Waiting for Superman

Waiting for Superman poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $6,417,135Details
International Box Office $28,931
Worldwide Box Office $6,446,066
Further financial details...

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Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
89% - Certified Fresh
Audience
84% - Upright

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: September 24th, 2010 (Limited) by Paramount Vantage
Video Release: February 15th, 2011 by Paramount Home Video, released as Waiting for "Superman"
MPAA Rating: PG for some thematic material, mild language and incidental smoking
(Rating bulletin 2121, 5/19/2010)
Running Time: 102 minutes
Keywords: Agitprop, Political, Academics
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Genre:Documentary
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Participant Media

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Waiting for Superman

Waiting for Superman was one of the highest grossing documentaries of 2010 and not only did it earn stellar reviews, but for a while it seemed like it would be a lock to win the Oscar for Best Feature-Length Documentary. ... Then it wasn't even nominated. There's a large gap between "Not nominated for an Oscar" and "Not worth seeing", so I still have very high hopes for the film, but it does raise the question of whether the Oscar voters were right or not. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for February 15th, 2011

It's another really slow week for DVD / Blu-ray releases with a total of one first run release of note. There are a few other smaller releases, as well as catalog titles, etc., The biggest release of the week is also arguably the best, Unstoppable on Blu-ray. And while the release date is bizarre, Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol on Blu-ray is also worth picking up. Also of note is Despicable Me, which came out a couple months ago, but the Blu-ray Combo Pack just arrived last week. More...

Awards Season: King of the PGAs

Producers Guild of America announced their winners this weekend and there are some interesting wins that may have changed the odds come Oscar night, as well as one that was as predictable as they come. More...

Awards Season: No Dark Horses for DGA

The Directors Guild of America spreads out the nomination process, but the last of the theatrical categories were announced today. The guild hands out awards in nearly a dozen categories, but only two for theatrical release. Two categories, ten nominations, and only one that wasn't completely foreseen. More...

Awards Season: PGA Doesn't Toy With Expectations

Producers Guild of America announced the nominations in seven categories, three of which are for theatrical releases. Like last year, there was only one repeat nominee, and again like last year, it was a Pixar release. More...

127 is Number One on Per Theater Chart

There were a few limited releases to reach the $10,000 mark on the per theater chart this past weekend. 127 Hours lead the way with an impressive average of $66,213 in four theaters. Fair*Game was well back with $14,154, but it opened in 46 theaters, so this is a much better indicator of its chances to expand. The overall box office leader, MegaMind, was the only other film in the $10,000 club with an average of $11,668, but the second place film, Due Date, came very close with an average of $9,743. More...

New Releases Fail Inspection on the Per Theater Chart

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Nothing Comes Before Hereafter on the Per Theater Chart

Clint Eastwood's latest film, Hereafter, topped the per theater chart over the weekend with an impressive average of $36,720 in six theaters. It expands wide on Friday, so this fast start was important. The overall box office leader, Jackass 3D, was well back in second place with an average of $16,343, but that's amazing for this type of movie and this time of year. Vision managed $11,406 in its lone theater, while Carlos opened with an average of $10,003 in two theaters, which is literally one ticket away from missing the $10,000 mark. More...

Inside Doing Its Job on the Per Theater Chart

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New Releases were Far from Super on Per Theater Chart

Not a lot of action on the per theater chart this week with only one film, Waiting for Superman, topping $10,000. It managed an average of $12,026 during its second weekend of release, but it also saw significant expansion and by this time next week will have crossed the $1 million milestone. More...

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Some Super New Releases on Per Theater Chart

There were three films that topped $10,000 on the per theater chart, including one that topped $30,000. That film was Waiting for Superman, which pulled in an average of $34,758 in four theaters. However, its prospects for a wide expansion are limited, since it is a documentary. Second place went to You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger with and average of $26,684 in six theaters, but it likely has a better chance at significant expansion. The final $10,000 film was Enter the Void with an average of $14,550 in three theaters. More...

