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Shepard & Dark (2013)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $10,278Details
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Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark met in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and, despite leading very different lives, remained close friends ever since. Shepard became a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright (Buried Child) and an Academy Award-nominated actor (The Right Stuff), while Dark was a homebody who supported himself with odd jobs. Through the decades, they stayed bonded by family ties. Dark married an older woman named Scarlett and Shepard married her daughter. For years, the two couples lived together, until Shepard broke away for a relationship with Jessica Lange in 1983, leaving Johnny to help father his first son. Nevertheless, he and Dark continued writing to each other, amassing hundreds of letters. Director Treva Wurmfeld began filming the two friends in 2010 during a period of transition and reflection for Shepard. At the time, he had quietly ended his relationship with Lange and agreed to publish his correspondence with Dark. The task required them to meet and sift through years of their shared history, stirring memories both good and bad. Wurmfeld observes the two men over a period of 18 months and captures an indelible portrait of a complex male friendship rarely depicted on screen.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
86% - Fresh
70% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: September 25th, 2013 (Limited) by Music Box Films
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 92 minutes
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Keywords: Biography, Performing Arts, Movie Business
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Music Box Films
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,110 $1,631 Oct 25, 2013 33
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 8,276 $379 Oct 18, 2013 26
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 8,769 $1,216 Oct 11, 2013 19
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 10,365 $207 Oct 4, 2013 12
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 11,780 $1,226 Sep 27, 2013 5


Sam Shepard    Himself
Johnny Dark    Himself

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Amy Hobby
Executive Producer    Emily Wachtel
Executive Producer    Treva Wurmfeld
Executive Producer    Joanne Woodward
Editor    Sandra Adair
Composer    Graham Reynolds
Director of Photography    Treva Wurmfeld

Per Theater Chart: Shoals Muscles the Competition

October 2nd, 2013

There were only two films to reach the $10,000 mark on the Per Theater Chart, and they were practically tied. Muscle Shoals led the way with $13,901 in its lone theater, while Atharintiki Daaredi earned an average of $13,393 in 112 theaters. More...

Limited Releases Are What They Are

September 27th, 2013

There are a lot of limited releases on this week's list, including a few earning stellar reviews. There are also a few with weak reviews or that are the wrong genre to thrive in limited release. One film fits into both ends of the spectrum, We Are What We Are, which is earning great reviews, but as a horror film, likely won't find an audience till the home market. Hopefully I am wrong. Inequality for All is earning even better reviews, but it is a documentary, so it have very little chance to expand. On the Job has the best reviews of the week, but it is a foreign-language action film, so it will likely not earn breakout success. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2013/09/27 93 $1,226   1 $1,226   $2,895 5
2013/10/04 113 $207 -83% 1 $207   $4,417 12
2013/10/11 90 $1,216 +487% 2 $608   $5,836 19
2013/10/18 113 $379 -69% 1 $379   $7,792 26
2013/10/25 81 $1,631 +330% 2 $816   $9,684 33

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2013/09/20 93 $1,669   1 $1,669   $1,669 2
2013/09/27 86 $2,541 +52% 1 $2,541   $4,210 9
2013/10/04 111 $410 -84% 1 $410   $4,620 16
2013/10/11 92 $2,793 +581% 3 $931   $7,413 23
2013/10/18 88 $640 -77% 1 $640   $8,053 30
2013/10/25 70 $2,225 +248% 2 $1,113   $10,278 37

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