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The Merchant of Venice (2004)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $3,765,585Details
International Box Office $15,000,000Details
Worldwide Box Office $18,765,585
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Movie Details

Production Budget:$30,000,000
Domestic Releases: December 29th, 2004 (Limited) by Sony Pictures Classics
International Releases: June 11th, 2009 (Limited) (Australia)
MPAA Rating: R for some nudity
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Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Countries: United States

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Days In
Top 2004 Theater Average 58 $17,467 Dec 31, 2004 5

Leading Cast



Mackenzie Crook    Launcelot Gobbo
Ben Whishaw    Servant to Portia
Jeremy Irons    Antonio
Joseph Fiennes    Bassanio
Zuleikha Robinson    Jessica

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Production and Technical Credits


Her Shoes Fall out of Fashion

December 4th, 2005

Here's this week's round-up of international box office numbers.

In Her Shoes fell out of the top five this week with $3.95 million on 2,050 screens in 23 markets for a $30.60 million international box office. The film held up amazingly well in Spain, dropping just 8% to $810,000 on 290 screens, but it wasn't as fortunate in France where it lost more than half its opening, earning $400,000 on 293 screens, falling out of the top ten in the process. It suffered a similar fate during its third weekend in the U.K. where it was down 55% to $736,000 on 268 screens, but the film already has $7.06 million there, which is better than its domestic run if you take into account the relative sizes of the two markets. More...

Zorro Steals the Show

November 6th, 2005

With The Legend of Zorro earning a nearly worldwide release this past weekend, and the imminent release of another juggernaut, there was little room for other releases this weekend on the international scene. More...

Surprise Twist on the International Charts

October 30th, 2005

Oliver Twist opened in two major markets over the weekend, placing second in both France with $2.4 million on 547 screens and Italy with $1.3 million on 301 screens. Other markets include $360,000 in the U.K. for a $3.6 million total there and $140,000 in Poland for $1.1 million. Add it up and you have $4.2 million for the weekend and $9.6 million in total. More...

Brothers are not so Grimm

October 23rd, 2005

The Brothers Grimm dropped just 35% during its second weekend in France adding $2.1 million to its $5.7 million total there. In Germany, the film performed a nearly the same level falling 36% to $950,000 over the weekend and $2.9 million during its run. Overall the film made $4 million for a $27.8 million runny tally and that places it fourth on this week's charts. While the film struggled domestically, it is doing quite a bit better on the international scene, and could show a profit sometime during its home market run. More...

Internationl Round-up: Company Nine Reaches $14 Million

October 16th, 2005

Company 9 remained in first place in Russia, its home market, down just 13% to $4.3 million for a running total of $14.3 million, which is well ahead of Revenge of the Sith's final box office in the market (which was just shy of $10 million). More...

The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming!

October 9th, 2005

Company 9 opened in its native market of Russia with a stunning $5.0 million over the weekend and $6.25 million including the midweek numbers, which is better than Revenge of the Sith's opening in that market. This also means there were two films that did so well in their local markets that they managed to place in the top five overall. More...

International Round-up: Red Eye Takes Off

October 2nd, 2005

Red Eye added another $3.7 million on 2,057 screens in 37 markets to its $22 million international total. The film opened in second place in both Spain with $850,000 on 215 screens and in the Netherlands with $250,000 on 59 ($300,000 including previews). More...

DVD Releases for May 10, 2005

May 9th, 2005

Every week films get a second chance at success from the home market; or, in some cases, a first chance at success. Here is a list of wide releases, limited releases, classics and a few from the growing TV on DVD section. It usually takes over four months for a film's theatrical release till its debut in DVD, and just over four months ago was the middle of January, which explains why there are some real low quality films on this week's list. However, there are also some top-notch choices, leading the way is the DVD pick of the Week - In Good Company - Buy from Amazon. More...

