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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $1,348,205Details
International Box Office $10,000,000Details
Worldwide Box Office $11,348,205
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Synopsis

In 19th-century China, seven year old girls Snow Flower and Lily are matched as laotong - or "old sames" - bound together for eternity. Isolated by their families, they furtively communicate by taking turns writing in a secret language, nu shu, between the folds of a white silk fan. In a parallel story in present day Shanghai, the laotong's descendants, Nina and Sophia, struggle to maintain the intimacy of their own childhood friendship in the face of demanding careers, complicated love lives, and a relentlessly evolving Shanghai. Drawing on the lessons of the past, the two modern women must understand the story of their ancestral connection, hidden from them in the folds of the antique white silk fan, or risk losing one another forever

Metrics

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Movie Details

Production Budget:$6,000,000
Domestic Releases: July 15th, 2011 (Limited) by Fox Searchlight
International Releases: April 20th, 2012 (Wide) (Brazil)
Video Release: November 1st, 2011 by Fox Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexuality, violence/disturbing images and drug use.
(Rating bulletin 2163, 3/16/2011)
Running Time: 102 minutes
Comparisons: vs. Beauty and the Beast
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Keywords: Non-Chronological, Foreign Language, Costume Drama, Invented Language, Medical and Hospitals, Arranged Marriage, Voiceover/Narration, Dysfunctional Family, Step-Family, Same Actor, Multiple Roles, Relationships Gone Wrong, Suicide, Addiction, Death of a Son or Daughter
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: IDG China Creative Media Limited, Big Feet Productions
Production Countries: China,
United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,843 $3,434 Sep 23, 2011 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,599 $1,487 Sep 16, 2011 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,762 $2,912 Sep 9, 2011 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,833 $5,699 Sep 2, 2011 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,943 $11,822 Aug 26, 2011 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,075 $20,483 Aug 19, 2011 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,483 $82,058 Aug 12, 2011 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,393 $177,931 Aug 5, 2011 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,867 $183,896 Jul 29, 2011 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,137 $200,333 Jul 22, 2011 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,819 $134,005 Jul 15, 2011 3

Cast

   Snow Flower / Sophia
Li Bingbing    Lily / Nina
Vivian Wu    Aunt
Jiang Wu    Butcher
Russell Wong   
Coco Chiang   
Jingyun Hu   
Archie Kao   
Hugh Jackman    Arthur

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Producer    Wendi Murdoch
Producer    Florence Sloan
Executive Producer    Hugo Shong
Executive Producer    Ron Bass
Co-Producer    Jessinta Liu
Co-Producer    Andrew Loo
Associate Producer    Ted Perkins
Screenwriter    Angela Workman
Screenwriter    Ron Bass
Screenwriter    Michael K. Ray
Story Creator    Lisa See
Cinematographer    Richard Wong
Editor    Deirdre Slevin
Production Designer    Man Lim Chung
Composer    Rachel Portman

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for November 1st, 2011

November 1st, 2011

The selection of home market releases is rather soft this week. Sure, Cars 2 was a major hit at the box office, but it is the only major hit on this week's list. The best selling TV on DVD release is Californication, which is a cable show, while the top ten selling titles according to Amazon.com include limited releases, catalogue titles and direct-to-DVD releases. There are more second-tier Christmas releases than any other type of release. There are far fewer titles that are worth picking up than last week, and the the Pick of the Week contenders are even more limited. Transformers: Beast Wars comes out on a Complete Series Collection and that could be Pick of the Week material, but I'm still waiting for the screener. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

October 31st, 2011

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan was directed by Wayne Wang, who first came to prominence when he made The Joy Luck Club. He also made several other independent films that explored the Asian-American experience. He went on to make a number of mainstream Hollywood films as well, like Maid in Manhattan and Because of Winn-Dixie. None of these films lived up to his earlier films. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan was seen as a possible return to form and the advance buzz was stronger than most limited releases are blessed with. Unfortunately, the hype didn't translate into ticket sales and it petered out after hitting $1 million in limited release. Limited release is always a risk, but did this film deserve better? More...

Per Theater Chart: Apes Conquer Crowded Field

August 9th, 2011

Just as it led the overall box office chart, Rise of the Planet of the Apes led the per theater chart with an average of $15,024. Gun Hill Road was in second place with an average of $12,609, which put it just ahead of El Bulli: Cooking in Progress's haul of $12,149 in its lone theater. Bellflower's amazing reviews helped it earn an average of $11,140 in two theaters. The final member of the $10,000 club was The Guard with an average of $10,209 in 19 theaters. It should still find room to expand while reaching at least one major milestone is likely. More...

