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American Teacher (2011)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $35,148Details
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As the debate over the state of America's public school system rages on, one thing everyone agrees on is the need for great teachers. Yet, while research proves that teachers are the most important school factor in a child's future success, America's teachers are so woefully underpaid that almost a third must divide their time between a second job in order to make a living. Chronicling the stories of four teachers in different areas of the country, American Teacher reveals the frustrating realities of today's educators, the difficulty of attracting talented new teachers, and why so many of our best teachers feel forced to leave the profession altogether.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 12,601-12,700) 12,630 $35,148
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 17,301-17,400) 17,378 $35,148
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 5,201-5,300) 5,225 $35,148

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

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: September 30th, 2011 (Limited) by First Run Features
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 81 minutes
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Keywords: Inspirational Teacher, Voiceover/Narration, Agitprop, Political
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: The Teacher Salary Project
Production Countries: United States


Matt Damon    Narrator


Erik Benner    Himself
Jonathan Dearman    Himself
Jamie Fidler    Herself
Rhena Jasey    Herself

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Production and Technical Credits

Vanessa Roth    Producer
Ninive Calegari    Producer
Dave Eggers    Producer
Brian McGinn    Co-Director
Brian McGinn    Editor
Livio Sanchez    Additional Editor
Thao Nguyen    Composer
Stefen Nadelman    Graphics/Animation
Jack Norflus    Sound
Jeff Edrich    Sound
Steve Shepherd    Sound Mixer

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for February 14th, 2012

February 14th, 2012

It's a really slow week at the box office with only one first run release, The Rum Diary, and it bombed in theaters. Paranormal Activity 3 is coming out on DVD this week, but it came out on Blu-ray a few weeks ago, so it is not much of a factor in terms of sales this week. In fact, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 will likely lead the sales charts, despite coming out on Saturday. As for the best of the new releases, Take Shelter on DVD or Blu-ray is probably the best, but I'm still waiting for the screener to confirm that. More...

Per Theater Chart: Taking the High Road

October 5th, 2011

There were only a couple films to topped the $10,000 mark on this week's per theater chart, while many more failed to reach the Mendoza Line. We find Munger Road on the high end with $36,605 in its lone theater. Meanwhile, Take Shelter was the only other film in the $10,000 club with an average of $17,347. Both film should expand, but the latter should have a better shot at earning some mainstream success over the former. More...

Limited Releases vs. Evil

September 30th, 2011

The list of limited releases this week includes a few films that are earning amazing reviews while going after very different target audiences. Take Shelter should please fans of art house dramas and has the best shot at earning some measure of mainstream success. Benda Bilili! is the best bet for fans of documentaries, but its potential to expand is more limited. Meanwhile, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is anything but the typical art house film, but its reviews are so good that it deserves to find an audience, even if it has to wait till the home market to do so. More...

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2011/09/30 88 $6,036   2 $3,018   $6,036 1
2011/10/07 84 $5,860 -3% 1 $5,860   $16,725 2
2011/10/14 130 $104 -98% 1 $104   $24,453 3
2011/10/28 108 $788   1 $788   $26,356 5
2011/11/04 100 $1,735 +120% 2 $868   $30,150 6
2011/12/16 86 $994   2 $497   $32,280 12

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2011/09/30 81 $10,865   2 $5,433   $10,865 1
2011/10/07 75 $13,484 +24% 1 $13,484   $24,349 2
2011/10/14 128 $170 -99% 1 $170   $24,519 3
2011/10/21 114 $1,049 +517% 1 $1,049   $25,568 4
2011/10/28 95 $2,847 +171% 1 $2,847   $28,415 5
2011/11/04 100 $1,897 -33% 2 $949   $30,312 6
2011/11/11 102 $974 -49% 2 $487   $31,286 7
2011/12/16 81 $1,858   2 $929   $33,144 12
2012/03/23 104 $224   1 $224   $35,148 26

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