The Sessions

The Sessions poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $6,002,451Details
International Box Office $4,313,773
Worldwide Box Office $10,316,224
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Synopsis

Based on the optimistic autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O'Brien, The Sessions tells the story of a man who lived most of his life in an iron lung who is determined - at age 38 - to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapist and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics
94% - Certified Fresh
Audience
81% - Upright

Movie Details

Theatrical Release: October 19th, 2012 (Limited) by Fox Searchlight
Video Release: February 12th, 2013 by Warner Home Video
MPAA Rating: R for strong sexuality including graphic nudity and frank dialogue.
(Rating bulletin 2209, 2/8/2012)
Keywords: Disability, Loss Of Virginity, Delayed Adulthood, Therapists / Therapy, News, Autobiographical
Source:Based on Factual Book/Article
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction

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Cast

John Hawkes    Mark
Helen Hunt    Cheryl
William H. Macy    Father Brendan
Moon Bloodgood    Vera
Annika Marks    Amanda
Adam Arkin    Josh
Rhea Perlman    Mikvah Lady
W. Earl Brown    Rod
Robin Weigert    Susan
Blake Lindsley    Dr. Laura White
Ming Lo    Clerk
Rusty Schwimmer    Joan
Jennifer Kumiyama    Carmen

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Ben Lewin
Director    Ben Lewin
Producer    Judi Levine
Producer    Ben Lewin
Executive Producer    Maurice Silman
Executive Producer    Julius Colman
Executive Producer    Douglas Blake
Director of Photography    Geoffrey Simpson
Editor    Lisa Bromwell
Production Designer    John Mott
Costume Designer    Justine Seymour
Music By    Marco Beltrami
Casting    Ronnie Yeskel

