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I Don't Know How She Does It (2011)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $9,659,074Details
International Box Office $14,815,389Details
Worldwide Box Office $24,474,463
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $3,628,050 Details
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $327,427 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $3,955,477
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  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer


Kate Reddy devotes her days to her job with a Boston-based financial management firm. At night she goes home to her adoring, recently-downsized architect husband Richard and their two young children. It's a non-stop balancing act, the same one that Kate's acerbic best friend and fellow working mother Allison performs on a daily basis, and that Kate's super-brainy, child-phobic young junior associate Momo fully intends to avoid. When Kate gets handed a major new account that will require frequent trips to New York, Richard also wins the new job he's been hoping for-and both will be spreading themselves even thinner. Complicating matters is Kate's charming new business associate Jack Abelhammer, who begins to prove an unexpected source of temptation.


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Movie Details

Production Budget:$24,000,000
Domestic Releases: September 16th, 2011 (Wide) by Weinstein Co.
International Releases: November 17th, 2011 (Wide) (Lebanon)
May 25th, 2012 (Wide) (Colombia)
December 28th, 2012 (Wide) (Venezuela)
Video Release: January 3rd, 2012 by Weinstein Co./Anchor Bay
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual references throughout.
(Rating bulletin 2189, 9/14/2011)
Running Time: 89 minutes
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Keywords: Dysfunctional Family, Corporate Life, Mid-Life Crisis, Breaking the Fourth Wall
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Weinstein Company
Production Countries: United States

Leading Cast

   Kate Reddy

Supporting Cast

Pierce Brosnan    Jack Abelhammer
Greg Kinnear    Richard Reddy
Christina Hendricks    Allison Henderson
Kelsey Grammer    Clark Cooper
Seth Meyers    Chris Bunce
Olivia Munn    Momo Hahn
Jane Curtin    Maria Reddy
Mark Blum    Lew Reddy
Busy Philipps    Wendy Best
Sarah Shahi    Janine LoPietro
Jessica Szohr    Paula
Emma Rayne Lyle    Emily Reddy
Julius Goldberg    Ben Reddy
Theodore Goldberg    Ben Reddy
James Murtaugh    Roger Harcourt
Mike Brzezinski    Herself
Eugenia Yuan    Jack's Receptionist
Joseph Amato    I/T Guy
Michelle Hurst    Nurse
Beth Fowler    Clark's Secretary
Michael Hogan    Bowling Alley Clerk
Marceline Hugot    Beth
Steve Routman    Marcus
Raymond McAnally    Roy
Katie Hyde Lewars    Organic Mom
Robbie Sublett    Dad
Natalie Gold    Young Mother With Cell Phone
Lorna Pruce    Woman in Bowling Alley
Jacob Alexander    Towncar Driver

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

Production and Technical Credits

Aline Brosh McKenna    Screenwriter
Allison Pearson    Story Creator
Donna Gigliotti    Producer
Bob Weinstein    Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein    Executive Producer
Aline Brosh McKenna    Executive Producer
Scott Ferguson    Executive Producer
Stuart Dryburgh    Director of Photography
Santo Loquasto    Production Designer
Camilla Toniolo    Editor
Kevin Tent    Editor
Allison Pearson    Co-Producer
Aaron Zigman    Composer
Dana Sano    Music Supervisor
Renee Ehrlich Kalfus    Costume Designer
Douglas Aibel    Casting Director
Timothy Bird    Assistant Director
Scott Ferguson    Unit Production Manager
Doug Huszti    Art Director
Regina Graves    Set Decorator
Matthew Landon    Additional Editor
William Sarokin    Sound Mixer
Patrick Cyccone    Re-recording Mixer
Myron Nettinga    Re-recording Mixer
Reilly Steele    Re-recording Mixer
Myron Nettinga    Supervising Sound Editor
Gregg Baxter    Supervising Sound Editor
Dave Patterson    Sound Editor
Craig S. Jaeger    Sound Effects Editor
Michael Jonascu    Sound Effects Editor
Charles Maynes    Sound Effects Editor
Randall Guth    Sound Effects Editor
Chris Welch    Dialogue Editor
Tony Martinez    Supervising Dialogue Editor
Jennifer Ralston    Dialogue Editor
Jacob Ribicoff    Dialogue Editor
Mary Ellen Porto    Dialogue Editor
Julie Feiner    Dialogue Editor
Mike Szakmeister    Dialogue Editor
Christopher T. Welch    Dialogue Editor
Josh Winget    Music Editor
Angie Rubin    Music Editor
Lori Hicks    Make up
Aaron F. Quarles    Hairstylist
Andy Cheng    Stunt Coordinator

