Water for Elephants

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $58,709,717Details
International Box Office $58,100,000
Worldwide Box Office $116,809,717
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $15,272,845 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $3,025,207 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $18,298,052
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Synopsis

Veterinary school student Jacob meets and falls in love with Marlena, a star performer in a circus of a bygone era. They discover beauty amidst the world of the Big Top, and come together through their compassion for a special elephant. Against all odds -- including the wrath of Marlena's charismatic but dangerous husband, August -- Jacob and Marlena find lifelong love.

Metrics

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

Movie Details

Production Budget:$38,000,000
Theatrical Release: April 22nd, 2011 (Wide) by 20th Century Fox
Video Release: November 1st, 2011 by Fox Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for moments of intense violence and sexual content.
(Rating bulletin 2166, 4/6/2011)
Keywords: Addiction, Voiceover/Narration, Boss From Hell, Circus, Young Child Dealing with the Death of a Parent, Foreign Language, Same Role, Multiple Actors, Coming of Age, Non-Chronological, Relationships Gone Wrong, Cross-Class Romance, Performing Arts, Animal Lead, Romance, Road Trip, Orphan
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Fox 2000 Pictures, Dune Entertainment, Ingenious Media, Big Screen Prods, 3 Arts Entertainment, Gil Netter, Flashpoint Entertainment

DVD Sales: Victory Lap for Cars 2

While there were only four new releases to reach the top 30 on this week's DVD Sales Chart, three of them took the top three spots. Cars 2 earned first place with ease, selling 1.98 million units and generating $31.24 million in opening week sales. More...

Blu-ray Sales: The Checkered Flag goes to Cars Too

Not only did Cars 2 lead the way on the DVD sales chart, it led the way on the Blu-ray sales chart as well. It dominated new releases and holdovers alike, selling 1.76 million units and generating $44.57 million in opening week sales. Its opening Blu-ray ratio was 47%, which is very good for a kids movie and an unexpected boon for the format. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for November 1st, 2011

The selection of home market releases is rather soft this week. Sure, Cars 2 was a major hit at the box office, but it is the only major hit on this week's list. The best selling TV on DVD release is Californication, which is a cable show, while the top ten selling titles according to Amazon.com include limited releases, catalogue titles and direct-to-DVD releases. There are more second-tier Christmas releases than any other type of release. There are far fewer titles that are worth picking up than last week, and the the Pick of the Week contenders are even more limited. Transformers: Beast Wars comes out on a Complete Series Collection and that could be Pick of the Week material, but I'm still waiting for the screener. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Water for Elephants

Water for Elephants is yet another attempt by a Twilight alumnus to prove they can be a box office draw. This time its Robert Pattinson and, while the film did better than Remember Me, it wasn't exactly a blockbuster. The question of his box office drawing power won't be answered with this film, but will those who do see, want to see more from the actor? More...

International Box Office: Fast Five Laps Competition

Fast Five remained in top spot on the international chart with $58.34 million on 8,819 screens in 61 markets for totals of $272.24 million internationally and $441.93 million worldwide. The film's only major market opening was in China, where it grabbed $9.1 million, which was easily enough for first place. It remained in first place in France ($4.97 million on 500 screens) and in Mexico ($4.77 million on 1,003) while it now has $15.17 million and $17.22 million in those two markets respectively. Its biggest market so far has been Russia, where it has earned $27.39 million after three weeks of release, including $2.53 million on 752 screens this past weekend. At this point, $600 million worldwide is becoming very likely, even with few additional markets left to open in. In fact, its next major market is Japan, but it doesn't open there till October. More...

International Box Office: Fast Five Takes Pole Position

Fast Five expanded worldwide and stormed into first place with $85.77 million on 7,363 screens in 58 markets for a total of $184.54 million internationally and $324.32 million worldwide. This is the biggest international weekend for an Universal film ever, just edging out King Kong's debut. It opened in 44 markets, finishing in first place in all of them. Highlights include France with $9.13 million on 500 screens, Mexico with $6.99 million on 1,743, Brazil with $4.85 million on 517, and Italy with $4.78 million on 533 screens over the weekend and $7.04 million in total. Meanwhile, the film held onto first place in Russia with $5.15 million on 1,100 screens over the weekend for a massive total of $22.64 million after two and it also repeated on top in Germany with $4.61 million on 645 screens over the weekend for a total of $16.72 million, also after two. Finally, the film completed the hattrick in Australia, leading the way for the third weekend in a row, with $1.97 million on 349 screens over the weekend lifting its total to $23.11 million. Fast Five doesn't have many more markets left to open in, but it is already an overwhelming success, so the studio should be ecstatic, so much so that extending the franchise is practically guaranteed at this point. More...

