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A Serious Man (2009)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $9,228,788Details
International Box Office $21,131,782
Worldwide Box Office $30,360,570
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $4,795,705 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $1,042,566 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $5,838,271
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  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Full Financials
  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
89% - Certified Fresh
Audience
67% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$7,000,000
Domestic Releases: October 2nd, 2009 (Limited) by Focus Features
Video Release: February 9th, 2010 by Universal Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R For language, some sexuality/nudity and brief violence
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Keywords: 2010 Oscars Best Picture Nominee
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Comedy
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Working Title Films
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,141 $92,069 Jan 1, 2010 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,572 $66,124 Dec 25, 2009 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,531 $98,311 Dec 18, 2009 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,419 $146,347 Dec 11, 2009 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,318 $221,428 Dec 4, 2009 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 983 $478,235 Nov 27, 2009 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,344 $444,008 Nov 20, 2009 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,453 $657,125 Nov 13, 2009 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,739 $863,750 Nov 6, 2009 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,189 $1,036,396 Oct 30, 2009 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,862 $1,093,217 Oct 23, 2009 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,811 $842,511 Oct 16, 2009 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,664 $459,318 Oct 9, 2009 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,325 $251,337 Oct 2, 2009 3

Cast

   Larry Gopnik
Sari Lennick    Judith Gopnik
Richard Kind    Arthur Gopnik
Fred Melamed    Sy Ableman
Aaron Wolf    Danny Gopnik
Jessica McManus    Sarah Gopnik
Adam Arkin    Don Milgram

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Director   
Producer    Joel Coen
Producer    Ethan Coen
Screenwriter    Joel Coen
Screenwriter    Ethan Coen
Composer    Carter Burwell

Oscar Contest: Category Highlight: Best Picture

March 6th, 2010

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 Picture and we actually have a real race in this category. More...

Awards Season: Independents are Precious

March 5th, 2010

While the Independent Spirit Awards are one of the first to announce their nominations, they are one of the last to hand out the awards. This year the clear winner was Precious, which swept all five categories it was nominated for. However, it wasn't the only winner. More...

Oscar Contest: Category Highlight: Best Original Screenplay

March 4th, 2010

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 feel honored to just be nominated. Today we look at Best Original Screenplay, which is one of the more competitive categories this year. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for February 9th, 2010

February 9th, 2010

Not a particularly great week for DVD or Blu-ray releases. The biggest movie to hit the home market is Couples Retreat, but it was a terrible movie and should be avoided at all costs. The best film coming out this week is A Serious Man and while the DVD is worth picking up, the Blu-ray is the better deal. However, the Pick of the Week goes to The Guild: Season Three, which is one of the funniest things on the Web. More...

Awards Season: Avatar Not Hurting for Oscar Nominations

February 2nd, 2010

Oscar nominations were announced at 5:38 this morning, continuing a tradition that have never been adequately explained to me. (Why so early in the morning? Does earning an Oscar nomination become sweeter if people have to wake you up to congratulate you?) Leading the way in nominations were Avatar and The Hurt Locker, both of which pick up nine nods each, many of them in the same categories. More...

International Details: Complicated in Sixth Place

January 31st, 2010

It's Complicated saw its weekend haul climb 16%, but it still fell out of the top five. It added $10.37 million over the weekend on 2,665 screens in 32 markets for a total of $50.92 million after a month of release. The film opened in third place in Germany with $2.40 million on 552 screens over the weekend and $2.74 million in total. Meanwhile in the U.K. it added $1.84 million on 431 screens over the weekend for a total of $8.72 million after three weeks of release. With debuts in Japan, South Korea, and Italy still ahead of it, it could reach $100 million internationally to go with its $100 million domestic total. More...

Awards Season: WGA Nominations are Written in Stone

January 12th, 2010

The WGA announced their nominations this week, which include eleven awards, three of which are for theatrical releases. More...

Awards Season - Golden Globe Nominations are Up in the Air

December 16th, 2009

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominations this week, but looking over the list of films chosen, it is hard to declare any one film as the big winner. Up in the Air did pick up six Golden Globe nominations, including several of the most prestigious nominations, but it is far from the only major player. More...

