War Horse

War Horse poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $79,883,359Details
International Box Office $76,932,170
Worldwide Box Office $156,815,529
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $29,628,429 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $12,445,255 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $42,073,684
Further financial details...

  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Full Financials
  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer

Synopsis

From director Steven Spielberg comes an emotional epic on a classic scale. It is the story of a miraculous horse in wartime - a stirring journey that explores a bond of friendship, loyalty and courage. Within the tale of a boy and the feisty colt he never stops believing in, there are sweeping battles, desperate escapes and an evocative odyssey through a world at war. But no matter where they go or what they experience both boy and horse keep forging ahead, driven by devotion and the hope of returning home. Adapted from one of the great modern stories of friendship and war, the film is drawn from the novel that sparked a rousing stage hit, garnering five Tony Awards®, including Best Play.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
77% - Certified Fresh
Audience
74% - Upright

Movie Details

Production Budget:$70,000,000
Domestic Releases: December 25th, 2011 (Wide) by Walt Disney
Video Release: April 3rd, 2012 by Buena Vista Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of war violence.
(Rating bulletin 2184, 8/10/2011)
Keywords: Orphan, Class Warfare, Dysfunctional Family, Addiction, Ensemble, Animal Lead, War, World War I
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: DreamWorks Pictures, Reliance BIG Entertainment, Amblin Entertainment, The Kennedy/Marshall Company

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Blu-ray Sales: War Horse wins by a Nose

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DVD and Blu-ray Releases for April 3rd, 2012

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Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/12/25 3 $7,515,402   2,376 $3,163   $7,515,402 1
2011/12/26 3 $7,012,570 -7% 2,376 $2,951   $14,527,972 2
2011/12/27 7 $4,172,543 -40% 2,376 $1,756   $18,700,515 3
2011/12/28 7 $3,714,009 -11% 2,376 $1,563   $22,414,524 4
2011/12/29 7 $3,614,519 -3% 2,376 $1,521   $26,029,043 5
2011/12/30 6 $4,697,820 +30% 2,547 $1,844   $30,726,863 6
2011/12/31 3 $5,625,334 +20% 2,547 $2,209   $36,352,197 7
2012/01/01 5 $4,099,575 -27% 2,547 $1,610   $40,451,772 8
2012/01/02 7 $3,638,014 -11% 2,547 $1,428   $44,089,786 9
2012/01/03 6 $1,566,288 -57% 2,547 $615   $45,656,074 10
2012/01/04 4 $1,305,586 -17% 2,547 $513   $46,961,660 11
2012/01/05 4 $1,263,552 -3% 2,547 $496   $48,225,212 12
2012/01/06 5 $2,596,021 +105% 2,783 $933   $50,821,233 13
2012/01/07 6 $3,843,049 +48% 2,783 $1,381   $54,664,282 14
2012/01/08 6 $2,240,400 -42% 2,783 $805   $56,904,682 15
2012/01/09 5 $673,361 -70% 2,783 $242   $57,578,043 16
2012/01/10 5 $983,968 +46% 2,783 $354   $58,562,011 17
2012/01/11 5 $849,358 -14% 2,783 $305   $59,411,369 18
2012/01/12 5 $760,594 -10% 2,783 $273   $60,171,963 19
2012/01/13 8 $1,635,519 +115% 2,856 $573   $61,807,482 20
2012/01/14 9 $2,358,608 +44% 2,856 $826   $64,166,090 21
2012/01/15 9 $1,929,001 -18% 2,856 $675   $66,095,091 22
2012/01/16 9 $1,427,409 -26% 2,856 $500   $67,522,500 23
2012/01/17 8 $600,112 -58% 2,856 $210   $68,122,612 24
2012/01/18 8 $512,296 -15% 2,856 $179   $68,634,908 25
2012/01/19 7 $499,770 -2% 2,856 $175   $69,134,678 26
2012/01/23 12 $281,333   2,525 $111   $72,566,513 30
2012/01/24 12 $376,837 +34% 2,525 $149   $72,943,350 31

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/12/23 7 $7,515,402   2,376 $3,163   $7,515,402 1
2011/12/30 5 $14,422,729 +92% 2,547 $5,663   $40,451,772 8
2012/01/06 6 $8,679,470 -40% 2,783 $3,119   $56,904,682 15
2012/01/13 8 $5,923,128 -32% 2,856 $2,074   $66,095,091 22
2012/01/20 12 $3,150,502 -47% 2,525 $1,248   $72,285,180 29
2012/01/27 18 $2,003,261 -36% 1,861 $1,076   $75,618,652 36
2012/02/03 22 $916,000 -54% 1,163 $788   $77,252,000 43
2012/02/10 26 $451,793 -51% 502 $900   $78,200,167 50
2012/02/17 31 $298,332 -34% 394 $757   $78,706,298 57
2012/02/24 36 $175,780 -41% 213 $825   $79,041,412 64
2012/03/09 44 $68,360   86 $795   $79,349,578 78
2012/03/16 36 $129,478 +89% 200 $647   $79,504,534 85
2012/03/23 41 $93,429 -28% 170 $550   $79,667,041 92
2012/03/30 46 $60,649 -35% 96 $632   $79,781,907 99
2012/04/06 59 $24,317 -60% 49 $496   $79,806,224 106
2012/04/13 70 $10,749 -56% 25 $430   $79,859,441 113
2012/04/20 68 $10,965 +2% 45 $244   $79,874,336 120
2012/04/27 90 $4,125 -62% 11 $375   $79,883,359 127

