12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $56,671,993Details
International Box Office $121,700,000
Worldwide Box Office $178,371,993
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $13,931,398 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $7,403,310 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $21,334,708
Further financial details...

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Synopsis

In pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
97% - Certified Fresh
Audience
90% - Upright

Movie Details

Production Budget:$20,000,000
Theatrical Release: October 18th, 2013 (Limited) by Fox Searchlight
Video Release: March 4th, 2014 by Fox Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for violence/cruelty, some nudity and brief sexuality.
(Rating bulletin 2266, 4/4/2013)
Keywords: Slavery, Biography, Fugitive / On the Run, Escape, Sex Crimes, Non-Chronological, Epilogue, Intertitle, Musicians
Source:Based on Factual Book/Article
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Regency Enterprises, River Road Entertainment, Plan B Entertainment, New Regency, Film4

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International Box Office: Speed Races Around the World

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Need for Speed performed a lot better internationally than it did domestically earning first place with $45.6 million in 40 markets. Unfortunately, $21.09 million was earned during its opening weekend in China. I say unfortunately, because studios only get about 20% of the box office haul in that market, compared to 40% in most other international markets and 60% domestically. It also earned first place in Russia with $5.84 million on 1,050 screens and in the U.K., with $3.35 million on 469. The surprise result came in Malaysia where it earned $1.89 million on 184 screens. On the other hand, the film had a trio of third place debuts in Australia ($1.38 million on 457 screens); Brazil ($1.29 on 335); and Italy ($1.07 million on 426). The film opens in Germany this weekend, while it doesn't open in Japan till June. It likely topped its production budget worldwide by Monday, so as long as its legs are not really short, it should break even sometime on the home market. More...

Per Theater Chart: Grand Still the Grandest of Them All

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DVD and Blu-ray Releases for March 18th, 2014

It's a good week / bad week on the home market. The good news is there are four films coming out this week that earned some level of Awards Season buzz. The bad news... there are four films coming out this week that earned some level of Awards Season buzz and they scared away the competition. Two of those four films are strong enough to be contenders for Pick of the Week, Frozen on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack and American Hustle on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack. Unfortunately, I'm still waiting for the screeners for both of those movies, so I'm not sure which of those two is the Pick of the Week. Fortunately, the screener for 12 Years a Slave arrived and the Blu-ray is Pick of the Week material. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: 12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave recently won the Best Picture Oscar. This creates huge expectations. I am a little worried the expectations are so great the film will be weak by comparison. Is that the case? Or is the film really as good as its reviews and accolades would indicate? More...

Contest: Converge on the Winner

Next week should be the biggest weekend of the month with Divergent debuting. A lot of box office analysts think the film will be the biggest hit of the month, including myself. Muppets Most Wanted is also opening wide, and while I really, really, really want it to be a big hit, it has no realistic chance to open in first place. There's a clear choice for the target film for this week's box office prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for Divergent. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a copy of 12 Years a Slave on Blu-ray. Meanwhile, whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will also win a copy of 12 Years a Slave on Blu-ray. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

International Box Office: Empire Conquers the World

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300: Rise of an Empire dominated the international box office earning first place with $87.8 million on 14,478 screens in 58 markets during its opening weekend of release. The film earned first place in Russia with $8.43 million on 1,441 screens. It only managed second place in France, but with a still strong $6.08 million on 454 screens. It also had a string of first place finishes in a number of other major markets, including South Korea where it made $5.49 million on 720 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $6.42 million. Brazil was next with an opening of $5.64 million on 869 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $5.92 million, while Mexico was close behind with $5.47 million on 2,048. Germany took in $4.75 million on 580 screens over the weekend for a very healthy debut of $5.23 million. The U.K. earned a similar result with $4.62 million on 487, but that is one of the weaker results given the size of the market. Other major markets include Spain ($3.69 million on 710 screens); Italy ($3.33 million on 580); and Australia ($2.91 million on 467). The film has yet to open in China and Japan, but given its start in these markets, it hardly matters how well in does in those. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: 2014 Rises Thanks to Empire and Peabody

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The box office weekend was a little stronger than expected with 300: Rise of an Empire earning $45 million while Mr. Peabody and Sherman earned $32 million. Overall the box office pulled in $143 million, which was 17% more than last weekend. It was also 2% more than the same weekend last year. Granted, that's not a lot. In fact, it is probably less than ticket price inflation. Then again, any win, even a close win, is amazing since we were up against Oz the Great and Powerful's massive opening last year. Year-to-date, 2014 has amassed $1.84 billion, putting it 11% ahead of 2013, which had earned $1.65 million by this point in the year. It won't be long till 2014 hits $2 billion and there are some pretty big hits coming out this summer to look forward to. More...

