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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
Domestic DVD Sales $2,138,147 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $1,368,936 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $3,507,083
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

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
94% - Certified Fresh
Audience
92% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

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
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Keywords: Directing Yourself, Big Break, Rock 'n' Roll, Musicians
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

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 49th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 100 $446 Jun 28, 2013 339
Biggest 48th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 106 $684 Jun 21, 2013 332
Biggest 47th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 92 $1,420 Jun 14, 2013 325
Biggest 46th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 87 $2,384 Jun 7, 2013 318
Biggest 44th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 86 $3,621 May 24, 2013 304
Biggest 43rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 88 $3,561 May 17, 2013 297
Biggest 42nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 88 $4,638 May 10, 2013 290
Biggest 41st Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 107 $3,105 May 3, 2013 283
Biggest 40th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 96 $5,287 Apr 26, 2013 276
Biggest 39th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 88 $8,209 Apr 19, 2013 269
Biggest 38th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 91 $9,234 Apr 12, 2013 262
Biggest 37th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 82 $16,065 Apr 5, 2013 255
Biggest 36th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 93 $15,440 Mar 29, 2013 248
Biggest 35th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 81 $23,780 Mar 22, 2013 241
Biggest 34th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 73 $35,855 Mar 15, 2013 234
Biggest 33rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 74 $44,218 Mar 8, 2013 227
Biggest 32nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 68 $57,552 Mar 1, 2013 220
Biggest 31st Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 109 $32,583 Feb 22, 2013 213
Biggest 30th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 145 $23,347 Feb 15, 2013 206
Biggest 29th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 164 $20,555 Feb 8, 2013 199
Biggest 28th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 192 $19,917 Feb 1, 2013 192
Biggest 27th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 183 $31,808 Jan 25, 2013 185
Biggest 26th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 221 $32,029 Jan 18, 2013 178
Biggest 25th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 282 $26,121 Jan 11, 2013 171
Biggest 24th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 321 $26,723 Jan 4, 2013 164
Biggest 23rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 374 $29,867 Dec 28, 2012 157
Biggest 22nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 535 $15,703 Dec 21, 2012 150
Biggest 21st Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 573 $22,555 Dec 14, 2012 143
Biggest 20th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 581 $36,822 Dec 7, 2012 136
Biggest 19th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 645 $46,570 Nov 30, 2012 129
Biggest 17th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 784 $68,832 Nov 16, 2012 115
Biggest 16th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 771 $103,223 Nov 9, 2012 108
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 727 $149,114 Nov 2, 2012 101
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 901 $137,728 Oct 26, 2012 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 821 $197,188 Oct 19, 2012 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,014 $190,822 Oct 12, 2012 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,829 $86,563 Oct 5, 2012 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,043 $95,345 Sep 28, 2012 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,369 $93,338 Sep 21, 2012 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,666 $101,263 Sep 14, 2012 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,030 $114,455 Sep 7, 2012 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,395 $140,674 Aug 31, 2012 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,069 $121,211 Aug 24, 2012 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,711 $106,283 Aug 17, 2012 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,594 $63,342 Aug 10, 2012 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,538 $38,743 Aug 3, 2012 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,576 $27,459 Jul 27, 2012 3

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

Blu-ray Sales: January 27th, 2013: End Begins On Top

March 14th, 2013

New releases did well on the Blu-ray sales chart for the week of January 27th, 2013. This includes End of Watch, which earned first place with 428,000 units / $9.41 million. Its opening week Blu-ray share was just a hair over 50%, which is really impressive for this type of release. More...

2013 Awards Season: Argo Unites a Divided Night at the Oscars

February 25th, 2013

Argo was the big winner at the Oscars last night, although arguably, there were no big winners, but a lot of films that shared in the glory. There were also some pretty interesting twists and a few events that stand out. Due to ongoing computer difficulties, I was unable to live-blog the Oscars this year. I will still be giving my reactions on a category by category basis, but not in the order they were handed out. More...