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
4/8/20123585,845 585,845$9,953,507$9,953,5071
4/15/20121250,053-57% 835,898$4,783,514$14,737,0202
4/22/20122205,320-18% 1,041,218$4,104,347$18,841,3673
4/29/2012492,366-55% 1,133,584$1,846,396$20,687,7644
5/6/2012956,701-39% 1,190,285$1,132,886$21,820,6505
5/13/20121748,692-14% 1,238,977$961,667$22,782,3176
5/20/20122122,678-53% 1,261,655$453,560$23,235,8777
5/27/20122720,087-11% 1,281,742$390,290$23,626,1678

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
4/8/20121270,056 270,056$6,894,530$6,894,5301
4/15/2012267,236-75% 337,292$2,013,060$8,907,5902
4/22/2012235,871-47% 373,163$1,075,758$9,983,3483
4/29/2012716,754-53% 389,917$502,294$10,485,6424
5/6/2012208,094-52% 398,011$242,589$10,728,2315

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Cast

Jeremy Irvine    Albert Narracott
Peter Mullan    Ted Narracott
Emily Watson    Rosie Narracott
Niels Arestrup    Grandfather
David Thewlis    Lyons
Tom Hiddleston    Capt. Nicholls
Benedict Cumberbatch    Maj. Jamie Stewart
Celine Buckens    Emilie
Toby Kebbell    Geordie Soldier
Patrick Kennedy    Lt. Charlie Waverly
Leonard Carow    Michael
David Kross    Gunther
Matt Milne    Andrew Easton
Robert Emms    David Lyons
Eddie Marsan    Sgt. Fry
Nicolas Bro    Friedrich
Rainer Bock    Brandt
Hinnerk Schonemann    German Soldier in No Man's Land
Gary Lydon    Si Easton
Geoff Bell    Sgt. Sam Perkins
Liam Cunningham    Army Doctor
Sebastian Hulk    German Officer at Farm
Gerard McSorley    Market Auctioneer
Tony Pitts    Sgt. Martin
Ifran Hussain    Sgt. Maj. Singh
Pip Torrens    Maj. Tompkins
Philippe Nahon    French Auctioneer
Jean-Claude Lecas    Butcher
Justin Brett    Motorbike Rider
Seamus O Neill    Devon Farmer #1
Pat Laffan    Devon Farmer #2
Trystan Putter    German Trench Soldier #1
Michael Ryan    British Trench Soldier #1
Peter McNeil O'Connor    British Trench Soldier #2
Gunnar Cauthery    German Trench Soldier #2
Julian Wadham    Trench Captian
Anian Zollner    Senior German Officer
Michael Kranz    Junior German Officer
Hannes Wegener    Trench Captain
David Dencik    Base Camp Officer
Edward Bennett    Cavalry Recruiting Officer
Johnny Harris    Infantry Recruiting Officer
Philip Hill-Pearson    Wounded Soldier
Tam Dean Burn    Medic in Trench
Alan Williams    Hospital Orderly
Thomas Arnold    Shouting German Soldier
Maximilian Brueckner    German Artillery Officer
Markus Tomczyk    German Artillery Officer
Peter Benedict    German Officer on Bridge
Callum Armstrong    Bagpiper
Roy Holder    Fred Goddard
Paul Alexander    Dave Hill
Maggie Ollerenshaw    Narracott's Neighbour
Beth Ogden    David Lyons' Girlfriend
Martin D. Dew    Lyons' Cronie

Production and Technical Credits

Director    Steven Spielberg
Screenwriter    Lee Hall
Screenwriter    Richard Curtis
Producer    Steven Spielberg
Producer    Kathleen Kennedy
Executive Producer    Frank Marshall
Executive Producer    Revel Guest
Co-Producer    Adam Somner
Co-Producer    Tracey Seaward
Director of Photography    Janusz Kaminski
Production Designer    Rick Carter
Editor    Michael Kahn
Costume Designer    Joanna Johnston
Composer    John Williams
Casting    Jina Jay
Based on the novel by    Michael Morpurgo
Based on the Stage Play 'War Horse" by Nick Stafford    Nick Stafford
Special Effects Supervisor    Neil Corbould

War Horse Trailer