Per Theater Chart: Wind Rises to the Top

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There were three films in the $10,000 club this past weekend, two that were not a surprise, but one that was a huge surprise. Leading the way was The Lunchbox with an average of $14,847 in three theaters. This film earned 94% positive reviews. Likewise, Ernest & Celestine earned 100% positive reviews, so its start of $13,078 in one theater is also to be expected. In between those two films was The Bag Man, which earned an average of $14,616 in two theaters, but only managed 9% positive reviews. More...

International Box Office: RoboCop Rises to the Top

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RoboCop debuted in China this past weekend and that helped it climb into first place internationally with $30.2 million in 75 markets for a total of $136.0 million internationally after a month of release. The film opened in top spot in China over the weekend with $20.67 million. The film also remained in first place in Brazil with $2.4 million on 756 screens over the weekend for a total of $7.3 million after two. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for March 4th, 2014

This week there are a couple massive releases on the home market. 12 Years a Slave just earned the Best Picture Oscar, so it's the perfect time to release it on DVD or Blu-ray. The biggest release of the week is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but it doesn't come out on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack till Friday, so I will get the review online in a couple of days. On the flip side, those two releases seem to have scared away most of the competition, because there's almost nothing else worth talking about. (There's an exercise video in the top five new releases on Amazon.com. That almost never happens.) As for the Pick of the Week, it's 12 Years a Slave on Blu-ray. It's not the only release coming out on Tuesday that's worth buying. I recommend picking up Girl Rising on DVD as well, while Venture Bros.: Season Five on DVD or Blu-ray is also worth the money. More...

2014 - Awards Season: Slave Top Winners at Spirit Awards

12 Years a Slave poster

Independent Spirit Award handed out the hardware last night and the big winner was 12 Years a Slave, which picked up five of the seven awards it was nominated for. More...

2014 Awards Season: Oscar Ceremony Live Blog - And the Oscar goes to... 12 Years a Slave

The Oscars are being handed out this evening and as usual, we will be live-blogging the event. Here's the last look at the nominations with those chosen by our contest entrants as the likely winners in Bold. If I disagree with the consensus, they are in italics, and sharp-eyed readers will note there are no categories where that's true. Finally, if I am rooting for an underdog, they are underlined. There are only two categories where that is true. I want Chiwetel Ejiofor to win Best Lead Actor for his performance in 12 Years a Slave. I also want Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa to win for Best Hair and Make-up, because Dallas Buyers Club had a hair and make-up budget of $250. Yes it was effective, but the special effects make-up used in Bad Grandpa was just more difficult to pull off, even if the movie wasn't Oscar-bait. Regardless, I don't expect there to be many surprises at this year's awards. More...

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With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. Today we end this with the two most prestigious awards, starting with Best Director. You could generously call this a two-horse race, but in reality there is only one director expected to win. More...

2014 Awards Season: Oscar Highlight: Best Picture

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With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. We wrap up our look at the prestigious categories with the most prestigious of them all: Best Picture. Like last year, there were nine nominees. Unlike last year, none of them were completely out of left field. That's not to say they all have a legitimate shot at winning; there's definitely a favorite. However, politics could become an issue. I don't mean politics as in Democrat vs. Republican. I mean behind-the-scenes issues might play a bigger role than what is on the screen. More...

International Box Office: Hobbit's Journey Nearly at an End

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2014 Awards Season: Oscar Highlight: Best Adapted Screenplay

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With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. Today we will look at the two writing categories, ending with Best Adapted Screenplay. This race is about as uncompetitive as it can be with nearly all analysts agreeing on the likely winner. More...

2014 Awards Season: Oscar Highlight: Best Lead Actor

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With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. This week we will look at the four acting categories, continuing with Best Lead Actor. Like last year, this category is not truly competitive with one nominee way out ahead according to experts. And also like last year, I'm supporting an underdog. (In fact, I'm cheering for two underdogs.) More...

2014 Awards Season: Oscar Highlight: Best Supporting Actress

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With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. This week we will look at the four acting categories, starting with Best Supporting Actress, which is again not a very competitive category this year. I'm not saying it is impossible for upset to happen here, but it is very, very unlikely. (On a side note, except for changing the links and using another poster, this is an exact cut and paste from last year. This category is slightly more competitive that last year, but not by enough to matter.) More...

