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Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)

Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $3,703,046Details
International Box Office $11,851,809Details
Worldwide Box Office $15,554,855
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $1,349,550 Details
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $1,020,955 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $2,370,505
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  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer


Three scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one badass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.


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Movie Details

Production Budget:$15,000,000
Domestic Releases: October 30th, 2015 (Wide) by Paramount Pictures
International Releases: October 29th, 2015 (Wide), released as Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (Hong Kong)
October 29th, 2015 (Wide), released as Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (Portugal)
October 29th, 2015 (Wide), released as Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (Russia (CIS))
October 29th, 2015 (Wide), released as Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (Slovenia)
October 29th, 2015 (Wide), released as Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (Thailand)
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Video Release: January 5th, 2016 by Paramount Home Video
MPAA Rating: R for zombie violence and gore, sexual material, graphic nudity, and language throughout.
(Rating bulletin 2385, 8/4/2015)
Running Time: 93 minutes
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Keywords: Zombies, Delayed Adulthood, Strippers / Stripping, Rescue, Breaking the Fourth Wall, Surprise Twist, Scene in End Credits, Coming of Age, Split Screen, Horror Comedy
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Fantasy
Production Companies: Paramount Pictures, Broken Road
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Halloween (Opening, 3-Day) 26 $1,841,007 Oct 30, 2015 3
Halloween (Opening, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 29 $2,033,723 Oct 30, 2015 3

Lead Ensemble Members

   Ben Goudy

Supporting Cast

David Koechner    Scout Leader Rogers
Cloris Leachman    Miss Fielder
Sara Malakul Lane    Beth Daniels
Matty Cardarople    Lone Jawless Zombie
Elle Evans    Amber
Laurel Harris    Kate Goudy
Niki Koss    Chloe
Tony Gardner    Dr. Gardner Zombie
Rebecca Rowley    Mother Zombie
Lukas Gage    Travis
Leon Charles Farmer    Steve Daniels
Jeremy Dunn    Patient Zero
Drew Droege    Drunk Man
Blake Anderson    Ron the Janitor
Hiram Murray    Corporal Reeves
Zale Kessler    Bathrobe Zombie
Theo Kypri    Peter Morris

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

Production and Technical Credits

Carrie Evans    Screenwriter
Emi Mochizuki    Screenwriter
Christopher Landon    Screenwriter
Carrie Evans    Story by
Emi Mochizuki    Story by
Lona Williams    Story by
Todd Garner    Producer
Andy Fickman    Producer
Samson Mucke    Executive Producer
Sean Robins    Executive Producer
Bryan Brucks    Executive Producer
Brandon Trost    Director of Photography
Nathan Amondson    Production Designer
Jim Page    Editor
Marylou Lim    Costume Designer
Matthew Margeson    Composer
Samson Mucke    Unit Production Manager
Samson Mucke    Line Producer
Dale Stern    Assistant Director
Jeff Rosenberg    Assistant Director
Kris Smith    Script Supervisor
Michelle Gritzer    Assistant Director
Leah King    Assistant Director
Ryan Krayser    Assistant Director
Sharon C. Dietz    Production Supervisor
Matt Willard    Assistant Editor
Bernie Gomez    Assistant Editor
Philip Beckner    Editor
Al Clay    Score Mixer-Music Mixer
William Budge    Art Director
Fontaine Beauchamp Hebb    Set Decorator
Masako Masuda    Set Designer
Glenn Williams    Set Designer
Joseph Middleton    Casting Director
Kimberley Hope    Casting Director
Nicole Daniels    Casting Director
Courtney Sheinin    Casting Director
Bruce Gareth Chen    Costume Supervisor
Tony Gardner    Special Make-up Effects
Hugo Villasenor    Special Make-up Effects
Ralis Kahn    Special Make-up Effects
Carlton Coleman    Special Make-up Effects
Sean Kenney    Special Make-up Effects
Michele Tyminski    Make up
Vito Trotta    Hairstylist
Steven A. Morrow    Sound Mixer
Marc Fishman    Re-recording Mixer
Adam Jenkins    Re-recording Mixer
Peter Brown    Sound Designer
Glynna Grimala    Dialogue Editor
Shane Hayes    Dialogue Editor
Paul Aulicino    Supervising Sound Editor
Dino DiMuro    Sound Effects Editor
Stephen P. Robinson    Sound Effects Editor
Mike Gunther    Stunt Coordinator
Ron Bolanowski    Special Effects Coordinator
Ryan Tudhope    Visual Effects Supervisor
Dale Taylor    Visual Effects Producer