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Waiting for Super Limited Releases

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Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2010/09/24 - $52,652   4 $13,163   $52,652 1
2010/09/25 - $48,603 -8% 4 $12,151   $101,255 2
2010/09/26 - $37,778 -22% 4 $9,445   $139,033 3
2010/09/27 - $14,340 -62% 4 $3,585   $153,373 4
2010/09/28 - $13,164 -8% 4 $3,291   $166,537 5
2010/09/29 - $13,660 +4% 4 $3,415   $180,197 6
2010/09/30 - $12,537 -8% 4 $3,134   $192,734 7
2010/10/01 15 $158,305 +1,163% 34 $4,656   $351,039 8
2010/10/02 - $143,342 -9% 34 $4,216   $494,381 9
2010/10/03 - $107,226 -25% 34 $3,154   $601,607 10
2010/10/04 - $32,435 -70% 34 $954   $634,042 11
2010/10/05 - $45,417 +40% 34 $1,336   $679,459 12
2010/10/06 - $44,478 -2% 34 $1,308   $723,937 13
2010/10/07 15 $51,014 +15% 34 $1,500   $774,951 14
2010/10/08 - $256,151 +402% 103 $2,487   $1,031,102 15
2010/10/09 - $221,106 -14% 103 $2,147   $1,252,208 16
2010/10/10 - $165,048 -25% 103 $1,602   $1,417,256 17
2010/10/11 - $120,262 -27% 103 $1,168   $1,537,518 18
2010/10/12 - $68,712 -43% 103 $667   $1,606,230 19
2010/10/13 16 $78,963 +15% 103 $767   $1,685,193 20
2010/10/14 - $95,157 +21% 103 $924   $1,780,350 21
2010/10/15 16 $261,510 +175% 182 $1,437   $2,041,860 22
2010/10/16 18 $298,833 +14% 182 $1,642   $2,340,693 23
2010/10/17 18 $182,382 -39% 182 $1,002   $2,523,075 24
2010/10/18 - $78,551 -57% 182 $432   $2,601,626 25
2010/10/19 12 $107,581 +37% 182 $591   $2,709,207 26
2010/10/20 11 $111,525 +4% 182 $613   $2,820,732 27
2010/10/21 12 $109,046 -2% 182 $599   $2,929,778 28
2010/10/22 - $277,958 +155% 290 $958   $3,207,736 29
2010/10/23 - $288,096 +4% 290 $993   $3,495,832 30
2010/10/24 - $208,448 -28% 290 $719   $3,704,280 31
2010/10/25 - $82,367 -60% 290 $284   $3,786,647 32
2010/10/26 - $86,904 +6% 290 $300   $3,873,551 33
2010/10/27 11 $107,391 +24% 290 $370   $3,980,942 34
2010/10/28 12 $96,884 -10% 290 $334   $4,077,826 35
2010/10/29 - $176,747 +82% 330 $536   $4,254,573 36
2010/10/30 - $214,918 +22% 330 $651   $4,469,491 37
2010/10/31 - $123,618 -42% 330 $375   $4,593,109 38
2010/11/01 - $87,195 -29% 330 $264   $4,680,304 39
2010/11/02 - $108,170 +24% 330 $328   $4,788,474 40
2010/11/03 12 $110,806 +2% 330 $336   $4,899,280 41
2010/11/04 12 $113,563 +2% 330 $344   $5,012,843 42
2010/11/05 - $122,459 +8% 242 $506   $5,135,302 43
2010/11/06 - $172,073 +41% 242 $711   $5,307,375 44
2010/11/07 - $100,705 -41% 242 $416   $5,408,080 45
2010/11/08 - $43,138 -57% 242 $178   $5,451,218 46
2010/11/09 - $57,170 +33% 242 $236   $5,508,388 47
2010/11/10 - $70,656 +24% 242 $292   $5,579,044 48
2010/11/11 15 $97,625 +38% 242 $403   $5,676,669 49
2010/11/12 - $68,216 -30% 204 $334   $5,744,885 50
2010/11/13 - $87,797 +29% 204 $430   $5,832,682 51