International Details - Foreign Films are not Chicken

December 13th, 2009

A number of international releases reached the top 30 this week, including Zweiohrkuken, a.k.a. The Chicken With Two Ears, from Germany, which placed sixth with $10.72 million on 839 screens in 3 markets. It made $9.39 million on 714 screens in its native market, which was easily enough for first place and more than twice what the original,Keinohrhasen, a.k.a., No Ear Hare, opened with in 2007. Keinohrhasen went on to earn $74 million worldwide, of which more than $60 million was earned in Germany. However, I don't think this film will have the same legs. That said, since it was written, directed, and stars Til Schweiger who was recently in Inglourious Basterds, it could earn see releases in more markets. More...

Awards Season - Precious and Station Lead Independent Spirit Awards

December 2nd, 2009

As always, the Independent Spirit Awards represent the unofficial start of Awards Season with the announcement of their nominations. This year The Last Station and Precious topped the list of nominees with five each. For the former, it should help build buzz for its 2010 release. For the latter, it is the first step towards possible Awards Season glory and further enhances its already lofty box office potential. More...

Truly Precious on the Per Theater Chart

November 10th, 2009

Precious had a record-breaking opening on the per theater chart with close to $1.9 million in just 18 theaters for an average of $104,025. This is just shy of the record for best per theater average for a live action movie; however, the current record holder, Dreamgirls, opened in fewer theaters and with prestige pricing, so this is arguably the better result. Precious did set the record for highest per theater average for a film playing in more than 10 theaters.

It wasn't the only film in the $10,000 club with La Danse earning $14,000 in its lone theater while Splinterheads opened with $10,515, also in one theater. More...

Education High on the Per Theater Chart

November 3rd, 2009

The per theater chart took a hit over the weekend and no movie topped $10,000; however, An Education was close with an average of $9,737 in 48 theaters. More...

Deal with the Devil on the Per Theater Chart

October 27th, 2009

Antichrist was the only new release to reach the $10,000 club over the weekend earning a strong average of $11,900 in six theaters. An Education was just $49 behind at $11,851, which is about 5 or 6 tickets per theater. Finally, Paranormal Activity was able to reach first place on the overall chart while maintaining an average $10,850 in nearly 2000 theaters. More...

Things are Not Normal on the Per Theater Chart

October 20th, 2009

Paranormal Activity remained on top of the per theater chart with an average of $25,711. The film finally saw its per theater average drop this past weekend, but it should still have no trouble expanding. Second place went to The Maid, which earned $17,036 in one theater. An Education remained in the $10,000 club with an average of $12,882, while A Serious Man took in more than $800,000 in 82 theaters for an average of $10,275. More...

Weekend Estimates: Wild Things Roar to $32.5 Million

October 18th, 2009

Where The Wild Things Are got off to a strong start over the weekend, according to studio estimates released on Sunday. The Spike Jonze adaptation of the Maurice Sendak book earned a very healthy $30.47 million, according to Warner Bros. estimates, making it one of October's biggest openers (see full list). More...

Massive Activity on the Per Theater Chart

October 13th, 2009

No less than six films broke the $10,000 per theater average barrier over the weekend. Paranormal Activity topped the per theater chart with its record-breaking weekend, earning an average of $49,379 in 160 theaters. An Education was relatively close behind with an average of $39,754 in 4 theaters, which is a spectacular result at any time. A Serious Man remained strong with an average of $21,872, which is enough to suggest further significant expansion over the coming weeks. The number one film at the box office, Couples Retreat, was next with an average of $11,429. Yes Men Fix the World and Bronson had nearly identical averages at $10,956 vs. $10,940. More...

