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A Very Long Engagement (2004)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $6,167,817Details
International Box Office $63,591,479
Worldwide Box Office $69,759,296
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Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
78% - Certified Fresh
85% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Production Budget:$55,000,000
Domestic Releases: November 26th, 2004 (Limited) by Warner Bros.
MPAA Rating: R for violence and sexuality
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Keywords: Foreign Language
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,397 $61,161 Feb 25, 2005 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,196 $112,875 Feb 18, 2005 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,257 $138,384 Feb 11, 2005 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,254 $175,616 Feb 4, 2005 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,262 $236,729 Jan 28, 2005 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,239 $335,095 Jan 21, 2005 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,202 $525,765 Jan 14, 2005 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,506 $614,964 Jan 7, 2005 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,932 $692,062 Dec 31, 2004 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,950 $453,025 Dec 24, 2004 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,162 $239,796 Dec 17, 2004 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,913 $50,109 Dec 10, 2004 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,012 $72,585 Dec 3, 2004 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,057 $101,749 Nov 26, 2004 3


Audrey Tautou    Mathilde
Jodie Foster    Elodie Gordes
Tcheky Karyo    Captain Favourier
Gaspard Ulliel    Manech
Jean-Claude Dreyfus    Commandant Lavrouye
Marion Cotillard    Tina Lombardi

Production and Technical Credits


Baby Scores a Knockout Punch

July 23rd, 2005

To call Million Dollar Baby's debut on the home market a knockout is very apt. Perhaps too apt. Not only did the film easily win the week with $12.42 million in combined rentals, every other film in the top five saw serious drop-offs, sending the overall market sharply downwards. More...

DVD Releases for July 12, 2005

July 11th, 2005

Every week films get a second chance at success from the home market; or, in some cases, a first chance at success. Here is a list of wide releases, limited releases, classics and a few from the growing TV on DVD section. We finally have a big box office hit as the best DVD release of the week with Million Dollar Baby - Delux Edition with Soundtrack being the clear favorite. But that doesn't mean there are no TV on DVD releases worth picking up as both Titus - Seasons 1 & 2 - Buy from Amazon and Sealab 2021 - Season 3 - Buy from Amazon and included on the list DVD pick of the week releases. On the flip side, there are a dozen films on this week's list that range from really bad to atrociously bad. It's like the stars have aligned and unspeakable cinematic horrors from another dimension are flooding in. That might be a tad overly dramatic, but I can't recall a time when there were more really bad movies being released in one week. More...

Baby Still Earning Millions

March 27th, 2005

Million Dollar Baby has again slipped off the radar screen, but we do know it hit $52 million internationally, which means it made $9 million during the week. The film didn't earn $1 million in any single market, but is still doing strong in South Korea, ($970,000), Spain, ($840,000), Italy, ($600,000) and Australia, ($350,000.) Best estimate has the film earning just shy of $5 million of that over the weekend and taking sixth place on the international box office charts. More...

Baby Takes Fifth in Close Race

March 20th, 2005

After gathering in all the data the winner for the race for fifth place is Million Dollar Baby, I think. It would need to lost more than 40% from last week's total and that's not taking into account its openings in South Korea at $1,515,672 and second place, its $110,000, third place debut in Finland, $86,000 in Russia, $50,000, second place debut in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, exact weekend totals are unknown but it is estimated at $6 million raising its international total to $43 million so far. More...

Twelve Tops the Best of the Rest

February 27th, 2005

Ocean's Twelve may have dropped out of the top five, but it is still going strong with $4.5 million on 1400 screens in 35 markets for an international box office of $225.8 million so far. No new openings means the heist film had to rely on holdovers likes its $2.5 million during its third weekend in the U.K. and $1.4 million during its fifth week of release in Japan, finishing second in both those markets. More...

French Film Finishes Fifth

February 20th, 2005

Iznogoud: Calife a la place du calife, a movie based on a Asterix and Obelix spin off of sorts, dominated the French box office taking in $7.1 million, more than double the second place film and more than a third of the top ten total. It is also enough to push it into the Top Five on the international scene, dropping Finding Neverland into sixth place. Unfortunately, like the several films made in the Asterix and Obelix series, this one is unlikely to make much of an impact outside the French speaking markets. More...

