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The Island President (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $75,233Details
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Jon Shenk's The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced - the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives after thirty years of despotic rule, Nasheed is now faced with an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable. The Island President captures Nasheed's first year of office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, where the film provides a rare glimpse of the political horse-trading that goes on at such a top-level global assembly. Nasheed is unusually candid about revealing his strategies - leveraging the Maldives' underdog position as a tiny country, harnessing the power of media, and overcoming deadlocks through an appeal to unity with other developing nations. When hope fades for a written accord to be signed, Nasheed makes a stirring speech which salvages an agreement. Despite the modest size of his country, Mohamed Nasheed has become one of the leading international voices for urgent action on climate change.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 11,501-11,600) 11,566 $75,233
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 15,901-16,000) 15,928 $75,233
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 4,301-4,400) 4,359 $75,233

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

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: March 28th, 2012 (Limited) by Samuel Goldwyn Films
Video Release: November 13th, 2012 by First Run Home
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, some violent content and smoking.
(Rating bulletin 2203, 12/21/2011)
Running Time: 101 minutes
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Keywords: Environment, Political, Agitprop, Disaster, Extreme Weather
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: AfterImage Public Media, Actual Films, Impact Pictures, ITVS, Ford Foundation
Production Countries: United States

Documentary Subject(s)

Mohamed 'Anni' Nasheed    Himself


Ahmed Naseem    Himself
Mohamed Aslam    Himself
Aminath Shauna    Himself
Mohamed Zuhair    Himself
Laila Ali    Herself
Ahmed Moosa    Himself
Paul Roberts    Himself
Mohamed Waheed    Himself
Mark Lynas    Himself
Mohamed Ziyad    Himself
Dr. Ahmed Shaheed    Himself
Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed    Himself
Ibrahim Hussein Zaki    Himself
Iruthisham Adam    Herself

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Production and Technical Credits

Richard Berge    Producer
Bonni Cohen    Producer
Jon Else    Executive Producer
Jon Shenk    Director of Photography
Pedro Kos    Editor
Lincoln Else    Sound Mixer
Josh Peterson    Co-Editor
James LeBrecht    Sound Editor
Radiohead    Composer
Stars of the Lid    Composer
Marco D'Ambrosio    Additional Music Composer by
Sally Jo Fifer    Executive Producer for ITVS
Dan Cogan    Co-Executive Producer

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DVD and Blu-ray Releases for November 13th, 2012

November 13th, 2012

New releases this week are dominated by one title, Brave. The second best selling title according to is Lawrence of Arabia, which is a film that should be in everyone's collection, but as a catalog title, it likely won't sell a huge number of units. The third best selling title according to is Duck Dynasty: Season One. That's not a good sign. Fortunately, Brave is clearly Pick of the Week material with the Blu-ray Combo Pack or 3D Combo Pack battling for that honor. More...

Per Theater Chart: Bullying is No Game

April 4th, 2012

The ratings controversy didn't hurt Bully, which topped the per theater chart with an average of $23,294 in five theaters. It is always difficult for a documentary to expand significantly, but this start will certainly help. The overall box office leader, The Hunger Games, was next with an average of $14,153 in more than 4,000 theaters. More...

Limited Releases Fighting Mad

March 30th, 2012

There are a number of films opening in limited release this week, including a few documentaries. The biggest of these is Bully, which earned a boost in its publicity thanks to a ratings fight with the MPAA. The Island President is another documentary worth checking out. Meanwhile, Goon makes its theatrical debut in the States and it deserves to find an audience south of the border. More...

Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/03/30 67 $13,998   2 $6,999   $17,903 1
2012/04/06 58 $13,159 -6% 5 $2,632   $31,062 2
2012/04/13 83 $4,186 -68% 5 $837   $47,459 3
2012/04/20 79 $6,549 +56% 2 $3,275   $55,836 4
2012/04/27 83 $6,275 -4% 5 $1,255   $64,090 5
2012/05/04 93 $2,382 -62% 3 $794   $69,194 6
2012/05/11 101 $2,054 -14% 5 $411   $72,522 7
2012/05/18 92 $1,664 -19% 4 $416   $75,233 8

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/03/30 71 $13,998   2 $6,999   $17,903 2
2012/04/06 68 $25,370 +81% 5 $5,074   $43,273 3
2012/04/13 83 $6,014 -76% 5 $1,203   $49,287 4
2012/04/20 84 $8,528 +42% 2 $4,264   $57,815 5
2012/04/27 80 $8,997 +5% 5 $1,799   $66,812 6
2012/05/04 86 $3,656 -59% 3 $1,219   $70,468 7
2012/05/11 96 $3,101 -15% 5 $620   $73,569 8
2012/05/18 82 $1,664 -46% 4 $416   $75,233 9

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