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Apocalypse Now (1979)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $78,800,000Details
International Box Office $2,450,488Details
Worldwide Box Office $81,250,488
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $3,520,141 Details
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $4,938,842 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $8,458,983
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Movie Details

Production Budget:$31,500,000
Domestic Releases: August 15th, 1979 (Wide) by United Artists
Video Release: December 7th, 1992 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment
August 15th, 2006 by Paramount Home Video, released as Apocalypse Now - The Complete Dossier
MPAA Rating: R for disturbing violent images, language, sexual content and some drug use. (2001 director's cut)
Running Time: 153 minutes
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Keywords: Vietnam War, War
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Countries: United States

Leading Cast

   Captain Benjamin L. Willard

Supporting Cast

Marlon Brando    Col. Walter E. Kurtz
Robert Duvall    Lt. Col. William 'Bill' Kilgore
Sam Bottoms    Gunner's Mate 3rd Class (GM3) Lance B. Johnson
Albert Hall    Chief Quartermaster (QMC) Phillips
Frederic Forrest    Engineman 2nd Class (EN2) Jay Hicks/'Chef'
R. Lee Ermey    Eagle Thrust Seven Helicopter Pilot
Colleen Camp    Terri Turee
Laurence Fishburne    Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Tyrone Miller/Mr.Clean
Scott Glenn    Captain Richard Colby
Dennis Hopper    Photo Journalist


Harrison Ford    Col. G. Lucas


Jack Thibeau    Soldier in Trench
Francis Ford Coppola    Director of TV Crew

For a description of the different acting role types we use to categorize acting perfomances, see our Glossary.

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DVD Sales: Dragons Prey on New Releases

November 2nd, 2010

New releases failed to make much of an impact on this week's DVD sales chart with only one placing in the top five and only two or three others in the top 30. This left How to Train Your Dragon on top with an easy win at 1.42 million units for the week. This gives it totals of 3.29 million / $70.40 million in consumer spending at retail, which makes it the third-best-selling DVD for any 2010 theatrical release and the eighth-best-selling DVD of the year. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for October 19th, 2010

October 18th, 2010

There's a bit of a lull in activity on the home market this week, at least in terms of big sellers. The best selling release is Predators and while I recommend picking up the Blu-ray, the movie barely made $50 million at the box office, so I have realistic expectations regarding its sales potential. Meanwhile, the Pick of the Week is a classic from 1975, The Rocky Horror Picture Show - 35th Anniversary Blu-ray. More...

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
1979/08/17 5 $118,558   3 $39,519   $322,489 1

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Weekly Box Office Performance

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
8/20/20062146,727 46,727$606,984$606,9841

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
10/24/2010824,133 24,133$508,478$508,478219
10/31/2010158,985-63% 33,118$188,405$696,883220

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