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With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. This week we will look at the four acting categories, continuing with Best Lead Actor. This is one of the least competitive races this year. One actor has consistently pulled in win after win and I would be shocked if Oscar night wasn't the same. More...

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Frozen continues its impressive run earning first place with $24.0 million in 47 markets for totals of $545.1 million internationally and $913.7 million worldwide. It became the 28th film to reach that level and has already overtaken Finding Nemo for 27th place. The film opened in China with $14.11 million over the weekend, which was enough for third place over the weekend, which is good, but not amazing. On the other hand, it fell just 30% in South Korea adding $8.93 million on 1,375 screens over the weekend, lifting its total to $58.04 million after four weeks of release. At this pace, it should catch up to Despicable Me 2 in a couple of weeks, and depending on how it does in Japan, it could reach $1 billion worldwide. More...

Per Theater Chart: Artistic Integrity

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International Box Office: Happy New Year!

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International Box Office: Wolf Rolling in the Money

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Per Theater Chart: Along for the Ride

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2014 Awards Season: PGA Produces a Rare Tie

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2014 Awards Season: Golden Globes: All American Night

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2014 Awards Season: DGA Dips into Nominations

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2014 Awards Season: SAG a Slave to Slave

12 Years a Slave poster

SAG handed out nominations over the week, and like with the Independent Spirit Awards, 12 Years a Slave led the way and earned four nominations. It wasn't the only film that was singled out. More...

2014 Awards Season: Slave Hustles to the Top

12 Years a Slave poster

Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their Golden Globe nominations this week, and a clear picture is forming. 12 Years a Slave was again the recipient of the most nominations, but this time it was a tie, as it and American Hustle both grabbed seven nominations. If you look down the list of other multi-nominated films, you will find a number of familiar faces. More...

Per Theater Chart: Mandela Sprints to the Top

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Mandela Long Walk to Freedom earned first place on the per theater chart with an average of $21,071 in four theaters. However, its reviews are only good, not great, and it likely won't have great legs. Frozen and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire were neck and neck with averages of $18,009 and $17,819 respectively. More...

2014 - Awards Season: Slave Earns Independence

12 Years a Slave poster

Independent Spirit Award started the Awards Season this week, handing out its nominations. 12 Years a Slave led the way with seven nominations, but it wasn't the only film to pick up multiple nominations. More...

Per Theater Chart: Frozen has a Hot Opening

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Frozen begun its short prestige release before its wide expansion on Wednesday and it was fantastic. The film pulled in $243,390 in one theater giving it the best per theater average for the year so far, topping Blue Jasmine and pushing Spring Breakers into third place. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was in a distant second place with an average of $37,971 in more than 4,000 theaters. Philomena did very well with an average of $32,109 in four theaters. The Great Beauty remained in the $10,000 club with an average of $17,452 in three theaters. Nebraska rounded out the $10,000 club with an average of $11,634 in 28 theaters. It should continue to expand and start hitting major milestones. More...

Per Theater Chart: Everyone Takes a Trip to Nebraska

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Weekend Predictions: Holiday Between Blockbusters

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Last weekend, Thor: The Dark World made its debut. Next weekend, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens up. With these two monster hits opening so close together, it comes as no surprise that this weekend there are not a lot of new releases. In fact, we only have The Best Man Holiday as a wide release. It won't be able to score top spot, but the lack of direct competition should help it score a solid second place. On the down side, this weekend last year The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 opened with $141.07 million, which is very likely more than the entire box office will make this season. More...

Per Theater Chart: Thief Steals Top Spot

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Per Theater Chart: Buyers Market

Dallas Buyers Club took top spot on the per theater chart with an average of $28,985 in nine theaters. Add in its reviews and this is a great start. 12 Years a Slave was finally pushed out of top spot, but it still has a very strong showing with an average of $11,688 in more than 400 theaters. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Ender Has Game, but Box Office Sinks

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Weekend Predictions: Will Box Office Soar, or are the New Releases Turkeys?

November begins with three wide releases of varying quality. Ender's Game is the only one earning overall positive reviews and it is the only one with a real shot at becoming anything more than a midlevel hit. To call Free Birds a second-tier animated family film is being very generous. Its reviews might dip into the single-digit level. Finally, there's Last Vegas, which is flying under the radar for most moviegoers. It is unlikely any of them will become a breakout hit. It is nearly certain that none will match last year's number one film, Wreck-It Ralph. November is going to start off on a losing note. More...

