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The Beat Hotel (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $6,480Details
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1957. The Latin Quarter, Paris. A cheap no-name hotel becomes a haven for a new breed of artists fleeing the conformity and censorship of America. Called the Beat Hotel, it soon became an epicenter of the Beat generation. Alan Govenar's feature documentary delves deep into this amazing place and time. Fleeing the obscenity trials surrounding the publication of HOWL Allen Ginsberg, along with Peter Orlovsky and Gregory Corso, happened upon the hotel on rue Git le Coeur and were soon joined by William Burroughs, Ian Somerville, and Brion Gysin. Run by Madame Rachou, the Beat Hotel was a hot bed of creativity and permissiveness, where Burroughs finished NAKED lUNCH; Ginsberg began his poem KADDISH; Somerville and Gysin invented the Dream Machine; Corso wrote some of his greatest poems; and Harold Norse wrote a novella, aptly called THE BEAT HOTEL. British photograher Harold Chapman's iconic photos and Scottish artist Elliot Rudie's drawings, interwoven with firsthand accounts, capture the Beats just as they were beginning to establish themselves, and bring THE BEAT HOTEL to life.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 14,501-14,600) 14,560 $6,480
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 19,201-19,300) 19,245 $6,480
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 6,801-6,900) 6,854 $6,480

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

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: March 30th, 2012 (Limited) by First Run Features
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 82 minutes
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Keywords: Counterculture, Writing and Writers, Artists, Musicians
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Documentary Arts
Production Countries: United States

Supporting Cast

Kit Hussey    William Burroughs
Andrew Kasten    Harold Chapman
Matt Mitchell    Gregory Corso
Nick Irion    Ian Sommerville
Jason Kendall    Cyclops

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Production and Technical Credits

Alan Hatchett    Editor
Didier Dorant    Cinematographer
Bob Tullier    Cinematographer
Daniel M. Cavanagh    Composer
Daniel Cicourel Hanley    Composer
Alan Govenar    Sound Designer
Pierre Aziza    Sound Designer
Alex Wagner    Sound Mixer
   Director Dramatic Reenactments

Per Theater Chart: Bullying is No Game

April 4th, 2012

The ratings controversy didn't hurt Bully, which topped the per theater chart with an average of $23,294 in five theaters. It is always difficult for a documentary to expand significantly, but this start will certainly help. The overall box office leader, The Hunger Games, was next with an average of $14,153 in more than 4,000 theaters. More...

Limited Releases Fighting Mad

March 30th, 2012

There are a number of films opening in limited release this week, including a few documentaries. The biggest of these is Bully, which earned a boost in its publicity thanks to a ratings fight with the MPAA. The Island President is another documentary worth checking out. Meanwhile, Goon makes its theatrical debut in the States and it deserves to find an audience south of the border. More...

Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/03/30 94 $1,458   1 $1,458   $1,458 1
2012/04/06 81 $918 -37% 3 $306   $3,015 2
2012/04/13 109 $83 -91% 3 $28   $3,868 3
2012/05/04 115 $96   1 $96   $3,989 6
2012/06/01 103 $1,049   1 $1,049   $5,430 10
2012/06/15 100 $141   1 $141   $5,571 12

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/03/30 84 $2,097   1 $2,097   $2,097 1
2012/04/06 95 $1,688 -20% 3 $563   $3,785 2
2012/04/13 108 $108 -94% 1 $108   $3,893 3
2012/05/04 111 $96   1 $96   $4,381 6
2012/06/01 102 $1,049   1 $1,049   $5,430 10
2012/06/15 94 $524   1 $524   $5,954 12
2012/07/13 88 $526   1 $526   $6,480 16

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