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

Home Market Releases for January 5th, 2016

January 4th, 2016


We are getting back to normal for the home market releases. There are no major first run releases, but one of the biggest limited releases of 2015 hits the home market. Sicario earned nearly $50 million after starting in limited release and the Blu-ray Combo Pack is the Pick of the Week. It wasn't the only contender for that honor, as Deathgasm (DVD or Blu-ray) and Infinitely Polar Bear (DVD or Blu-ray) were also in contention. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Spectre Doesn't Break Records, but Earns More Than Just Peanuts

November 9th, 2015

The Peanuts Movie

It was a good weekend at the box office, but not a great weekend. Both Spectre and The Peanuts Movie opened well enough to be considered hits, but didn't quite reach the high marks I had expected. Call it irrational exuberance. Even though Spectre didn't break the record for the Bond franchise, it still did almost as well as all of the box office did last weekend. Additionally, The Peanuts Movie opened with more than $40 million, which is a great start, while its target audience should help its legs. The overall box office was $162 million, which is 115% more than last weekend. It was also 3.0% more than the same weekend last week, so the slump we've been in is officially over. Year-to-date, 2015 is now ahead of 2014 by a 4.9% margin at $8.89 billion to $8.48 billion. A $415 million lead with less than two months to go seems really safe, especially with a few more potential monster hits on the way. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Box Office is in Crisis Mode

November 2nd, 2015

Our Brand is Crisis

Most people expected the box office to be really weak this past weekend, but I don't think anyone anticipated this. How bad was this past weekend? All three new releases missed the Mendoza line* and there were no new releases in the top five. The overall box office was just $75 million, which was the lowest for the year and the fourth worst weekend in the past decade. This represents a 28% drop-off from last week and a 21% drop-off from the same weekend last year. 2015's overall lead over 2014 shrunk from 5.2% to 4.7%. The overall lead fell by $40 million at $8.69 billion to $8.31 billion. This is reason to panic, or it would be if Spectre wasn't opening on Friday. The film is breaking records in the U.K. and should be an explosive hit here. Hopefully it will do well enough that we can pretend the past two weeks never happened. More...

Weekend Estimates: Martian Avoids the Burnt Zombie Crisis

November 1st, 2015

The Martian

Halloween is a horror show for new releases, with none of them able to break a $2,000 theater average and The Martian enjoying a fourth weekend at the top of the chart. The sci-fi movie will earn about $11.4 million this weekend, for a total of $182.8 million, per Fox’s Sunday morning projection—down 28% from last weekend. The adult-skewing audience for the film meant it wasn’t badly affected by Halloween on Saturday, with its daily gross up 32% from Friday. In comparison, Goosebumps was up just 9% on Saturday, which leaves it too much to do to steal top spot. Sony projects the family adventure-horror film will end the weekend with $10.25 million over three days and $57.1 million in total. The new wide releases, meanwhile, will barely earn $10 million between them. More...

Friday Estimates: Halloween Haunts the Box Office

October 31st, 2015

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Because Halloween is a dead zone for the box office when it lands during the weekend, it has a major effect on the box office. Therefore, it is important for box office analysts to compare weekends where the holiday lands on the same day. This is a problem, because the last time Halloween landed on a Saturday was 2009. The only film to open wide that weekend was Michael Jackson's This is It, which is in no way similar to any of the movies that opened wide this weekend. The previous similar weekend was in 1998, but while Vampires is a closer match to Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, the box office has changed too much to compare the films. We're flying blind this weekend. Fortunately, even flying blind, it is easy to make one declaration: All three wide releases bombed. More...