2010/11/14 - $59,197 -33% 204 $290   $5,891,879 52
2010/11/15 - $24,049 -59% 204 $118   $5,915,928 53
2010/11/16 - $27,779 +16% 204 $136   $5,943,707 54
2010/11/17 - $36,089 +30% 204 $177   $5,979,796 55
2010/11/18 - $41,659 +15% 204 $204   $6,021,455 56
2010/11/19 - $28,239 -32% 204 $138   $6,049,694 57
2010/11/20 - $48,827 +73% 204 $239   $6,098,521 58
2010/11/21 - $31,945 -35% 204 $157   $6,130,466 59
2010/11/22 - $17,696 -45% 204 $87   $6,148,162 60
2010/11/23 - $25,330 +43% 204 $124   $6,173,492 61
2010/11/24 - $12,572 -50% 69 $182   $6,186,064 62
2010/11/25 - $6,167 -51% 69 $89   $6,192,231 63
2010/11/26 - $23,693 +284% 69 $343   $6,215,924 64
2010/11/27 - $22,627 -4% 69 $328   $6,238,551 65
2010/11/28 - $14,243 -37% 69 $206   $6,252,794 66
2010/11/29 - $11,387 -20% 69 $165   $6,264,181 67
2010/11/30 - $4,617 -59% 69 $67   $6,268,798 68
2010/12/01 - $6,923 +50% 69 $100   $6,275,721 69
2010/12/02 - $5,214 -25% 69 $76   $6,280,935 70
2010/12/03 - $13,984 +168% 85 $165   $6,294,919 71
2010/12/04 - $15,108 +8% 85 $178   $6,310,027 72
2010/12/05 - $11,405 -25% 85 $134   $6,321,432 73
2010/12/06 - $4,067 -64% 85 $48   $6,325,499 74
2010/12/07 - $10,003 +146% 85 $118   $6,335,502 75
2010/12/08 - $8,560 -14% 85 $101   $6,344,062 76
2010/12/09 - $7,170 -16% 85 $84   $6,351,232 77
2010/12/10 - $4,579 -36% 55 $83   $6,355,811 78
2010/12/11 - $8,106 +77% 55 $147   $6,363,917 79
2010/12/12 - $7,963 -2% 55 $145   $6,371,880 80
2010/12/13 - $7,686 -3% 55 $140   $6,379,566 81
2010/12/14 - $8,444 +10% 55 $154   $6,388,010 82
2010/12/15 - $4,790 -43% 55 $87   $6,392,800 83
2010/12/16 - $9,374 +96% 55 $170   $6,402,174 84
2010/12/17 - $1,781 -81% 33 $54   $6,403,955 85
2010/12/18 - $3,571 +101% 33 $108   $6,407,526 86
2010/12/19 - $2,731 -24% 33 $83   $6,410,257 87
2010/12/20 - $1,822 -33% 33 $55   $6,412,079 88
2010/12/21 - $2,255 +24% 33 $68   $6,414,334 89
2010/12/22 - $1,114 -51% 33 $34   $6,415,448 90
2010/12/23 - $1,687 +51% 33 $51   $6,417,135 91

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2010/09/24 37 $139,033   4 $34,758   $139,033 3
2010/10/01 19 $408,873 +194% 34 $12,026   $601,607 10
2010/10/08 16 $642,305 +57% 103 $6,236   $1,417,256 17
2010/10/15 18 $742,725 +16% 182 $4,081   $2,523,075 24
2010/10/22 13 $774,502 +4% 290 $2,671   $3,704,280 31
2010/10/29 16 $515,283 -33% 330 $1,561   $4,593,109 38
2010/11/05 19 $395,237 -23% 242 $1,633   $5,408,080 45
2010/11/12 24 $215,210 -46% 204 $1,055   $5,891,879 52
2010/11/19 29 $109,011 -49% 118 $924   $6,130,466 59
2010/11/26 41 $60,563 -44% 69 $878   $6,252,794 66
2010/12/03 41 $40,497 -33% 85 $476   $6,321,432 73
2010/12/10 49 $20,648 -49% 55 $375   $6,371,880 80
2010/12/17 56 $8,083 -61% 33 $245   $6,410,257 87

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