Fast Five Laps Competition

There's finally reason to celebrate at the box office as Fast Five surpassed even the high end expectations and helped the overall box office numbers to their best levels of the year at $159 million. This was up 17% from last weekend and was a stunning 56% improvement over the same weekend last year. Granted, 2011 still lags behind 2010 by $500 million at $3.04 billion to $3.54 billion, but this is great news in the short term, and perhaps its a sign of strength to come. More...

Weekend Predictions: Going for the Hat Trick

Analysts are optimistic this week, and for good reason. Not only is one of the most anticipated films of the spring opening this week, it is opening with better than expected reviews and with buzz that is growing at the right time. There's an outside chance that the number one film this year will earn more than the top ten films earned this weekend last year. Even if the top film misses expectations by a 50% margin, 2011 should still earn its third victory in a row in the year-over-year comparison. More...

Easter Sweetens Box Office Results

That's two wins in a row. This weekend pulled in $136 million, which was 5% higher than last weekend and an impressive 37% higher than the same weekend last year. Granted, Easter landed on a different weekend last year, but this is still an impressive win. Also, it helped 2011 close the gap on 2010 to 17% at $2.84 billion to $3.41 billion. It still going to take a lot just to catch up by the end of the year, but at least there's some reason to be optimistic going into the summer. More...

Weekend Preview: Can Madea Keep the Box Office Healthy?

The box office is looking to extend its winning streak to two this weekend. There is some great news regarding that goal, as this time last year was really poor, with the three new releases earning less than $30 million combined. I would be shocked if Madea's Big Happy Family opened with less than that. With the Easter holiday, Rio and Hop should hold on well and 2011 should finally start digging itself out of the huge hole it is in. More...

2011 Preview: April

Another month has gone by and 2011 has slipped further behind 2010's pace. March was a bit of an improvement over the first two months, but only in the most generous of terms. It still lost ground to 2010, but not at the same disastrous pace as January and February did. There is some good news, as last April was rather weak and there's a chance 2011 could actually gain ground. After all, only Clash of the Titans earned $100 million last year (although Date Night came awfully close). This year, there are three or four films that could hit the century mark. That would be welcome news indeed. On a side note, April is usually a bit of a dumping ground as studios fear going head-to-head with summer blockbusters opening in May. However, I get the feeling that this year they are hoping to extend summer by having it open a couple of weeks early. Maybe they'll succeed. More...

Cast

Reese Witherspoon    Marlena
Robert Pattinson    Jacob
Christoph Waltz    August
Paul Schneider    Charlie
Jim Norton    Camel
Hal Holbrook    Old Jacob
Mark Povinelli    Kinko/Mark

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Gil Netter
Producer    Erwin Stoff
Producer    Andrew R. Tennenbaum
Executive Producer    Kevin Halloran
Director    Francis Lawrence
Screenwriter    Richard LaGravenese
Story Creator    Sara Gruen

