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Waiting for Lightning (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $19,537Details
International Box Office $3,557Details
Worldwide Box Office $23,094
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The inspirational story of skateboarder Danny Way. The film follows the journey of a young boy from a broken home in Vista, CA, whose passion for skateboarding would one day bring him fame and a lifetime of accomplishments. Way's drive has no limits as exemplified by his creation captured on screen, a ramp of prodigious and dangerous proportions, across many cultural and ideological boundaries to attempt the impossible: jump China's Great Wall on a skateboard. It's a film about how much abuse the body can sustain, how deep you have to dig to survive the challenges life presents, and how high and far dreams can fly. Danny Way has not only proven himself to be an incredibly talented skateboarder but also the sport's greatest innovator. In his quest for greatness, Way continues to shape the very sport which helped save his own life.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office 12,911 $19,537
All Time International Box Office 9,029 $3,557
All Time Worldwide Box Office 15,808 $23,094
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies 5,546 $19,537

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: December 7th, 2012 (Limited) by Samuel Goldwyn Films
Video Release: March 5th, 2013 by First Run Home
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for dangerous sports action, some language and thematic material involving drugs and alcohol.
(Rating bulletin 2240, 9/12/2012)
Running Time: 87 minutes
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Keywords: Skateboarding, Inspirational Sports, World Record Attempt, Dysfunctional Family
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Bandito Brothers, DC Shoes
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest Domestic Opening Weekend 8,342 $19,537 Dec 7, 2012 3
Biggest Opening Weekend Limited Release 3,432 $19,537 Dec 7, 2012 3
Theater Average Opening Weekend Limited Release 5,608 $1,776 Dec 7, 2012 3
Theater Average Limited Release 22,179 $1,776 Dec 7, 2012 3
Top 2012 Theater Average Limited Release 828 $1,776 Dec 7, 2012 3
Never Wide Domestic 6,708 $19,537 Dec 7, 2012 0
Never No. 1 Domestic 10,162 $19,537 Dec 7, 2012 0
Widest Expansion Limited Release 7,244 0 Dec 7, 2012 0


Danny Way    Himself
Travis Pastrana    Himself
Laird Hamilton    Himself
Rodney Mullen    Himself
Mat Hoffman    Himself
Ken Block    Himself
Rob Dyrdek    Himself
Tony Hawk    Himself

Production and Technical Credits

Editor    Carol Martori
Screenwriter    Bret Anthony Johnston
Producer    Hana Ripperger-Suhler
Producer    Jacob Rosenberg
Producer    Max Leitman
Producer    Darryl Franklin
Executive Producer    Mouse McCoy
Executive Producer    Scott Waugh
Executive Producer    Ray Ibe
Executive Producer    Jay Pollak
Associate Producer    Pam 'Zam' Zamoscianyk
Cinematographer    Michael Svitak
Music Furst    Nathan Furst
Music Supervisor    Rudy Chung

Per Theater Chart: Hyde Hits it Out of the Park

December 11th, 2012

Hyde Park on the Hudson opened on top of the per theater chart with an average of $20,341 in four theaters. That is good for a limited release, but bad for a potential Awards Season contender, which is how many people saw the film prior to its release. Additionally, with weak reviews, it has little hope at long legs. Burn was much further back at $13,602, also in four theaters. Rust and Bone saw its theater count double to four, but its per theater average actually grew to $13,015. Its word-of-mouth is outstanding. Beware of Mr. Baker remained in the $10,000 club with $10,349 in one theater. More...

Limited Releases and Me

December 7th, 2012

It is a really, really busy week for limited releases. However, of the more than a dozen films on this week's list, only one of them is earning overwhelmingly positive reviews, Wagner and Me. That film is a documentary, so even if it does perform well during its opening weekend, it likely won't find any mainstream success. All of the rest are either earning too few reviews to have a Tomatometer Score, or have overall negative reviews. Combined with the previously released Awards Season hopefuls, and there's too much competition for such weak films. More...

Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/12/07 59 $19,537   11 $1,776   $19,537 3

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/12/07 68 $19,537   11 $1,776   $19,537 7

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