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The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $649,690Details
International Box Office $2,567Details
Worldwide Box Office $652,257
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $35,623 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $24,075 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $59,698
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What happens when a college psych study goes shockingly wrong? In this tense, psychological thriller based on the notorious true story of Stanford University professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo, who, in 1971, cast 24 student volunteers as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to examine the source of abusive behavior in the prison system. The results astonished the world, as participants went from middle-class undergrads to drunk-with-power sadists and submissive victims in just a few days.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
83% - Certified Fresh
76% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: July 17th, 2015 (Limited) by IFC Films
International Releases: June 10th, 2016 (Wide) (United Kingdom)
Video Release: November 17th, 2015 by Mpi Home Video
MPAA Rating: R for language including abusive behavior and some sexual references.
(Rating bulletin 2376, 6/3/2015)
Running Time: 122 minutes
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Keywords: College, Prison, Cruel Wardens or Prison Guards, Scientific Experiment Gone Awry, Research Scientist, 1970s
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Sandbar Pictures, Abandon Pictures, Vineyard Point Productions, Coup d'Etat Films, IFC Films
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,286 $6,993 Sep 11, 2015 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,589 $9,643 Sep 4, 2015 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,840 $14,477 Aug 28, 2015 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,073 $21,426 Aug 21, 2015 38
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,057 $82,765 Aug 7, 2015 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,213 $122,290 Jul 31, 2015 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,293 $57,532 Jul 24, 2015 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,321 $37,514 Jul 17, 2015 3


   Dr. Philip Zimbardo
   Christopher Archer
   Daniel Culp/8612
   Peter Mitchell/819
   Dr. Christina Maslach
Nelsan Ellis    Jesse Fletcher
Johnny Simmons    Jeff Jansen/1037
Nick Braun    Karl Vandy
Thomas Mann    Prisoner 416
Ki Hong Lee    Gavin Lee/3401

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Tim Talbott
Based on the Book 'The Lucifer Effect' by    Philip Zimbardo
Producer    Lizzie Friedman
Producer    Greg Little
Producer    Brent Emery
Producer    Lauren Bratman
Producer    Karen Lauder
Executive Producer    Brian Geraghty
Executive Producer    Katie Leary
Executive Producer    Bob Leary
Co-Executive Producer    Michael Paesano
Co-Executive Producer    Eric Alini
Co-Producer    Rachel Lauder
Associate Producer    Laurence Ducceschi
Associate Producer    Chris Heltzel
Associate Producer    Adam Shazar
Director of Photography    Jas Shelton
Production Designer    Gary Barbosa
Editor    Fernando Collins
Costume Designer    Lisa Tomczeszyn
Composer    Andrew Hewitt
Casting Director    Angela Demo
Casting Director    Barbara J. McCarthy

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2015/07/17 47 $37,514   2 $18,757   $37,514 3
2015/07/24 39 $57,532 +53% 15 $3,835   $113,115 10
2015/07/31 28 $122,290 +113% 79 $1,548   $269,272 17
2015/08/07 35 $82,765 -32% 79 $1,048   $427,227 24
2015/08/21 55 $21,426   22 $974   $574,876 38
2015/08/28 66 $14,477 -32% 20 $724   $602,640 45
2015/09/04 73 $9,643 -33% 12 $804   $620,645 52
2015/09/11 76 $6,993 -27% 14 $500   $633,071 59

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2015/07/17 - $10,000   2 $5,000   $10,000 1

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2015/07/17 48 $55,583   15 $3,706   $55,583 7
2015/07/24 41 $91,399 +64% 15 $6,093   $146,982 14
2015/07/31 29 $197,480 +116% 79 $2,500   $344,462 21
2015/08/07 34 $137,206 -31% 77 $1,782   $481,668 28
2015/08/14 43 $71,771 -48% 41 $1,751   $553,439 35
2015/08/21 55 $34,713 -52% 25 $1,389   $588,163 42
2015/08/28 66 $22,839 -34% 20 $1,142   $611,002 49
2015/09/04 76 $15,076 -34% 12 $1,256   $626,078 56
2015/09/11 75 $13,157 -13% 14 $940   $639,235 63
2015/09/18 77 $10,455 -21% 9 $1,162   $649,690 70

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
United Kingdom 6/10/2016 $2,567 4 4 4 $2,567 6/22/2016
International Total$2,567 6/22/2016

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