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/04/22 3 $6,924,487   2,817 $2,458   $6,924,487 1
2011/04/23 3 $6,491,600 -6% 2,817 $2,304   $13,416,087 2
2011/04/24 3 $3,426,266 -47% 2,817 $1,216   $16,842,353 3
2011/04/25 3 $1,784,291 -48% 2,817 $633   $18,626,644 4
2011/04/26 2 $1,712,594 -4% 2,817 $608   $20,339,238 5
2011/04/27 2 $1,426,309 -17% 2,817 $506   $21,765,547 6
2011/04/28 2 $1,372,254 -4% 2,817 $487   $23,137,801 7
2011/04/29 4 $2,919,273 +113% 2,820 $1,035   $26,057,074 8
2011/04/30 4 $4,018,658 +38% 2,820 $1,425   $30,075,732 9
2011/05/01 3 $2,404,482 -40% 2,820 $853   $32,480,214 10
2011/05/02 2 $784,100 -67% 2,820 $278   $33,264,314 11
2011/05/03 2 $1,056,321 +35% 2,820 $375   $34,320,635 12
2011/05/04 2 $902,451 -15% 2,820 $320   $35,223,086 13
2011/05/05 2 $790,531 -12% 2,820 $280   $36,013,617 14
2011/05/06 6 $1,657,108 +110% 2,614 $634   $37,670,725 15
2011/05/07 6 $2,242,298 +35% 2,614 $858   $39,913,023 16
2011/05/08 6 $2,170,197 -3% 2,614 $830   $42,083,220 17
2011/05/09 5 $518,009 -76% 2,614 $198   $42,601,229 18
2011/05/10 5 $640,956 +24% 2,614 $245   $43,242,185 19
2011/05/11 5 $572,104 -11% 2,614 $219   $43,814,289 20
2011/05/12 5 $561,491 -2% 2,614 $215   $44,375,780 21
2011/05/13 8 $1,167,262 +108% 2,425 $481   $45,543,042 22
2011/05/14 8 $1,823,355 +56% 2,425 $752   $47,366,397 23
2011/05/15 8 $1,212,478 -34% 2,425 $500   $48,578,875 24
2011/05/16 8 $400,482 -67% 2,425 $165   $48,979,357 25
2011/05/17 8 $503,740 +26% 2,425 $208   $49,483,097 26
2011/05/18 7 $412,599 -18% 2,425 $170   $49,895,696 27
2011/05/19 8 $381,878 -7% 2,425 $157   $50,277,574 28
2011/05/20 9 $663,220 +74% 1,894 $350   $50,940,794 29
2011/05/21 9 $904,551 +36% 1,894 $478   $51,845,345 30
2011/05/22 9 $611,275 -32% 1,894 $323   $52,456,620 31
2011/05/23 9 $264,069 -57% 1,894 $139   $52,720,689 32
2011/05/24 9 $248,666 -6% 1,894 $131   $52,969,355 33
2011/05/25 8 $232,348 -7% 1,894 $123   $53,201,703 34
2011/05/26 11 $127,762 -45% 794 $161   $53,329,465 35
2011/05/27 12 $292,122 +129% 794 $368   $53,621,587 36
2011/05/28 12 $420,096 +44% 794 $529   $54,041,683 37
2011/05/29 12 $375,350 -11% 794 $473   $54,417,033 38
2011/05/30 12 $287,463 -23% 794 $362   $54,704,496 39
2011/05/31 12 $112,201 -61% 794 $141   $54,816,697 40
2011/06/01 12 $103,942 -7% 794 $131   $54,920,639 41
2011/06/02 12 $118,039 +14% 794 $149   $55,038,678 42
2011/06/03 11 $212,606 +80% 572 $372   $55,251,284 43
2011/06/04 12 $303,532 +43% 572 $531   $55,554,816 44
2011/06/05 13 $178,379 -41% 572 $312   $55,733,195 45
2011/06/06 11 $85,933 -52% 572 $150   $55,819,128 46
2011/06/07 10 $105,679 +23% 572 $185   $55,924,807 47
2011/06/08 11 $95,415 -10% 572 $167   $56,020,222 48
2011/06/09 12 $100,737 +6% 572 $176   $56,120,959 49
2011/06/10 14 $150,662 +50% 466 $323   $56,271,621 50
2011/06/11 14 $199,677 +33% 466 $428   $56,471,298 51
2011/06/12 13 $128,496 -36% 466 $276   $56,599,794 52
2011/06/13 13 $60,655 -53% 466 $130   $56,660,449 53
2011/06/14 14 $76,443 +26% 466 $164   $56,736,892 54
2011/06/15 13 $74,594 -2% 466 $160   $56,811,486 55
2011/06/16 13 $75,506 +1% 466 $162   $56,886,992 56
2011/06/17 - $99,164 +31% 351 $283   $56,986,156 57
2011/06/18 - $127,483 +29% 351 $363   $57,113,639 58
2011/06/19 - $78,530 -38% 351 $224   $57,192,169 59
2011/06/20 - $50,658 -35% 351 $144   $57,242,827 60
2011/06/21 - $62,907 +24% 351 $179   $57,305,734 61
2011/06/22 - $63,185 n/c 351 $180   $57,368,919 62
2011/06/23 - $64,683 +2% 351 $184   $57,433,602 63
2011/06/24 - $81,532 +26% 292 $279   $57,515,134 64
2011/06/25 - $105,140 +29% 292 $360   $57,620,274 65
2011/06/26 - $68,958 -34% 292 $236   $57,689,232 66
2011/06/27 - $36,692 -47% 292 $126   $57,725,924 67
2011/06/28 - $46,164 +26% 292 $158   $57,772,088 68
2011/06/29 - $40,041 -13% 292 $137   $57,812,129 69
2011/06/30 - $42,824 +7% 292 $147   $57,854,953 70
2011/07/01 - $51,176 +20% 234 $219   $57,906,129 71
2011/07/02 - $65,641 +28% 234 $281   $57,971,770 72
2011/07/03 - $54,497 -17% 234 $233   $58,026,267 73
2011/07/04 25 $35,244 -35% 234 $151   $58,061,511 74
2011/07/05 - $32,757 -7% 234 $140   $58,094,268 75
2011/07/06 - $34,394 +5% 234 $147   $58,128,662 76
2011/07/07 - $36,939 +7% 234 $158   $58,165,601 77
2011/07/08 - $39,580 +7% 168 $236   $58,205,181 78
2011/07/09 - $50,435 +27% 168 $300   $58,255,616 79
2011/07/10 - $34,750 -31% 168 $207   $58,290,366 80
2011/07/11 - $19,739 -43% 168 $117   $58,310,105 81
2011/07/12 - $22,409 +14% 168 $133   $58,332,514 82
2011/07/13 - $20,939 -7% 168 $125   $58,353,453 83
2011/07/14 - $19,810 -5% 168 $118   $58,373,263 84
2011/07/15 - $28,764 +45% 120 $240   $58,402,027 85
2011/07/16 - $34,620 +20% 120 $289   $58,436,647 86
2011/07/17 - $24,854 -28% 120 $207   $58,461,501 87
2011/07/18 - $13,718 -45% 120 $114   $58,475,219 88
2011/07/19 - $17,319 +26% 120 $144   $58,492,538 89
2011/07/20 - $17,828 +3% 120 $149   $58,510,366 90
2011/07/21 - $17,547 -2% 120 $146   $58,527,913 91
2011/07/22 - $21,985 +25% 120 $183   $58,549,898 92
2011/07/23 - $26,866 +22% 120 $224   $58,576,764 93
2011/07/24 - $17,270 -36% 120 $144   $58,594,034 94
2011/07/25 - $9,371 -46% 120 $78   $58,603,405 95
2011/07/26 - $12,255 +31% 120 $102   $58,615,660 96
2011/07/27 - $11,596 -5% 120 $97   $58,627,256 97
2011/07/28 - $11,893 +3% 120 $99   $58,639,149 98
2011/07/29 - $8,549 -28% 41 $209   $58,647,698 99
2011/07/30 - $9,700 +13% 41 $237   $58,657,398 100
2011/07/31 - $6,702 -31% 41 $163   $58,664,100 101
2011/08/01 - $4,257 -36% 41 $104   $58,668,357 102
2011/08/02 - $5,544 +30% 41 $135   $58,673,901 103
2011/08/03 - $5,393 -3% 41 $132   $58,679,294 104
2011/08/04 - $5,525 +2% 41 $135   $58,684,819 105

