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Empire of the Sun (1987)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $22,238,696Details
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  5. Video Sales
  6. Cast & Crew
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Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 3,201-3,300) 3,246 $22,238,696
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 4,301-4,400) 4,318 $22,238,696
All Time Domestic Box Office for Warner Bros. Movies (Rank 401-500) 488 $22,238,696
All Time Worldwide Box Office for Warner Bros. Movies (Rank 501-600) 526 $22,238,696

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

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: December 9th, 1987 (Limited) by Warner Bros.
Video Release: April 13th, 1993 by Warner Home Video
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 150 minutes
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Keywords: Coming of Age, World War II
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Amblin Entertainment
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
New Year's Day (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 328 $6,947,291 Jan 1, 1988 26
Christmas (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 327 $6,686,227 Dec 25, 1987 19

Supporting Cast

John Malkovich    Basie
Miranda Richardson    Mrs. Victor
Nigel Havers    Dr. Rawlins
Christian Bale    Jim
Joe Pantoliano    Frank Demarest
Leslie Phillips    Maxton
Robert Stephens    Mr. Lockwood
Paul McGann    Lt. Price
David Neidorf    Tiptree
Ralph Seymour    Cohen
Ben Stiller    Dainty
Masato Ibu    Sgt. Nagata
Emily Richards    Jim's Mother
Rupert Frazer    Jim's Father
Peter Gale    Mr. Victor
Takatoro Kataoka    Kamikaze Boy Pilot
Zhai Nai She    Yang
Guts Ishimatsu    Sgt Uchida
Emma Piper    Amy Matthews
James Walker    Mr. Radik
Jack Dearlove    Singing Prisoner
Anna Turner    Mrs. Gilmour
Ann Castle    Mrs. Phillips
Yvonne Gilan    Mrs. Lockwood
Ralph Michael    Mr. Partridge
Sybil Maas    Mrs. Hug
Eric Flynn    British Prisoner
James Greene    British Prisoner
Simon Harrison    British Prisoner
Barrie Houghton    British Prisoner
Paula Hamilton    British Prisoner
Thea Ranft    British Prisoner
Tony Boncza    British Prisoner
Nigel Leach    British Prisoner
Sheridan Forbes    British Prisoner
Peter Copley    British Prisoner
Barbara Bolton    British Prisoner
Francesca Longrigg    British Prisoner
Samantha Warden    British Prisoner
Kieron Jecchinis    American Prisoner
Michael Crossman    American Prisoner
Gary Parker    American Prisoner
Ray Charleson    American Prisoner
Burt Kwouk    Mr. Chen
Tom Danaher    Col. Marshall
Kong Guo-Jun    Chinese Youth
Takao Yamada    Japanese Truck Driver
Hiro Arai    Japanese Sergeant, Air Field
Marc de Jong    Frenchman
Susan Leong    Amah
Nicholas Dastor    Paul
Edith Platten    Paul's Sister
Shirley Chantrell    Chinese Cook at Detention Centre
John Moore    Mr. Pym
Ann Queensberry    Mrs. Pym
Sylvia Marriott    Mrs. Partridge
Frank Duncan    Mrs. Hug's Father
Ronald Eng    Mr. Chen's Aide
Za Chuan Ce    Shopkeeper
Shi Rui Qing    Shopkeeper
Lu Ye    Merchant
Guo Xue Liang    Merchant
Ge Yan Zhao    Merchant

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

Production and Technical Credits

J.G. Ballard    Story Creator
Tom Stoppard    Screenwriter
Steven Spielberg    Producer
Kathleen Kennedy    Producer
Frank Marshall    Producer
Robert Shipiro    Executive Producer
Norman Reynolds    Production Designer
Michael Kahn    Editor
Allen Daviau    Director of Photography
John Williams    Composer
Chris Kenny    Associate Producer
David Tomblin    Assistant Director
Frank Marshall    Second Unit Director
Ted Morley    Production Manager
Charles Bishop    Supervising Art Director
Maurice Fowler    Supervising Art Director
Norman Dorme    Supervising Art Director
Frederick Hole    Art Director
Harry Cordwell    Set Decorator
Michael D. Ford*    Set Decorator
Jimmy Devis    Second Unit Camera
Bob Ringwood    Costume Designer
Patrick Wheatley    Costume Supervisor
Colin Wilson    Associate Editor
Martin Cohen    Associate Editor
Craig Bassett    Associate Editor
Colin Charles    Sound Mixer
Tony Dawe    Sound Mixer
Robert Knudson    Re-recording Mixer
Don Digirolamo    Re-recording Mixer
John Boyd    Re-recording Mixer
Charles L. Campbell    Supervising Sound Editor
Louis L. Edemann    Supervising Sound Editor
Larry Carow    Sound Editor
Lucy Coldsnow    Sound Editor
Jim Isaacs    Sound Editor
Chuck Neely    Sound Editor
Rodger Sword    Sound Editor
Ken Wannberg    Music Editor
Paul Engelen    Make up
Vera Mitchell    Hairstylist

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

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
1987/12/11 9 $1,314,509   225 $5,842   $1,387,297 1
1987/12/25 9 $2,914,509   673 $4,331   $6,610,192 3
1988/01/01 10 $3,183,207 +9% 673 $4,730   $11,977,789 4
1988/01/08 10 $1,822,927 -43% 673 $2,709   $14,574,930 5
1988/01/22 16 $770,000   409 $1,883   $17,398,531 7

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
1987/12/25 10 $5,098,899   673 $7,576   $8,794,582 4
1988/01/01 10 $3,957,421 -22% 673 $5,880   $12,752,003 5