Thursday Night Previews: Burnt Out

October 30th, 2015


Two of the three wide releases had Thursday previews, with Burnt having the bigger of the two films' launches. Bigger is a relative term. It only managed $250,000 during its previews, which is bad news. Its bad news for the studio, as this doesn't bode well for its box office chances. It is also bad new for me, because this is so low it is hard to find other films to compare it with. It is about 10% lower than The Green Inferno, which is about as close a match as I could find, but those two films share almost none of their respective audiences. The Intern is a closer match as far as audiences are concerned. That film earned $650,000 during its previews on its way to a $24.90 million opening weekend. Burnt has worse reviews, so it likely won't have the same internal multiplier. Even so, it should make between $7 million and $9 million, which is a little higher than predicted, but not enough to keep the studio happy. More...

Weekend Predictions: Halloween Horrors

October 29th, 2015

Our Brand is Crisis

Halloween is a dead zone for the box office, for the most part, and this year it lands on Saturday. Unless we are dealing with a horror film, it's going to be a bad weekend. There are two truly wide openings this weekend, Burnt and Our Brand is Crisis, neither of which are horror films. There is also one semi-wide release, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, which is a horror movie, but the buzz is so quiet I don't think it will matter. All three movies are earning bad reviews and it looks like the top three this weekend will be the same as they were last weekend. (There's a chance Goosebumps gets a big enough Halloween boost to climb into first place.) This weekend last year, there was only one new release in the top ten, Nightcrawler, which earned second place with just over $10 million. That's better than any one of the new releases will do this year; however, there's better depth this year, so I think 2015 will come out on top on the year-over-year comparison. More...

Contest: Crisis Management

October 23rd, 2015

Our Brand is Crisis

Next weekend three films are opening wide, maybe, sort of? Halloween is on Saturday, which is a dead zone for the box office, so I don't think the studios are too concerned about the movies they are releases. Burnt might be opening in limited release this week and expanding wide next weekend, or it might be opening wide next weekend. (I just read a source that had it opening wide this week. Confusion like that can't help the film.) Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is opening at least semi-wide, but it is also coming out on VOD just a few weeks later, so a lot of theater owners are balking at the film. That leaves Our Brand is Crisis. I doubt it will be a hit, but I think it has the best shot at earning number one out of these three films. As such, it is the only choice for the target film for this week's Box Office Prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for Our Brand is Crisis.

Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a Frankenprize consisting of two previously reviewed DVDs or Blu-rays. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will win a Frankenprize consisting of two previously reviewed DVDs or Blu-rays. Finally, we will be choosing an entrant from the group of people who haven't won, or haven't won recently, and they will also win a Frankenprize consisting of two previously reviewed DVDs or Blu-rays. There is a difference this time. Two people will earn Frankenprizes consisting of two horror movies. The other winner will earn a Frankprize consisting of two "horror" movies, that is to say movies so bad that it will fill you with horror. This is the last time we will be doing this for Halloween, but we're doing it again for Christmas, with two presents and a lump of coal. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

2015 Preview: October

October 1st, 2015

The Martian

September ended on a record note with the debut of Hotel Transylvania 2. Additionally, there was great depth and 2015's lead over 2014 grew to nearly $500 million. How do things look going forward? The month starts out with The Martian, which should have no trouble becoming the biggest hit of the month and might even top $200 million. On the other hand, no other film is expected to get to $100 million. There's only one or two that will even come close. Fortunately, last October was very similar with one $100 million hit, Gone Girl, while two other films came close, Annabelle and Fury. It looks like it will be up to the depth films from both years to determine which year comes out on top. More...