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/04/22 3 $16,842,353   2,817 $5,979   $16,842,353 3
2011/04/29 4 $9,342,413 -45% 2,820 $3,313   $32,480,214 10
2011/05/06 6 $6,069,603 -35% 2,614 $2,322   $42,083,220 17
2011/05/13 8 $4,203,095 -31% 2,425 $1,733   $48,578,875 24
2011/05/20 9 $2,179,046 -48% 1,894 $1,150   $52,456,620 31
2011/05/27 12 $1,087,568 -50% 794 $1,370   $54,417,033 38
2011/06/03 12 $694,517 -36% 572 $1,214   $55,733,195 45
2011/06/10 13 $478,835 -31% 466 $1,028   $56,599,794 52
2011/06/17 18 $305,177 -36% 351 $869   $57,192,169 59
2011/06/24 20 $255,630 -16% 292 $875   $57,689,232 66
2011/07/01 23 $171,314 -33% 234 $732   $58,026,267 73
2011/07/08 28 $124,765 -27% 168 $743   $58,290,366 80
2011/07/15 37 $88,238 -29% 120 $735   $58,461,501 87
2011/07/22 42 $66,121 -25% 91 $727   $58,594,034 94
2011/07/29 57 $24,951 -62% 41 $609   $58,664,100 101
2011/08/05 68 $15,428 -38% 24 $643   $58,700,247 108

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
11/6/20113358,129 358,129$5,615,463$5,615,4631
11/13/20117114,747-68% 472,876$1,799,233$7,414,6962
11/20/20111870,921-38% 543,797$1,129,062$8,543,7583
11/27/201125134,694+90% 678,491$1,152,981$9,696,7394
12/4/20111793,115-31% 771,606$1,368,790$11,065,5295

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
11/6/2011576,909 76,909$1,799,669$1,799,6691

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