Weekend Estimates: Couples Retreat, Paranormal Activity Star

October 11th, 2009

The Columbus Day holiday weekend produced two big winners, according to studio estimates released on Sunday. At the top of the chart, Couples Retreat exceeded expectations with $35.3 million. A per theater average of nearly $12,000 for the poorly-reviewed comedy is a testament to Universal's marketing campaign and the box office power of its ensemble cast. A great marketing campaign from Paramount can also be attributed to the success of the weekend's other big success: Paranormal Activity, which jumped into the top 5 with an estimated $7.066 million in just 159 theaters. That's the smallest number of theaters for a movie to hit the top five ever, beating the performance of Platoon, which hit 4th place the weekend of January 16, 1987 playing in 174 theaters. More...

Serious Money on the Per Theater Chart

October 6th, 2009

A Serious Man showed the competition who was serious by earning first place on the per theater chart earning an average of $41,890 in six theaters. Paranormal Activity climbed into the $10,000 club with a sophomore average of $16,129 and now there's a push to get it into 1000 theaters nationwide. More Than a Game earned an average of more than $10,000, $13,067 to be precise, placing third in the process. Coco Before Chanel repeated in the $10,000 club with an average of $12,878, but it will need some strong word-of-mouth if it wants to stay they one more week. More...

Some Serious Limited Releases

October 2nd, 2009

While there are five limited releases on this week's list, there is really only one that has a short at significant expansion. That film is A Serious Man, which should not only have the best per theater average over the weekend, but has a chance at picking up several Oscar nominations. More...

2009 Preview: October

October 1st, 2009

September ended with a thud, but at least there's good news. September has finally ended. Last month more movies missed expectations that topped them, which has put a cooling effect on the overall box office and that could hurt the business going into this month. October should still be stronger than last month, and since October of last year wasn't particularly great, 2009 should at least maintain its lead over 2008 going into the holiday season, even if it isn't as strong every single week. More...

Cast Updates - October 2, 2008

October 2nd, 2008

This week's round of new casting information contains updates for Paper Man, Sherlock Holmes, Kung Fu Panda 2, and more! More...

New Movie Announcements, Stars and Directors - September 30, 2008

September 30th, 2008

This week another number of upcoming movies, new stars and directors have been added to our archive! More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2009/10/02 31 $251,337   6 $41,890   $251,337 3
2009/10/09 24 $459,318 +83% 21 $21,872   $811,304 10
2009/10/16 15 $842,511 +83% 82 $10,275   $1,843,307 17
2009/10/23 12 $1,093,217 +30% 176 $6,211   $3,196,496 24
2009/10/30 13 $1,036,396 -5% 238 $4,355   $4,595,629 31
2009/11/06 18 $863,750 -17% 262 $3,297   $5,833,069 38
2009/11/13 18 $657,125 -24% 240 $2,738   $6,834,722 45
2009/11/20 18 $444,008 -32% 198 $2,242   $7,476,004 52
2009/11/27 22 $478,235 +8% 173 $2,764   $8,163,478 59
2009/12/04 23 $221,428 -54% 160 $1,384   $8,488,738 66
2009/12/11 27 $146,347 -34% 152 $963   $8,717,516 73
2009/12/18 27 $98,311 -33% 117 $840   $8,894,894 80
2009/12/25 36 $66,124 -33% 49 $1,349   $9,042,780 87
2010/01/01 36 $92,069 +39% 49 $1,879   $9,190,525 94