Per Theater Chart: Harry Potter and Yet Another Record

July 19th, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow, Part 2 added another record over the weekend earning the highest per theater average for a wide release with $38,672, surpassing the previous record holder, The Dark Knight. However, Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour still holds the record for best per theater average for a number one film at $45,561. That record might not be broken till the $200 million opening weekend milestone is cracked. The only other member of the $10,000 club was Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness, which grew by a few percent to $20,998. Its ability to expand is untested, but growth is always a good sign. More...

Deathly Hallows Sets All-Time Record with $168.55 Million Opening

July 17th, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II will rewrite the record books this weekend with an opening of about $168.55 million, according to Warner Bros.' estimate released on Sunday. That's a remarkable $10 million more than The Dark Knight's debut in 2008 and more than $40 million more than the first weekend enjoyed by Deathly Hallows Part I last year. It's a fitting finish for the most successful franchise in film history, which broke the same records back in 2001 when Sorcerer's Stone posted a $90.3 million opening weekend and ushered in a new era for the industry. More...

Will Limited Releases be Defeated?

July 15th, 2011

It could be tough for limited releases this weekend. Not only is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 going to dominate the box office, but both new wide releases are earning Oscar-worthy reviews, so there's not a lot of room for limited releases to survive in. Fortunately, both wide releases are aimed at families, so perhaps a more dramatic film like Life, Above All or a documentary like Tabloid! can find a niche market. More...

Compare this performance with other movies…

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/07/15 31 $134,005   24 $5,584   $134,005 3
2011/07/22 30 $200,333 +49% 61 $3,284   $411,133 10
2011/07/29 29 $183,896 -8% 93 $1,977   $710,015 17
2011/08/05 30 $177,931 -3% 116 $1,534   $1,015,470 24
2011/08/12 43 $82,058 -54% 104 $789   $1,195,867 31
2011/08/19 67 $20,483 -75% 37 $554   $1,283,659 38
2011/08/26 71 $11,822 -42% 15 $788   $1,318,343 45
2011/09/02 91 $5,699 -52% 12 $475   $1,331,242 52
2011/09/09 103 $2,912 -49% 8 $364   $1,337,919 59
2011/09/16 112 $1,487 -49% 5 $297   $1,341,767 66
2011/09/23 107 $3,434 +131% 7 $491   $1,346,503 73

