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The Search for General Tso (2015)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $41,455Details
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This mouthwateringly entertaining film travels the globe to unravel a captivating culinary mystery. General Tso's chicken is a staple of Chinese-American cooking, and a ubiquitous presence on restaurant menus across the country. But just who was General Tso? And how did his chicken become emblematic of an entire national cuisine? Director Ian Cheney journeys from Shanghai to New York to the American Midwest and beyond to uncover the origins of this iconic dish, turning up surprising revelations and a host of humorous characters along the way. Told with the verve of a good detective story, The Search for General Tso is as much about food as it is a tale of the American immigrant experience.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 12,401-12,500) 12,417 $41,455
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 17,401-17,500) 17,414 $41,455
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 5,001-5,100) 5,048 $41,455

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: January 2nd, 2015 (Limited) by Sundance Selects
Video Release: July 7th, 2015 by Sundance Channel Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 72 minutes
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Keywords: Food, Asian-Americans, China, Early / Simultaneous Video on Demand release, Gastronomy
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Wicked Delicate Films
Production Countries: China,
Taiwan, Province of China,
United States


Ed Schoenfeld    Himself
Michael Tong    Himself
Sue Lee    Herself
Harley Spiller    Himself
David Chan    Himself
Harlan Lee    Himself
Anna Lee    Herself
Robert G. Lee    Himself
Bonnie Tsui    Herself
Andrew Coe    Himself

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Production and Technical Credits

Jennifer 8. Lee    Producer
Amanda Murray    Producer
Frederick Shanahan    Editor
Ben Fries    Composer
Simon Beins    Composer
Sharon Shattuck    Animation
Ian Cheney    Cinematographer
Taylor Gentry    Cinematographer
Curt Ellis    Co-Producer
Donald Lacey    Co-Producer
Eric T. Lee    Co-Producer
Julia Marchesi    Co-Producer
Lily Spottiswoode    Co-Producer
Taylor Krauss    Associate Producer
Cynthia Lee    Associate Producer
Barbara Parks    Sound Editor
Peter Levin    Re-recording Mixer

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2015/01/02 59 $9,336   2 $4,668   $9,336 1
2015/01/09 61 $9,055 -3% 13 $697   $22,276 2
2015/01/23 85 $1,744   3 $581   $36,800 4

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2015/01/02 61 $13,221   2 $6,611   $13,221 1
2015/01/09 60 $13,400 +1% 13 $1,031   $26,621 2
2015/01/16 73 $8,435 -37% 10 $844   $35,056 3
2015/01/23 90 $1,952 -77% 3 $651   $37,008 4
2015/01/30 95 $158 -92% 2 $79   $37,166 5
2015/02/13 92 $1,251   4 $313   $41,455 7

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