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

Blu-ray Sales: Overall Sales are in Remission

January 19th, 2012

The Blu-ray sales chart was both busy and slow this week. On the one hand, there were five new releases that charted this week, including three in the top ten. On the other hand, only one of those new releases, Contagion, did any significant business. It was able to sell 274,000 units while generating $4.93 million in revenue, giving it an opening week Blu-ray share of 40%. That's a very good share for a drama, but its overall home market run is disappointing. More...

DVD Sales: New Releases are Spreading

January 17th, 2012

There were five new releases to reach the top 30 on this week's DVD sales chart. This includes a new number one selling DVD, Contagion. The film sold 411,000 units during its first week of release generating $6.16 million. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for January 3rd, 2012

January 3rd, 2012

The first Tuesday of the year is not a great time of year for new releases on the home market. It's an even worse time of year for critics, especially this year. With Christmas Day landing on the Sunday, many studios took the entire week off, so there are plenty of screeners that still haven't made it my way. (There is some good news here, as I was able to get caught up on all of the screeners that had previously arrived late.) A couple of these potential late arrivals are contenders for Pick of the Week, like Justified: Season Two - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray and Mildred Pierce - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack. They also have competition from Contagion - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray, but in the end I gave that honor to The Guard - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: New Releases are Money, King Still Reigns

September 26th, 2011

It was a very good weekend at the box office, compared to the average for this time of year. None of the four wide releases were real bombs, although a couple opened soft, they were within the range of expectations. Also, The Lion King held on even better than expected leading the way for the second weekend in a row. This helped the film grow just over 16% from last weekend to $117 million. More importantly, the overall box office was close to 17% higher than this weekend last year. Not only did The Lion King top Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps's opening, so did Moneyball and Dolphin Tale. Year-to-date, 2011 is still behind 2010 by 4% at $7.85 billion to $8.14 billion, but a few more wins like this and that gap will start to close. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Lion King is the Driving Force at the Box Office

September 19th, 2011

There were three new wide releases this past weekend, but it was a re-release, The Lion King, that dominated at the box office. This success is really good news, because all three new wide releases, Drive, I Don't Know How She Does It, and Straw Dogs, missed expectations. The overall movie industry generated just over $101 million this weekend, compared to $82 million last weekend, which is a 24% increase. This weekend last year, the overall box office was just under $101 million, so yes, 2011 squeezed out a win this week, even if it was by less than 1%. Year-to-date, 2011 has earned $7.70 billion, compared to $8.01 billion it earned last year. We are going to need to see some big wins over the coming weeks if 2011 is going to have a shot at closing that gap by the end of December. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Lion Be King?

September 15th, 2011

It could be an interesting week at the box office, with three films opening wide, Drive, I Don't Know How She Does It, and Straw Dogs, plus a fourth film being re-released wide, The Lion King. There's a lot of uncertainty in the box office predictions for the weekend and I've seen various predictions that have Drive winning the weekend, Contagion repeating on top, and some say The Lion King's 3D conversion will boost it to number one. Unfortunately, while there's a wide range of opinion regarding what film will top the box office chart, there are very few people who think this weekend will be as strong as last year when The Town opened with nearly $24 million and Easy A earned close to $18 million. It's unlikely the top two films will earn that much this year and we don't have the same depth either. More...

Contest: Pare Down the Competition

September 9th, 2011

Next week is another busy week with four wide releases. Unfortunately, none of them look like massive hits, which makes it harder to predict which film will come out on top and how much it will make. Fortunately, we have three prizes this week, so no matter how far off your prediction is, you still have a chance of winning. As for the target film, at this point, it appears I Don't Know How She Does It will open in the most theaters, but I think Drive will open the fastest, so it is the target film in this week's box office prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for Drive. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a copy of Madea's Big Happy Family on DVD. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will win a copy of Meet the Browns: Season One on DVD. Finally, one additional entrant will be chosen and they will win a copy of Laugh to Keep From Crying: The Play on DVD. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

2011 Preview: September

September 1st, 2011

After a strong start, August ended on a really low note, and that's bad news for September, as it means the positive momentum we had is gone. Looking at the upcoming month, there are 18 films opening wide over five weekends (including one re-release) but only four or five of them have a real shot at being midlevel hits, and it is unlikely that all of them will get there. Worse still, there are no films opening this month that look like they will match The Town, which made more than $90 million last September. In fact, the selection of releases is so weak that the film I'm most looking forward to is a limited release that has already come out on Video on Demand, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. (It has seventeen reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and still not a negative one among them.) More...