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/07/15 - $38,734   24 $1,614   $38,734 1
2011/07/16 - $55,884 +44% 24 $2,329   $94,618 2
2011/07/17 - $39,387 -30% 24 $1,641   $134,005 3
2011/07/18 - $17,854 -55% 24 $744   $151,859 4
2011/07/19 - $20,633 +16% 24 $860   $172,492 5
2011/07/20 - $19,634 -5% 24 $818   $192,126 6
2011/07/21 - $18,674 -5% 24 $778   $210,800 7
2011/07/22 - $57,610 +209% 61 $944   $268,410 8
2011/07/23 - $81,801 +42% 61 $1,341   $350,211 9
2011/07/24 - $60,922 -26% 61 $999   $411,133 10
2011/07/25 - $25,037 -59% 61 $410   $436,170 11
2011/07/26 - $30,399 +21% 61 $498   $466,569 12
2011/07/27 - $30,630 +1% 61 $502   $497,199 13
2011/07/28 - $28,920 -6% 61 $474   $526,119 14
2011/07/29 - $52,287 +81% 93 $562   $578,406 15
2011/07/30 - $74,767 +43% 93 $804   $653,173 16
2011/07/31 - $56,842 -24% 93 $611   $710,015 17
2011/08/01 - $26,644 -53% 93 $286   $736,659 18
2011/08/02 - $37,936 +42% 93 $408   $774,595 19
2011/08/03 - $33,245 -12% 93 $357   $807,840 20
2011/08/04 - $29,699 -11% 93 $319   $837,539 21
2011/08/05 - $44,894 +51% 116 $387   $882,433 22
2011/08/06 - $72,589 +62% 116 $626   $955,022 23
2011/08/07 - $60,448 -17% 116 $521   $1,015,470 24
2011/08/08 - $23,379 -61% 116 $202   $1,038,849 25
2011/08/09 - $32,531 +39% 116 $280   $1,071,380 26
2011/08/10 - $23,314 -28% 116 $201   $1,094,694 27
2011/08/11 - $19,115 -18% 116 $165   $1,113,809 28
2011/08/12 - $20,912 +9% 104 $201   $1,134,721 29
2011/08/13 - $30,837 +47% 104 $297   $1,165,558 30
2011/08/14 - $30,309 -2% 104 $291   $1,195,867 31
2011/08/15 - $15,506 -49% 104 $149   $1,211,373 32
2011/08/16 - $18,197 +17% 104 $175   $1,229,570 33
2011/08/17 - $14,841 -18% 104 $143   $1,244,411 34
2011/08/18 - $18,765 +26% 104 $180   $1,263,176 35
2011/08/19 - $5,271 -72% 37 $142   $1,268,447 36
2011/08/20 - $7,855 +49% 37 $212   $1,276,302 37
2011/08/21 - $7,357 -6% 37 $199   $1,283,659 38
2011/08/22 - $5,266 -28% 37 $142   $1,288,925 39
2011/08/23 - $5,482 +4% 37 $148   $1,294,407 40
2011/08/24 - $5,652 +3% 37 $153   $1,300,059 41
2011/08/25 - $6,462 +14% 37 $175   $1,306,521 42
2011/08/26 - $2,520 -61% 15 $168   $1,309,041 43
2011/08/27 - $4,602 +83% 15 $307   $1,313,643 44
2011/08/28 - $4,700 +2% 15 $313   $1,318,343 45
2011/08/29 - $2,110 -55% 15 $141   $1,320,453 46
2011/08/30 - $2,083 -1% 15 $139   $1,322,536 47
2011/08/31 - $1,554 -25% 15 $104   $1,324,090 48
2011/09/01 - $1,453 -6% 15 $97   $1,325,543 49
2011/09/02 - $1,587 +9% 12 $132   $1,327,130 50
2011/09/03 - $2,174 +37% 12 $181   $1,329,304 51
2011/09/04 - $1,938 -11% 12 $162   $1,331,242 52
2011/09/05 94 $989 -49% 12 $82   $1,332,231 53
2011/09/06 - $773 -22% 12 $64   $1,333,004 54
2011/09/07 - $922 +19% 12 $77   $1,333,926 55
2011/09/08 - $1,081 +17% 12 $90   $1,335,007 56
2011/09/09 - $830 -23% 8 $104   $1,335,837 57
2011/09/10 - $1,222 +47% 8 $153   $1,337,059 58
2011/09/11 - $860 -30% 8 $108   $1,337,919 59
2011/09/12 - $618 -28% 8 $77   $1,338,537 60
2011/09/13 - $474 -23% 8 $59   $1,339,011 61
2011/09/14 - $459 -3% 8 $57   $1,339,470 62
2011/09/15 - $810 +76% 8 $101   $1,340,280 63
2011/09/16 - $454 -44% 5 $91   $1,340,734 64
2011/09/17 - $541 +19% 5 $108   $1,341,275 65
2011/09/18 - $492 -9% 5 $98   $1,341,767 66
2011/09/19 - $196 -60% 5 $39   $1,341,963 67
2011/09/20 - $539 +175% 5 $108   $1,342,502 68
2011/09/21 - $406 -25% 5 $81   $1,342,908 69
2011/09/22 - $161 -60% 5 $32   $1,343,069 70

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/07/15 32 $210,800   24 $8,783   $210,800 7
2011/07/22 29 $315,319 +50% 61 $5,169   $526,119 14
2011/07/29 30 $311,420 -1% 93 $3,349   $837,539 21
2011/08/05 28 $276,270 -11% 116 $2,382   $1,113,809 28
2011/08/12 39 $149,367 -46% 104 $1,436   $1,263,176 35
2011/08/19 62 $43,345 -71% 37 $1,171   $1,306,521 42
2011/08/26 70 $19,022 -56% 15 $1,268   $1,325,543 49
2011/09/02 91 $9,464 -50% 12 $789   $1,335,007 56
2011/09/09 96 $5,273 -44% 8 $659   $1,340,280 63
2011/09/16 113 $2,789 -47% 5 $558   $1,343,069 70
2011/09/23 97 $5,136 +84% 7 $734   $1,348,205 77

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
Brazil 4/20/2012 $0 0 1335 1339 $103,476 12/11/2015
 
Rest of World $9,896,524
 
International Total$10,000,000 12/11/2015

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