Soul Surfer

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $43,853,424Details
International Box Office $3,305,228
Worldwide Box Office $47,158,652
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $15,467,986 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $4,017,403 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $19,485,389
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Synopsis

Bethany was born to surf. A natural talent who took to the waves at a young age, she was leading an idyllic life on Kauai, participating in national surf competitions with her best friend Alana (Lorraine Nicholson), when everything changed. On Halloween morning, a 14-foot tiger shark came out of nowhere and seemed to shatter all her dreams. Soul Surfer reveals Bethany's fight to recover from her ordeal and how she grappled with the question of her future. Strengthened by the love of her parents, Tom and Cheri, and supported by her youth group leader Sara, Bethany refuses to give in or give up, and begins a bold return to the water.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics RottenAudience Upright
Critics
46% - Rotten
Audience
76% - Upright

Movie Details

Production Budget:$18,000,000
Theatrical Release: April 8th, 2011 (Wide) by Sony Pictures
Video Release: August 2nd, 2011 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG for an intense accident sequence and some thematic material.
(Rating bulletin 2143, 10/20/2010)
Keywords: Medical and Hospitals, Animals Gone Bad, Religious, Surfing, Comeback, Voiceover/Narration
Source:Based on Factual Book/Article
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: TriStar Pictures, FilmDistrict, Enticing Entertainment, Island Film Group, Affirm Films, Brookwell McNamara Entertainment, Life's a Beach Entertainment, Mandalay Vision

DVD Sales: Rio Remains Perched on Top

New releases were particularly weak this past week, and none of them were able to unseat Rio on the DVD sales chart. It sold an additional 636,000 units and generated $9.53 million more dollars in sales, pushing its running tallies to 2.27 million units and $34.01 million. It is already in six place for 2011 (fifth place if you don't count Despicable Me, which was released in 2010). More...

Blu-ray Sales: Rio Sets Summer Records

As previously stated many, many times recently, the summer is the worst time of year for the home market. However, there was a bright spot this week with the release of Rio, which not only topped the Blu-ray sales chart, it topped studio estimates. During its opening week, the film sold 1.02 million units on Blu-ray generating $21.37 million in opening week sales, which was the best figures since we debuted the weekly Blu-ray sales chart at the beginning of summer, and in fact the best summer release in the history of the format. Its Blu-ray ratio for its opening week was 37%, which is stunning for a kids movie and certainly raises the bar for the summer CG blockbusters. More...

DVD Sales: Rio Finds its Way Home

It has been more than three months since any DVD has sold more than 1 million units during any given week, but finally that streak is over this week. It should come as no surprise that Rio led all new releases, as it was for a time the biggest hit of 2011. However, the fact that it sold 1.77 million units and generated $26.58 million during its opening week is better than expected. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for August 2nd, 2011

It's not a particularly strong week on the home market with only two first-run releases of note. Coincidentally, I'm waiting on screeners for both Rio and Soul Surfer. While both are likely worth checking out at the least, the latter's Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack is the best bet for Pick of the Week. Normally I'd like to wait till the screener arrives before handing out that honor, but there is a pretty big gap between first and second place this time around. More...

The Slump is Dead

Woo hoo! 2011 finally won a week without having to rely on a misaligned holiday. Granted, the overall box office was about $20 million lower than expected, but I don't care. At this point I will take any win we can get. The overall box office was $130 million, which is 12% higher than last weekend and 8% higher from the same weekend last year. Year-to-date, 2011 is still down by a tragic amount, 19% to be precise at $2.65 billion to $3.29 billion, but at least we are moving in the right direction and if we can add a couple more wins before summer starts, it would be great. More...

Weekend Preview: Studios Look to Start Summer Early

While 2011 has been a year to forget, we could see that turn around this weekend with two potentially massive hits, at least compared to the average April release. Historically, April has the fewest $100 million hits over the past several years, but this year should buck that trend with Hop well on its way to that milestone, and both wide releases this weekend could also get there. Scream 4 and Rio are both tracking head of Hop's opening and by Monday could both be in the top five April openings of all time. Will that be enough to help 2011 finally earn an uncontested win in the year-over-year comparison? The total box office this time last year was $120 million, while the top two films should earn more than $40 million each. If the rest of the box office can't at least earn another $40 million, we are in serious trouble. More...