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2011/09/16 6 $4,402,201   2,476 $1,778   $4,402,201 1
2011/09/23 10 $2,002,040 -55% 2,490 $804   $7,968,465 2
2011/09/30 21 $401,675 -80% 745 $539   $9,222,113 3
2011/10/07 35 $100,112 -75% 240 $417   $9,486,477 4
2011/10/14 58 $34,153 -66% 107 $319   $9,570,480 5
2011/10/21 84 $8,773 -74% 29 $303   $9,595,504 6
2011/10/28 90 $4,240 -52% 14 $303   $9,603,185 7
2011/11/04 93 $2,860 -33% 8 $358   $9,608,794 8
2011/11/11 54 $28,741 +905% 83 $346   $9,639,242 9
2011/11/18 66 $8,028 -72% 38 $211   $9,659,074 10

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/09/16 6 $1,565,681   2,476 $632   $1,565,681 1
2011/09/17 6 $1,815,801 +16% 2,476 $733   $3,381,482 2
2011/09/18 6 $1,020,719 -44% 2,476 $412   $4,402,201 3
2011/09/19 6 $321,759 -68% 2,476 $130   $4,723,960 4
2011/09/20 6 $501,470 +56% 2,476 $203   $5,225,430 5
2011/09/21 5 $374,857 -25% 2,476 $151   $5,600,287 6
2011/09/22 5 $366,138 -2% 2,476 $148   $5,966,425 7
2011/09/23 10 $679,580 +86% 2,476 $274   $6,646,005 8
2011/09/24 10 $858,304 +26% 2,476 $347   $7,504,309 9
2011/09/25 10 $464,156 -46% 2,476 $187   $7,968,465 10
2011/09/26 10 $163,474 -65% 2,476 $66   $8,131,939 11
2011/09/27 9 $247,985 +52% 2,476 $100   $8,379,924 12
2011/09/28 9 $209,592 -15% 2,476 $85   $8,589,516 13
2011/09/29 9 $230,922 +10% 2,476 $93   $8,820,438 14
2011/09/30 - $127,843 -45% 745 $172   $8,948,281 15
2011/10/01 - $177,088 +39% 745 $238   $9,125,369 16
2011/10/02 - $96,744 -45% 745 $130   $9,222,113 17
2011/10/03 - $32,843 -66% 745 $44   $9,254,956 18
2011/10/04 - $44,820 +36% 745 $60   $9,299,776 19
2011/10/05 - $41,391 -8% 745 $56   $9,341,167 20
2011/10/06 - $45,198 +9% 745 $61   $9,386,365 21
2011/10/07 - $32,172 -29% 240 $134   $9,418,537 22
2011/10/08 - $39,165 +22% 240 $163   $9,457,702 23
2011/10/09 - $28,775 -27% 240 $120   $9,486,477 24
2011/10/10 - $15,115 -47% 240 $63   $9,501,592 25

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2011/09/16 6 $5,966,425   2,476 $2,410   $5,966,425 1
2011/09/23 10 $2,854,013 -52% 2,490 $1,146   $8,820,438 2
2011/09/30 18 $565,927 -80% 745 $760   $9,386,365 3
2011/10/07 34 $149,962 -74% 240 $625   $9,536,327 4
2011/10/14 52 $50,404 -66% 107 $471   $9,586,731 5
2011/10/21 77 $12,214 -76% 29 $421   $9,598,945 6
2011/10/28 84 $6,989 -43% 14 $499   $9,605,934 7
2011/11/04 89 $4,567 -35% 8 $571   $9,610,501 8
2011/11/11 52 $40,545 +788% 83 $488   $9,651,046 9

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Colombia 5/25/2012 $24,401 20 20 20 $24,401 12/10/2015
Lebanon 11/17/2011 $0 0 1 3 $30,142 12/11/2015
Venezuela 12/28/2012 $8,605 4 4 11 $91,484 12/14/2015
Rest of World $14,669,362
International Total$14,815,389 12/14/2015

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
1/8/20121368,169 68,169$1,226,360$1,226,3601

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