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California Typewriter (2017)

California Typewriter
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $200,379Details
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $47,696 Details
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $12,580 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $60,276
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A documentary portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse, featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, Sam Shepard, and others. It also movingly documents the struggles of California Typewriter, one of the last standing repair shops in America dedicated to keeping the aging machines clicking. In the process, the film delivers a thought-provoking meditation on the changing dynamic between humans and machines, and encourages us to consider our own relationship with technology, old and new, as the digital age’s emphasis on speed and convenience redefines who’s serving whom, human or machine?


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 10,201-10,300) 10,213 $200,379
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 14,401-14,500) 14,422 $200,379
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 3,201-3,300) 3,260 $200,379

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

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: August 18th, 2017 (Limited) by Gravitas Ventures
Video Release: November 21st, 2017 by Gravitas Ventures
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 103 minutes
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Keywords: Writing and Writers, Artists, Collectors and Collectables, Artisans vs. Automation
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: American Buffalo Pictures
Production Countries: United States


Tom Hanks    Himself
John Mayer    Himself
David McCullough    Himself
Sam Shepard    Himself
Mason Williams    Himself
Ken Alexander    Himself
Martin Howard    Himself
Jeremy Mayer    Himself
Herbert Permillion III    Himself
Silvi Alcivar    Herself

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Production and Technical Credits

John Benet    Producer
Doug Nichol    Producer
Charlotte Chatton    Executive Producer
James Redford    Executive Producer
Dana Schwartz    Executive Producer
Nion McEvoy    Executive Producer
Doug Nichol    Director of Photography
Doug Nichol    Editor
Bob Edwards    Sound Designer

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August 18th, 2017

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2017/08/18 68 $5,031   1 $5,031   $5,031 1
2017/08/25 60 $16,336 +225% 2 $8,168   $21,442 2
2017/09/01 55 $30,126 +84% 11 $2,739   $55,217 3
2017/09/08 53 $22,324 -26% 16 $1,395   $93,600 4
2017/09/15 51 $21,842 -2% 18 $1,213   $128,560 5
2017/09/22 49 $20,701 -5% 16 $1,294   $159,413 6
2017/09/29 51 $17,239 -17% 20 $862   $185,135 7
2017/10/06 72 $4,760 -72% 11 $433   $200,379 8

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2017/08/18 76 $5,106   1 $5,106   $5,106 1
2017/08/25 64 $19,985 +291% 2 $9,993   $25,091 2
2017/09/01 56 $46,185 +131% 11 $4,199   $71,276 3
2017/09/08 53 $35,442 -23% 16 $2,215   $106,718 4
2017/09/15 53 $31,994 -10% 18 $1,777   $138,712 5
2017/09/22 50 $29,184 -9% 16 $1,824   $167,896 6

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