52 $22,555 -39% 31 $728   $2,931,599 21
2012/12/21 51 $15,703 -30% 25 $628   $2,960,488 22
2012/12/28 43 $29,867 +90% 28 $1,067   $3,007,341 23
2013/01/04 47 $26,723 -11% 26 $1,028   $3,058,667 24
2013/01/11 47 $26,121 -2% 22 $1,187   $3,095,075 25
2013/01/18 47 $32,029 +23% 27 $1,186   $3,138,421 26
2013/01/25 50 $31,808 -1% 26 $1,223   $3,182,619 27
2013/02/01 58 $19,917 -37% 18 $1,107   $3,212,491 28
2013/02/08 58 $20,555 +3% 20 $1,028   $3,245,671 29
2013/02/15 58 $23,347 +14% 19 $1,229   $3,278,313 30
2013/02/22 52 $32,583 +40% 30 $1,086   $3,322,289 31
2013/03/01 49 $57,552 +77% 39 $1,476   $3,394,465 32
2013/03/08 45 $44,218 -23% 39 $1,134   $3,464,553 33
2013/03/15 51 $35,855 -19% 34 $1,055   $3,521,523 34
2013/03/22 54 $23,780 -34% 25 $951   $3,559,838 35
2013/03/29 69 $15,440 -35% 16 $965   $3,588,618 36
2013/04/05 64 $16,065 +4% 18 $893   $3,612,244 37
2013/04/12 75 $9,234 -43% 14 $660   $3,626,832 38
2013/04/19 73 $8,209 -11% 13 $631   $3,640,519 39
2013/04/26 80 $5,287 -36% 8 $661   $3,648,145 40
2013/05/03 86 $3,105 -41% 9 $345   $3,653,307 41
2013/05/10 85 $4,638 +49% 7 $663   $3,662,322 42
2013/05/17 85 $3,561 -23% 6 $594   $3,667,230 43
2013/05/24 77 $3,621 +2% 6 $604   $3,672,707 44
2013/06/07 76 $2,384   4 $596   $3,682,137 46
2013/06/14 84 $1,420 -40% 4 $355   $3,684,598 47
2013/06/21 90 $684 -52% 2 $342   $3,687,511 48
2013/06/28 88 $446 -35% 1 $446   $3,688,458 49
2013/07/19 97 $648   1 $648   $3,691,668 50
2013/07/26 91 $356 -45% 2 $178   $3,692,402 51
2013/08/02 87 $256 -28% 1 $256   $3,692,866 52
2013/08/09 90 $1,568 +513% 1 $1,568   $3,964,808 53
2013/08/16 106 $282 -82% 1 $282   $3,965,090 54