Per Theater Chart: Slave Can't Escape Top Spot

For the second weekend in a row, 12 Years a Slave remained in top spot on the per theater chart. Despite expanding to 123 theaters, the film's average remained potent at $17,352. The Square was right behind with $16,359 in its lone theater. The only other film in the $10,000 club was Capital, which earned an average of $11,200 in two theaters. More...

Per Theater Chart: Slave Showered with Riches

12 Years a Slave opened with a stellar average of $48,617 in 19 theaters. With a planned expansion, this is a great start. All is Lost was well back with an average of $15,597 in six theaters. This isn't a bad start and its reviews suggest long legs, but it might get overshadowed by 12 Years a Slave. The final film in the $10,000 club was Kill Your Darlings, which was right behind with an average of $14,750 in four theaters. More...

Limited Releases: All is Not Lost for Limited Releases

It is not a busy week when it comes to limited releases on this week's list, but at least we have a couple that are earning stellar reviews and could expand wide. All is Lost has the reviews to become a big hit and an Awards Season player, but it doesn't have the buzz. 12 Years a Slave has the buzz, as well as the reviews. While opening in limited release is always a risky maneuver, 12 Years a Slave has a better shot at opening in the top ten than it does of bombing outright. More...

2013 Preview: October

October is an awkward month. It sits between the dumping ground that is September and November, the unofficial start of Awards Season / holiday blockbuster season. For the most part, September was stronger than average for the month and there's reason to be optimistic going forward. After all, box office success tends to feed on itself, as does box office struggles. That said, there are not a lot of sure hits over the coming four weeks. Of the nine or ten films opening wide this month, only Gravity has a better than 50/50 chance at $100 million. Captain Phillips could have a shot at the century mark, but only if it becomes a serious Awards Season player. Its early reviews suggest that could be a possibility. Last October, there were two films to reach the $100 million mark, Taken 2 and Argo. On the other hand, pretty much everything else that opened that month crashed and burned. While this October doesn't have as strong a top end, it will hopefully have much better depth. More...

Cast

Chiwetel Ejiofor    Northup
Michael Fassbender    Edwin Epps
Benedict Cumberbatch    Ford
Paul Dano    Tibeats
Paul Giamatti    Freeman
Scoot McNairy    Brown
Lupita Nyong'o    Patsey
Adepero Oduye    Eliza
Sarah Paulson    Mistress Epps
Brad Pitt    Bass
Michael Kenneth Williams    Robert
Alfre Woodard    Mistress Shaw
Chris Chalk    Clemens
Taran Killam    Hamilton
Bill Camp    Rodburn
Garret Dillahunt    Armsby

Production and Technical Credits

Director    Steve Rodney McQueen
Screenwriter    John Ridley
Story Creator    Solomon Northup
Producer    Brad Pitt
Producer    Dede Gardner
Producer    Jeremy Kleiner
Producer    Bill Pohlad
Producer    Steve McQueen
Producer    Arnon Milchan
Producer    Anthony Katagas
Executive Producer    Tessa Ross
Executive Producer    John Ridley
Associate Producer    John Ridley
Director of Photography    Sean Bobbitt
Production Designer    Adam Stockhausen
Editor    Joe Walker
Costume Designer    Patricia Norris
Composer    Hans Zimmer
Casting Director    Francine Maisler
Set Decorator    Alice Baker

