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The Comedian (2017)

The Comedian
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $1,658,706Details
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $67,917 Details
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $14,157 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $82,074
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An aging comic icon, Jackie Burke has seen better days.  Despite his efforts to reinvent himself and his comic genius, the audience only wants to know him as the former television character he once played.  Already a strain on his younger brother and his wife, Jackie is forced to serve out a sentence doing community service for accosting an audience member. While there, he meets Harmony, the daughter of a sleazy Florida real estate mogul, and the two find inspiration in one another resulting in surprising consequences. Through the alchemy of their unlikely friendship, Harmony and Jackie overcome their own emotional damage and emerge as better people.


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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: February 3rd, 2017 (Limited) by Sony Pictures Classics
Video Release: May 2nd, 2017 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for crude sexual references and language throughout.
(Rating bulletin 2452 (Cert #50656), 11/23/2016)
Running Time: 120 minutes
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Keywords: Viral Video, Stand-Up Comedy, Gratuitous Cameos, Comeback, LGBT, Wedding Day, Dysfunctional Family
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Cinelou Films, Linson Films, Anvil Films, The Fyzz Facility, Mad Riot Entertainment
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Super Bowl (Opening, 3-Day) 64 $1,100,000 Feb 3, 2017 3
Super Bowl (Opening, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 67 $1,116,176 Feb 3, 2017 3

Leading Cast


Supporting Cast

Leslie Mann    Harmony
Danny De Vito    Jimmy Berkowitz
Edie Falco    Miller
Charles Grodin    Dick D’Angelo
Cloris Leachman    May Conner
Patti LuPone    Florence Berkowitz
Harvey Keitel    Mac Schiltz
Lucy DeVito    Brittany Berkowitz
Veronica Ferres    Karola
Lois Smith    Miriam
Jessica Kirson    Comedian
Jim Norton    Comedian
Jimmie Walker    Comedian
Brett Butler    Comedian
Richard Belzer    Comedian
Freddie Roman    Comedian
Stewie Stone    Comedian
Gilbert Gottfried    Comedian
Greer Barnes    Comedian
Hannibal Buress    Comedian
Bill Boggs    Comedian
Sheng Wang    Comedian
Ryan Hamilton    Comedian
Aida Rodriguez    Comedian
Dov Davidoff    Comedian
Nick Di Paolo    Comedian


Billy Crystal    Himself

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Production and Technical Credits

Art Linson    Screenwriter
Jeffrey Ross    Screenwriter
Richard LaGravenese    Screenwriter
Lewis Friedman    Screenwriter
Art Linson    Story by
Art Linson    Producer
John Linson    Producer
Mark Canton    Producer
Courtney Solomon    Producer
Taylor Hackford    Producer
Scott Karol    Executive Producer
Wayne Marc Godfrey    Executive Producer
Robert Jones    Executive Producer
Iain Abrahams    Executive Producer
Dennis Pelino    Executive Producer
Fredy Bush    Executive Producer
Mark Axelwitz    Executive Producer
Lawrence Smith    Executive Producer
Peter Sobiloff    Executive Producer
Stephanie Caleb    Co-Producer
David Hopwood    Co-Producer
Joanna Plafsky    Co-Executive Producer
Tracey Landon    Line Producer
Oliver Stapleton    Director of Photography
Kristi Zea    Production Designer
Mark Warner    Editor
Aude Bronson-Howard    Costume Designer
Terence Blanchard    Composer
Andy Ross    Music Supervisor
Amanda Mackey    Casting Director
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond*    Casting Director

Home Market Releases for May 2nd, 2017

May 2nd, 2017

The Red Turtle

We are officially in the worst time of year on the home market. The last of the major Awards Season players have already come out, but it is still too early for the Spring hits to be released. The competition from May Sweeps and the start of the Summer Blockbuster Season means there’s not a lot here that’s going to do well in DVD / Blu-ray sales. Ironically, the lack of a major release means there are a lot of smaller releases that are competing for Pick of the Week, many of which would be lost in the crowd during a busier time of year. This includes I Am Not Your Negro, The Salesman, Real Genius, and Seven Days in May. In the end, I went with The Red Turtle on DVD or Blu-ray as the Pick of the Week. In the meanwhile, Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone on Blu-ray gets the Puck of the Week honor, as the “best” Canadian release of the week. I just wish it were coming out in 3D. More...

Theater Averages: Chapter & Verse won’t be Filing Chapter 13 with a $32,713 opening

February 8th, 2017

Chapter & Verse

It was a busy weekend on top of the theater average chart, at least for this time of year, with three films earning averages over more than $10,000. Chapter and Verse led the way with $32,713 in its lone theater. I Am Not Your Negro had an arguably better start earning an average $15,962 while playing in 43 theaters. That’s amazing for a documentary. Another documentary, Mr. Gaga, was the final film in the $10,000 club with an average of $12,677 in two theaters over the weekend and an average of $17,316 from Wednesday through Sunday. The Lure didn’t get to $10,000 over the weekend pulling in $7,370 over that time, but it earned $10,676 from Wednesday through Sunday. More...

Limited and VOD Releases: Will Journey Travel a Long Distance?

February 3rd, 2017

Journey to the West 2

A few films on this week’s list could be called the biggest limited release of the week. The Comedian is the biggest in terms of star power. Journey to the West 2 is the biggest in terms of worldwide box office. I Am Not Your Negro is the biggest in terms of Awards Season success. Journey to the West 2 should have the biggest opening, but I’m not sure if it will earn mainstream success. More...

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2017/02/03 19 $1,100,000   848 $1,297   $1,100,000 1
2017/02/10 30 $202,398 -82% 612 $331   $1,469,945 2
2017/02/17 54 $27,726 -86% 41 $676   $1,621,347 3
2017/02/24 61 $8,536 -69% 30 $285   $1,646,445 4
2017/03/03 72 $2,454 -71% 30 $82   $1,648,899 5
2017/03/17 83 $636   1 $636   $1,658,706 7

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2017/02/10 29 $326,074   612 $533   $1,593,621 2
2017/02/17 54 $44,288 -86% 41 $1,080   $1,637,909 3

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