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/10/19 - $34,284   4 $8,571   $34,284 1
2012/10/20 - $48,321 +41% 4 $12,080   $82,605 2
2012/10/21 - $30,862 -36% 4 $7,716   $113,467 3
2012/10/22 - $9,723 -68% 4 $2,431   $123,190 4
2012/10/23 - $12,301 +27% 4 $3,075   $135,491 5
2012/10/24 - $11,615 -6% 4 $2,904   $147,106 6
2012/10/25 - $12,537 +8% 4 $3,134   $159,643 7
2012/10/26 - $66,463 +430% 20 $3,323   $226,106 8
2012/10/27 - $99,259 +49% 20 $4,963   $325,365 9
2012/10/28 - $51,631 -48% 20 $2,582   $376,996 10
2012/10/29 - $10,194 -80% 20 $510   $387,190 11
2012/10/30 - $28,927 +184% 20 $1,446   $416,117 12
2012/10/31 - $27,305 -6% 20 $1,365   $443,422 13
2012/11/01 - $31,496 +15% 20 $1,575   $474,918 14
2012/11/02 - $123,899 +293% 69 $1,796   $598,817 15
2012/11/03 - $219,479 +77% 69 $3,181   $818,296 16
2012/11/04 - $124,934 -43% 69 $1,811   $943,230 17
2012/11/05 - $40,268 -68% 69 $584   $983,498 18
2012/11/06 - $39,608 -2% 69 $574   $1,023,106 19
2012/11/07 - $41,355 +4% 69 $599   $1,064,461 20
2012/11/08 - $45,211 +9% 69 $655   $1,109,672 21
2012/11/09 19 $139,267 +208% 128 $1,088   $1,248,939 22
2012/11/10 19 $251,463 +81% 128 $1,965   $1,500,402 23
2012/11/11 19 $154,820 -38% 128 $1,210   $1,655,222 24
2012/11/12 20 $73,304 -53% 128 $573   $1,728,526 25
2012/11/13 18 $62,814 -14% 128 $491   $1,791,340 26
2012/11/14 17 $55,056 -12% 128 $430   $1,846,396 27
2012/11/15 16 $57,038 +4% 128 $446   $1,903,434 28
2012/11/16 10 $257,365 +351% 516 $499   $2,160,799 29
2012/11/17 10 $416,056 +62% 516 $806   $2,576,855 30
2012/11/18 12 $237,083 -43% 516 $459   $2,813,938 31
2012/11/19 12 $97,162 -59% 516 $188   $2,911,100 32
2012/11/20 14 $118,233 +22% 516 $229   $3,029,333 33
2012/11/21 - $102,681 -13% 510 $201   $3,132,014 34
2012/11/22 - $73,960 -28% 510 $145   $3,205,974 35
2012/11/23 - $253,137 +242% 515 $492   $3,459,111 36
2012/11/24 - $289,013 +14% 515 $561   $3,748,124 37
2012/11/25 - $181,875 -37% 515 $353   $3,929,999 38
2012/11/26 - $68,254 -62% 515 $133   $3,998,253 39
2012/11/27 12 $81,105 +19% 515 $157   $4,079,358 40
2012/11/28 12 $82,230 +1% 515 $160   $4,161,588 41
2012/11/29 12 $87,278 +6% 515 $169   $4,248,866 42
2012/11/30 - $92,758 +6% 226 $410   $4,341,624 43
2012/12/01 - $151,604 +63% 226 $671   $4,493,228 44
2012/12/02 - $88,953 -41% 226 $394   $4,582,181 45
2012/12/03 - $31,416 -65% 226 $139   $4,613,597 46
2012/12/04 - $40,861 +30% 226 $181   $4,654,458 47
2012/12/05 - $37,681 -8% 226 $167   $4,692,139 48
2012/12/06 - $37,230 -1% 226 $165   $4,729,369 49
2012/12/07 - $61,489 +65% 197 $312   $4,790,858 50
2012/12/08 - $99,479 +62% 197 $505   $4,890,337 51
2012/12/09 - $58,005 -42% 197 $294   $4,948,342 52
2012/12/10 - $25,870 -55% 197 $131   $4,974,212 53
2012/12/11 - $29,136 +13% 197 $148   $5,003,348 54
2012/12/12 - $28,193 -3% 197 $143   $5,031,541 55
2012/12/13 - $29,510 +5% 197 $150   $5,061,051 56
2012/12/14 - $39,260 +33% 151 $260   $5,100,311 57
2012/12/15 - $66,206 +69% 151 $438   $5,166,517 58
2012/12/16 - $42,021 -37% 151 $278   $5,208,538 59
2012/12/17 - $16,443 -61% 151 $109   $5,224,981 60
2012/12/18 - $21,541 +31% 151 $143   $5,246,522 61
2012/12/19 - $17,803 -17% 151 $118   $5,264,325 62
2012/12/20 - $19,462 +9% 151 $129   $5,283,787 63
2012/12/21 - $20,575 +6% 98 $210   $5,304,362 64
2012/12/22 - $41,857 +103% 98 $427   $5,346,219 65
2012/12/23 - $28,790 -31% 98 $294   $5,375,009 66
2012/12/24 - $15,632 -46% 98 $160   $5,390,641 67
2012/12/25 - $19,317 +24% 75 $258   $5,409,958 68
2012/12/26 - $13,599 -30% 75 $181   $5,423,557 69
2012/12/27 - $17,231 +27% 75 $230   $5,440,788 70
2012/12/28 - $20,884 +21% 80 $261   $5,461,672 71
2012/12/29 - $29,266 +40% 80 $366   $5,490,938 72
2012/12/30 - $23,763 -19% 80 $297   $5,514,701 73
2012/12/31 - $14,609 -39% 80 $183   $5,529,310 74
2013/01/01 - $21,647 +48% 80 $271   $5,550,957 75
2013/01/02 - $11,095 -49% 80 $139   $5,562,052 76
2013/01/03 - $12,939 +17% 80 $162   $5,574,991 77
2013/01/04 - $14,456 +12% 41 $353   $5,589,447 78
2013/01/05 - $26,706 +85% 41 $651   $5,616,153 79
2013/01/06 - $15,871 -41% 41 $387   $5,632,024 80
2013/01/07 - $7,038 -56% 41 $172   $5,639,062 81
2013/01/08 - $7,347 +4% 41 $179   $5,646,409 82
2013/01/09 - $7,244 -1% 41 $177   $5,653,653 83
2013/01/10 - $9,985 +38% 41 $244   $5,663,638 84
2013/01/11 - $16,707 +67% 54 $309   $5,680,345 85
2013/01/12 - $24,311 +46% 54 $450   $5,704,656 86
2013/01/13 - $16,538 -32% 54 $306   $5,721,194 87
2013/01/14 - $6,765 -59% 54 $125   $5,727,959 88
2013/01/15 - $7,284 +8% 54 $135   $5,735,243 89
2013/01/16 - $7,148 -2% 54 $132   $5,742,391 90
2013/01/17 - $8,034 +12% 54 $149   $5,750,425 91
2013/01/18 - $11,992 +49% 62 $193   $5,762,417 92
2013/01/19 - $18,820 +57% 62 $304   $5,781,237 93
2013/01/20 - $12,548 -33% 62 $202   $5,793,785 94
2013/01/21 - $8,486 -32% 62 $137   $5,802,271 95
2013/01/22 - $4,767 -44% 62 $77   $5,807,038 96
2013/01/23 - $5,553 +16% 62 $90   $5,812,591 97
2013/01/24 - $5,953 +7% 62 $96   $5,818,544 98
2013/01/25 - $10,509 +77% 62 $170   $5,829,053 99
2013/01/26 - $20,800 +98% 62 $335   $5,849,853 100
2013/01/27 - $11,736 -44% 62 $189   $5,861,589 101
2013/01/28 - $10,334 -12% 62 $167   $5,871,923 102
2013/01/29 - $5,483 -47% 62 $88   $5,877,406 103
2013/01/30 - $5,323 -3% 62 $86   $5,882,729 104
2013/01/31 - $4,966 -7% 62 $80   $5,887,695 105
2013/02/01 - $5,822 +17% 29 $201   $5,893,517 106
2013/02/02 - $11,514 +98% 29 $397   $5,905,031 107
2013/02/03 - $4,854 -58% 29 $167   $5,909,885 108
2013/02/04 - $2,735 -44% 29 $94   $5,912,620 109
2013/02/05 - $2,571 -6% 29 $89   $5,915,191 110
2013/02/06 - $4,217 +64% 29 $145   $5,919,408 111
2013/02/07 - $2,708 -36% 29 $93   $5,922,116 112
2013/02/08 - $2,859 +6% 18 $159   $5,924,975 113
2013/02/09 - $5,300 +85% 18 $294   $5,930,275 114
2013/02/10 - $3,553 -33% 18 $197   $5,933,828 115
2013/02/11 - $2,104 -41% 18 $117   $5,935,932 116
2013/02/12 - $1,503 -29% 18 $84   $5,937,435 117
2013/02/13 - $1,794 +19% 18 $100   $5,939,229 118
2013/02/14 - $2,984 +66% 18 $166   $5,942,213 119
2013/02/15 - $2,501 -16% 16 $156   $5,944,714 120
2013/02/16 - $5,379 +115% 16 $336   $5,950,093 121
2013/02/17 - $4,187 -22% 16 $262   $5,954,280 122
2013/02/18 - $3,193 -24% 16 $200   $5,957,473 123
2013/02/19 - $1,521 -52% 16 $95   $5,958,994 124
2013/02/20 - $1,807 +19% 16 $113   $5,960,801 125
2013/02/21 - $2,125 +18% 16 $133   $5,962,926 126
2013/02/22 - $2,585 +22% 16 $162   $5,965,511 127
2013/02/23 - $4,693 +82% 16 $293   $5,970,204 128
2013/02/24 - $2,274 -52% 16 $142   $5,972,478 129
2013/02/25 - $1,205 -47% 16 $75   $5,973,683 130
2013/02/26 - $1,668 +38% 16 $104   $5,975,351 131
2013/02/27 - $2,478 +49% 16 $155   $5,977,829 132
2013/02/28 - $1,154 -53% 16 $72   $5,978,983 133
2013/03/01 - $1,122 -3% 13 $86   $5,980,105 134
2013/03/02 - $2,394 +113% 13 $184   $5,982,499 135
2013/03/03 - $6,456 +170% 13 $497   $5,988,955 136
2013/03/04 - $1,322 -80% 13 $102   $5,990,277 137
2013/03/05 - $1,050 -21% 13 $81   $5,991,327 138
2013/03/06 - $1,033 -2% 13 $79   $5,992,360 139
2013/03/07 - $1,110 +7% 13 $85   $5,993,470 140
2013/03/08 - $1,557 +40% 13 $120   $5,995,027 141
2013/03/09 - $1,593 +2% 13 $123   $5,996,620 142
2013/03/10 - $514 -68% 13 $40   $5,997,134 143
2013/03/11 - $1,146 +123% 13 $88   $5,998,280 144
2013/03/12 - $1,481 +29% 13 $114   $5,999,761 145
2013/03/13 - $1,421 -4% 13 $109   $6,001,182 146
2013/03/14 - $1,269 -11% 13 $98   $6,002,451 147

