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Paper Man (2010)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $15,389Details
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Paper Man is a comedic drama about an unlikely friendship between Richard, a failed middle-aged novelist who has never quite grown up and Abby, a 17-year-old girl whose role in a family tragedy years earlier has stolen away her youth. Both are unsure, both are afraid to take firm steps forward, and both are looking for that special friend-that connection-to help guide them into the future. Since his childhood, Richard has mostly relied on the imaginary one that resides in his head-a costumed superhero known as Captain Excellent. At the urging of his wife Claire, Richard has moved to a Long Island beach community for the winter season in order to overcome his writer's block. There, Richard meets Abby and hires her as a weekly babysitter, even though he has no children. Their tenuous, new friendship is sparked by Richard's awe over Abby's homemade soup and Abby's enjoyment of Richard's writing and his attempts at Origami. As the season progresses and the warm, quirky friendship between Richard and Abby grows, the two begin to share with each other their dreams and life hardships. With the coming of spring, Richard and Abby discover there comes a time to let go of the imaginary friends of the past and to embrace the future as a new beginning-just as one would embrace a new and unique friendship.


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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: April 23rd, 2010 (Limited) by MPI Media Group
Video Release: January 18th, 2011 by Mpi Home Video
MPAA Rating: R For language and a scene of sexuality
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Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Countries: United States

Leading Cast

   Captain Excellent

Supporting Cast

Lisa Kudrow    Claire

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DVD and Blu-ray Releases for January 18th, 2011

January 17th, 2011

It's a very slow week on the home market with Takers being the biggest first-run release. Admittedly, it did perform better than expected at the box office, but was still only a midlevel hit. The best bet in terms of new releases is Buried, which is coming out on a Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack, but without a DVD only option. However, while that movie is amazing, there are not enough extras to be considered pick of the week material. For that honor we have to go to Futurama: Volume Five, even though it didn't come out this week, or even this year. However, the screener arrived really late, and it is the best release on this week's list. More...

Exit Enters Top Spot on the Per Theater Chart

April 27th, 2010

During the second weekend of its release, Exit Through the Gift Shop rose to the top spot on the per theater chart, with an average of $13,356 in 11 theaters. The Secret in Their Eyes was the only other film in the $10,000 club, with an average of $10,911 in 33 theaters for its sophomore stint. In both cases, some further expansion is likely. More...

Hey Hey It's Limited Releases

April 23rd, 2010

It's still too early for the summer blockbuster season, so it's not surprising that there's not a lot of major limited releases on this week's slate. However, there are two of them that are of interest, both of which are foreign: GravyTrain from Canada and Hey, Hey, It's Esther Blueburger from Australia More...

Cast Updates - October 2, 2008

October 2nd, 2008

This week's round of new casting information contains updates for Paper Man, Sherlock Holmes, Kung Fu Panda 2, and more! More...

New Movie Announcements, Stars and Directors - September 30, 2008

September 30th, 2008

This week another number of upcoming movies, new stars and directors have been added to our archive! More...

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2010/04/23 72 $8,613   3 $2,871   $8,613 1
2010/04/30 102 $1,606 -81% 3 $535   $13,514 2
2010/05/07 112 $911 -43% 3 $304   $15,389 3

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2010/04/23 73 $11,908   3 $3,969   $11,908 1
2010/04/30 100 $2,570 -78% 3 $857   $14,478 2
2010/05/07 112 $911 -65% 3 $304   $15,389 3

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