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Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 (2011)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $4,752,353Details
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $5,770,221 Details
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $1,105,596 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $6,875,817
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Dagny Taggart runs Taggart Transcontinental, the largest remaining railroad company in America, with intelligence, courage and integrity, despite the systematic disappearance of her best and most competent workers. She is drawn to industrialist Henry Rearden, one of the few men whose genius and commitment to his own ideas match her own. Rearden's super-strength metal alloy, Rearden Metal, holds the promise that innovation can overcome the slide into anarchy. Using the untested Rearden Metal, they rebuild the critical Taggart rail line in Colorado and pave the way for oil titan Ellis Wyatt to feed the flame of a new American Renaissance. Hope rises again, when Dagny and Rearden discover the design of a revolutionary motor based on static electricity - in an abandoned engine factory - more proof to the sinister theory that the "men of the mind" (thinkers, industrialists, scientists, artists, and other innovators) are "on strike" and vanishing from society.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 6,001-6,100) 6,041 $4,752,353
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 8,001-8,100) 8,013 $4,752,353
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 501-600) 572 $4,752,353

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

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: April 15th, 2011 (Limited) by Rocky Mountain Pictures
Video Release: November 8th, 2011 by Fox Home Entertainment, released as Atlas Shrugged: Part I
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sexuality.
(Rating bulletin 2152, 12/22/2010)
Running Time: 97 minutes
Franchise: Atlas Shrugged
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Keywords: Dysfunctional Family, Conspiracy Theory, Political, Agitprop, Trains, Development Hell, Voiceover/Narration, Intertitle, Inheritance, Directing Yourself, Dystopia, Corporate Malfeasance, Government Corruption, Infidelity, Non-Chronological, Prologue, Cliffhanger Ending, Inventor
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Science Fiction
Production Companies: Harmon Kaslow & John Aglialoro Prods
Production Countries: United States

Leading Cast

   Dagny Taggart

Supporting Cast

Grant Bowler    Henry Rearden
Matthew Marsden    James Taggart
Edi Gathegi    Eddie Willers
Graham Beckel    Ellis Wyatt
Jsu Garcia    Francisco D'Anconia
Jon Polito    Orren Boyle
Michael Lerner    Wesley Mouch
Rebecca Wisocky    Lillian Rearden
Neill Barry    Phillip Rearden
Paul Johansson    John Galt
Armin Shimerman    Dr. Potter
Navid Negahban    Dr. Robert Stadler

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

Production and Technical Credits

Harmon Kaslow    Producer
John Aglialoro    Producer
Mike Marvin    Executive Producer
Howard Baldwin    Executive Producer
Karen Baldwin    Executive Producer
Ed Snider    Executive Producer
Brian Patrick O'Toole    Screenwriter
John Aglialoro    Screenwriter
Ayn Rand    Story Creator

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for November 22nd, 2011

November 22nd, 2011

It's kind of a slow week on the home market in two ways. Firstly, the only major release of the week is Super 8. Secondly, half the releases I was supposed to review are running late. Fortunately, Super 8 is a top notch film and the Blu-ray Combo Pack is this week's Pick of the Week. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Atlas Shrugged, Part I

November 17th, 2011

Atlas Shrugged, the novel, was written more than 50 years ago. Since then, there have been countless attempts to turn the novel into a movie, mini-series, etc. The most recent attempt began as a $100 million three-part epic that was going to star Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. That didn't pan out. Worse still, they were about to lose the rights to the novel, so they had to start filming at rather short notice. Atlas Shrugged, Part I was the result. Now many films and other creative works have been mired in develop hell for many, many years. This doesn't mean the end result is a dud, but it is a warning sign. I'm proceeding with caution, but should others follow? More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for November 8th, 2011

November 7th, 2011

It's a rather mixed week on the home market. Granted, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 is coming out this week, but it doesn't make its home market debut till Friday. Also, after the Harry Potter releases, there's a huge drop in quality. Given the issue with the Harry Potter releases, it's best to wait till next year and grab the ultimate editions. I'm not sure there's anything here that rises to the level of Pick of the Week. In the end I went with Captain America: The First Avenger on Blu-ray Combo Pack, even though it didn't come out this week. However, the screener was late and it is the best release on this week's list. More...