2013 Awards Season: Argo's Wins go From Zero to Thirty

February 19th, 2013

Argo continues its winning ways at the WGAs this weekend. It has become the defacto favorite for the Oscars, despite the high profile Oscar snub. More...

2013 Awards Season: Oscar Contest: Category Highlight: Best Feature-Length Documentary

February 6th, 2013

With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. Today we look at Best Feature-Length Documentary, which is probably not as competitive as I thought it would be. There are two films that earned perfect reviews, so it should be a close race between those two for the Oscar, right? More...

2013 Awards Season: Argo Adds to Awards Season Haul

February 3rd, 2013

Directors Guild of America Awards were this weekend and the big winner shouldn't surprise too many people, assuming they've been paying attention. Argo won yet again and given this, Ben Affleck should be the favorite to win an Oscar at the end of the month... except he wasn't even nominated. More...

2013 Awards Season: Argo Escapes With the Win

January 28th, 2013

Producers Guild of America gave out their awards over the weekend, and there were a couple surprises, including a big win for Argo. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for January 22nd, 2013

January 21st, 2013

There are not a lot of big releases on this week's list with End of Watch being the biggest. Conveniently, it is also the best and it is the Pick of the Week on either DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack. More...

2013 Awards Season: DGA Diverge From Oscars

January 14th, 2013

The Directors Guild of America handed out their nominations for Feature Films last week and Documentaries today. No, I have no idea why they split up their announcements. Usually, there's a lot of overlap between the DGAs and the Oscars, but that's not the case this year, so we again have some surprises. More...

2013 Awards Season: Lincoln Oversees a Divided Group of Nominees

January 10th, 2013

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and there's certainly a lot to talk about. There are some nominations that should surprise no one. For instance, Lincoln led the way with twelve nominations, and it has been seen as the major contender for a long time. However, there were also a few surprise nominations and some major snubs. Here are the list of nominations, and some reactions. More...

2013 Awards Season: WGAs Leaves Analysts In the Dark

January 7th, 2013

Surprises seems to be the word of the day, as the WGA nominations included a number of them. Granted, Zero Dark Thirty and a lot of the other films that have earned Awards Season success thus far were here, but there were almost as many surprises as there were obvious choices. More...

2013 Awards Season: PGA Produces a Few Surprises

January 6th, 2013

Producers Guild of America announced their nominations this week, including the three theatrical categories. There were a number of films on the list that have been mentioned time and time again this awards season, like Zero Dark Thirty, but there were also a few surprises. More...

Per Theater Chart: Zero to $1 million in Nine Days

January 3rd, 2013

Zero Dark Thirty shot up to the top of the per theater chart with averages of $83,430 during its opening weekend and $63,283 during its sophomore stint. Expanding truly wide is virtually guaranteed. Amour was well back with an average of $20,005 over the past weekend and $22,755 during its opening weekend. The Impossible rose 27% to $12,172 in 15 theaters. This is a great sign and while its reviews are too low to be a major contender during Awards Season, it should still do well enough to expand significantly, but probably not truly wide. The final film in the $10,000 club was Django Unchained, which opened with an average of $10,008. More...

Per Theater Chart: Session In, New Releases Out

October 30th, 2012

The Sessions was the only film to top $10,000 on the per theater chart with an average of $10,868 in 20 theaters. Earning some measure of mainstream success is very likely at this point. More...

