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W.E. (2011)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $582,075Details
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W.E. tells the story of two fragile but determined women - Wally Winthrop and Wallis Simpson - separated by more than six decades. In 1998, lonely New Yorker Wally Winthrop is obsessed with what she perceives as the ultimate love story: King Edward's VIII's abdication of the British throne for the woman he loved, American divorcee Wallis Simpson. But Wally's research, including several visits to the Sotheby's auction of the Windsor Estate, reveals that the couple's life together was not as perfect as she thought. Weaving back and forth in time, W.E. intertwines Wally's journey of discovery in New York with the story of Wallis and Edward, from the glamorous early days of their romance to the slow unraveling of their lives in the decades that followed.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
60% - Fresh
70% - Upright

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: December 9th, 2011 (Oscar Qualifying Run) by Weinstein Co.
February 3rd, 2012 (Limited) by Weinstein Co.
Video Release: May 1st, 2012 by Anchor Bay Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for some domestic violence, nudity and language.
(Rating bulletin 2201, 12/7/2011)
Running Time: 119 minutes
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Keywords: Royalty, Divorcée Romance, Relationships Gone Wrong, Non-Chronological, Romance
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Semtex Films, IM Global
Production Countries: United Kingdom


   Wallis Simpson
   Wally Winthrop
Oscar Isaac    Evgeni
David Harbour    Ernest
Richard Coyle    William Winthrop
James Fox    King George V
Laurence Fox    Bertie
Natalie Dormer    Elizabeth
Judy Parfitt    Queen Mary
Haluk Bilginer    Al Fayed
Geoffrey Palmer    Stanley Baldwin
Katie McGrath    Lady Thelma
Christina Chong    Tenten
Duane Henry    Dwayne

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Kris Thykier
Cinematographer    Hagen Bogdanski
Screenwriter    Alek Keshishian
Production Designer    Martin Childs
Costume Designer    Arianne Phillips
Editor    Danny B. Tull
Composer    Danny B. Tull
Composer    Abel Korzeniowski
Screenwriter    Madonna
Producer    Madonna
Executive Producer    Scott Franklin
Executive Producer    Donna Gigliotti
Executive Producer    Harvey Weinstein
Co-Producer    Colin Vaines
Co-Producer    Sara Zambreno
Music Supervisor    Maggie Rodford
Art Director    Mark Raggett
Art Director    Steve Lawrence
Art Director    Molly Sole
Art Director    Sarah Stuart
Set Decorator    Celia Bobak
Make-up and Hair Designer    Jenny Shircore

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for May 1st, 2012

May 1st, 2012

It's yet another very slow week on the home market. In fact, all of May is very slow on the home market, although this is not surprising for this time of year. I'm not even going to attempt to pad out the list this week. Is there anything in contention for Pick of the Week? Fortunately, the answer to that is yes. Unfortunately, the screener is late. Normally I really don't like awarding Pick of the Week to a film when the screener is late, but in this case, Haywire is head and shoulders above the rest, so unless the Blu-ray has less than zero special features, it's the best out there. More...

Per Theater Chart: Truth Stalls but Squeaks Out Win

February 8th, 2012

An Inconsistent Truth repeated on top of the per theater chart with $12,176 in one theater. However, while it won, it fell more than 40%, which is closer to a wide release than a limited release. W.E. was very close behind with an average of $11,769 in four theaters. More...

Weekend Estimates: Chronicle and Woman in Black Vie for SuperBowl Honors

February 5th, 2012

The industry's healthy start to 2012 will continue this weekend thanks to two more good opening weekends. Chronicle is currently favorite to win the weekend, with Fox predicting a $22 million opening. CBS Films is pegging The Woman in Black at $21 million (a record for the fledgling studio). Both figures are predicated on historical models for SuperBowl Sunday, which can be a difficult day to predict, so the final order between the two could yet switch, although Chronicle is heavily favored to win at this point. Overall box office will be up about 35% from last year, although that reflects the very weak start to 2011. This weekend looks as though it will be about average for a SuperBowl weekend overall. More...

