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The Paperboy (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $677,200Details
International Box Office $2,844,953Details
Worldwide Box Office $3,522,153
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $3,505,928 Details
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $560,619 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $4,066,547
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In the backwaters of steamy 1960s South Florida, investigative reporter Ward Jansen and his partner Yardley Acheman chase a sensational, career-making story. With the help of Ward’s younger brother Jack and sultry death-row groupie Charlotte Bless, the pair tries to prove violent swamp-dweller Hillary Van Wetter was framed for the murder of a corrupt local sheriff. The sleepy small town’s decades-old façade of Southern gentility peels back to reveal a quagmire of evil as dark as a Florida bayou.


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Movie Details

Production Budget:$12,500,000
Domestic Releases: October 5th, 2012 (Limited) by Alchemy
International Releases: October 17th, 2012 (Wide) (Belgium)
October 17th, 2012 (Wide) (France)
November 8th, 2012 (Wide) (Netherlands)
November 29th, 2012 (Wide) (Thailand)
November 29th, 2012 (Wide) (United Arab Emirates)
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Video Release: January 22nd, 2013 by Alchemy
MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content, violence and language.
(Rating bulletin 2234, 8/1/2012)
Running Time: 107 minutes
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Keywords: Investigative Journalist, News, Bigotry, Life in a Small Town, Framed, Wrongfully Convicted, Corrupt Cops, Film Noir, Voiceover/Narration
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Lee Daniels Entertainment, Millennium Films
Production Countries: United States

Leading Cast

   Jack Jansen
   Hillary Van Wetter
   Charlotte Bless

Supporting Cast

David Oyelowo    Yardley
Macy Gray    Anita
Scott Glenn    W.W. Jansen

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

Production and Technical Credits

Lee Daniels    Screenwriter
Pete Dexter    Screenwriter
Pete Dexter    Based on the novel by
Hilary Shor    Producer
Lee Daniels    Producer
Avi Lerner    Producer
Ed Cathell III    Producer
Cassian Elwes    Producer
Danny Dimbort    Executive Producer
Trevor Short    Executive Producer
John Thompson    Executive Producer
Boaz Davidson    Executive Producer
Mark Gill    Executive Producer
Jan De Bont    Executive Producer
Roberto Schaefer    Cinematographer
Daniel T. Dorrance    Production Designer
Joe Klotz    Editor
Mario Gregorov    Composer

Blu-ray Sales: January 27th, 2013: End Begins On Top

March 14th, 2013

New releases did well on the Blu-ray sales chart for the week of January 27th, 2013. This includes End of Watch, which earned first place with 428,000 units / $9.41 million. Its opening week Blu-ray share was just a hair over 50%, which is really impressive for this type of release. More...

DVD Sales: January 27th, 2013: Watch Gets Taken Out in the End

March 14th, 2013

There were four new releases in the top five of the DVD sales chart for the week of January 27th. However, Taken 2 was able to remain in first place with 516,000 units / $7.73 million over the week for totals of 1.68 million units / $27.55 million after two. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for January 22nd, 2013

January 21st, 2013

There are not a lot of big releases on this week's list with End of Watch being the biggest. Conveniently, it is also the best and it is the Pick of the Week on either DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack. More...

Awards Season: Lincoln Shows a United Front at the Golden Globes

December 13th, 2012

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominations and the same list of films that have been mentioned since the beginning of Awards Season were rewarded today. Lincoln led the way with seven nods, while Argo and Django Unchained were close behind with five. More...

2013 Awards Season: SAG Focuses a Searchlight on Silver Linings

December 12th, 2012

SAG nominations were announced and there were only a few surprises to deal with. Leading the way for total nominations was The Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, and Les Miserables, all of which earned nominations in four of the six categories. More...

Per Theater Chart: Taken to the Top

October 9th, 2012

Taken 2 was the only film to top the $10,000 mark on this week's per theater chart earning an average of $13,525. The best new limited release was The Paperboy, which came very close with an average of $9,337 in eleven theaters. More...

Weekend Estimates: Taken 2 Posts Top 3 October Opening

October 7th, 2012

After Hotel Transylvania's record-breaking September opening last week, Taken 2 will make its mark on the October record book this weekend, with Fox projecting a $50 million opening, most likely enough for a place in the top 3 October weekends. The film still has a shot at ousting Paranormal Activity 3 from the top of that list, although it would have to have a very strong Sunday to break the record. Regardless of that, we're looking at another up weekend and 2012 will pull further ahead of last year's pace. More...

Limited Releases: Under the Weather

October 4th, 2012

There are a large number of limited releases on this week's list, but very few have a serious shot at box office success. There are several films with casts with strong name recognition that were earning pre-release buzz, Butter, The Oranges, and The Paperboy, but none of them are earning strong enough reviews to suggest they will thrive in limited release. Fat Kid Rules the World might be the film with the best chance at mainstream success on this week's list, while Escape Fire might do well for a documentary. More...

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/10/05 37 $102,706   11 $9,337   $102,706 1
2012/10/12 30 $96,111 -6% 49 $1,961   $236,901 2
2012/10/19 70 $11,153 -88% 74 $151   $394,085 3
2012/10/26 36 $89,327 +701% 76 $1,175   $538,352 4
2012/11/02 45 $48,416 -46% 42 $1,153   $628,198 5
2012/11/09 53 $23,610 -51% 34 $694   $675,813 6

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/10/05 38 $140,790   11 $12,799   $140,790 1
2012/10/12 23 $242,142 +72% 49 $4,942   $382,932 2
2012/10/19 43 $66,093 -73% 74 $893   $449,025 3
2012/10/26 35 $130,757 +98% 76 $1,720   $579,782 4
2012/11/02 47 $72,421 -45% 42 $1,724   $652,203 5
2012/11/09 56 $24,997 -65% 34 $735   $677,200 6

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Australia 2/28/2013 $29,989 5 5 5 $29,989 12/14/2015
Belgium 10/17/2012 $30,097 12 12 29 $60,023 12/12/2015
Bolivia 6/26/2014 $3,200 4 4 4 $3,200 12/15/2015
Brazil 10/4/2013 $0 0 2 2 $142,328 12/13/2015
Croatia 4/11/2013 $4,500 4 4 8 $8,130 12/14/2015
Finland 1/18/2013 $14,386 9 9 9 $14,386 12/14/2015
France 10/17/2012 $630,485 190 190 428 $1,225,043 12/12/2015
Greece 3/7/2013 $17,662 10 10 10 $17,662 12/14/2015
Lebanon 3/7/2013 $10,015 9 9 9 $12,422 12/14/2015
Netherlands 11/8/2012 $0 0 9 9 $19,610 12/13/2015
Poland 1/4/2013 $0 0 28 48 $107,126 12/14/2015
Portugal 12/27/2012 $54,166 16 16 50 $124,528 12/14/2015
Spain 3/15/2013 $181,445 133 133 379 $360,851 12/14/2015
Thailand 11/29/2012 $4,633 2 2 5 $12,383 12/13/2015
Turkey 4/12/2013 $0 0 12 19 $35,946 12/14/2015
United Arab Emirates 11/29/2012 $39,597 22 22 22 $54,340 12/12/2015
United Kingdom 3/15/2013 $213,361 82 82 199 $597,639 12/14/2015
Vietnam 12/7/2012 $6,766 8 8 16 $19,347 12/13/2015
International Total$2,844,953 12/15/2015

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
1/27/20135105,463 105,463$1,106,307$1,106,3071
2/3/20132026,679-75% 132,142$345,760$1,452,0672

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
1/27/2013620,659 20,659$275,183$275,1831

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