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2013/10/18 16 $273,882   19 $14,415   $273,882 1
2013/10/19 16 $381,712 +39% 19 $20,090   $655,594 2
2013/10/20 14 $268,121 -30% 19 $14,112   $923,715 3
2013/10/21 14 $90,213 -66% 19 $4,748   $1,013,928 4
2013/10/22 14 $84,809 -6% 19 $4,464   $1,098,737 5
2013/10/23 14 $83,358 -2% 19 $4,387   $1,182,095 6
2013/10/24 14 $77,848 -7% 19 $4,097   $1,259,943 7
2013/10/25 8 $621,889 +699% 123 $5,056   $1,881,832 8
2013/10/26 8 $926,549 +49% 123 $7,533   $2,808,381 9
2013/10/27 8 $585,887 -37% 123 $4,763   $3,394,268 10
2013/10/28 8 $195,188 -67% 123 $1,587   $3,589,456 11
2013/10/29 8 $213,882 +10% 123 $1,739   $3,803,338 12
2013/10/30 8 $186,272 -13% 123 $1,514   $3,989,610 13
2013/10/31 9 $170,714 -8% 123 $1,388   $4,160,324 14
2013/11/01 7 $1,272,416 +645% 410 $3,103   $5,432,740 15
2013/11/02 7 $2,172,146 +71% 410 $5,298   $7,604,886 16
2013/11/03 7 $1,347,652 -38% 410 $3,287   $8,952,538 17
2013/11/04 7 $448,732 -67% 410 $1,094   $9,401,270 18
2013/11/05 7 $522,207 +16% 410 $1,274   $9,923,477 19
2013/11/06 7 $425,757 -18% 410 $1,038   $10,349,234 20
2013/11/07 7 $396,347 -7% 410 $967   $10,745,581 21
2013/11/08 7 $1,857,890 +369% 1,144 $1,624   $12,603,471 22
2013/11/09 7 $2,871,251 +55% 1,144 $2,510   $15,474,722 23
2013/11/10 7 $1,946,590 -32% 1,144 $1,702   $17,421,312 24
2013/11/11 7 $1,127,622 -42% 1,144 $986   $18,548,934 25
2013/11/12 6 $652,564 -42% 1,144 $570   $19,201,498 26
2013/11/13 6 $537,442 -18% 1,144 $470   $19,738,940 27
2013/11/14 6 $509,845 -5% 1,144 $446   $20,248,785 28
2013/11/15 8 $1,338,504 +163% 1,411 $949   $21,587,289 29
2013/11/16 9 $2,085,392 +56% 1,411 $1,478   $23,672,681 30
2013/11/17 8 $1,180,810 -43% 1,411 $837   $24,853,491 31
2013/11/18 6 $412,646 -65% 1,411 $292   $25,266,137 32
2013/11/19 6 $530,373 +29% 1,411 $376   $25,796,510 33
2013/11/20 6 $429,531 -19% 1,411 $304   $26,226,041 34
2013/11/21 6 $367,271 -14% 1,411 $260   $26,593,312 35
2013/11/22 9 $803,774 +119% 1,474 $545   $27,397,086 36
2013/11/23 9 $1,269,179 +58% 1,474 $861   $28,666,265 37
2013/11/24 9 $760,682 -40% 1,474 $516   $29,426,947 38
2013/11/25 9 $301,896 -60% 1,474 $205   $29,728,843 39
2013/11/26 9 $389,303 +29% 1,474 $264   $30,118,146 40
2013/11/27 15 $356,606 -8% 1,474 $242   $30,474,752 41
2013/11/28 13 $375,452 +5% 1,474 $255   $30,850,204 42
2013/11/29 13 $901,375 +140% 1,165 $774   $31,751,579 43
2013/11/30 13 $915,167 +2% 1,165 $786   $32,666,746 44
2013/12/01 12 $488,496 -47% 1,165 $419   $33,155,242 45
2013/12/02 12 $158,756 -68% 1,165 $136   $33,313,998 46
2013/12/03 11 $201,277 +27% 1,165 $173   $33,515,275 47
2013/12/04 10 $176,761 -12% 1,165 $152   $33,692,036 48
2013/12/05 10 $180,084 +2% 1,165 $155   $33,872,120 49
2013/12/06 13 $315,785 +75% 1,082 $292   $34,187,905 50
2013/12/07 13 $525,285 +66% 1,082 $485   $35,537,405 51
2013/12/08 12 $305,889 -42% 1,082 $283   $35,019,079 52
2013/12/09 11 $130,374 -57% 1,082 $120   $35,149,453 53
2013/12/10 12 $165,203 +27% 1,082 $153   $35,314,656 54
2013/12/11 11 $140,972 -15% 1,082 $130   $35,455,628 55
2013/12/12 9 $176,060 +25% 1,082 $163   $35,631,688 56
2013/12/13 - $205,376 +17% 497 $413   $35,837,064 57
2013/12/14 - $302,239 +47% 497 $608   $36,139,303 58
2013/12/15 - $225,210 -25% 497 $453   $36,364,513 59
2013/12/16 15 $93,801 -58% 497 $189   $36,458,314 60
2013/12/17 16 $100,109 +7% 497 $201   $36,558,423 61
