Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $24,149,393Details
International Box Office $57,303,418
Worldwide Box Office $81,452,811
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $4,971,337 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $3,058,653 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $8,029,990
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Synopsis

The time is 1973. Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), code-named the Circus, is striving to keep pace with other countries' espionage efforts. There is a gnawing fear that the Circus has long been compromised by a double agent, or mole, working for the Soviets. George Smiley, a career spy with razor-sharp senses, tries to track the mole. Even before the startling truth is revealed, the emotional and physical tolls on the players enmeshed in the deadly international spy game will escalate...

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics
83% - Certified Fresh
Audience
65% - Upright

Movie Details

Production Budget:$21,000,000
Theatrical Release: December 9th, 2011 (Limited) by Focus Features
January 6th, 2012 (Expands Wide) by Focus Features
Video Release: March 20th, 2012 by Universal Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for violence, some sexuality/nudity and language.
(Rating bulletin 2183, 8/3/2011)
Keywords: Surprise Twist, Double Agent, Non-Chronological, Fired, Prologue, Out of Retirement, Undercover, Secret Agent, Cold War
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Genre:Thriller/Suspense
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction

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DVD Sales: Muppets Show How it's Done

New releases dominated the DVD sales chart earning the top three spots and five of the top ten. Leading the way was The Muppets with 884,000 units / $15.05 million. This is a little weaker than I would like, but perhaps it performed better on Blu-ray. I'm not overly optimistic, because live action kids movies tend to struggle on high definition. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for March 20th, 2012

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Featured DVD / Blu-ray Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was seen as a favorite to be an Awards Season player very early on. However, something strange happened as its release date neared. The buzz evaporated. It didn't sour, so the film wasn't busted Oscar Bait; the buzz just got really quiet. It did earn a trio of Oscar nominations, but otherwise it was mostly forgotten. Did it deserve better? Or was it passed over for a reason? And shouldn't the title be, Tinker COMMA Tailor COMMA Soldier COMMA Spy? I can't tell you how much that bugs me every time I have to type that name. More...

2012 Awards Season: Oscar Highlight: Best Adapted Screenplay

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2012 Awards Season: Hugo and The Artist Compete for Oscar Glory

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Weekend Wrap-Up: Box Office Makes Faustian Deal

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Per Theater Chart: Iron Isn't Tarnished during Sophomore Stint

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Weekend Estimates: Devil Inside Scores Surprise Win

The Devil Inside came out of nowhere to win this weekend's race at the box office, according to studio estimates released on Sunday. Its $34.5 million debut is well ahead of expectations and will likely place it second or third on the list of all-time January opening weekends when final numbers are released on Monday. (See full list of January record weekends.) This performance is a welcome boost to overall business, which is coming off a disappointing 2011. Total box office for the weekend should be about 30% up from this weekend last year. More...

Weekend Predictions: Dealing with the Devil

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Per Theater Chart: Iron is Worth Its Weight In Gold

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Per Theater Chart: Tailor Made for Success

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Cast

Gary Oldman    George Smiley
Kathy Burke    Connie Sachs
Benedict Cumberbatch    Peter Guillam
David Dencik    Toby Esterhase
Colin Firth    Bill Haydon
Stephen Graham    Jerry Westerby
Tom Hardy    Ricki Tarr
Ciaran Hinds    Roy Bland
John Hurt    Control
Toby Jones    Percy Alleline
Svetlana Khodchenkova    Irene
Simon McBurney    Oliver Lacon
Mark Strong    Jim Prideaux

Production and Technical Credits

Director    Tomas Alfedson
Producer    Tim Bevan
Producer    Eric Fellner
Producer    Robyn Slovo
Screenwriter    Bridget O Connor
Screenwriter    Peter Straughan
Novel    John Le Carre
Executive Producer    John Le Carre
Executive Producer    Peter Morgan
Executive Producer    Douglas Urbanski
Director of Photography    Hoyte Van Hoytema
Production Designer    Maria Djurkovic
Costume Designer    Jacqueline Durran
Editor    Dino Jonsater
Music    Alberto Iglesias