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2009/10/02 - $72,987   6 $12,165   $72,987 1
2009/10/03 - $105,585 +45% 6 $17,598   $178,572 2
2009/10/04 - $72,765 -31% 6 $12,128   $251,337 3
2009/10/05 - $25,399 -65% 6 $4,233   $276,736 4
2009/10/06 - $26,096 +3% 6 $4,349   $302,832 5
2009/10/07 - $24,412 -6% 6 $4,069   $327,244 6
2009/10/08 - $24,742 +1% 6 $4,124   $351,986 7
2009/10/09 - $122,397 +395% 21 $5,828   $474,383 8
2009/10/10 - $203,231 +66% 21 $9,678   $677,614 9
2009/10/11 - $133,690 -34% 21 $6,366   $811,304 10
2009/10/12 - $68,660 -49% 21 $3,270   $879,964 11
2009/10/13 - $43,176 -37% 21 $2,056   $923,140 12
2009/10/14 - $41,401 -4% 21 $1,971   $964,541 13
2009/10/15 - $36,255 -12% 21 $1,726   $1,000,796 14
2009/10/16 15 $218,530 +503% 82 $2,665   $1,219,326 15
2009/10/17 15 $405,240 +85% 82 $4,942   $1,624,566 16
2009/10/18 13 $218,741 -46% 82 $2,668   $1,843,307 17
2009/10/19 - $58,902 -73% 82 $718   $1,902,209 18
2009/10/20 - $67,610 +15% 82 $825   $1,969,819 19
2009/10/21 - $68,569 +1% 82 $836   $2,038,388 20
2009/10/22 - $64,891 -5% 82 $791   $2,103,279 21
2009/10/23 13 $300,440 +363% 176 $1,707   $2,403,719 22
2009/10/24 12 $534,534 +78% 176 $3,037   $2,938,253 23
2009/10/25 - $258,243 -52% 176 $1,467   $3,196,496 24
2009/10/26 - $85,192 -67% 176 $484   $3,281,688 25
2009/10/27 12 $104,787 +23% 176 $595   $3,386,475 26
2009/10/28 - $89,478 -15% 176 $508   $3,475,953 27
2009/10/29 - $83,280 -7% 176 $473   $3,559,233 28
2009/10/30 13 $305,177 +266% 238 $1,282   $3,864,410 29
2009/10/31 13 $439,614 +44% 238 $1,847   $4,304,024 30
2009/11/01 13 $291,605 -34% 238 $1,225   $4,595,629 31
2009/11/02 - $85,289 -71% 238 $358   $4,680,918 32
2009/11/03 - $109,060 +28% 238 $458   $4,789,978 33
2009/11/04 - $84,458 -23% 238 $355   $4,874,436 34
2009/11/05 - $94,883 +12% 238 $399   $4,969,319 35
2009/11/06 - $230,892 +143% 262 $881   $5,200,211 36
2009/11/07 - $432,306 +87% 262 $1,650   $5,632,517 37
2009/11/08 - $200,552 -54% 262 $765   $5,833,069 38
2009/11/09 - $63,133 -69% 262 $241   $5,896,202 39
2009/11/10 - $87,809 +39% 262 $335   $5,984,011 40
2009/11/11 16 $122,225 +39% 262 $467   $6,106,236 41
2009/11/12 - $71,361 -42% 262 $272   $6,177,597 42
2009/11/13 - $165,089 +131% 240 $688   $6,342,686 43
2009/11/14 - $333,069 +102% 240 $1,388   $6,675,755 44
2009/11/15 - $158,967 -52% 240 $662   $6,834,722 45
2009/11/16 - $44,030 -72% 240 $183   $6,878,752 46
2009/11/17 - $55,387 +26% 240 $231   $6,934,139 47
2009/11/18 - $48,829 -12% 240 $203   $6,982,968 48
2009/11/19 - $49,028 n/c 240 $204   $7,031,996 49
2009/11/20 18 $112,956 +130% 198 $570   $7,144,952 50
2009/11/21 16 $218,573 +94% 198 $1,104   $7,363,525 51
2009/11/22 17 $112,479 -49% 198 $568   $7,476,004 52
2009/11/23 - $37,098 -67% 198 $187   $7,513,102 53
2009/11/24 - $49,673 +34% 198 $251   $7,562,775 54
2009/11/25 - $59,899 +21% 169 $354   $7,622,674 55
2009/11/26 - $62,569 +4% 169 $370   $7,685,243 56
2009/11/27 - $183,705 +194% 173 $1,062   $7,868,948 57
2009/11/28 - $201,135 +9% 173 $1,163   $8,070,083 58
2009/11/29 - $93,395 -54% 173 $540   $8,163,478 59
2009/11/30 - $23,641 -75% 173 $137   $8,187,119 60
2009/12/01 - $27,742 +17% 173 $160   $8,214,861 61
2009/12/02 - $26,120 -6% 173 $151   $8,240,981 62
2009/12/03 - $26,329 +1% 173 $152   $8,267,310 63
2009/12/04 - $59,736 +127% 160 $373   $8,327,046 64
2009/12/05 - $103,288 +73% 160 $646   $8,430,334 65
2009/12/06 - $58,404 -43% 160 $365   $8,488,738 66
2009/12/07 - $19,282 -67% 160 $121   $8,508,020 67
2009/12/08 - $21,775 +13% 160 $136   $8,529,795 68
2009/12/09 - $19,991 -8% 160 $125   $8,549,786 69
2009/12/10 - $21,383 +7% 160 $134   $8,571,169 70
2009/12/11 - $36,245 +70% 152 $238   $8,607,414 71
2009/12/12 - $69,850 +93% 152 $460   $8,677,264 72
2009/12/13 - $40,252 -42% 152 $265   $8,717,516 73
2009/12/14 - $16,154 -60% 152 $106   $8,733,670 74
2009/12/15 - $21,501 +33% 152 $141   $8,755,171 75
2009/12/16 - $20,683 -4% 152 $136   $8,775,854 76
2009/12/17 - $20,729 n/c 152 $136   $8,796,583 77
2009/12/18 - $25,219 +22% 117 $216   $8,821,802 78
2009/12/19 - $41,811 +66% 117 $357   $8,863,613 79
2009/12/20 - $31,281 -25% 117 $267   $8,894,894 80
2009/12/21 - $17,114 -45% 117 $146   $8,912,008 81
2009/12/22 - $21,723 +27% 117 $186   $8,933,731 82
2009/12/23 - $20,000 -8% 117 $171   $8,953,731 83
2009/12/24 - $22,925 +15% 117 $196   $8,976,656 84
2009/12/25 - $21,371 -7% 49 $436   $8,998,027 85
2009/12/26 - $24,517 +15% 49 $500   $9,022,544 86
2009/12/27 - $20,236 -17% 49 $413   $9,042,780 87
2009/12/28 - $14,949 -26% 49 $305   $9,057,729 88
2009/12/29 - $13,999 -6% 49 $286   $9,071,728 89
2009/12/30 - $15,105 +8% 49 $308   $9,086,833 90
2009/12/31 - $11,623 -23% 49 $237   $9,098,456 91
2010/01/01 - $31,474 +171% 49 $642   $9,129,930 92
2010/01/02 - $38,658 +23% 49 $789   $9,168,588 93
2010/01/03 - $21,937 -43% 49 $448   $9,190,525 94
2010/01/04 - $9,791 -55% 49 $200   $9,200,316 95
2010/01/05 - $9,733 -1% 49 $199   $9,210,049 96
2010/01/06 - $9,627 -1% 49 $196   $9,219,676 97
2010/01/07 - $9,112 -5% 49 $186   $9,228,788 98

