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A Civil Action (1998)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $56,709,981Details
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Metrics

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

RecordRankAmount
All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,401-1,500) 1,415 $56,709,981
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 2,301-2,400) 2,336 $56,709,981

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


Movie Details

Production Budget:$60,000,000
Domestic Releases: December 25th, 1998 (Wide) by Walt Disney
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some strong language
Running Time: 120 minutes
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Keywords: Lawyers
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Scott Rudin Productions
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankAmountChart
Date
Days In
Release
Fastest to $50m 1,349 $50,942,000 Feb 5, 1999 44
Super Bowl (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 130 $8,472,001 Jan 29, 1999 38
Martin Luther King (All Movies, 3-Day) 73 $11,761,043 Jan 15, 1999 24
Martin Luther King (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 52 $20,767,039 Jan 15, 1999 24
Martin Luther King (All Movies, 4-Day, Fri-Mon) 79 $13,230,825 Jan 15, 1999 24
Martin Luther King (All Movies, 4-Day, Fri-Mon, Inflation Adjusted) 44 $23,362,303 Jan 15, 1999 24
Theater Average 2nd Weekend 56 $35,435 Jan 1, 1999 10
Top 1998 Theater Average 11 $35,435 Jan 1, 1999 10

Leading Cast

   Jan Schlichtmann

Supporting Cast

Robert Duvall    Jerome Facher
James Gandolfini    Al Love
Dan Hedaya    John Riley
John Lithgow    Judge Skinner
William H. Macy    James Gordon
Kathleen Quinlan    Anne Anderson
Tony Shalhoub    Kevin Conway
Stephen Fry    Pinder
Zeljko Ivanek    Bill Crowley
Bruce Norris    William Cheeseman
Sydney Pollack    Al Eustis
Mary Mara    Kathy Boyer
David Thornton    Richard Aufiero
Ned Eisenberg    Uncle Pete
Peter Jacobson    Neil Jacobs
Paul Ben-Victor    Pasqueriella
Daniel von Bargen    Mr. Granger
Margot Rose    Donna Robbins
Caroline Carrigan    Evelyn Love
Paul Desmond    Shalline
Michael P. Byrne    Barbas
Tracy Miller    Grace Worker
Paul Hewitt    Grace Worker
Clayton Landey    Grace Worker
Elizabeth Burnette    Lauren Aufiero
Alan Wilder    Insurance Lawyer
Gregg Joseph Monk    Insurance Lawyer
Harout Beshlian    Insurance Lawyer
Josh Pais    Law Clerk
Haskell Vaughn Anderson, III*    Courtroom 7 Clerk
Kaiulani Lee    Mrs. Granger
Howie Carr    Radio Talk Show Host
Denise Dowse    Judge
Pearline Pergerson    Court Clerk
Scott Weintraub    PI Lawyer
Robert Cicchini    PI Lawyer
Christopher Stevenson    Insurance Plaintiff
Kevin Fry    Waiter
Brian Turk    Mover
Rikki Klieman    T.V. Reporter
David Barrett    Teenager on Property
Ryan Janis    Teenager on Property
Rob McElhenney    Teenager on Property
Mike Biase    Market Clerk
Richard Calnan    Woburn Traffic Cop
Sam Travolta*    Grace Attorney
Gregg Shawzin    Reporter
Juli Donald    Reporter
Sayda Alan    Reporter
Catherine Leahan    Reporter
Bruce Holman    Federal Marshal
John Lafayette    Geologist
Charles Levin    Geologist
Byron Jennings    Geologist
Jay Patterson    Geologist
Charlie Stavola    Detective
Taylor Bernard    Trustee's Assistant
Molly Allen    Saleswoman

Cameos

Gene Wolande    Hotel Clerk
Harry Dean Stanton    Land Watcher (uncredited)
Kathy Bates    Bankruptcy Judge (uncredited)
Edward Herrmann   

