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If You Build It (2014)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $43,393Details
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In "If You Build It" we spend a year in the life of one of America's most innovative classrooms. The film follows Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller as they teach the fundamentals of design, architecture and construction to a class of high school juniors in rural North Carolina. Faced with rising unemployment rates, a struggling educational system and simmering racial tension the people of Bertie County North Carolina turn to Pilloton, Miller and their students for help. We discover that what the class designs and builds for their hometown has a chance to transform their community for generations to come.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 12,301-12,400) 12,347 $43,393
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 16,901-17,000) 16,979 $43,393
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 4,901-5,000) 4,996 $43,393

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

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: January 10th, 2014 (Limited) by Long Shot Factory
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 85 minutes
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Keywords: Inspirational Teacher
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Long Shot Factory
Production Countries: United States

Documentary Subject(s)

Emily Pilloton    Herself
Matthew Miller    Himself
The Inaugural Class of Studio H    Themselves

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Production and Technical Credits

Christine O'Malley    Producer
Neal Baer    Producer
George Desort    Director of Photography
Brian Oakes    Production Designer
Christopher Chuang    Production Designer
Brian Oakes    Animation
Christopher Chuang    Animation
Peter Golub    Composer
Nick Andert    Editor
Daniel J. Clark    Editor
Doug Blush    Editor

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June 12th, 2015

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Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a Frankenprize featuring one of the three documentaries we are giving away this week: If You Build It 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 Frankenprize featuring The Swirl on DVD. Finally, we will be choosing an entrant from the group of people who haven't won, or haven't won recently, and they will also win a Frankenprize featuring Where Was God? on DVD. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

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January 14th, 2014

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January 10th, 2014

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2014/01/10 54 $4,949   1 $4,949   $4,949 1
2014/01/24 50 $4,565   1 $4,565   $11,079 3

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2014/01/10 51 $5,799   1 $5,799   $5,799 1
2014/01/17 59 $715 -88% 1 $715   $6,514 2
2014/02/21 65 $10,620   4 $2,655   $28,215 7
2014/02/28 67 $12,094 +14% 5 $2,419   $40,309 8
2014/03/07 84 $3,084 -74% 2 $1,542   $43,393 9

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