International: Constantine Continues to Climb

May 1st, 2005

It was a good news, bad news kind of weekend for Constantine. The film remained in top spot in Japan with $2,330,027 on 349 screens for a $9,011,671 running tally in the market. Bad news, it dropped 37% during its second weekend in the market, which is really steep for Japan. Overall the film brought in $3 million on 1,200 screens in 40 markets for a international box office of $136.4 million. More...

France's $5 Million Baby

April 3rd, 2005

Million Dollar Baby performed brilliantly this week earning $8.8 million for an international total of $60 million, placing fourth on the international box office charts. In France the film dominated the marketplace with $4.94 million on 450 screens and in Germany the film earned $760,000 in semi-limited release (120 screens) for the best per screen average in the market. On the other hand, the film flopped in Slovakia where it missed the top ten in its debut. On the holdover front, the multi-Oscar winning front saw its weekend haul climb by 20% in Spain to $980,000 and it's still doing well in Australia, Italy and South Korea. More...

Tie at the Top of Per Theater Chart

March 22nd, 2005

There was a tie this weekend atop the Per Theater Chart between Melinda and Melinda, both of which were directed by the team of Woody and Allen. Melinda and Melinda earned an amazing $74,238 in its lone theater, which is the best per theater average ever for a Fox Searchlight film over a three-day weekend. More...

Baby Takes Fifth in Close Race

March 20th, 2005

After gathering in all the data the winner for the race for fifth place is Million Dollar Baby, I think. It would need to lost more than 40% from last week's total and that's not taking into account its openings in South Korea at $1,515,672 and second place, its $110,000, third place debut in Finland, $86,000 in Russia, $50,000, second place debut in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, exact weekend totals are unknown but it is estimated at $6 million raising its international total to $43 million so far. More...

The Aviator Soars Higher than Before

March 6th, 2005

The Aviator beat weekend estimates by a substantial margin leading to a $5.9 million box office on 3000 screens in 34 markets. The multi-Oscar winning movie has hit $86.2 million internationally and will cross $200 million worldwide before too long. The film dropped a spot to fifth place in South Korea with $834,660 for the week and slipped to second in Australia with $798,000. The only market the film opened it was Argentina, where it easily took top spot with $232,000. More...

Down Stays Up on Per Theater Charts

March 1st, 2005

Last week's winner remained the per theater chart champion, as Downfall earned and average of $15,704. That's down just 13.7%, despite it being a post holiday weekend and seeing its theater count quadruple; this bodes very well for the film's long-term success. The only other film to crack the top 10 was overall box office champ, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, which averaged $14,771 in its 1,483 theaters. More...

Twelve Tops the Best of the Rest

February 27th, 2005

Ocean's Twelve may have dropped out of the top five, but it is still going strong with $4.5 million on 1400 screens in 35 markets for an international box office of $225.8 million so far. No new openings means the heist film had to rely on holdovers likes its $2.5 million during its third weekend in the U.K. and $1.4 million during its fifth week of release in Japan, finishing second in both those markets. More...

French Film Finishes Fifth

February 20th, 2005

Iznogoud: Calife a la place du calife, a movie based on a Asterix and Obelix spin off of sorts, dominated the French box office taking in $7.1 million, more than double the second place film and more than a third of the top ten total. It is also enough to push it into the Top Five on the international scene, dropping Finding Neverland into sixth place. Unfortunately, like the several films made in the Asterix and Obelix series, this one is unlikely to make much of an impact outside the French speaking markets. More...

Nobody Leads Per Theater Charts

February 8th, 2005

This week we again have only one film in the $10,000 club, as Nobody Knows easily topped the per theater charts with a $16,197 average in just two theaters. That was nearly double the second place film, and last week's winner, Raging Bull. More...

Good Great on Per Theatre Redux

January 11th, 2005

Four of last week's five films in the $10,000 club managed to repeat that feat this week with In Good Company continuing its reign on the charts. The film, which opens wide this week, dropped a mere 5% at the box office earning an average of $48,050 in three theatres. Well back at $17,619 was Million Dollar Baby, which did an amazing job holding onto its per theatre average despite increasing its theatre count from just 9 to 109. On the other hand, The Merchant of Venice dropped almost 30% to $12,237 even though its theatre count was unchanged. Another film holding up well despite massive gains in its theatre count was Hotel Rwanda with $11,155 on average in 105 theatres. Rounding out the $10,000 club was the only new wide release this weekend, White Noise with $10,665. More...

