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The Whale (2011)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $81,212Details
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Synopsis

Set on the rugged western coast of Vancouver Island and narrated by Ryan Reynolds, THE WHALE describes what happens when Luna, a baby orca, gets separated from his family and unexpectedly starts making contact with people along a scenic fjord called Nootka Sound. Because orcas are highly social beings who spend their lives traveling with their pods, Luna attempts to find a surrogate family among the area residents, much to their delight. But as word spreads about Luna, people become torn between their love for the lonely young whale and fears that human contact might harm him. As Luna's determination and charm change human lives all around him and make the unexpected the norm on Nootka Sound, the film becomes an unforgettable narrative about the mysteries, the dangers - and the promise - of friendship across forbidden boundaries.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
Critics
81% - Fresh
Audience
84% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: September 9th, 2011 (Limited) by Paladin
MPAA Rating: G
(Rating bulletin 2147, 11/17/2010)
Running Time: 85 minutes
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Keywords: Voiceover/Narration, Animal Lead, Animal Rights
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Genre:Documentary
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Telefilm Canada, Theatrical Documentary Program, Mountianside Films
Production Countries: Canada

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 39th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 165 $659 Jun 1, 2012 269
Biggest 36th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 199 $595 May 11, 2012 248
Biggest 33rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 261 $554 Apr 20, 2012 227
Biggest 31st Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 302 $982 Apr 6, 2012 213
Biggest 29th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 436 $266 Mar 23, 2012 199
Biggest 27th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 575 $161 Mar 9, 2012 185
Biggest 26th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 594 $786 Mar 2, 2012 178
Biggest 25th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 602 $1,496 Feb 24, 2012 171
Biggest 24th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 782 $677 Feb 17, 2012 164
Biggest 23rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 914 $548 Feb 10, 2012 157
Biggest 22nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,164 $115 Feb 3, 2012 150
Biggest 21st Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,260 $553 Jan 27, 2012 143
Biggest 19th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,549 $1,109 Jan 13, 2012 129
Biggest 18th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,509 $3,631 Jan 6, 2012 122
Biggest 17th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,995 $1,615 Dec 30, 2011 115
Biggest 16th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,619 $290 Dec 23, 2011 108
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,715 $1,028 Dec 16, 2011 101
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,081 $998 Dec 9, 2011 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,525 $707 Dec 2, 2011 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,096 $6,604 Nov 25, 2011 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,426 $7,254 Nov 18, 2011 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,614 $1,275 Nov 11, 2011 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,459 $4,917 Nov 4, 2011 59
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,860 $2,226 Oct 21, 2011 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,166 $3,183 Oct 14, 2011 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,296 $757 Oct 7, 2011 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,114 $4,556 Sep 30, 2011 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,919 $4,314 Sep 23, 2011 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 9,761 $1,394 Sep 16, 2011 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 10,389 $4,835 Sep 9, 2011 3

Cast

Ryan Reynolds    Narrator

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Director   
Screenwriter    Michael Parfit
Producer    Michael Parfit
Producer    Suzanne Chisholm
Executive Producer    Ryan Reynolds
Executive Producer    Scarlett Johansson
Executive Producer    Eric Desatnik
Executive Producer    Suzanne Chisholm
Editor    Michael Parfit
Composer    David Parfitt
Composer    Tobin Stokes
Director of Photography    Suzanne Chisholm
Director of Photography    Michael Parfit
Associate Producer    Alanna Komisar
Associate Producer    Vicki Komisar
Sound Mixer    David Parfitt
Re-recording Mixer    Frank Morrone
Re-recording Mixer    Tony Gort
Sound Designer    David Parfitt

Per Theater Chart: Laughing at the Competition

September 14th, 2011

There was only one film to reach the $10,000 mark on the per theater chart, but it did it with style. Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain earned just under $2 million in 98 theaters for an average of $19,474. I wasn't expecting it to earn $2 million in total. More...