Fockers are Fabulous

February 9th, 2005

A higher than expected opening in Spain and a lower than expected decline in the U.K. allowed Meet the Fockers to retain top spot on the international charts. The film opened first in a handful of markets, including a $4.7 million opening in Spain on 356 screens, $377,000 in Denmark, $352,000 in Taiwan and $275,000 in Israel. Its most prolific market continues to be the U.K. where the film brought in $8.5 million during its second weekend there; that's a 42% drop-off, which is a little high for the market, but not as high as expected given its huge start last weekend. That one market represented more than half of its weekend total of $16.3 million on 1700 screens in 28 markets for a running tally of $82.9 million. More...

Fockers Flatten Competition

February 2nd, 2005

Meet the Fockers open in the U.K. over the weekend with an astounding $14.8 million on 456, which is more than four times the original's earnings there in 2000. That figure was also more than 8 times the second place film , and more than half the market's total box office. Add in a handful of openings in other, mostly smaller markets and the film brought in $19.2 million on 1,700 screens in 15 markets for a $58.8 million total so far. More...

Amazing Boxing Comeback

February 1st, 2005

The re-release of the classic boxing movie Raging Bull topped the Per Theater Charts this past weekend with $13,568 in one theater. The only other film in the $10,000 club was Born into Brothels, which had its best performance since its debut, with over $30,000 in 3 theaters for an average of $10,554. More...

Ocean Steals International Box Office Crown Back

January 26th, 2005

The International Box Office Race is certainly interesting, as Ocean's Twelve recaptured the lead this weekend with $14.4 million on 4,600 screens in 58 markets and now sits at $170.4 million internationally and $292.8 million worldwide. A large chunk of that total came from Japan, where the film earned $6.8 million (including sneak peaks) on 510 screens, while ending Howl's Moving Castle's nine week reign on top. While this was a strong performance, it was 20% lower that the original's debut in the same market. More...

Oscar Nominations Sidestep Box Office Giants

January 25th, 2005

The Oscar Nominations were announced this morning and at first glance it appears that most of the nominations went to films with smaller budgets and box office results. Box office hits were nearly shut out of the major nominations. More...

Per Theater Average Charts Look Like a Million Dollars

January 18th, 2005

Million Dollar Baby climbed back into first place on the per theater charts with an average of $14,868 in 122 theaters. The only other film to beat the $10,000 mark was Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela with $12,127 in its lone theater. More...

Good Great on Per Theatre Redux

January 11th, 2005

Four of last week's five films in the $10,000 club managed to repeat that feat this week with In Good Company continuing its reign on the charts. The film, which opens wide this week, dropped a mere 5% at the box office earning an average of $48,050 in three theatres. Well back at $17,619 was Million Dollar Baby, which did an amazing job holding onto its per theatre average despite increasing its theatre count from just 9 to 109. On the other hand, The Merchant of Venice dropped almost 30% to $12,237 even though its theatre count was unchanged. Another film holding up well despite massive gains in its theatre count was Hotel Rwanda with $11,155 on average in 105 theatres. Rounding out the $10,000 club was the only new wide release this weekend, White Noise with $10,665. More...

Company Done Good

January 4th, 2005

As you can probably guess from the grammatically incorrect headline, In Good Company took top spot on the Per Theatre Charts with an amazing $50,583 average in three theatres over the weekend and a total of $225,000 since the film opened on Wednesday. Coming in second is the oldest film in the $10,000 club, Million Dollar Baby, which saw its per theatre average jump to $30,164 in nine theatres and has already topped $1 million during its limited run. Hotel Rwanda also saw its per theatre average climb and earned $20,340 in 7 theatres and needs to expand quickly to take advantage of its strong start. Oscar hopeful, The Merchant of Venice, started well with nearly $70,000 over the weekend and over $100,000 since its Wednesday opening, which works out to a $17,467 average in 4 theatres. Rounding out the $10,000 club was the overall box office leader, Meet the Fockers with an average of $11,845. More...

Million Dollar Weekend

December 28th, 2004

While it didn't actually earn $1 million this weekend, Million Dollar Baby did top the per theatre charts with an average of $21,066, while fellow Oscar hopeful, Hotel Rwanda, came in second place with a respectable $14,299 average in 7 theatres. Rounding out the $10,000 club was overall box office champion, Meet the Fockers with $13,110. More...