Company Done Good

January 4th, 2005

As you can probably guess from the grammatically incorrect headline, In Good Company took top spot on the Per Theatre Charts with an amazing $50,583 average in three theatres over the weekend and a total of $225,000 since the film opened on Wednesday. Coming in second is the oldest film in the $10,000 club, Million Dollar Baby, which saw its per theatre average jump to $30,164 in nine theatres and has already topped $1 million during its limited run. Hotel Rwanda also saw its per theatre average climb and earned $20,340 in 7 theatres and needs to expand quickly to take advantage of its strong start. Oscar hopeful, The Merchant of Venice, started well with nearly $70,000 over the weekend and over $100,000 since its Wednesday opening, which works out to a $17,467 average in 4 theatres. Rounding out the $10,000 club was the overall box office leader, Meet the Fockers with an average of $11,845. More...

Movie Websites Launches for December 24 - December 30

December 30th, 2004

During the past week promotional websites for several movies were launched and some older ones added additional content. Here the list of this week's releases, a couple of new sites and few updates, including this week's winner The Ring 2 - Official Site. If you know of any new movie websites not on this list feel free to e-mail me with the details. More...

Quartet of Oscar Contenders

December 29th, 2004

Four more films open tonight hoping to catch some Oscar glory. Ironically, the film with the least likely shot at earning a nomination is also the film with the best reviews and strongest box office potential. More...

Competition Can't Stop the Supers

December 15th, 2004

Several films made their international debuts this weekend, but that didn't stop The Incredibles from taking top spot on the international box office, again. This weekend the film brought in an addition $32.1 million on 6,343 screens in 37 markets to lift its international tally to $152.1 million so far. The films busiest weekend in terms of raw dollars was the $5.7 million it earned in Germany, but with a theatre count of more than 1000, that wasn't as strong as the studio would have liked. The film did break the record for biggest opening for an animated movie with $1.7 million in Brazil. The film also opened first in Switzerland with $1.2 million, Austria with $931,000 and South Africa with $310,000. More...

Heroes Hit $100 Million

December 8th, 2004

A few big opening and very strong holdovers helped The Incredibles continue its torrid pace with $36.3 million in 24 markets, lifting its international tally to $104.6 million. It was the 16th film to cross that mark this year, and one of two films to do so this weekend. The film's biggest opening of the weekend was in Japan where it took in $7.3 million to finish in second place to local phenomenon, Howl's Moving Castle. Ironically, out of all the new openings, Japan was the only market where the film failed to open in first place. The biggest holdover was in the U.K. where the film took in another $8.1 million, down just 29%, and now sits just shy of $30 million there. The film was equally strong in other major markets: France, ($6.5 million, down 29%); Italy, ($4.4 million, down 19%); Spain, ($3.7 million, down 33%.) With major openings in Germany, among other markets, the film looks like it will keep up this torrid pace for quite some time, perhaps hitting $200 million before Christmas. More...

Movie Websites Launches for November 19 - November 25

November 24th, 2004

During the past week promotional websites for several movies were launched and some older ones added additional content. Here the list of this week's releases, a couple of new sites and few updates, including this week's winner Christmas with the Kranks - Official Site. If you know of any new movie websites not on this list feel free to e-mail me with the details. More...

Movie Websites Launches for November 12 - November 18

November 18th, 2004

During the past week promotional websites for several movies were launched and some older ones added additional content. Here the list of this week's releases, a couple of new sites and few updates, including this week's winner Electra - Official Site . If you know of any new movie websites not on this list feel free to e-mail me with the details. More...