Box Office Suffers as Most New Releases Miss Their Mark

Ugh. It's time to break out the thesaurus to look up different ways of saying, "disappointing". This past weekend three of the four new releases missed expectations, while the holdovers were not able to compensate. This led to a 7% drop-off from last weekend to $116 million, which was 9% lower than the same weekend last year. 2011 continues its depressing pace and is now behind 2010 by 21% at $2.49 billion to $3.13 billion. Hopefully things will turn around next weekend. We need at least one win going into summer, or we could be in desperate trouble. More...

Weekend Estimates: Hop Wins Comfortably as Arthur Stalls

It's looking like another disappointing weekend at the box office, with Arthur performing well below expectations with a weak $12.6 million opening to leave Hop as the clear winner for a second consecutive weekend. The bunny movie posted an estimated $21.7 million, down 42% from its opening, which isn't bad, and it will be helped by Easter, one suspects. There were also some signs of life from two other openers: Hanna and Soul Surfer. More...

How High Will the New Releases Reach?

So far 2011 has been a disappointment and the industry is desperate for a win before we get into the lucrative summer blockbuster season. We don't want to start summer with a slump hanging over our heads. Last weekend Hop got off to a faster than expected start, and if one or two of this week's new releases do the same, we could have our first legitimate win in the year-over-year comparison. That's not likely. Last Year we had three films earn more than $20 million, while this year Hop's the only one likely to do the same. We do have some good news, as three of the four new releases have a good shot at topping original expectations and perhaps the depth further down the box office chart will be enough. More...

2011 Preview: April

Another month has gone by and 2011 has slipped further behind 2010's pace. March was a bit of an improvement over the first two months, but only in the most generous of terms. It still lost ground to 2010, but not at the same disastrous pace as January and February did. There is some good news, as last April was rather weak and there's a chance 2011 could actually gain ground. After all, only Clash of the Titans earned $100 million last year (although Date Night came awfully close). This year, there are three or four films that could hit the century mark. That would be welcome news indeed. On a side note, April is usually a bit of a dumping ground as studios fear going head-to-head with summer blockbusters opening in May. However, I get the feeling that this year they are hoping to extend summer by having it open a couple of weeks early. Maybe they'll succeed. More...

Cast

AnnaSophia Robb    Bethany Hamilton
Helen Hunt    Cheri Hamilton
Dennis Quaid    Tom Hamilton
Lorraine Nicholson    Lorraine Nickolson
Carrie Underwood    Sarah Hill
Craig T. Nelson    Dr. David Rovinsky
Sonya Balmores    Malina Birch
Kevin Sorbo    Holt Blanchard
Ross Thomas    Noah Hamilton
Cody Gomes    Keoki
Arlene Newman-Van Asperen    Sydney Blanchard
Irie Driscoll    Young Bethany

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    David Zelon
Producer    Douglas Schwartz
Producer    Dutch Hofstetter
Producer    David Brookwell
Producer    Sean McNamara
Executive Producer    David Tice
Executive Producer    Dominic Ianno
Director    Sean McNamara
Screenwriter    Sean McNamara
Screenwriter    Deborah Schwartz
Screenwriter    Douglas Schwartz
Screenwriter    Michael Berk
Story Creator    Bethany Hamilton
Story Creator    Sheryl Berk
Story Creator    Rick Bundschuh