Gold Stocks Rise

December 21st, 2004

It is a week after the Golden Globe nominees were announced and a perfect time to look at the effect, if any, that the acclaim has brought previously released films. More...

Zissou's Run Goes Swimmingly

December 21st, 2004

During its second weekend of release, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou saw its per theatre average drop just 12.6% to land at $49,394, easily the best result this weekend. Next on the list are two new award season hopefuls, Million Dollar Baby with $22,494 in 8 theatres and The Aviator with $21,451 in 40 theatres. The second returning member of the $10,000 club rounds out the list as Bad Education earned an average of $12,816 to spend its fifth week on the list. More...

Golden Weekend for Limited Releases

December 17th, 2004

The limited releases this weekend have combined for more than a dozen Golden Globe nominations and could come close to matching that when Oscars nominations are announced late in January. More...

Zissou Living the High Life

December 14th, 2004

The highly anticipated release, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou easily topped the per theatre chart with $113 thousand in just two theatres for a $56,543 average. But since there was almost no doubt about whether the film would finish first, the real question is how well it stood up compared to Wes Anderson's previous release, The Royal Tenenbaums. That film, opened in 2001 with an average of $55,396 in five theatres, so taking into account the narrower release and inflation, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou debut is weaker, and with merely average reviews it probably won't have the legs either. More...

Sideways is Golden

December 14th, 2004

Golden Globe Nominations were announced on Monday and as with the IFP Independent Spirit Awards, Sideways lead the pack with 7 nominations. This does not mean it is the favorite in any particular category, but it does help its chances of taking home some hardware on January 16th. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2004/11/26 35 $101,749   4 $25,437   $101,749 3
2004/12/03 36 $72,585 -29% 4 $18,146   $213,031 10
2004/12/10 38 $50,109 -31% 4 $12,527   $289,955 17
2004/12/17 22 $239,796 +379% 24 $9,992   $550,659 24
2004/12/24 21 $453,025 +89% 167 $2,713   $1,297,120 31
2004/12/31 22 $692,062 +53% 167 $4,144   $2,653,129 38
2005/01/07 24 $614,964 -11% 164 $3,750   $3,615,445 45
2005/01/14 25 $525,765 -15% 219 $2,401   $4,368,784 52
2005/01/21 26 $335,095 -36% 201 $1,667   $4,931,578 59
2005/01/28 33 $236,729 -29% 159 $1,489   $5,324,523 66
2005/02/04 33 $175,616 -26% 138 $1,273   $5,614,787 73
2005/02/11 36 $138,384 -21% 112 $1,236   $5,845,501 80
2005/02/18 40 $112,875 -18% 83 $1,360   $6,045,680 87
2005/02/25 48 $61,161 -46% 67 $913   $6,167,817 94

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2005/01/17 26 $88,049   219 $402   $4,456,833 53
2005/02/21 39 $24,105   83 $290   $6,069,785 88

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2004/11/26 33 $140,446   4 $35,112   $140,446 7
2004/12/03 36 $99,400 -29% 4 $24,850   $239,846 14
2004/12/10 37 $71,017 -29% 4 $17,754   $310,863 21
2004/12/17 21 $533,232 +651% 24 $22,218   $844,095 28
2004/12/24 21 $1,116,972 +109% 167 $6,688   $1,961,067 35
2004/12/31 22 $1,039,414 -7% 167 $6,224   $3,000,481 42
2005/01/07 24 $842,538 -19% 164 $5,137   $3,843,019 49
2005/01/14 25 $753,464 -11% 219 $3,440   $4,596,483 56
2005/01/21 27 $491,311 -35% 201 $2,444   $5,087,794 63
2005/01/28 30 $351,377 -28% 159 $2,210   $5,439,171 70
2005/02/04 31 $267,946 -24% 138 $1,942   $5,707,117 77
2005/02/11 33 $225,688 -16% 112 $2,015   $5,932,805 84
2005/02/18 39 $173,851 -23% 83 $2,095   $6,106,656 91
2005/02/25 54 $61,161 -65% 67 $913   $6,167,817 98

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