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/12/09 - $90,684   4 $22,671   $90,684 1
2011/12/10 - $119,317 +32% 4 $29,829   $210,001 2
2011/12/11 - $100,561 -16% 4 $25,140   $310,562 3
2011/12/12 - $34,415 -66% 4 $8,604   $344,977 4
2011/12/13 - $28,443 -17% 4 $7,111   $373,420 5
2011/12/14 - $26,166 -8% 4 $6,542   $399,586 6
2011/12/15 - $23,185 -11% 4 $5,796   $422,771 7
2011/12/16 - $123,153 +431% 16 $7,697   $545,924 8
2011/12/17 - $189,106 +54% 16 $11,819   $735,030 9
2011/12/18 - $144,518 -24% 16 $9,032   $879,548 10
2011/12/19 - $56,035 -61% 16 $3,502   $935,583 11
2011/12/20 - $56,690 +1% 16 $3,543   $992,273 12
2011/12/21 - $51,772 -9% 16 $3,236   $1,044,045 13
2011/12/22 - $57,537 +11% 16 $3,596   $1,101,582 14
2011/12/23 - $209,334 +264% 55 $3,806   $1,310,916 15
2011/12/24 - $194,303 -7% 55 $3,533   $1,505,219 16
2011/12/25 17 $313,822 +62% 55 $5,706   $1,819,041 17
2011/12/26 - $338,613 +8% 55 $6,157   $2,157,654 18
2011/12/27 - $236,938 -30% 55 $4,308   $2,394,592 19
2011/12/28 - $231,384 -2% 55 $4,207   $2,625,976 20
2011/12/29 - $244,314 +6% 55 $4,442   $2,870,290 21
2011/12/30 - $349,837 +43% 57 $6,137   $3,220,127 22
2011/12/31 - $346,479 -1% 57 $6,079   $3,566,606 23
2012/01/01 - $389,128 +12% 57 $6,827   $3,955,734 24
2012/01/02 - $324,452 -17% 57 $5,692   $4,280,186 25
2012/01/03 - $118,994 -63% 57 $2,088   $4,399,180 26
2012/01/04 - $121,597 +2% 57 $2,133   $4,520,777 27
2012/01/05 - $130,372 +7% 57 $2,287   $4,651,149 28
2012/01/06 9 $1,725,708 +1,224% 809 $2,133   $6,376,857 29
2012/01/07 9 $2,429,779 +41% 809 $3,003   $8,806,636 30
2012/01/08 9 $1,323,034 -46% 809 $1,635   $10,129,670 31
2012/01/09 7 $401,754 -70% 809 $497   $10,531,424 32
2012/01/10 8 $507,379 +26% 809 $627   $11,038,803 33
2012/01/11 7 $466,313 -8% 809 $576   $11,505,116 34
2012/01/12 7 $437,424 -6% 809 $541   $11,942,540 35
2012/01/13 12 $925,045 +111% 886 $1,044   $12,867,585 36
2012/01/14 13 $1,317,221 +42% 886 $1,487   $14,184,806 37
2012/01/15 13 $951,906 -28% 886 $1,074   $15,136,712 38
2012/01/16 14 $669,881 -30% 886 $756   $15,806,593 39
2012/01/17 13 $272,361 -59% 886 $307   $16,078,954 40
2012/01/18 12 $248,910 -9% 886 $281   $16,327,864 41
2012/01/19 13 $237,733 -4% 886 $268   $16,565,597 42
2012/01/20 - $483,457 +103% 731 $661   $17,049,054 43
2012/01/21 - $903,105 +87% 731 $1,235   $17,952,159 44
2012/01/22 - $376,818 -58% 731 $515   $18,328,977 45
2012/01/23 - $154,598 -59% 731 $211   $18,483,575 46
2012/01/24 - $211,530 +37% 731 $289   $18,695,105 47
2012/01/25 - $180,987 -14% 731 $248   $18,876,092 48
2012/01/26 - $189,049 +4% 731 $259   $19,065,141 49
2012/01/27 - $285,760 +51% 410 $697   $19,350,901 50
2012/01/28 - $516,332 +81% 410 $1,259   $19,867,233 51
2012/01/29 - $297,835 -42% 410 $726   $20,165,068 52
2012/01/30 - $78,153 -74% 410 $191   $20,243,221 53
2012/01/31 - $97,717 +25% 410 $238   $20,340,938 54
2012/02/01 - $83,904 -14% 410 $205   $20,424,842 55
2012/02/02 - $89,850 +7% 410 $219   $20,514,692 56
2012/02/03 - $188,232 +109% 302 $623   $20,702,924 57
2012/02/04 - $367,427 +95% 302 $1,217   $21,070,351 58
2012/02/05 - $114,770 -69% 302 $380   $21,185,121 59
2012/02/06 - $55,576 -52% 302 $184   $21,240,697 60
2012/02/07 - $78,346 +41% 302 $259   $21,319,043 61
2012/02/08 - $61,631 -21% 302 $204   $21,380,674 62
2012/02/09 19 $66,895 +9% 302 $222   $21,447,569 63
2012/02/10 - $135,692 +103% 232 $585   $21,583,261 64
2012/02/11 - $264,533 +95% 232 $1,140   $21,847,794 65
2012/02/12 - $147,284 -44% 232 $635   $21,995,078 66
2012/02/13 - $40,606 -72% 232 $175   $22,035,684 67
2012/02/14 - $71,926 +77% 232 $310   $22,107,610 68
2012/02/15 - $45,952 -36% 232 $198   $22,153,562 69
2012/02/16 - $49,285 +7% 232 $212   $22,202,847 70
2012/02/17 - $103,345 +110% 184 $562   $22,306,192 71
2012/02/18 - $219,977 +113% 184 $1,196   $22,526,169 72
2012/02/19 - $169,169 -23% 184 $919   $22,695,338 73
2012/02/20 - $106,176 -37% 184 $577   $22,801,514 74
2012/02/21 - $46,650 -56% 184 $254   $22,848,164 75
2012/02/22 - $39,421 -15% 184 $214   $22,887,585 76
2012/02/23 - $46,992 +19% 184 $255   $22,934,577 77
2012/02/24 - $89,375 +90% 164 $545   $23,023,952 78
2012/02/25 - $182,865 +105% 164 $1,115   $23,206,817 79
2012/02/26 - $69,309 -62% 164 $423   $23,276,126 80
2012/02/27 - $29,388 -58% 164 $179   $23,305,514 81
2012/02/28 - $35,790 +22% 164 $218   $23,341,304 82
2012/02/29 - $30,963 -13% 164 $189   $23,372,267 83
2012/03/01 - $29,959 -3% 164 $183   $23,402,226 84
2012/03/02 - $62,734 +109% 126 $498   $23,464,960 85
2012/03/03 - $134,196 +114% 126 $1,065   $23,599,156 86
2012/03/04 - $66,259 -51% 126 $526   $23,665,415 87
2012/03/05 - $18,437 -72% 126 $146   $23,683,852 88
2012/03/06 - $23,593 +28% 126 $187   $23,707,445 89
2012/03/07 - $20,514 -13% 126 $163   $23,727,959 90
2012/03/08 - $21,691 +6% 126 $172   $23,749,650 91
2012/03/09 - $42,820 +97% 109 $393   $23,792,470 92
2012/03/10 - $88,477 +107% 109 $812   $23,880,947 93
2012/03/11 - $41,197 -53% 109 $378   $23,922,144 94
2012/03/12 - $16,052 -61% 109 $147   $23,938,196 95
2012/03/13 - $21,451 +34% 109 $197   $23,959,647 96
2012/03/14 - $22,394 +4% 109 $205   $23,982,041 97
2012/03/15 - $19,700 -12% 109 $181   $24,001,741 98
2012/03/16 - $29,286 +49% 86 $341   $24,031,027 99
2012/03/17 - $45,309 +55% 86 $527   $24,076,336 100
2012/03/18 - $27,777 -39% 86 $323   $24,104,113 101
2012/03/19 - $9,709 -65% 86 $113   $24,113,822 102
2012/03/20 - $12,640 +30% 86 $147   $24,126,462 103
2012/03/21 - $10,896 -14% 86 $127   $24,137,358 104
2012/03/22 - $12,035 +10% 86 $140   $24,149,393 105