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/04/08 5 $3,642,639   2,214 $1,645   $3,642,639 1
2011/04/09 4 $4,366,326 +20% 2,214 $1,972   $8,008,965 2
2011/04/10 4 $2,592,897 -41% 2,214 $1,171   $10,601,862 3
2011/04/11 7 $476,370 -82% 2,214 $215   $11,078,232 4
2011/04/12 7 $567,609 +19% 2,214 $256   $11,645,841 5
2011/04/13 7 $471,604 -17% 2,214 $213   $12,117,445 6
2011/04/14 7 $479,182 +2% 2,214 $216   $12,596,627 7
2011/04/15 5 $2,132,085 +345% 2,214 $963   $14,728,712 8
2011/04/16 4 $3,281,943 +54% 2,214 $1,482   $18,010,655 9
2011/04/17 5 $1,854,474 -43% 2,214 $838   $19,865,129 10
2011/04/18 5 $618,368 -67% 2,214 $279   $20,483,497 11
2011/04/19 6 $794,862 +29% 2,214 $359   $21,278,359 12
2011/04/20 4 $761,045 -4% 2,214 $344   $22,039,404 13
2011/04/21 4 $1,025,879 +35% 2,214 $463   $23,065,283 14
2011/04/22 7 $2,345,335 +129% 2,240 $1,047   $25,410,618 15
2011/04/23 9 $2,036,642 -13% 2,240 $909   $27,447,260 16
2011/04/24 8 $1,054,891 -48% 2,240 $471   $28,502,151 17
2011/04/25 6 $729,553 -31% 2,240 $326   $29,231,704 18
2011/04/26 8 $440,721 -40% 2,240 $197   $29,672,425 19
2011/04/27 7 $390,763 -11% 2,240 $174   $30,063,188 20
2011/04/28 7 $411,964 +5% 2,240 $184   $30,475,152 21
2011/04/29 7 $1,021,572 +148% 2,010 $508   $31,496,724 22
2011/04/30 7 $1,467,912 +44% 2,010 $730   $32,964,636 23
2011/05/01 7 $878,383 -40% 2,010 $437   $33,843,019 24
2011/05/02 11 $166,053 -81% 2,010 $83   $34,009,072 25
2011/05/03 9 $211,316 +27% 2,010 $105   $34,220,388 26
2011/05/04 8 $180,237 -15% 2,010 $90   $34,400,625 27
2011/05/05 8 $178,496 -1% 2,010 $89   $34,579,121 28
2011/05/06 9 $593,806 +233% 1,781 $333   $35,172,927 29
2011/05/07 10 $853,399 +44% 1,781 $479   $36,026,326 30
2011/05/08 8 $859,956 +1% 1,781 $483   $36,886,282 31
2011/05/09 8 $116,125 -86% 1,781 $65   $37,002,407 32
2011/05/10 9 $138,908 +20% 1,781 $78   $37,141,315 33
2011/05/11 9 $130,051 -6% 1,781 $73   $37,271,366 34
2011/05/12 10 $134,802 +4% 1,781 $76   $37,406,168 35
2011/05/13 10 $489,255 +263% 1,468 $333   $37,895,423 36
2011/05/14 10 $824,398 +69% 1,468 $562   $38,719,821 37
2011/05/15 10 $513,135 -38% 1,468 $350   $39,232,956 38
2011/05/16 10 $100,660 -80% 1,468 $69   $39,333,616 39
2011/05/17 10 $127,509 +27% 1,468 $87   $39,461,125 40
2011/05/18 10 $105,571 -17% 1,468 $72   $39,566,696 41
2011/05/19 10 $113,974 +8% 1,468 $78   $39,680,670 42
2011/05/20 10 $277,493 +143% 984 $282   $39,958,163 43
2011/05/21 11 $401,102 +45% 984 $408   $40,359,265 44
2011/05/22 10 $251,413 -37% 984 $256   $40,610,678 45
2011/05/23 12 $85,626 -66% 984 $87   $40,696,304 46
2011/05/24 11 $77,722 -9% 984 $79   $40,774,026 47
2011/05/25 10 $80,489 +4% 984 $82   $40,854,515 48
2011/05/26 - $34,507 -57% 401 $86   $40,889,022 49
2011/05/27 - $109,473 +217% 401 $273   $40,998,495 50
2011/05/28 - $152,769 +40% 401 $381   $41,151,264 51
2011/05/29 - $138,769 -9% 401 $346   $41,290,033 52
2011/05/30 14 $131,861 -5% 401 $329   $41,421,894 53
2011/05/31 - $37,166 -72% 401 $93   $41,459,060 54
2011/06/01 - $38,148 +3% 401 $95   $41,497,208 55
2011/06/02 - $45,042 +18% 401 $112   $41,542,250 56
2011/06/03 - $66,201 +47% 245 $270   $41,608,451 57
2011/06/04 - $83,363 +26% 245 $340   $41,691,814 58
2011/06/05 - $54,486 -35% 245 $222   $41,746,300 59
2011/06/10 - $100,352   317 $317   $41,986,361 64
2011/06/11 - $117,113 +17% 317 $369   $42,103,474 65
2011/06/12 - $77,906 -33% 317 $246   $42,181,380 66
2011/06/17 - $81,256   264 $308   $42,476,668 71
2011/06/18 - $91,369 +12% 264 $346   $42,568,037 72
2011/06/19 - $70,609 -23% 264 $267   $42,638,646 73
2011/06/24 - $77,407   240 $323   $42,931,135 78
2011/06/25 - $75,727 -2% 240 $316   $43,006,862 79
2011/06/26 - $55,732 -26% 240 $232   $43,062,594 80
2011/07/01 - $54,947   205 $268   $43,291,715 85
2011/07/02 - $61,397 +12% 205 $299   $43,353,112 86
2011/07/03 - $47,339 -23% 205 $231   $43,400,451 87
2011/07/04 23 $38,711 -18% 205 $189   $43,439,162 88
2011/07/08 - $46,535   160 $291   $43,600,934 92
2011/07/09 - $50,834 +9% 160 $318   $43,651,768 93
2011/07/10 - $33,705 -34% 160 $211   $43,685,473 94
2011/07/15 - $28,709   126 $228   $43,798,331 99
2011/07/16 - $33,370 +16% 126 $265   $43,831,701 100
2011/07/17 - $21,723 -35% 126 $172   $43,853,424 101