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2009/10/02 31 $351,986   6 $58,664   $351,986 7
2009/10/09 24 $648,810 +84% 21 $30,896   $1,000,796 14
2009/10/16 14 $1,102,483 +70% 82 $13,445   $2,103,279 21
2009/10/23 13 $1,455,954 +32% 176 $8,272   $3,559,233 28
2009/10/30 13 $1,410,086 -3% 238 $5,925   $4,969,319 35
2009/11/06 18 $1,208,278 -14% 262 $4,612   $6,177,597 42
2009/11/13 19 $854,399 -29% 240 $3,560   $7,031,996 49
2009/11/20 20 $653,247 -24% 198 $3,299   $7,685,243 56
2009/11/27 22 $582,067 -11% 173 $3,365   $8,267,310 63
2009/12/04 23 $303,859 -48% 160 $1,899   $8,571,169 70
2009/12/11 26 $225,414 -26% 152 $1,483   $8,796,583 77
2009/12/18 29 $180,073 -20% 117 $1,539   $8,976,656 84
2009/12/25 38 $121,800 -32% 49 $2,486   $9,098,456 91
2010/01/01 36 $130,332 +7% 49 $2,660   $9,228,788 98

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
2/14/20101364,157 64,157$1,218,341$1,218,3411
3/14/20102828,830 142,514$547,482$2,706,3415

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
2/14/20101217,629 17,629$343,586$343,5861

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