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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $24,006,726Details
International Box Office $10,800,000Details
Worldwide Box Office $34,806,726
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Internationally famous oceanographer Steve Zissou and his crew--Team Zissou--set sail on an expedition to hunt down the mysterious, elusive, possibly non-existent Jaguar Shark that killed Zissou's partner during the documentary filming of their latest adventure. A young airline co-pilot who may or may not be Zissou's son, a beautiful journalist assigned to write a profile of Zissou, and Zissou's estranged wife and co-producer, Eleanor, joins them on their voyage. They face overwhelming complications including pirates, kidnapping, and bankruptcy.


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Movie Details

Production Budget:$50,000,000
Domestic Releases: December 10th, 2004 (Limited) by Walt Disney
December 25th, 2004 (Expands Wide) by Walt Disney
Video Release: May 27th, 2014 by Criterion
MPAA Rating: R for language, some drug use, violence and partial nudity.
Running Time: 118 minutes
Comparisons: vs. The Royal Tenenbaums
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Keywords: Dysfunctional Family
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Touchstone Pictures
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
New Year's Day (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 347 $6,390,398 Dec 31, 2004 24
New Year's Day (Opening, 3-Day) 20 $4,424,122 Dec 31, 2004 24
New Year's Day (Opening, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 19 $6,390,398 Dec 31, 2004 24
Christmas (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 332 $6,568,150 Dec 24, 2004 17
Theater Average 2nd Weekend 29 $49,394 Dec 17, 2004 10
Top 2004 Theater Average 3 $56,543 Dec 10, 2004 3

Lead Ensemble Members

   Steve Zissou
   Ned Plimpton
   Jane Winslett-Richardson
   Eleanor Zissou
   Klaus Daimler
   Bill Ubell

Supporting Cast

Noah Taylor    Vladimir Wolodarsky
Seu Jorge    Pele Dos Santos
Robyn Cohen    Anne-Marie Sakowitz
Waris Ahluwala    Vikram Ray
Niels Koizumi    Bobby Ogata
Pawel Wdowczak    Renzo Pietro
Matthew Gray Gubler    Intern 1
Seymour Cassel    Esteban du Plantier
Antonio Monda    Festival Director
Isabella Blow    Antonia Cook
James Hamilton    Festival Photographer
Melanie Gerren    Mandeeza
Nazzareno "Neno" Piana*    Elderly Man
Rudd Simmons    Man In Yellow Shirt
Leonardo Giovannelli    Werner
Henry S.F. Cooper Jr.    Talk Show Host
Pietro Ragusa    Academic
Eric Chase Anderson    Air Kentucky Pilot
Robert Wilson    Air Kentucky Pilot
Don McKinnon    Air Kentucky Pilot
Alessio Santini    University Of North Alaska Intern
Paolo Sirignani    University Of North Alaska Intern
Andrew Weisell    University Of North Alaska Intern
Niccolo Senni    University Of North Alaska Intern
Andrea Guerra    University Of North Alaska Intern
Christiano Irrera    University Of North Alaska Intern
Vincenzo Recchia    University Of North Alaska Intern
Marco Ciarlitto    University Of North Alaska Intern
Tony Shafrazi    Larry Amin
Noah Baumbach    Phillip
Stefano Maria Ortolani    Italian Man In Audience
Sylvie Genin    French Woman In Audience
Jacques-Henri Lartigue    Lord Mandrake
Muzius Gordon Dietzmann    Javier
Gangyuan Xu    Cedric
Robin Scott    Hugo
Guglielmo Casciaro    Carl
Alessandro De Angelis    Hennessey Sailor
Andrea Bertone    Hennessey Sailor
Andriy Kachur    Hennessey Sailor
Roberto Salvi    Hennessey Sailor
Stefano Masciolini    Hennessey Sailor
Robert Sommer    Party Guest
Anna Orso    Party Guest
Ettore Conti    Party Guest
Robert Graham    Venezuelan General
Conrado Mendoza Dolor    Pirate
Eduardo Bautista Grantuza    Pirate
Simeon Maragigak Agelion    Pirate
Walter Cajapao Casapao    Pirate
Honorato Ilao Reyes    Pirate
Roderick Magbay    Pirate
Demetreo Castillo    Pirate
Thomas Carwgal de la Pena    Pirate
Edwarren Bantungon    Pirate
Levi Mikael De Ramon    Pirate
Aries Corales    Pirate
Aries Dolor Ilagon    Pirate
Joseph de los Reyes    Pirate
Dennis Rayos Martinez    Pirate
Tatyo Yamanouchi    Pirate
Wai Tung Wong    Pirate
Ging Fang Zhu    Pirate
Francis Dokyi    Water Taxi Driver
Begni Bok Dong    Young Ogata
Daniel Acon    Former Team Zissou, Antarctica
Alexander Hamilton    Former Team Zissou, Antarctica


Hal Yamanouchi    Chief Pirate

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Production and Technical Credits