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/04/08 4 $10,601,862   2,214 $4,789   $10,601,862 3
2011/04/15 5 $7,268,502 -31% 2,214 $3,283   $19,865,129 10
2011/04/22 7 $5,436,868 -25% 2,240 $2,427   $28,502,151 17
2011/04/29 7 $3,367,867 -38% 2,010 $1,676   $33,843,019 24
2011/05/06 8 $2,307,161 -31% 1,781 $1,295   $36,886,282 31
2011/05/13 10 $1,826,788 -21% 1,468 $1,244   $39,232,956 38
2011/05/20 11 $930,008 -49% 984 $945   $40,610,678 45
2011/05/27 14 $401,011 -57% 401 $1,000   $41,290,033 52
2011/06/03 19 $204,050 -49% 245 $833   $41,746,300 59
2011/06/10 16 $295,371 +45% 317 $932   $42,181,380 66
2011/06/17 19 $243,234 -18% 264 $921   $42,638,646 73
2011/06/24 23 $208,866 -14% 240 $870   $43,062,594 80
2011/07/01 24 $163,683 -22% 205 $798   $43,400,451 87
2011/07/08 27 $131,074 -20% 160 $819   $43,685,473 94
2011/07/15 38 $83,802 -36% 126 $665   $43,853,424 101

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
8/7/20112331,721 331,721$5,304,219$5,304,2191
8/14/20114145,236-56% 476,957$2,322,324$7,626,5422
8/21/2011566,112-54% 543,069$1,156,299$8,782,8413
8/28/2011747,401-28% 590,470$771,688$9,554,5304
9/4/2011943,542-8% 634,012$696,237$10,250,7665
9/11/20111828,276-35% 662,288$452,133$10,702,8996
9/18/20112317,189-39% 679,477$282,243$10,985,1437
9/25/20112714,965-13% 694,442$258,595$11,243,7388
10/2/20112513,494-10% 707,936$236,955$11,480,6939
10/9/20112514,666+9% 722,602$243,896$11,724,58810
10/16/20112715,194+4% 737,796$235,355$11,959,94311
10/23/20112913,689-10% 751,485$213,001$12,172,94412
10/30/20112913,463-2% 764,948$193,194$12,366,13813

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
8/7/2011270,835 70,835$1,415,997$1,415,9971
8/14/2011726,678-62% 97,513$533,301$1,949,2982

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