Turning Limited Releases Inside Out

September 9th, 2011

There is a lot of excitement when it comes to specialty films and potential Awards Season players, because it's time for the Toronto International Film Festival. Unfortunately for those not in Toronto, your choices are a lot more limited. Fortunately for those not in Toronto, you are not in Toronto. (I'm Canadian, so I'm constitutionally obligated to make fun of Toronto.) There are a few new limited releases earning good reviews, but far more that critics are a lot less kind to, and none seem destined for significant box office success. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/09/09 96 $4,835   2 $2,418   $4,835 3
2011/09/16 115 $1,394 -71% 2 $697   $8,481 10
2011/09/23 99 $4,314 +209% 1 $4,314   $13,416 17
2011/09/30 91 $4,556 +6% 2 $2,278   $18,779 24
2011/10/07 118 $757 -83% 1 $757   $20,542 31
2011/10/14 107 $3,183 +320% 2 $1,592   $23,947 38
2011/10/21 109 $2,226 -30% 1 $2,226   $27,461 45
2011/11/04 84 $4,917   2 $2,459   $32,760 59
2011/11/11 102 $1,275 -74% 1 $1,275   $38,231 66
2011/11/18 69 $7,254 +469% 5 $1,451   $45,643 73
2011/11/25 70 $6,604 -9% 2 $3,302   $53,991 80
2011/12/02 96 $707 -89% 1 $707   $55,224 87
2011/12/09 95 $998 +41% 1 $998   $56,222 94
2011/12/16 85 $1,028 +3% 1 $1,028   $57,986 101
2011/12/23 76 $290 -72% 1 $290   $58,728 108
2011/12/30 74 $1,615 +457% 3 $538   $61,120 115
2012/01/06 71 $3,631 +125% 3 $1,210   $65,121 122
2012/01/13 85 $1,109 -69% 3 $370   $66,421 129
2012/01/27 91 $553   1 $553   $68,083 143
2012/02/03 91 $115 -79% 1 $115   $68,285 150
2012/02/10 98 $548 +377% 1 $548   $69,267 157
2012/02/17 97 $677 +24% 1 $677   $69,944 164
2012/02/24 93 $1,496 +121% 1 $1,496   $71,873 171
2012/03/02 103 $786 -47% 1 $786   $72,742 178
2012/03/09 112 $161 -80% 1 $161   $76,171 185
2012/03/23 100 $266   1 $266   $76,447 199
2012/04/06 83 $982   1 $982   $77,617 213
2012/04/20 105 $554   1 $554   $78,672 227
2012/05/11 110 $595   1 $595   $80,017 248
2012/06/01 107 $659   1 $659   $81,212 269

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/09/09 94 $7,087   2 $3,544   $7,087 7
2011/09/16 115 $2,015 -72% 2 $1,008   $9,102 14
2011/09/23 98 $5,121 +154% 1 $5,121   $14,223 21
2011/09/30 90 $5,562 +9% 2 $2,781   $19,785 28
2011/10/07 115 $978 -82% 1 $978   $20,764 35
2011/10/14 100 $4,324 +342% 2 $2,162   $25,235 42
2011/10/21 98 $2,608 -40% 1 $2,608   $27,843 49
2011/11/04 80 $9,113   2 $4,557   $36,956 63
2011/11/11 100 $1,434 -84% 1 $1,434   $38,390 70
2011/11/18 78 $8,998 +527% 5 $1,800   $47,387 77
2011/11/25 71 $7,131 -21% 2 $3,566   $54,517 84
2011/12/02 91 $707 -90% 1 $707   $55,224 91
2011/12/09 87 $1,734 +145% 1 $1,734   $56,958 98
2011/12/16 83 $1,480 -15% 1 $1,480   $58,438 105
2011/12/23 82 $1,067 -28% 1 $1,067   $59,505 112
2011/12/30 77 $1,985 +86% 3 $662   $61,490 119
2012/01/06 71 $4,723 +138% 3 $1,574   $66,213 126
2012/01/13 88 $1,317 -72% 3 $439   $67,530 133
2012/01/27 84 $640   1 $640   $68,170 147
2012/02/03 86 $549 -14% 1 $549   $68,719 154
2012/02/10 90 $548 n/c 1 $548   $69,267 161
2012/02/17 106 $1,110 +103% 1 $1,110   $70,377 168
2012/02/24 97 $1,579 +42% 1 $1,579   $71,956 175
2012/03/02 84 $4,054 +157% 1 $4,054   $76,010 182
2012/03/09 116 $171 -96% 1 $171   $76,181 189
2012/03/23 100 $454   1 $454   $76,635 203
2012/04/06 98 $1,483   1 $1,483   $77,930 217
2012/05/04 105 $750   1 $750   $79,422 245
2012/05/11 104 $1,131 +51% 1 $1,131   $80,553 252

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