Movie Websites Launches for October 15 - October 21

October 21st, 2004

During the past week promotional websites for several movies were launched and some older ones added additional content. Here the list of this week's releases, a couple of new sites and few updates, including this week's winner Blade: Trinity - Official Site. If you know of any new movie websites not on this list feel free to e-mail me with the details. More...

Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2004/12/31 37 $69,868   4 $17,467   $103,260 1
2005/01/07 43 $48,946 -30% 4 $12,237   $168,716 2
2005/01/14 34 $118,379 +142% 15 $7,892   $308,407 3
2005/01/21 33 $166,175 +40% 38 $4,373   $529,545 4
2005/01/28 31 $246,001 +48% 56 $4,393   $849,755 5
2005/02/04 27 $244,070 -1% 63 $3,874   $1,188,774 6
2005/02/11 25 $244,525 n/c 71 $3,444   $1,525,784 7
2005/02/18 27 $257,000 +5% 83 $3,096   $1,877,000 8
2005/02/25 29 $222,375 -13% 95 $2,341   $2,226,043 9
2005/03/04 33 $197,108 -11% 101 $1,952   $2,501,435 10
2005/03/11 31 $182,459 -7% 105 $1,738   $2,762,003 11
2005/03/18 31 $186,508 +2% 107 $1,743   $3,025,806 12
2005/03/25 32 $135,915 -27% 91 $1,494   $3,259,157 13
2005/04/01 36 $85,396 -37% 75 $1,139   $3,417,746 14
2005/04/08 47 $44,975 -47% 62 $725   $3,503,330 15
2005/04/15 57 $32,237 -28% 47 $686   $3,570,046 16
2005/04/22 62 $22,979 -29% 30 $766   $3,629,695 17
2005/04/29 71 $15,156 -34% 20 $758   $3,661,704 18
2005/05/06 65 $14,334 -5% 17 $843   $3,693,118 19
2005/05/13 58 $19,227 +34% 11 $1,748   $3,722,261 20
2005/05/20 51 $25,464 +32% 18 $1,415   $3,752,725 21

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2005/01/17 33 $26,871   15 $1,791   $335,278 20
2005/02/21 27 $55,000   83 $663   $1,932,447 55

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2004/12/31 40 $86,378   4 $21,595   $119,770 2
2005/01/07 43 $70,258 -19% 4 $17,565   $190,028 3
2005/01/14 35 $173,342 +147% 15 $11,556   $363,370 4
2005/01/21 33 $240,384 +39% 38 $6,326   $603,754 5
2005/01/28 33 $340,950 +42% 56 $6,088   $944,704 6
2005/02/04 28 $336,555 -1% 63 $5,342   $1,281,259 7
2005/02/11 25 $338,741 +1% 71 $4,771   $1,620,000 8
2005/02/18 27 $383,668 +13% 83 $4,623   $2,003,668 9
2005/02/25 30 $300,659 -22% 95 $3,165   $2,304,327 10
2005/03/04 30 $275,217 -8% 101 $2,725   $2,579,544 11
2005/03/11 31 $259,754 -6% 105 $2,474   $2,839,298 12
2005/03/18 32 $283,944 +9% 107 $2,654   $3,123,242 13
2005/03/25 34 $209,108 -26% 91 $2,298   $3,332,350 14
2005/04/01 34 $126,005 -40% 75 $1,680   $3,458,355 15
2005/04/08 47 $79,454 -37% 62 $1,282   $3,537,809 16
2005/04/15 50 $68,907 -13% 47 $1,466   $3,606,716 17
2005/04/22 59 $39,832 -42% 30 $1,328   $3,646,548 18
2005/04/29 62 $32,236 -19% 20 $1,612   $3,678,784 19
2005/05/06 60 $24,250 -25% 17 $1,426   $3,703,034 20
2005/05/13 61 $24,227 n/c 11 $2,202   $3,727,261 21
2005/05/20 49 $38,324 +58% 18 $2,129   $3,765,585 22

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Australia 6/11/2009 $0 0 7 7 $113,932 8/24/2015
Rest of World $14,886,068
International Total$15,000,000 8/24/2015

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

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