Per Theater Chart: Thor's Lonely on Top

May 10th, 2011

Thor was the only film to top the $10,000 mark on the per theater chart with an average of $16,618 in just under 4,000 theaters. Fast Five did come reasonably close to that mark with an average of $8,860, while the best limited release was Cave of Forgotten Dreams with $8,059. More...

Evil is Profitable on the Per Theater Chart

April 26th, 2011

Evil Bong 3D earned $19,315 in its lone theater to lead the way on the per theater chart, and clearly I've slipped into an alternate dimension. Actually, I'm very happy with this film's success, as it's distributed by Full Moon Features, the same company that released Puppetmaster and countless other low-budget films I've been a fan of. Second place went to The Double Hour with $14,990, which is less than 1% lower than its opening weekend. Madea's Big Happy Family was the only wide release to reach the $10,000 mark, and it was close at $10,957. There is one confusing release, Incendies, which earned over $60,000 in 13 theaters, if you include Canada. However, if you just look at its U.S. opening, it earned $50,679 in 3 theaters for an average of $16,893, which is much more impressive. More...

Rio and Hour Double-Team the Per Theater Chart

April 19th, 2011

The Double Hour earned top spot on the per theater chart with an average of $15,123 in two theaters. The only other film to crack the $10,000 mark was the overall box office leader, Rio, with an average of $10,250. More...

Weekend Estimates: Rio Opens With $40 Million to Break Box Office Slump

April 17th, 2011

At the 19th attempt, 2011 finally has a legitimate winning weekend at the box office, thanks to a better-than-expected opening for Rio (and, to be fair, a weak comparison weekend last year). With a $40 million estimated debut, Rio lays claim to having the best opening of the year so far, and the fifth-best April weekend of all time (nudging out Hop debut two weeks ago). While that's undoubtedly good news, the rest of the chart is something of a mixed bag. More...

Daydreaming of Limited Releases

April 15th, 2011

It's another big week for limited releases with a couple that are opening in far more theaters than most limited releases can dream of, plus they are opening with a lot stronger buzz. ... Or to be much more accurate, much louder buzz, as the two biggest releases are not exactly earning top notch reviews. The Conspirator is benefiting from an incredible pedigree, which includes Robert Redford as the director. Meanwhile, Atlas Shrugged: Part I is based on a book by Ayn Rand, who has a committed fan base. Personally, the film I'm most interested in seeing is Daydream Nation, which opens in Canada this weekend and in the United States next month. More...

Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2011/04/15 14 $1,686,347   299 $5,640   $1,686,347 1
2011/04/22 18 $881,034 -48% 465 $1,895   $3,096,815 2
2011/04/29 22 $468,573 -47% 371 $1,263   $3,947,827 3
2011/05/06 31 $197,511 -58% 228 $866   $4,340,855 4
2011/05/13 37 $124,978 -37% 158 $791   $4,563,873 5

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/04/15 13 $674,000   299 $2,254   $674,000 1
2011/04/16 15 $576,000 -15% 299 $1,926   $1,250,000 2
2011/04/17 14 $436,000 -24% 299 $1,458   $1,686,347 3
2011/04/18 - $135,000 -69% 299 $452   $1,821,000 4
2011/05/13 - $31,284   158 $198   $4,470,179 29
2011/05/14 - $57,038 +82% 158 $361   $4,527,217 30
2011/05/15 - $36,656 -36% 158 $232   $4,563,873 31
2011/05/16 - $16,072 -56% 158 $102   $4,579,945 32
2011/05/17 - $16,557 +3% 158 $105   $4,721,480 33
2011/05/18 - $14,225 -14% 158 $90   $4,735,705 34
2011/05/19 - $16,648 +17% 158 $105   $4,752,353 35

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2011/04/15 14 $2,215,781   299 $7,411   $2,215,781 1
2011/04/22 16 $1,263,473 -43% 465 $2,717   $3,479,254 2
2011/04/29 22 $664,090 -47% 371 $1,790   $4,143,344 3
2011/05/06 28 $295,551 -55% 228 $1,296   $4,438,895 4
2011/05/13 36 $188,480 -36% 158 $1,193   $4,752,353 5

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
11/13/20111659,312 59,312$916,370$916,3701
11/20/20112919,533-67% 78,845$301,785$1,218,1552
10/14/20122115,252 264,676$173,263$3,594,17449
10/21/20122118,031+18% 282,707$229,535$3,823,70950

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
11/13/20112013,067 13,067$264,214$264,2141

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