2013/12/18 16 $77,113 -23% 497 $155   $36,635,536 62
2013/12/19 16 $74,690 -3% 497 $150   $36,710,226 63
2013/12/20 - $92,328 +24% 301 $307   $36,802,554 64
2013/12/21 - $152,223 +65% 301 $506   $36,954,777 65
2013/12/22 - $125,539 -18% 301 $417   $37,080,316 66
2013/12/23 - $83,909 -33% 301 $279   $37,164,225 67
2013/12/24 - $73,820 -12% 301 $245   $37,238,045 68
2013/12/25 - $85,066 +15% 301 $283   $37,323,111 69
2013/12/26 - $102,873 +21% 301 $342   $37,425,984 70
2013/12/27 - $117,560 +14% 154 $763   $37,543,544 71
2013/12/28 - $145,705 +24% 154 $946   $37,689,249 72
2013/12/29 - $109,714 -25% 154 $712   $37,798,963 73
2013/12/30 - $84,685 -23% 154 $550   $37,883,648 74
2013/12/31 - $67,723 -20% 154 $440   $37,951,371 75
2014/01/01 - $123,789 +83% 154 $804   $38,075,160 76
2014/01/02 - $68,182 -45% 154 $443   $38,143,342 77
2014/01/03 - $97,569 +43% 151 $646   $38,240,911 78
2014/01/04 - $147,900 +52% 151 $979   $38,388,811 79
2014/01/05 - $83,275 -44% 151 $551   $38,472,086 80
2014/01/06 - $32,913 -60% 151 $218   $38,504,999 81
2014/01/07 - $41,141 +25% 151 $272   $38,546,140 82
2014/01/08 - $44,029 +7% 151 $292   $38,590,169 83
2014/01/09 - $43,606 -1% 151 $289   $38,633,775 84
2014/01/10 - $69,762 +60% 114 $612   $38,703,537 85
2014/01/11 - $127,100 +82% 114 $1,115   $38,830,637 86
2014/01/12 - $73,898 -42% 114 $648   $38,904,535 87
2014/01/13 - $45,724 -38% 114 $401   $38,950,259 88
2014/01/14 - $52,036 +14% 114 $456   $39,002,295 89
2014/01/15 - $45,358 -13% 114 $398   $39,047,653 90
2014/01/16 - $56,645 +25% 114 $497   $39,104,298 91
2014/01/17 18 $394,361 +596% 761 $518   $39,498,659 92
2014/01/18 17 $710,153 +80% 761 $933   $40,208,812 93
2014/01/19 17 $435,324 -39% 761 $572   $40,644,136 94
2014/01/20 16 $429,491 -1% 761 $564   $41,073,627 95
2014/01/21 16 $157,243 -63% 761 $207   $41,230,870 96
2014/01/22 17 $146,586 -7% 761 $193   $41,377,456 97
2014/01/23 17 $151,361 +3% 761 $199   $41,528,817 98
2014/01/24 14 $540,347 +257% 1,231 $439   $42,069,164 99
2014/01/25 16 $908,220 +68% 1,231 $738   $42,977,384 100
2014/01/26 13 $582,749 -36% 1,231 $473   $43,560,133 101
2014/01/27 12 $178,511 -69% 1,231 $145   $43,738,644 102
2014/01/28 12 $235,254 +32% 1,231 $191   $43,973,898 103
2014/01/29 10 $211,225 -10% 1,231 $172   $44,185,123 104
2014/01/30 12 $223,272 +6% 1,231 $181   $44,408,395 105
2014/01/31 13 $431,168 +93% 1,172 $368   $44,839,563 106
2014/02/01 13 $734,731 +70% 1,172 $627   $45,574,294 107
2014/02/02 13 $276,265 -62% 1,172 $236   $45,850,559 108
2014/02/03 13 $152,990 -45% 1,172 $131   $46,003,549 109
2014/02/04 13 $203,180 +33% 1,172 $173   $46,206,729 110
2014/02/05 13 $156,871 -23% 1,172 $134   $46,363,600 111
2014/02/06 13 $167,674 +7% 1,172 $143   $46,531,274 112
2014/02/07 16 $194,451 +16% 678 $287   $46,725,725 113
2014/02/08 16 $382,800 +97% 678 $565   $47,108,525 114
2014/02/09 17 $239,312 -37% 678 $353   $47,347,837 115
2014/02/10 17 $73,739 -69% 678 $109   $47,421,576 116
2014/02/11 17 $96,911 +31% 678 $143   $47,518,487 117
2014/02/12 17 $64,173 -34% 678 $95   $47,582,660 118
2014/02/13 18 $69,316 +8% 678 $102   $47,651,976 119
2014/02/14 - $131,226 +89% 386 $340   $47,783,202 120
2014/02/15 - $233,564 +78% 386 $605   $48,016,766 121
2014/02/16 - $197,974 -15% 386 $513   $48,214,740 122
2014/02/17 - $140,535 -29% 386 $364   $48,355,275 123
2014/02/18 - $72,660 -48% 386 $188   $48,427,935 124
2014/02/19 - $63,276 -13% 386 $164   $48,491,211 125