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

Production and Technical Credits

   Director
Scott Rudin    Producer
Robert Redford    Producer
Rachel Pfeffer    Producer
Steven Zaillian    Screenwriter
Steven Zaillian    Executive Producer
David Wisnievitz    Executive Producer
Conrad L. Hall    Cinematographer
David Gropman    Production Designer
Wayne Wahrman    Editor
Shay Cunliffe*    Costume Designer
Danny Elfman    Composer
David McGiffert    Associate Producer
Henry J. Golas    Associate Producer
David McGiffert    Assistant Director
David Wisnievitz    Unit Production Manager
David J. Bomba    Art Director
Tracey A. Doyle    Set Decorator
David MacMillan    Sound Mixer
Gary Bourgeois    Re-recording Mixer
Brad Sherman    Re-recording Mixer
Larry Kemp    Supervising Sound Editor
Christopher W. Hogan    Sound Editor
Dan Rich    Sound Editor
Richard Dwan    Sound Editor
Randy Kelley    Sound Effects Editor
Christopher Assells    Sound Effects Editor
Hector C. Gika*    Sound Effects Editor
Bryan Bowen    Sound Effects Editor
Whitney L. James*    Chief Makeup
Cheryl Nick    Key Makeup
Martin Samuel    Chief Hairstylist
Arturo Rojas    Key Hairstylist
Avy Kaufman    Casting Director
Julie Lichter    Casting Associate
Mark Riccardi    Stunt Coordinator

The bold credits above the line are the "above-the-line" credits, the other the "below-the-line" credits.

Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records


Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
1998/12/25 41 $70,079   2 $35,040   $70,079 1
1999/01/01 42 $70,869 +1% 2 $35,435   $226,465 2
1999/01/08 1 $15,163,484 +21,296% 1,802 $8,415   $15,452,632 3
1999/01/15 3 $11,761,043 -22% 2,001 $5,878   $31,301,412 4
1999/01/22 3 $7,648,388 -35% 2,026 $3,775   $40,786,181 5
1999/01/29 4 $4,797,967 -37% 2,069 $2,319   $47,253,243 6
1999/02/05 7 $3,075,382 -36% 2,031 $1,514   $51,632,380 7
1999/02/12 13 $1,765,313 -43% 1,403 $1,258   $54,089,852 8
1999/02/19 20 $770,820 -56% 890 $866   $55,150,049 9
1999/02/26 35 $261,129 -66% 426 $613   $55,594,271 10
1999/03/05 40 $131,522 -50% 262 $502   $55,804,853 11
1999/03/12 47 $73,833 -44% 126 $586   $55,921,654 12
1999/03/19 54 $37,771 -49% 76 $497   $55,987,961 13
1999/03/26 62 $19,633 -48% 48 $409   $56,022,518 14
1999/04/02 34 $198,084 +909% 348 $569   $56,226,573 15
1999/04/09 38 $154,009 -22% 280 $550   $56,479,278 16
1999/04/16 44 $86,184 -44% 152 $567   $56,615,755 17
1999/04/23 68 $31,255 -64% 58 $539   $56,673,204 18
1999/04/30 77 $18,515 -41% 43 $431   $56,702,901 19

