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A Most Violent Year (2014)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $5,749,134Details
International Box Office $322,299Details
Worldwide Box Office $6,071,433
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $788,160 Details
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $495,948 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $1,284,108
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A crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically the most dangerous year in the city’s history. The film examines one immigrant’s determined climb up a morally crooked ladder, where simmering rivalries and unprovoked attacks threaten his business, family, and—above all—his own unwavering belief in the righteousness of his path.


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Movie Details

Production Budget:$20,000,000
Domestic Releases: December 31st, 2014 (Limited) by A24
International Releases: February 26th, 2015 (Wide) (Australia)
March 19th, 2015 (Wide) (Spain)
July 10th, 2015 (Wide) (Turkey)
October 2nd, 2015 (Wide) (Taiwan)
Video Release: March 10th, 2015 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for language and some violence.
(Rating bulletin 2344, 10/15/2014)
Running Time: 125 minutes
Comparisons: vs. By the Sea
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Keywords: New York, 1980s, Immigration, Crime Thriller, Money Troubles, Corporate Malfeasance, Intertitle, Organized Crime, Loan Shark, Suicide, Digital Cinematography
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Before The Door, Washington Square Films, Participant Media, Image Abu Dhabi, FilmNation Entertainment
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Theater Average 2nd Weekend 93 $29,135 Jan 9, 2015 12
Top 2014 Theater Average 14 $43,197 Jan 2, 2015 5

Leading Cast

   Abel Morales
   Anna Morales

Supporting Cast

David Oyelowo    A.D.A. Lawrence
Alessandro Nivola    Peter Forente
Albert Brooks    Andrew Walsh
Elyes Gabel    Driver
Catalina Sandino Moreno    Luisa
Peter Gerety    Bill O'Leary
Christopher Abbott    Louis Servidio
Glenn Fleshler    Arnold Klein

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

Production and Technical Credits

J.C. Chandor    Screenwriter
Neal Dodson    Producer
Anna Gerb    Producer
J.C. Chandor    Producer
Jeff Skoll    Executive Producer
Jonathan King    Executive Producer
Joshua Blum    Executive Producer
Kerry Orent    Executive Producer
Glen Basner    Executive Producer

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2015/01/02 34 $172,788   4 $43,197   $286,046 1
2015/01/09 35 $116,541 -33% 4 $29,135   $453,453 2
2015/01/16 27 $282,547 +142% 39 $7,245   $774,128 3
2015/01/23 26 $456,000 +61% 68 $6,706   $1,361,675 4
2015/01/30 13 $1,512,224 +232% 818 $1,849   $2,980,129 5
2015/02/06 16 $955,004 -37% 706 $1,353   $4,604,786 6
2015/02/13 28 $245,458 -74% 186 $1,320   $5,217,807 7
2015/02/27 48 $53,344   43 $1,241   $5,545,256 9
2015/03/20 60 $21,254   24 $886   $5,669,656 12
2015/03/27 65 $13,309 -37% 18 $739   $5,688,722 13
2015/04/03 65 $10,717 -19% 11 $974   $5,707,408 14
2015/04/10 71 $8,533 -20% 13 $656   $5,721,712 15
2015/04/17 65 $9,102 +7% 17 $535   $5,735,409 16
2015/04/24 70 $8,824 -3% 17 $519   $5,749,134 17

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2015/01/02 - $60,500   4 $15,125   $60,500 3

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2015/01/02 33 $223,654   4 $55,914   $336,912 2
2015/01/09 35 $153,262 -31% 4 $38,316   $490,174 3
2015/01/16 27 $407,857 +166% 39 $10,458   $898,031 4
2015/01/23 27 $569,874 +40% 68 $8,381   $1,467,905 5
2015/01/30 13 $2,181,877 +283% 818 $2,667   $3,649,782 6
2015/02/06 16 $1,322,567 -39% 706 $1,873   $4,972,349 7
2015/02/13 28 $377,129 -71% 186 $2,028   $5,349,478 8
2015/02/20 40 $142,434 -62% 78 $1,826   $5,491,912 9
2015/02/27 51 $71,912 -50% 43 $1,672   $5,563,824 10
2015/03/20 58 $27,011   24 $1,125   $5,675,413 13
2015/03/27 61 $21,278 -21% 18 $1,182   $5,696,691 14
2015/04/03 66 $16,488 -23% 11 $1,499   $5,713,179 15
2015/04/10 69 $13,128 -20% 13 $1,010   $5,726,307 16
2015/04/17 65 $14,003 +7% 17 $824   $5,740,310 17

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Australia 2/26/2015 $72,968 33 33 99 $191,786 7/1/2015
Spain 3/19/2015 $0 0 21 21 $9,726 6/26/2015
Taiwan 10/2/2015 $0 0 1 1 $11,243 10/20/2015
Turkey 7/10/2015 $1,446 5 6 16 $4,324 8/11/2015
Rest of World $105,220
International Total$322,299 10/20/2015

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
4/12/20151613,046 13,046$223,344$223,3445

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