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/07/27 47 $43,350   3 $14,450   $43,350 1
2012/08/03 48 $59,676 +38% 7 $8,525   $103,026 2
2012/08/10 41 $100,050 +68% 15 $6,670   $203,076 3
2012/08/17 37 $170,866 +71% 27 $6,328   $373,942 4
2012/08/24 39 $179,359 +5% 29 $6,185   $553,301 5
2012/08/31 39 $224,840 +25% 32 $7,026   $778,141 6
2012/09/07 39 $163,566 -27% 33 $4,957   $941,707 7
2012/09/14 40 $151,094 -8% 34 $4,444   $1,092,801 8
2012/09/21 44 $130,599 -14% 38 $3,437   $1,223,400 9
2012/09/28 44 $125,271 -4% 37 $3,386   $1,348,671 10
2012/10/05 37 $146,201 +17% 38 $3,847   $1,494,872 11
2012/10/12 22 $276,230 +89% 157 $1,759   $1,771,102 12
2012/10/19 22 $283,810 +3% 137 $2,072   $2,054,912 13
2012/10/26 26 $206,540 -27% 114 $1,812   $2,261,452 14
2012/11/02 29 $195,523 -5% 105 $1,862   $2,456,975 15
2012/11/09 33 $145,110 -26% 94 $1,544   $2,602,085 16
2012/11/30 39 $67,477   53 $1,273   $2,857,094 19
2012/12/07 45 $51,950 -23% 42 $1,237   $2,909,044 20
2012/12/14 56 $35,741 -31% 31 $1,153   $2,944,785 21
2012/12/28 43 $54,470   28 $1,945   $3,031,944 23
2013/01/04 48 $37,010 -32% 26 $1,423   $3,068,954 24
2013/01/11 44 $37,438 +1% 22 $1,702   $3,106,392 25
2013/01/18 47 $44,419 +19% 27 $1,645   $3,150,811 26
2013/01/25 52 $41,763 -6% 26 $1,606   $3,192,574 27
2013/02/01 55 $32,542 -22% 18 $1,808   $3,225,116 28
2013/02/08 62 $29,850 -8% 20 $1,493   $3,254,966 29
2013/02/15 62 $23,347 -22% 19 $1,229   $3,278,313 30
2013/02/22 51 $47,207 +102% 30 $1,574   $3,336,913 31
2013/03/01 51 $83,422 +77% 39 $2,139   $3,420,335 32
2013/03/08 46 $65,333 -22% 39 $1,675   $3,485,668 33
2013/03/15 52 $50,390 -23% 34 $1,482   $3,536,058 34
2013/03/22 58 $37,120 -26% 25 $1,485   $3,573,178 35
2013/03/29 68 $23,001 -38% 16 $1,438   $3,596,179 36
2013/04/05 67 $21,419 -7% 18 $1,190   $3,617,598 37
2013/04/12 75 $14,712 -31% 14 $1,051   $3,632,310 38
2013/04/19 75 $10,548 -28% 13 $811   $3,642,858 39
2013/04/26 78 $7,344 -30% 8 $918   $3,650,202 40
2013/05/03 83 $7,482 +2% 9 $831   $3,657,684 41
2013/05/10 89 $5,985 -20% 7 $855   $3,663,669 42
2013/05/17 85 $5,417 -9% 6 $903   $3,669,086 43
2013/05/24 84 $3,621 -33% 6 $604   $3,672,707 44
2013/06/07 91 $2,384   4 $596   $3,682,137 46
2013/06/14 80 $3,649 +53% 4 $912   $3,686,827 47
2013/06/21 93 $1,185 -68% 2 $593   $3,688,012 48
2013/07/19 88 $1,026   1 $1,026   $3,692,046 49
2013/07/26 86 $564 -45% 2 $282   $3,692,610 50
2013/08/02 91 $630 +12% 1 $630   $3,693,240 51
2013/08/09 88 $2,382 +278% 1 $2,382   $3,695,622 52
2013/08/16 95 $574 -76% 1 $574   $3,696,196 53

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
Austria 12/28/2012 $4,863 5 5 9 $25,180 12/13/2015
Canada 7/27/2012 $0 0 0 0 $0
Croatia 4/11/2013 $464 3 3 3 $464 12/14/2015
Denmark 10/4/2012 $0 0 5 10 $159,239 12/12/2015
Lebanon 2/7/2013 $1,346 1 1 6 $13,464 12/14/2015
Netherlands 12/20/2012 $480 3 3 3 $480 12/13/2015
New Zealand 10/14/2012 $0 0 15 78 $231,861 12/13/2015
Norway 12/25/2012 $13,416 19 19 28 $44,534 12/13/2015
Poland 2/22/2013 $0 0 33 153 $342,485 12/14/2015
Spain 2/22/2013 $0 0 13 105 $1,085,246 12/13/2015
Sweden 8/24/2012 $0 0 67 297 $1,749,108 12/14/2015
United Arab Emirates 12/6/2012 $619 1 1 1 $800 12/12/2015
United Kingdom 7/27/2012 $108,044 28 43 161 $566,468 12/11/2015
 
Rest of World $4,729,072
 
International Total$8,948,401 12/14/2015

International Cumulative Box Office Records


Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records


Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
1/27/2013197,936 7,936$182,438$182,4381

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