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1999/01/08 1 $4,290,000   1,802 $2,381   $4,579,000 15
1999/01/09 1 $6,990,000 +63% 1,802 $3,879   $11,569,000 16
1999/01/10 1 $3,883,632 -44% 1,802 $2,155   $15,452,632 17
1999/01/11 1 $1,046,183 -73% 1,802 $581   $16,498,815 18
1999/01/12 1 $1,182,406 +13% 1,802 $656   $17,681,221 19
1999/01/13 1 $961,127 -19% 1,802 $533   $18,642,348 20
1999/01/14 1 $898,021 -7% 1,802 $498   $19,540,369 21
1999/01/15 2 $2,814,631 +213% 2,001 $1,407   $22,355,000 22
1999/01/16 2 $4,770,000 +69% 2,001 $2,384   $27,125,000 23
1999/01/17 4 $2,585,000 -46% 2,001 $1,292   $29,710,000 24
1999/01/18 5 $1,469,782 -43% 2,001 $735   $31,301,412 25
1999/01/19 3 $665,512 -55% 2,001 $333   $31,966,924 26
1999/01/20 3 $592,977 -11% 2,001 $296   $32,559,901 27
1999/01/21 3 $577,892 -3% 2,001 $289   $33,137,793 28
1999/01/22 3 $2,000,000 +246% 2,026 $987   $35,138,000 29
1999/01/23 3 $4,000,000 +100% 2,026 $1,974   $39,138,000 30
1999/01/24 3 $1,832,000 -54% 2,026 $904   $40,786,000 31
1999/01/25 4 $383,708 -79% 2,026 $189   $41,169,889 32
1999/01/26 3 $475,973 +24% 2,026 $235   $41,645,862 33
1999/01/27 3 $402,405 -15% 2,026 $199   $42,051,267 34
1999/01/28 3 $404,009 n/c 2,026 $199   $42,455,276 35
1999/01/29 4 $1,430,000 +254% 2,069 $691   $43,885,000 36
1999/01/30 4 $2,665,000 +86% 2,069 $1,288   $46,550,000 37
1999/01/31 7 $707,000 -73% 2,069 $342   $47,253,243 38
1999/02/01 5 $300,534 -57% 2,069 $145   $47,553,777 39
1999/02/02 4 $371,890 +24% 2,069 $180   $47,925,667 40
1999/02/03 3 $317,991 -14% 2,069 $154   $48,243,658 41
1999/02/04 4 $313,340 -1% 2,069 $151   $48,556,998 42
1999/02/05 7 $800,000 +155% 2,069 $387   $49,357,000 43
1999/02/06 7 $1,585,000 +98% 2,031 $780   $50,942,000 44
1999/02/07 7 $680,000 -57% 2,031 $335   $51,632,380 45
1999/02/08 7 $156,998 -77% 2,031 $77   $51,789,378 46
1999/02/09 8 $194,921 +24% 2,031 $96   $51,984,299 47
1999/02/10 8 $169,092 -13% 2,031 $83   $52,153,391 48
1999/02/11 9 $171,148 +1% 2,031 $84   $52,324,539 49
1999/02/12 12 $310,000 +81% 1,403 $221   $52,635,000 50
1999/02/13 12 $630,000 +103% 1,403 $449   $53,265,000 51
1999/02/14 12 $495,000 -21% 1,403 $353   $53,760,000 52
1999/02/15 15 $193,989 -61% 1,403 $138   $54,089,852 53
1999/02/16 15 $103,155 -47% 1,403 $74   $54,193,007 54
1999/02/17 14 $92,739 -10% 1,403 $66   $54,285,746 55
1999/02/18 14 $93,483 +1% 1,403 $67   $54,379,229 56
1999/02/25 20 $47,869   890 $54   $55,333,142 63

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
1998/12/25 41 $155,596   2 $77,798   $155,596 1
1999/01/01 38 $133,552 -14% 2 $66,776   $289,148 2
1999/01/08 1 $19,251,221 +14,315% 1,802 $10,683   $19,540,369 3
1999/01/15 3 $13,597,424 -29% 2,001 $6,795   $33,137,793 4
1999/01/22 3 $9,317,483 -31% 2,026 $4,599   $42,455,276 5
1999/01/29 4 $6,101,722 -35% 2,069 $2,949   $48,556,998 6
1999/02/05 7 $3,767,541 -38% 2,031 $1,855   $52,324,539 7
1999/02/12 13 $2,054,690 -45% 1,403 $1,464   $54,379,229 8
1999/02/19 20 $953,913 -54% 890 $1,072   $55,333,142 9
1999/02/26 35 $340,189 -64% 426 $799   $55,673,331 10
1999/03/05 37 $174,490 -49% 262 $666   $55,847,821 11
1999/03/12 46 $102,369 -41% 126 $812   $55,950,190 12
1999/03/19 57 $52,695 -49% 76 $693   $56,002,885 13
1999/03/26 62 $25,604 -51% 48 $533   $56,028,489 14
1999/04/02 34 $296,780 +1,059% 348 $853   $56,325,269 15
1999/04/09 38 $204,302 -31% 280 $730   $56,529,571 16
1999/04/16 46 $112,378 -45% 152 $739   $56,641,949 17
1999/04/23 64 $42,437 -62% 58 $732   $56,684,386 18

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