Per Theater Chart: Mastering the Per Theater Chart

September 19th, 2012

We had a monster hit on the per theater chart, as The Master earned close to $750,000 in five theaters for an average of $147,262. This is unbelievably strong; however, one does have to take into account the particulars. The Master was released on 70mm and because this is such an unusual event, the tickets were sold at a premium price. The only other film to top the $10,000 mark was Arbitrage, which made just over $2 million in just under 200 theaters for an average of $10,163. 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 47 $27,459   3 $9,153   $27,459 3
2012/08/03 41 $38,743 +41% 7 $5,535   $82,093 10
2012/08/10 40 $63,342 +63% 15 $4,223   $166,368 17
2012/08/17 36 $106,283 +68% 27 $3,936   $309,359 24
2012/08/24 37 $121,211 +14% 29 $4,180   $495,153 31
2012/08/31 39 $140,674 +16% 32 $4,396   $693,975 38
2012/09/07 40 $114,455 -19% 33 $3,468   $892,596 45
2012/09/14 41 $101,263 -12% 34 $2,978   $1,042,970 52
2012/09/21 44 $93,338 -8% 38 $2,456   $1,186,139 59
2012/09/28 44 $95,345 +2% 37 $2,577   $1,318,745 66
2012/10/05 40 $86,563 -9% 38 $2,278   $1,435,234 73
2012/10/12 22 $190,822 +120% 157 $1,215   $1,685,694 80
2012/10/19 22 $197,188 +3% 137 $1,439   $1,968,290 87
2012/10/26 27 $137,728 -30% 114 $1,208   $2,192,640 94
2012/11/02 28 $149,114 +8% 105 $1,420   $2,410,566 101
2012/11/09 33 $103,223 -31% 94 $1,098   $2,560,198 108
2012/11/16 36 $68,832 -33% 54 $1,275   $2,670,917 115
2012/11/30 41 $46,570   53 $879   $2,836,187 129
2012/12/07 44 $36,822 -21% 42 $877   $2,893,916 136
2012/12/14 52 $22,555 -39% 31 $728   $2,931,599 143
2012/12/21 51 $15,703 -30% 25 $628   $2,960,488 150
2012/12/28 43 $29,867 +90% 28 $1,067   $3,007,341 157
2013/01/04 47 $26,723 -11% 26 $1,028   $3,058,667 164
2013/01/11 47 $26,121 -2% 22 $1,187   $3,095,075 171
2013/01/18 47 $32,029 +23% 27 $1,186   $3,138,421 178
2013/01/25 50 $31,808 -1% 26 $1,223   $3,182,619 185
2013/02/01 58 $19,917 -37% 18 $1,107   $3,212,491 192
2013/02/08 58 $20,555 +3% 20 $1,028   $3,245,671 199
2013/02/15 58 $23,347 +14% 19 $1,229   $3,278,313 206
2013/02/22 52 $32,583 +40% 30 $1,086   $3,322,289 213
2013/03/01 49 $57,552 +77% 39 $1,476   $3,394,465 220
2013/03/08 45 $44,218 -23% 39 $1,134   $3,464,553 227
2013/03/15 51 $35,855 -19% 34 $1,055   $3,521,523 234
2013/03/22 54 $23,780 -34% 25 $951   $3,559,838 241
2013/03/29 69 $15,440 -35% 16 $965   $3,588,618 248
2013/04/05 64 $16,065 +4% 18 $893   $3,612,244 255
2013/04/12 75 $9,234 -43% 14 $660   $3,626,832 262
2013/04/19 73 $8,209 -11% 13 $631   $3,640,519 269
2013/04/26 80 $5,287 -36% 8 $661   $3,648,145 276
2013/05/03 86 $3,105 -41% 9 $345   $3,653,307 283
2013/05/10 85 $4,638 +49% 7 $663   $3,662,322 290
2013/05/17 85 $3,561 -23% 6 $594   $3,667,230 297
2013/05/24 77 $3,621 +2% 6 $604   $3,672,707 304
2013/06/07 76 $2,384   4 $596   $3,682,137 318
2013/06/14 84 $1,420 -40% 4 $355   $3,684,598 325
2013/06/21 90 $684 -52% 2 $342   $3,687,511 332
2013/06/28 88 $446 -35% 1 $446   $3,688,458 339
2013/07/19 97 $648   1 $648   $3,691,668 7
2013/07/26 91 $356 -45% 2 $178   $3,692,402 14
2013/08/09 90 $1,568   1 $1,568   $3,964,808 7
2013/08/16 106 $282 -82% 1 $282   $3,965,090 14

