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Kill Your Darlings (2013)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $1,029,949Details
International Box Office $1,054,866Details
Worldwide Box Office $2,084,815
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $684,156 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $684,156
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The story of murder that brought together a young Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs at Columbia University in 1944, providing the spark that would lead to their Beat Revolution.


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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: October 18th, 2013 (Limited) by Sony Pictures Classics
International Releases: November 28th, 2013 (Wide) (New Zealand)
December 5th, 2013 (Wide) (Australia)
December 6th, 2013 (Wide) (United Kingdom)
June 6th, 2014 (Wide) (South Africa)
June 12th, 2014 (Wide) (Brazil)
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Video Release: March 18th, 2014 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, language, drug use and brief violence.
(Rating bulletin 2286, 8/21/2013)
Running Time: 102 minutes
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Keywords: Ensemble, Writing and Writers, Artists, LGBT, Romance, Relationships Gone Wrong, Love Triangle
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Killer Films, Sunny-Field Entertainment, Benaroya Pictures
Production Countries: United States

Leading Cast

   Allen Ginsberg
   Lucien Carr

Supporting Cast

Michael C. Hall    David Kammerer
Jack Huston    Jack Kerouac
Ben Foster    William Burroughs
David Cross    Louis Ginsberg
Jennifer Jason Leigh    Naomi Ginsberg
Elizabeth Olsen    Edie Parker
Kyra Sedgwick    Marian Carr
John Cullum    Prof. Stevens
David Rasche    Dean

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

Production and Technical Credits

John Krokidas    Screenwriter
Austin Bunn    Screenwriter
John Krokidas    Producer
Michael Benaroya    Producer
Christine Vachon    Producer
Rose Ganguzza    Producer
Joe Jenckes    Executive Producer
Stefan Sonnenfeld    Executive Producer
Jared Ian Goldman    Executive Producer
Pamela Koffler    Executive Producer
Randy Manis    Executive Producer
Reed Morano    Director of Photography
Stephen Carter    Production Designer
Brian Kates    Editor
Christopher Peterson    Costume Designer

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for March 18th, 2014

March 17th, 2014

It's a good week / bad week on the home market. The good news is there are four films coming out this week that earned some level of Awards Season buzz. The bad news... there are four films coming out this week that earned some level of Awards Season buzz and they scared away the competition. Two of those four films are strong enough to be contenders for Pick of the Week, Frozen on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack and American Hustle on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack. Unfortunately, I'm still waiting for the screeners for both of those movies, so I'm not sure which of those two is the Pick of the Week. Fortunately, the screener for 12 Years a Slave arrived and the Blu-ray is Pick of the Week material. More...

Per Theater Chart: Slave Showered with Riches

October 22nd, 2013

12 Years a Slave opened with a stellar average of $48,617 in 19 theaters. With a planned expansion, this is a great start. All is Lost was well back with an average of $15,597 in six theaters. This isn't a bad start and its reviews suggest long legs, but it might get overshadowed by 12 Years a Slave. The final film in the $10,000 club was Kill Your Darlings, which was right behind with an average of $14,750 in four theaters. More...

Weekend Estimates: Gravity Floats to Third Weekend Win

October 20th, 2013

Gravity will become the first film in 2013 to win three straight three-day weekends, according to studio estimates released on Sunday. With $31 million expected, the film is down just 28% from last weekend and has reached a formidable $170.5 million. That puts in in the top 10 for the year, with plenty more to come. Fellow Oscar-hopefuls 12 Years a Slave, All is Lost and Kill Your Darlins are the other films making waves this weekend (literally in one case). More...

Limited Releases: All is Not Lost for Limited Releases

October 18th, 2013

It is not a busy week when it comes to limited releases on this week's list, but at least we have a couple that are earning stellar reviews and could expand wide. All is Lost has the reviews to become a big hit and an Awards Season player, but it doesn't have the buzz. 12 Years a Slave has the buzz, as well as the reviews. While opening in limited release is always a risky maneuver, 12 Years a Slave has a better shot at opening in the top ten than it does of bombing outright. More...

Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2013/10/18 46 $53,452   4 $13,363   $69,275 1
2013/10/25 41 $41,426 -22% 8 $5,178   $131,634 2
2013/11/08 34 $87,007   32 $2,719   $335,860 4
2013/11/15 27 $119,121 +37% 71 $1,678   $489,214 5
2013/11/22 30 $100,037 -16% 78 $1,283   $643,170 6
2013/11/29 34 $68,043 -32% 74 $920   $760,506 7
2014/01/31 81 $858   2 $429   $1,021,381 16
2014/02/14 69 $2,320   4 $580   $1,028,467 18
2014/02/21 85 $630 -73% 3 $210   $1,029,949 19

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2013/11/15 26 $173,040   71 $2,437   $543,133 5
2013/11/22 33 $149,330 -14% 78 $1,914   $692,463 6
2014/02/14 69 $3,172   4 $793   $1,029,319 18

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Australia 12/5/2013 $42,757 15 16 54 $130,624 12/13/2015
Brazil 6/12/2014 $0 0 4 11 $50,562 12/17/2015
New Zealand 11/28/2013 $1,689 2 2 6 $5,802 12/13/2015
South Africa 6/6/2014 $0 0 1 2 $12,634 12/15/2015
United Kingdom 12/6/2013 $63,735 50 50 97 $170,367 12/13/2015
Rest of World $684,877
International Total$1,054,866 12/17/2015

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
3/23/2014205,404 5,404$160,010$160,0101

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