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The Unknown Known (2014)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $275,658Details
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $328,926 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $50,603 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $379,529
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  4. Video Sales
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  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer

Synopsis

Errol Morris offers a portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War, and a larger-than-life character who provoked equal levels of fury and adulation from the American public. Rather than conducting a conventional interview, Morris has Rumsfeld perform and expound on his “snowflakes,” tens of thousands of memos he composed as a congressman and as an advisor to four different presidents, twice as Secretary of Defense. These memos provide a window onto history—not history as it actually happened, but history as Rumsfeld wants us to see it.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
83% - Certified Fresh
Audience
69% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: April 2nd, 2014 (Limited) by RADiUS-TWC
Video Release: July 1st, 2014 by Anchor Bay Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some disturbing images and brief nudity.
(Rating bulletin 2294, 10/16/2013)
Running Time: 102 minutes
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Keywords: Political, War, Directing Yourself, Iraq War, Afghanistan War, Vietnam War, Cold War, Terrorism
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Genre:Documentary
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Moxie Pictures, Participant Media, History Films, Sky Atlantic
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,032 $480 Jun 20, 2014 82
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,457 $565 Jun 13, 2014 75
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,646 $1,269 Jun 6, 2014 68
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,466 $177 May 30, 2014 61
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,581 $1,153 May 23, 2014 54
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,349 $659 May 16, 2014 47
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,881 $634 May 9, 2014 40
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,964 $2,125 May 2, 2014 33
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,751 $8,419 Apr 25, 2014 26
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,360 $32,674 Apr 18, 2014 19
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,176 $63,835 Apr 11, 2014 12
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,590 $64,315 Apr 4, 2014 5

Cast

Donald Rumsfeld    Himself
Errol Morris    Himself
Kenn Medeiros    Himself

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Producer    Errol Morris
Producer    Amanda Branson Gill
Producer    Robert Fernandez
Executive Producer    Molly Thompson
Executive Producer    Dirk Hoogstra
Executive Producer    Julian P. Hobbs
Executive Producer    Tom Quinn
Executive Producer    Jason Janego
Executive Producer    Josh Braun

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for July 1st, 2014

June 30th, 2014

It is a terrible week on the home market. The biggest new release according to Amazon.com is Legend of Korra: Book Two, Spirits, which is coming out on DVD and DVD or Blu-ray. However, according to the people sending me a screener, it doesn't come out till the first week of August. The best release on this week's list is The Grand Budapest Hotel, but it came out last month and the Blu-ray arrived late. The best new release on this week's list, that I know is coming out this week, is The Lunchbox and the Blu-ray Combo Pack is the Pick of the Week. More...

Per Theater Chart: Under Over Everyone Else

April 8th, 2014

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Under the Skin opened surprisingly well with a per theater average of $33,289 in four theaters. This is the second best opening per theater average for any film released in 2014, well back of The Grand Budapest Hotel's record-breaking debut. The only other film in the $10,000 club was the overall box office leader, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which earned an average of $24,130 in nearly 4,000 theaters. More...

Limited Releases: Afflicting Limited Releases on the Public

April 4th, 2014

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It is a busy week, not only in terms of quantity, but also quality. There are seven films earning 80% positive reviews or higher (at least when I checked last). Some of these, like Afflicted, probably won't find an audience in theaters, because it is just the wrong genre. Others, like The Unknown Known and Watermark, might do well for the genre, but won't find any real measure of mainstream success. On the other hand, Under the Skin and Alan Partridge might find audiences in theaters. More...

Compare this performance with other movies…

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/04/04 40 $64,315   18 $3,573   $64,315 5
2014/04/11 41 $63,835 -1% 80 $798   $152,198 12
2014/04/18 46 $32,674 -49% 49 $667   $224,646 19
2014/04/25 70 $8,419 -74% 22 $383   $254,068 26
2014/05/02 76 $2,125 -75% 15 $142   $262,613 33
2014/05/09 103 $634 -70% 6 $106   $265,457 40
2014/05/16 90 $659 +4% 3 $220   $266,870 47
2014/05/23 78 $1,153 +75% 5 $231   $268,670 54
2014/05/30 90 $177 -85% 1 $177   $269,151 61
2014/06/06 90 $1,269 +617% 3 $423   $271,175 68
2014/06/13 106 $565 -55% 3 $188   $273,603 75
2014/06/20 97 $480 -15% 2 $240   $275,658 82

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/05/09 - $122   6 $20   $264,945 38
2014/05/10 - $223 +83% 6 $37   $265,168 39
2014/05/23 - $306   5 $61   $267,176 52
2014/05/24 - $418 +37% 5 $84   $267,594 53
2014/05/25 - $429 +3% 5 $86   $268,023 54
2014/05/26 - $60 -86% 5 $12   $268,083 55

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/04/04 39 $88,363   18 $4,909   $88,363 9
2014/04/11 36 $103,609 +17% 80 $1,295   $191,972 16
2014/04/18 41 $53,677 -48% 49 $1,095   $245,649 23
2014/04/25 60 $14,839 -72% 22 $675   $260,488 30
2014/05/02 83 $4,335 -71% 15 $289   $264,823 37
2014/05/09 102 $1,388 -68% 6 $231   $266,211 44
2014/05/16 83 $1,306 -6% 3 $435   $267,517 51
2014/05/23 79 $1,457 +12% 5 $291   $268,974 58
2014/05/30 86 $932 -36% 1 $932   $269,906 65
2014/06/06 87 $3,132 +236% 3 $1,044   $273,038 72
2014/06/13 95 $2,140 -32% 3 $713   $275,178 79

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