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2015/10/30 12 $1,841,007   1,509 $1,220   $1,841,007 1
2015/11/06 17 $626,267 -66% 1,151 $544   $3,147,486 2
2015/11/13 27 $184,452 -71% 403 $458   $3,635,292 3

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2015/10/30 12 $687,089   1,509 $455   $687,089 1
2015/10/31 13 $646,557 -6% 1,509 $428   $1,333,646 2
2015/11/01 15 $507,361 -22% 1,509 $336   $1,841,007 3
2015/11/02 13 $180,052 -65% 1,509 $119   $2,021,059 4
2015/11/03 13 $223,173 +24% 1,509 $148   $2,244,232 5
2015/11/04 14 $146,160 -35% 1,509 $97   $2,390,392 6
2015/11/05 14 $130,827 -10% 1,509 $87   $2,521,219 7
2015/11/06 - $188,935 +44% 1,151 $164   $2,710,154 8
2015/11/07 - $280,667 +49% 1,151 $244   $2,990,821 9
2015/11/08 - $156,665 -44% 1,151 $136   $3,147,486 10
2015/11/09 - $60,110 -62% 1,151 $52   $3,207,596 11
2015/11/10 - $89,874 +50% 1,151 $78   $3,297,470 12
2015/11/11 - $95,987 +7% 1,151 $83   $3,393,457 13
2015/11/12 - $57,383 -40% 1,151 $50   $3,450,840 14
2015/11/13 - $58,113 +1% 403 $144   $3,508,953 15
2015/11/14 - $80,493 +39% 403 $200   $3,589,446 16
2015/11/15 - $45,846 -43% 403 $114   $3,635,292 17
2015/11/16 - $18,685 -59% 403 $46   $3,653,977 18
2015/11/17 - $22,707 +22% 403 $56   $3,676,684 19
2015/11/18 - $15,707 -31% 403 $39   $3,692,391 20
2015/11/19 - $10,655 -32% 403 $26   $3,703,046 21

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2015/10/30 13 $2,521,219   1,509 $1,671   $2,521,219 1
2015/11/06 17 $929,621 -63% 1,151 $808   $3,450,840 2
2015/11/13 26 $252,206 -73% 403 $626   $3,703,046 3

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Australia 11/6/2015 $341,585 197 197 500 $673,103 6/9/2016
Austria 11/12/2015 $44,847 18 18 75 $101,501 6/9/2016
Bolivia 11/12/2015 $28,072 8 8 38 $203,823 1/20/2016
Brazil 11/12/2015 $472,654 217 217 741 $1,285,548 6/9/2016
Central America 11/12/2015 $0 0 15 15 $214,918 12/16/2015
Chile 12/3/2015 $36,343 19 19 44 $114,835 1/20/2016
Colombia 11/12/2015 $0 0 48 68 $297,047 12/1/2015
Ecuador 11/13/2015 $40,716 36 36 78 $119,378 12/8/2015
Estonia 10/30/2015 $0 0 10 10 $16,452 11/10/2015
Germany 11/12/2015 $290,170 181 181 537 $498,020 12/16/2015
Hong Kong 10/29/2015 $343,100 30 30 115 $1,288,139 12/21/2015
Latvia 10/30/2015 $0 0 4 6 $23,497 11/25/2015
Mexico 11/13/2015 $356,668 0 195 206 $1,943,084 6/9/2016
Mongolia 10/30/2015 $16,372 3 3 8 $40,999 11/17/2015
New Zealand 11/6/2015 $25,793 52 52 114 $59,781 12/1/2015
Peru 11/12/2015 $205,454 100 100 180 $667,824 12/8/2015
Philippines 11/11/2015 $197,632 83 83 92 $266,907 11/25/2015
Portugal 10/29/2015 $20,280 17 17 61 $55,092 12/16/2015
Russia (CIS) 10/29/2015 $198,837 700 700 1400 $460,712 11/11/2015
Singapore 11/12/2015 $155,049 21 21 59 $336,959 12/16/2015
Slovenia 10/29/2015 $0 0 9 45 $22,131 12/8/2015
Taiwan 11/13/2015 $309,317 67 67 232 $940,808 12/21/2015
Thailand 10/29/2015 $54,543 30 30 58 $110,846 11/17/2015
United Kingdom 11/6/2015 $448,023 407 407 798 $876,567 12/21/2015
Venezuela 11/13/2015 $157,161 21 21 37 $626,226 12/16/2015
Rest of World $607,612
International Total$11,851,809 6/9/2016

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
1/10/20161320,328 20,328$372,409$372,4091

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
1/10/20161316,648 16,648$353,605$353,6051

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