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I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015)

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $67,845Details
International Box Office $7,311Details
Worldwide Box Office $75,156
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $131,965 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $131,965
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  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. International
  5. Video Sales
  6. Full Financials
  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer


For 45 years, Caroll Spinney has been beloved by generations of children as the man behind Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch-and at 80 years old, he has no intention of stopping. A loving portrait of the man in the yellow suit, I AM BIG BIRD features extraordinary footage of Spinney's earliest collaborations with Jim Henson as it traces his journey from bullied child to childhood icon. And as the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the puppet who will steal your heart.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 11,601-11,700) 11,700 $67,845
All Time International Box Office (Rank 11,301-11,400) 11,301 $7,311
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 15,901-16,000) 15,965 $75,156
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 4,401-4,500) 4,463 $67,845

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

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: May 6th, 2015 (Limited) by TriBeca Films
International Releases: July 30th, 2015 (Limited) (Australia)
Video Release: August 11th, 2015 by Cinedigm
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 90 minutes
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Keywords: Biography, TV Industry, Puppeteers, Early / Simultaneous Video on Demand release
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Copper Pot Pictures
Production Countries: United States

Documentary Subject(s)

Carroll Spinney    Himself


Debra Spinney    Herself
Jerry Nelson    Himself
Emilio Delgado    Himself
Dr. Loretta Long*    Herself
Sonia Manzano    Herself
Bob McGrath    Himself
Joan Ganz Cooney    Herself
Frank Oz    Himself

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

Production and Technical Credits

Dave LaMattina    Screenwriter
Dave LaMattina    Producer
Chad Walker    Producer
Clay Frost    Executive Producer
Joshua Johnson    Composer
Chad Walker    Director of Photography
Chad Walker    Editor
Mike Bozzo    Additional Camera

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

Home Market Releases for August 11th, 2015

August 11th, 2015

Felicia Day

Fortunately, summer is coming to an end, so the quality of the home market releases will start to climb very soon. Unfortunately, this week the biggest first-run release is Unfriended. It is worth picking up, if you are a fan of the genre, but it is not exactly a blockbuster title. As for the best releases of the week, I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story is close to the top of the list. However, in the end I went with Felicia Day: You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), which is a bit of an unorthodox choice, as it is not a DVD or Blu-ray. However, it is the best new release of the week. More...

Per Theater Chart: Ultron is Still Big

May 12th, 2015

I Am Big Bird

The Avengers: Age of Ultron remained in first place on the per theater chart with an average of $18,182. It wasn't the only film in the $10,000 chart this week. Pather Panchali was close behind with $16,333 in its lone theater. I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story earned $10,150 over the weekend for a total of $13,053 from Wednesday through Sunday. More...

Weekend Estimates: Hot Pursuit No Match for Ultron

May 10th, 2015

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Hot Pursuit is utterly failing to live up to its name this weekend, with an anaemic $13.3 million opening—the worst for Reese Witherspoon since Cruel Intentions in 1999, and her worst ever for a wide-release movie, when adjusted for inflation. The Avengers: Age of Ultron wasn't really expected to be threatened in first place, and is actually doing quite well for a movie that opened with close to $200 million. It will be down about 60% this weekend to $77.2 million, per Disney, the second-best second weekend ever, just ahead of Avatar, and some way behind The Avengers. More...

Limited Releases: Not a Big Week for Limited Releases

May 8th, 2015

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

This week's list of limited releases isn't exactly short, but it is short on potential hits. Maggie and 5 Flights Up both have strong casts, but are playing in potentially too many theaters and also on Video on Demand. Noble is earning some of the best reviews, but its high theater count and lack of star power could hurt it. I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story is also earning great reviews, but it is one of the rare documentaries that is taking the Video on Demand route. More...

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2015/05/08 61 $10,150   1 $10,150   $13,053 1

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2015/05/08 65 $10,650   1 $10,650   $10,650 2
2015/05/15 49 $24,210 +127% 17 $1,424   $37,763 3
2015/05/22 66 $11,372 -53% 15 $758   $49,135 4
2015/05/29 81 $3,677 -68% 8 $460   $52,812 5
2015/06/05 81 $2,097 -43% 10 $210   $54,909 6
2015/06/12 85 $3,316 +58% 7 $474   $58,225 7
2015/06/19 86 $3,916 +18% 11 $356   $62,141 8
2015/06/26 85 $4,440 +13% 6 $740   $66,581 9
2015/07/03 95 $1,264 -72% 5 $253   $67,845 10

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Australia 7/30/2015 $2,041 3 3 7 $7,294 8/17/2015
Rest of World $17
International Total$7,311 8/17/2015

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

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