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/12/09 17 $310,562   4 $77,641   $310,562 3
2011/12/16 18 $456,777 +47% 16 $28,549   $879,548 10
2011/12/23 19 $717,459 +57% 55 $13,045   $1,819,041 17
2011/12/30 17 $1,085,444 +51% 57 $19,043   $3,955,762 24
2012/01/06 9 $5,478,521 +405% 809 $6,772   $10,129,670 31
2012/01/13 13 $3,194,172 -42% 886 $3,605   $15,136,712 38
2012/01/20 19 $1,763,380 -45% 731 $2,412   $18,328,977 45
2012/01/27 22 $1,099,927 -38% 410 $2,683   $20,165,068 52
2012/02/03 25 $670,429 -39% 302 $2,220   $21,185,121 59
2012/02/10 22 $547,509 -18% 232 $2,360   $21,995,078 66
2012/02/17 23 $492,491 -10% 184 $2,677   $22,695,338 73
2012/02/24 25 $341,549 -31% 164 $2,083   $23,276,126 80
2012/03/02 25 $263,189 -23% 126 $2,089   $23,665,415 87
2012/03/09 30 $172,494 -34% 109 $1,583   $23,922,144 94
2012/03/16 37 $102,372 -41% 86 $1,190   $24,104,113 101

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
3/25/20129117,154 117,154$1,873,292$1,873,2921
4/1/20121933,683-71% 150,837$538,591$2,411,8842
4/8/20122141,229+22% 192,066$659,252$3,071,1353
4/15/20122423,636-43% 215,702$398,267$3,469,4024

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
3/25/2012466,107 66,107$1,416,008$1,416,0081
4/1/20121026,139-60% 92,246$522,526$1,938,5342

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