Keeping Up with Limited Releases

February 3rd, 2012

Talk of Oscars is still dominating art house aficionados, so it comes as no surprise that the list of limited releases is not particularly strong this weekend. That's not to say there are no films worthy of watching, but it is unlikely any of them will be major hits. There are a few noteworthy releases, including W.E., Madonna's attempt at winning an Oscar. It won't. The Innkeepers is the widest release of the week and it is also earning good reviews. However, its the wrong genre for limited release. And finally, there's Moon Point, a Canadian film opening in Toronto. There are Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and cast for the evening shows over the weekend as an added bonus. More...

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

January 24th, 2012

Yesterday was one of the biggest days during Awards Season as The Oscar nominations were announced in the morning. It was a two horse race for top spot as far as the big winners are concerned. Hugo earned the most nominations with eleven, while The Artist was right behind with ten. However, one could argue The Artist is the bigger winner, as more of its nominations were in the more prestigious categories. More...

2012 Awards Season: Golden Globes: Artist has Hat-trick, but Descendants on the Rise

January 16th, 2012

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association handed out the Golden Globes last night, and after an Awards Season most notable for the lack of surprises, there were not a lot of surprises either. In fact, the biggest storyline of the night was how many different movies earned wins. The Artist led the way with just three, while The Descendents was the only other film to win more than once. More...

Awards Season: Globes Reward Artistic Intent

December 16th, 2011

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominations and the Awards Season picture started to look a whole lot clearer. The Artist led the way with six nominations, while The Descendents and The Help were right behind with five apiece. More...

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Daily Box Office Performance

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/02/03 42 $47,074   4 $11,769   $47,074 3
2012/02/10 48 $59,646 +27% 17 $3,509   $123,793 10
2012/02/17 53 $53,016 -11% 20 $2,651   $206,946 17
2012/02/24 62 $27,627 -48% 15 $1,842   $265,276 24
2012/03/02 53 $43,623 +58% 19 $2,296   $327,508 31
2012/03/09 60 $35,569 -18% 24 $1,482   $384,962 38
2012/03/16 61 $26,704 -25% 20 $1,335   $428,967 45
2012/03/23 61 $18,673 -30% 18 $1,037   $462,018 52
2012/03/30 63 $19,148 +3% 21 $912   $490,791 59
2012/04/06 54 $17,390 -9% 21 $828   $519,165 66
2012/04/13 66 $14,885 -14% 17 $876   $546,216 73
2012/04/20 69 $10,634 -29% 15 $709   $564,688 80
2012/04/27 84 $6,245 -41% 10 $625   $576,029 87
2012/05/04 90 $2,664 -57% 6 $444   $582,075 94

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/02/03 43 $64,147   4 $16,037   $64,147 7
2012/02/10 48 $89,783 +40% 17 $5,281   $153,930 14
2012/02/17 53 $83,719 -7% 20 $4,186   $237,649 21
2012/02/24 62 $46,236 -45% 15 $3,082   $283,885 28
2012/03/02 51 $65,508 +42% 19 $3,448   $349,393 35
2012/03/09 62 $52,870 -19% 24 $2,203   $402,263 42
2012/03/16 58 $41,082 -22% 20 $2,054   $443,345 49
2012/03/23 60 $28,298 -31% 18 $1,572   $471,643 56
2012/03/30 61 $30,132 +6% 21 $1,435   $501,775 63
2012/04/06 64 $29,556 -2% 21 $1,407   $531,331 70
2012/04/13 66 $22,723 -23% 17 $1,337   $554,054 77
2012/04/20 74 $15,730 -31% 15 $1,049   $569,784 84
2012/04/27 78 $9,627 -39% 10 $963   $579,411 91
2012/05/04 94 $2,664 -72% 6 $444   $582,075 98

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