Wes Anderson    Screenwriter
Noah Baumbach    Screenwriter
Wes Anderson    Producer
Barry Mendel    Producer
Scott Rudin    Producer
Rudd Simmons    Executive Producer
Robert Yeoman    Director of Photography
Mark Friedberg    Production Designer
David Moritz    Editor
Milena Canonero    Costume Designer
Mark Mothersbaugh    Composer
Randall Poster    Music Supervisor
Douglas Aibel    Casting Director
Enzo Sisti    Co-Producer
Daniel Beers    Associate Producer
Sam Hoffman    Assistant Director
Inti Carboni    Assistant Director (Italy)
Roman Coppola    Second Unit Director
Vito Colazzo    Unit Production Manager
Stefano Maria Ortolani    Supervising Art Director
Eugenio Ulissi    Art Director
Marco Trentini    Art Director
Simona Migliotti    Art Director
Giacomo Calo Carducci    Art Director
Gretchen Rau    Set Decorator
Stefano Falivene    Second Unit Photography
Margaux Bonhomme    Second Unit Photography (Marineland Antibes)
Laurent King    Second Unit Photography (Marineland Antibes)
Pete Romano    Underwater Photography
Patrick Sweeney    Animation Photography
Daniel R. Padgett    Additional Editor
Pawel Wdowczak    Production Sound Mixer
Gregory H. Watkins    Supervising Re-Recording Mixer
David Giammarco    Supervising Re-Recording Mixer
Kevin E. Carpenter    Re-recording Mixer
David Giammarco    Supervising Sound Editor
Scott A. Jennings    Supervising Sound Editor
Jonathan A. Klein    Sound Effects Editor
Michael O'Farrell    Sound Effects Editor
David V. Butler    Dialogue Editor
Kim Drummond    Dialogue Editor
Gino Tomagnini    Key Makeup
Maria Teresa Corridoni    Key Hairstylist
Franco Maria Salamon*    Stunt Coordinator

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

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2004/12/10 27 $113,085   2 $56,543   $113,085 1
2004/12/17 31 $98,787 -13% 2 $49,394   $311,689 2
2004/12/24 9 $4,547,181 +4,503% 1,105 $4,115   $4,955,054 3
2004/12/31 11 $4,424,122 -3% 1,105 $4,004   $14,794,828 4
2005/01/07 10 $2,744,639 -38% 1,105 $2,484   $19,449,138 5
2005/01/14 19 $1,350,164 -51% 907 $1,489   $21,858,628 6
2005/01/21 21 $527,088 -61% 425 $1,240   $22,968,168 7
2005/01/28 28 $270,035 -49% 206 $1,311   $23,464,386 8
2005/02/04 35 $147,179 -45% 126 $1,168   $23,710,521 9
2005/02/11 45 $88,093 -40% 74 $1,190   $23,867,161 10
2005/02/18 52 $44,950 -49% 51 $881   $23,955,785 11
2005/02/25 62 $23,743 -47% 32 $742   $24,006,726 12

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2004/12/25 7 $2,405,132   1,103 $2,181   $2,405,132 16
2004/12/26 8 $2,117,400 -12% 1,103 $1,920   $4,955,054 17
2004/12/27 10 $1,514,000 -28% 1,103 $1,373   $6,469,000 18
2004/12/28 10 $1,340,000 -11% 1,105 $1,213   $7,809,000 19
2005/01/01 8 $2,067,396   1,105 $1,871   $13,428,721 23
2005/01/02 10 $1,366,107 -34% 1,105 $1,236   $14,794,828 24
2005/01/03 8 $623,000 -54% 1,105 $564   $15,418,000 25
2005/01/04 8 $438,000 -30% 1,105 $396   $15,856,000 26
2005/01/05 6 $423,000 -3% 1,105 $383   $16,279,000 27
2005/01/06 7 $425,000 n/c 1,105 $385   $16,704,000 28
2005/01/07 10 $900,000 +112% 1,105 $814   $17,600,000 29
2005/01/08 10 $1,156,530 +29% 1,105 $1,047   $18,733,333 30
2005/01/09 10 $715,805 -38% 1,105 $648   $19,449,138 31
2005/01/10 8 $268,000 -63% 1,105 $243   $19,717,000 32
2005/01/11 8 $293,000 +9% 1,105 $265   $20,010,000 33
2005/01/12 8 $249,000 -15% 1,105 $225   $20,259,000 34
2005/01/13 9 $249,000 n/c 1,105 $225   $20,508,000 35
2005/01/14 12 $600,000 +141% 907 $662   $21,100,000 36
2005/01/15 18 $540,160 -10% 907 $596   $21,456,975 37
2005/01/16 19 $401,653 -26% 907 $443   $21,858,628 38
2005/01/17 21 $261,955 -35% 907 $289   $22,120,583 39
2005/02/21 48 $9,674   51 $190   $23,965,459 74

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2004/12/10 25 $212,902   2 $106,451   $212,902 1
2004/12/17 28 $194,971 -8% 2 $97,486   $407,873 2
2004/12/24 10 $9,962,833 +5,010% 1,105 $9,016   $10,370,706 3
2004/12/31 10 $6,333,793 -36% 1,105 $5,732   $16,704,499 4
2005/01/07 10 $3,803,965 -40% 1,105 $3,443   $20,508,464 5
2005/01/14 19 $1,932,616 -49% 907 $2,131   $22,441,080 6
2005/01/21 21 $753,271 -61% 425 $1,772   $23,194,351 7
2005/01/28 29 $368,991 -51% 206 $1,791   $23,563,342 8
2005/02/04 36 $215,726 -42% 126 $1,712   $23,779,068 9
2005/02/11 43 $131,767 -39% 74 $1,781   $23,910,835 10
2005/02/18 51 $72,148 -45% 51 $1,415   $23,982,983 11
2005/02/25 68 $23,743 -67% 32 $742   $24,006,726 12

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

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