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/10/19 28 $113,467   4 $28,367   $113,467 3
2012/10/26 23 $217,353 +92% 20 $10,868   $376,996 10
2012/11/02 20 $468,312 +115% 69 $6,787   $943,230 17
2012/11/09 19 $545,550 +16% 128 $4,262   $1,655,222 24
2012/11/16 13 $910,504 +67% 516 $1,765   $2,813,938 31
2012/11/23 13 $724,025 -20% 515 $1,406   $3,929,999 38
2012/11/30 18 $333,315 -54% 226 $1,475   $4,582,181 45
2012/12/07 20 $218,973 -34% 197 $1,112   $4,948,342 52
2012/12/14 22 $147,487 -33% 151 $977   $5,208,538 59
2012/12/21 29 $91,222 -38% 98 $931   $5,375,009 66
2012/12/28 35 $73,913 -19% 80 $924   $5,514,701 73
2013/01/04 40 $57,033 -23% 41 $1,391   $5,632,024 80
2013/01/11 41 $57,556 +1% 54 $1,066   $5,721,194 87
2013/01/18 44 $43,360 -25% 62 $699   $5,793,785 94
2013/01/25 47 $43,045 -1% 62 $694   $5,861,589 101
2013/02/01 56 $22,190 -48% 29 $765   $5,909,885 108
2013/02/08 62 $11,712 -47% 18 $651   $5,933,828 115
2013/02/15 66 $12,067 +3% 16 $754   $5,954,280 122
2013/02/22 67 $9,552 -21% 16 $597   $5,972,478 129
2013/03/01 69 $9,972 +4% 13 $767   $5,988,955 136
2013/03/08 87 $3,664 -63% 13 $282   $5,997,134 143

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