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/07/27 47 $43,350   3 $14,450   $43,350 7
2012/08/03 47 $59,676 +38% 7 $8,525   $103,026 14
2012/08/10 41 $100,050 +68% 15 $6,670   $203,076 21
2012/08/17 37 $170,866 +71% 27 $6,328   $373,942 28
2012/08/24 39 $179,359 +5% 29 $6,185   $553,301 35
2012/08/31 39 $224,840 +25% 32 $7,026   $778,141 42
2012/09/07 39 $163,566 -27% 33 $4,957   $941,707 49
2012/09/14 40 $151,094 -8% 34 $4,444   $1,092,801 56
2012/09/21 44 $130,599 -14% 38 $3,437   $1,223,400 63
2012/09/28 44 $125,271 -4% 37 $3,386   $1,348,671 70
2012/10/05 37 $146,201 +17% 38 $3,847   $1,494,872 77
2012/10/12 22 $276,230 +89% 157 $1,759   $1,771,102 84
2012/10/19 22 $283,810 +3% 137 $2,072   $2,054,912 91
2012/10/26 26 $206,540 -27% 114 $1,812   $2,261,452 98
2012/11/02 29 $195,523 -5% 105 $1,862   $2,456,975 105
2012/11/09 33 $145,110 -26% 94 $1,544   $2,602,085 112
2012/11/30 39 $67,477   53 $1,273   $2,857,094 133
2012/12/07 45 $51,950 -23% 42 $1,237   $2,909,044 140
2012/12/14 56 $35,741 -31% 31 $1,153   $2,944,785 147
2012/12/28 43 $54,470   28 $1,945   $3,031,944 161
2013/01/04 48 $37,010 -32% 26 $1,423   $3,068,954 168
2013/01/11 44 $37,438 +1% 22 $1,702   $3,106,392 175
2013/01/18 47 $44,419 +19% 27 $1,645   $3,150,811 182
2013/01/25 52 $41,763 -6% 26 $1,606   $3,192,574 189
2013/02/01 55 $32,542 -22% 18 $1,808   $3,225,116 196
2013/02/08 62 $29,850 -8% 20 $1,493   $3,254,966 203
2013/02/15 62 $23,347 -22% 19 $1,229   $3,278,313 210
2013/02/22 51 $47,207 +102% 30 $1,574   $3,336,913 217
2013/03/01 51 $83,422 +77% 39 $2,139   $3,420,335 224
2013/03/08 46 $65,333 -22% 39 $1,675   $3,485,668 231
2013/03/15 52 $50,390 -23% 34 $1,482   $3,536,058 238
2013/03/22 58 $37,120 -26% 25 $1,485   $3,573,178 245
2013/03/29 68 $23,001 -38% 16 $1,438   $3,596,179 252
2013/04/05 67 $21,419 -7% 18 $1,190   $3,617,598 259
2013/04/12 75 $14,712 -31% 14 $1,051   $3,632,310 266
2013/04/19 75 $10,548 -28% 13 $811   $3,642,858 273
2013/04/26 78 $7,344 -30% 8 $918   $3,650,202 280
2013/05/03 83 $7,482 +2% 9 $831   $3,657,684 287
2013/05/10 89 $5,985 -20% 7 $855   $3,663,669 294
2013/05/17 85 $5,417 -9% 6 $903   $3,669,086 301
2013/05/24 84 $3,621 -33% 6 $604   $3,672,707 308
2013/06/07 90 $2,384   4 $596   $3,682,137 322
2013/06/14 80 $3,649 +53% 4 $912   $3,686,827 329
2013/06/21 93 $1,185 -68% 2 $593   $3,688,012 336
2013/07/19 88 $1,026   1 $1,026   $3,692,046 11

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

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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