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Wadjda (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $1,342,455Details
International Box Office $13,162,647Details
Worldwide Box Office $14,505,102
Home Market Performance
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $577,177 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $577,177
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  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. International
  5. Video Sales
  6. Full Financials
  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer


Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun-loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighborhood boy she shouldn’t be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda’s mother won’t allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself. At first, Wadjda’s mother is too preoccupied with convincing her husband not to take a second wife to realize what’s going on. And soon enough Wadjda’s plans are thwarted when she is caught running various schemes at school. Just as she is losing hope of raising enough money, she hears of a cash prize for a Koran recitation competition at her school. She devotes herself to the memorization and recitation of Koranic verses, and her teachers begin to see Wadjda as a model pious girl. The competition isn’t going to be easy, especially for a troublemaker like Wadjda, but she refuses to give in. She is determined to continue fighting for her dreams...


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
99% - Certified Fresh
88% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: September 13th, 2013 (Limited) by Sony Pictures Classics
International Releases: December 6th, 2012 (Wide) (Italy)
February 6th, 2013 (Wide) (Belgium)
April 3rd, 2013 (Wide) (Switzerland)
June 28th, 2013 (Wide) (Spain)
September 5th, 2013 (Wide) (Germany)
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Video Release: February 11th, 2014 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, brief mild language and smoking.
(Rating bulletin 2259, 2/13/2013)
Running Time: 98 minutes
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Keywords: Coming of Age, Religious, Orthodox Religion, Bigotry, Sexism, Muslims, Underdog, Bigamy or Polygamy
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: The Match Factory
Production Countries: Saudi Arabia

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,704 $14,374 Nov 29, 2013 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,887 $19,820 Nov 22, 2013 73
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,952 $52,975 Nov 8, 2013 59
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,022 $123,035 Oct 25, 2013 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,475 $140,924 Oct 18, 2013 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,293 $105,418 Oct 11, 2013 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,737 $120,078 Oct 4, 2013 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,611 $73,703 Sep 27, 2013 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,139 $66,566 Sep 20, 2013 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,195 $41,253 Sep 13, 2013 3


Reem Abdullah    Mother
Abdullrahman Al Gohani    Abdullah
Ahd Ahd    Hussa
Sultan Al Assaf    Father

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Haifaa Al-Mansour
Producer    Roman Paul
Producer    Gerhard Meixner
Editor    Andreas Wodraschke
Cinematographer    Lutz Reitemeier
Production Designer    Thomas Molt
Composer    Max Richter

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March 2nd, 2014

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DVD and Blu-ray Releases for February 11th, 2014

February 11th, 2014

It's a strange week on the home market. If you look at the top ten selling new releases on, there are a couple of first run releases, a catalog title, TV on DVD release, and some limited releases. That's basically every category there is. The biggest release is Ender's Game, a film that failed to find an audience in theaters. It barely earned overall positive reviews and it isn't a contender for Pick of the Week. Some of the other best-selling releases are contenders, like The Jungle Book: Blu-ray Diamond Edition or Sherlock: Season Three on DVD or Blu-ray. There are also a few of the smaller releases that were in consideration, including Doctor Who: Story 33: The Moonbase and G.B.F. on DVD. But in the end, I went with Wadjda on Blu-ray Combo Pack for Pick of the Week. One last note, Dry Spell is coming out on Video on Demand. It's a good chance to support ultra-low-budget filmmaking and the reviews I've read have been positive. More...

2014 - Awards Season: Slave Earns Independence

November 28th, 2013

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Per Theater Chart: Mother of God!

September 18th, 2013

It was a busy week in terms of limited releases, not only with number of new releases, but the success of most of these releases. Mother of George was the top film with $22,456 in one theater. Final: The Rapture earned an average of $15,942 in two theaters, which is an impressive opening for a film with no reviews. It will be interesting to see where it goes from here. Wadjda opened in three theaters, earning an average of $13,751. This film has some Oscar buzz going for it, so it might last in theaters longer than most similar releases. Blue Caprice also has some Oscar buzz and its opening of $13,400 in one theater might help it thrive as well. The overall box office leader, Insidious Chapter 2, opened in fifth place on the per theater chart with an average of $13,208. GMO OMG earned $13,000 in its lone theater, but its reviews are only mixed, so it likely won't last long. Salinger fell 48% to $11,252, while still playing in four theaters. It is likely it won't be able to expand significantly given this decline. More...

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September 15th, 2013

Going into the weekend, Insidious Chapter 2 was widely expected to enjoy a comfortable win at the box office, but almost no-one thought it would open with over $40 million. It will do just that though, with FilmDistrict projecting a $41.05 million debut -- comfortably a record for the studio, ahead of the $30.3 million opening enjoyed by Olympus Has Fallen in another off-season spot (March 22). It'll also be the second-biggest September weekend at the box office, just behind Hotel Transylvania's $42.5 million last year. More...

A Sampling of Limited Releases

September 13th, 2013

The list of new limited releases is shorter than it was last week, but there are more films earning Award-worthy reviews this week than there were last week. Wadjda, Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, Sample This, and Blue Caprice are all either above 90%, or very close to it. Of those four, Blue Caprice has the best shot at breakout success, but I hope they all thrive in limited release. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2013/09/13 49 $41,253   3 $13,751   $116,920 3
2013/09/20 49 $66,566 +61% 9 $7,396   $204,394 10
2013/09/27 43 $73,703 +11% 16 $4,606   $308,339 17
2013/10/04 37 $120,078 +63% 44 $2,729   $460,544 24
2013/10/11 37 $105,418 -12% 47 $2,243   $616,104 31
2013/10/18 32 $140,924 +34% 66 $2,135   $800,649 38
2013/10/25 31 $123,035 -13% 87 $1,414   $984,914 45
2013/11/08 41 $52,975   59 $898   $1,231,309 59
2013/11/22 48 $19,820   24 $826   $1,319,806 73
2013/11/29 50 $14,374 -27% 21 $684   $1,342,455 80

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2013/09/13 47 $62,161   3 $20,720   $137,828 7
2013/09/20 48 $96,808 +56% 9 $10,756   $234,636 14
2013/09/27 42 $105,830 +9% 16 $6,614   $340,466 21
2013/10/04 34 $170,220 +61% 44 $3,869   $510,686 28
2013/10/11 36 $149,039 -12% 47 $3,171   $659,725 35
2013/10/18 31 $202,154 +36% 66 $3,063   $861,879 42
2013/11/22 48 $28,095   24 $1,171   $1,328,081 77

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Argentina 5/22/2014 $0 0 3 7 $79,037 12/17/2015
Belgium 2/6/2013 $43,449 13 16 126 $249,021 12/14/2015
Colombia 12/13/2013 $12,443 12 12 19 $53,066 12/13/2015
Germany 9/5/2013 $0 0 62 118 $1,796,943 10/20/2015
Italy 12/6/2012 $56,358 18 46 127 $9,442,952 12/13/2015
Spain 6/28/2013 $0 0 3 7 $504,825 12/13/2015
Switzerland 4/3/2013 $0 0 12 19 $158,757 12/14/2015
United Arab Emirates 11/28/2013 $15,358 19 19 19 $21,962 12/13/2015
Rest of World $856,084
International Total$13,162,647 12/17/2015

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