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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $3,965,090Details
International Box Office $5,672,597
Worldwide Box Office $9,637,687
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $1,389,947 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $1,249,512 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $2,639,459
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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
95% - Certified Fresh
Audience
92% - Upright

Movie Details

Theatrical Release: July 27th, 2012 (Limited) by Mongrel Media (Canada)
Video Release: January 22nd, 2013 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language and some drug references.
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2013 Awards Season: DGA Diverge From Oscars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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    Malik Bendjelloul
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

Daily Box Office Performance

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 45 $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

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
1/27/2013198,058 8,058$185,246$185,2461

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