2014/02/20 - $63,512 n/c 386 $165   $48,554,723 126
2014/02/21 - $121,116 +91% 349 $347   $48,675,839 127
2014/02/22 - $241,358 +99% 349 $692   $48,917,197 128
2014/02/23 - $160,023 -34% 349 $459   $49,077,220 129
2014/02/24 18 $56,016 -65% 349 $161   $49,133,236 130
2014/02/25 18 $75,368 +35% 349 $216   $49,208,604 131
2014/02/26 18 $71,574 -5% 349 $205   $49,280,178 132
2014/02/27 17 $80,187 +12% 349 $230   $49,360,365 133
2014/02/28 18 $223,422 +179% 411 $544   $49,583,787 134
2014/03/01 17 $523,106 +134% 411 $1,273   $50,106,893 135
2014/03/02 - $229,403 -56% 411 $558   $50,336,296 136
2014/03/03 12 $150,781 -34% 411 $367   $50,487,077 137
2014/03/04 13 $169,383 +12% 411 $412   $50,656,460 138
2014/03/05 14 $132,964 -22% 411 $324   $50,789,424 139
2014/03/06 14 $142,611 +7% 411 $347   $50,932,035 140
2014/03/07 9 $584,085 +310% 1,065 $548   $51,516,120 141
2014/03/08 9 $972,509 +67% 1,065 $913   $52,488,629 142
2014/03/09 10 $554,218 -43% 1,065 $520   $53,042,847 143
2014/03/10 10 $183,862 -67% 1,065 $173   $53,226,709 144
2014/03/11 11 $245,823 +34% 1,065 $231   $53,472,532 145
2014/03/12 10 $200,142 -19% 1,065 $188   $53,672,674 146
2014/03/13 10 $195,318 -2% 1,065 $183   $53,867,992 147
2014/03/14 14 $336,605 +72% 925 $364   $54,204,597 148
2014/03/15 14 $540,201 +60% 925 $584   $54,744,798 149
2014/03/16 13 $346,086 -36% 925 $374   $55,090,884 150
2014/03/17 12 $120,926 -65% 925 $131   $55,211,810 151
2014/03/18 12 $156,101 +29% 925 $169   $55,367,911 152
2014/03/19 12 $122,050 -22% 925 $132   $55,489,961 153
2014/03/20 12 $100,624 -18% 925 $109   $55,590,585 154
2014/03/21 18 $120,900 +20% 522 $232   $55,711,485 155
2014/03/22 18 $199,466 +65% 522 $382   $55,910,951 156
2014/03/23 18 $119,396 -40% 522 $229   $56,030,347 157
2014/03/24 17 $50,082 -58% 522 $96   $56,080,429 158
2014/03/25 15 $66,598 +33% 522 $128   $56,147,027 159
2014/03/26 17 $54,245 -19% 522 $104   $56,201,272 160
2014/03/27 - $43,055 -21% 522 $82   $56,244,327 161
2014/03/28 - $37,766 -12% 228 $166   $56,282,093 162
2014/03/29 - $62,456 +65% 228 $274   $56,344,549 163
2014/03/30 - $33,861 -46% 228 $149   $56,378,410 164
2014/03/31 - $12,068 -64% 228 $53   $56,390,478 165
2014/04/01 - $17,313 +43% 228 $76   $56,407,791 166
2014/04/02 - $14,767 -15% 228 $65   $56,422,558 167
2014/04/03 - $12,509 -15% 228 $55   $56,435,067 168
2014/04/04 - $18,369 +47% 128 $144   $56,453,436 169
2014/04/05 - $30,205 +64% 128 $236   $56,483,641 170
2014/04/06 - $17,360 -43% 128 $136   $56,501,001 171
2014/04/07 - $7,704 -56% 128 $60   $56,508,705 172
2014/04/08 - $11,090 +44% 128 $87   $56,519,795 173
2014/04/09 - $7,069 -36% 128 $55   $56,526,864 174
2014/04/10 - $8,045 +14% 128 $63   $56,534,909 175
2014/04/11 - $9,457 +18% 64 $148   $56,544,366 176
2014/04/12 - $13,790 +46% 64 $215   $56,558,156 177
2014/04/13 - $9,688 -30% 64 $151   $56,567,844 178
2014/04/14 - $3,645 -62% 64 $57   $56,571,489 179
2014/04/15 - $5,742 +58% 64 $90   $56,577,231 180
2014/04/16 - $4,686 -18% 64 $73   $56,581,917 181
2014/04/17 - $6,744 +44% 64 $105   $56,588,661 182
2014/04/18 - $9,426 +40% 53 $178   $56,598,087 183
2014/04/19 - $10,619 +13% 53 $200   $56,608,706 184
2014/04/20 - $5,927 -44% 53 $112   $56,614,633 185
2014/04/21 - $4,232 -29% 53 $80   $56,618,865 186
2014/04/22 - $5,995 +42% 53 $113   $56,624,860 187
2014/04/23 - $4,658 -22% 53 $88   $56,629,518 188
2014/04/24 - $5,284 +13% 53 $100   $56,634,802 189

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2013/10/18 16 $923,715   19 $48,617   $923,715 3
2013/10/25 8 $2,134,325 +131% 123 $17,352   $3,394,268 10
2013/11/01 7 $4,792,214 +125% 410 $11,688   $8,952,538 17
2013/11/08 7 $6,675,731 +39% 1,144 $5,835   $17,421,312 24
2013/11/15 8 $4,604,706 -31% 1,411 $3,263   $24,853,491 31
2013/11/22 9 $2,833,635 -38% 1,474 $1,922   $29,426,947 38
2013/11/29 13 $2,305,038 -19% 1,165 $1,979   $33,155,242 45
2013/12/06 20 $322,744 -86% 1,082 $298   $34,194,864 52
2013/12/13 16 $732,825 +127% 497 $1,474   $36,364,513 59
2013/12/20 20 $370,090 -49% 301 $1,230   $37,080,316 66
2013/12/27 23 $372,979 +1% 154 $2,422   $37,798,963 73
2014/01/03 24 $328,744 -12% 151 $2,177   $38,472,086 80
2014/01/10 26 $270,760 -18% 114 $2,375   $38,904,535 87
2014/01/17 17 $1,539,838 +469% 761 $2,023   $40,644,136 94
2014/01/24 14 $2,031,316 +32% 1,231 $1,650   $43,560,133 101
2014/01/31 13 $1,442,164 -29% 1,172 $1,231   $45,850,559 108
2014/02/07 16 $816,563 -43% 678 $1,204   $47,347,837 115
2014/02/14 21 $562,764 -31% 386 $1,458   $48,214,740 122
2014/02/21 19 $522,497 -7% 349 $1,497   $49,077,220 129
2014/02/28 18 $975,931 +87% 411 $2,375   $50,336,296 136
2014/03/07 9 $2,110,812 +116% 1,065 $1,982   $53,042,847 143
2014/03/14 14 $1,222,892 -42% 925 $1,322   $55,090,884 150
2014/03/21 18 $439,762 -64% 522 $842   $56,030,347 157
2014/03/28 26 $134,083 -70% 228 $588   $56,378,410 164
2014/04/04 39 $65,934 -51% 128 $515   $56,501,001 171
2014/04/11 47 $32,935 -50% 64 $515   $56,567,844 178
2014/04/18 49 $25,972 -21% 53 $490   $56,614,633 185
2014/04/25 59 $17,141 -34% 32 $536   $56,651,943 192
2014/05/02 63 $8,337 -51% 20 $417   $56,667,870 199

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
3/9/20142409,406 409,406$6,112,432$6,112,4321
3/16/20142181,499-56% 590,905$2,715,225$8,827,6572
3/23/2014560,718-67% 651,623$908,341$9,735,9983
3/30/20141051,102-16% 702,725$764,486$10,500,4844
4/6/20141329,189-43% 731,914$436,667$10,937,1515
4/20/20142533,298 780,141$428,878$11,589,3677
5/4/20141916,287 805,894$243,654$11,974,6329
5/11/20142718,156+11% 824,050$271,795$12,246,42810
5/25/20142814,217 850,646$211,122$12,642,74012

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
3/9/20142216,805 216,805$4,284,065$4,284,0651
3/16/2014578,128-64% 294,933$1,421,926$5,705,9912
3/23/2014722,851-71% 317,784$456,104$6,162,0953
3/30/20141021,517-6% 339,301$429,487$6,591,5824
4/6/2014179,833-54% 349,134$196,263$6,787,8455

12 Years a Slave

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