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The Shape of Water (2017)

The Shape of Water
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $1,779,994Details
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In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 7,201-7,300) 7,230 $1,779,994
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 9,501-9,600) 9,587 $1,779,994
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 1,101-1,200) 1,165 $1,779,994
All Time Domestic Box Office for R Movies (Rank 2,401-2,500) 2,410 $1,779,994
All Time Worldwide Box Office for R Movies (Rank 2,801-2,900) 2,823 $1,779,994

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: December 1st, 2017 (Limited) by Fox Searchlight
MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence and language.
(Rating bulletin 2473 (Cert #51030), 4/26/2017)
Running Time: 123 minutes
Comparisons: vs. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
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Keywords: Romance, 1960s, Cold War, Space Program, Escape, Creature Features, Interspecies Romance
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Double Dare You, Fox Searchlight Pictures
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Theater Average Opening Weekend 44 $83,282 Dec 1, 2017 3
Theater Average 56 $83,282 Dec 1, 2017 3
Top 2017 Theater Average 4 $83,282 Dec 1, 2017 3


   Elisa Esposito
Michael Shannon    Richard Strickland
Richard Jenkins    Giles
   Amphibian Man
Michael Stuhlbarg    Dr. Robert Hoffstetler
Octavia Spencer    Zelda Fuller
David Hewlett    Fleming
Nick Searcy    General Hoyt
Stewart Arnott    Bernard
Nigel Bennett    Mihalkov
Lauren Lee Smith    Elaine Strickland
Martin Roach    Brewster Fuller
Allegra Fulton    Yolanda
John Kapelos    Mr. Arzoumanian
Morgan Kelly    Pie Guy
Dru Viergever    Military Policeman
Wendy Lyon    Sally (Secretary)
Cody Ray Thompson    Guard
Diego Fuentes    Worker
Madison Ferguson    Tammy Strickland
Jayden Greig    Timmy Strickland
Karen Glave    African American Wife
Danny Waugh    African American Husband
Dan Lett    Cadillac Salesman
Deney Forrest    Lou
Brandon McKnight    Duane
Clyde Whitham    Wet Cinema Patron
Jonelle Gunderson    Bus Passenger #1
Cameron Laurie    Bus Passenger #2
Evgeny Akimov    Russian Band Member
Sergei Nikonov    Russian Band Member
Vanessa Oude-Reimerink    Russian Band Member
Alexey Pankratov    Russian Band Member
Zabryna Guevara    Additional Voice
Jack Fox    Additional Voice
Maria del Mar    Additional Voice
Chris Marren    Additional Voice
Tim Campbell    Additional Voice
Maurice Dean Wint    Additional Voice
Lisa Norton    Additional Voice
Catherine Fitch    Additional Voice
Alison Brooks    Additional Voice
Jim Watson    Additional Voice
Sergey Volkov    Additional Voice

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Guillermo del Toro
Screenwriter    Vanessa Taylor
Story by    Guillermo del Toro
Producer    Guillermo del Toro
Producer    J. Miles Dale
Director of Photography    Dan Laustsen
Production Designer    Paul Denham Austerberry
Editor    Sidney Wolinsky
Associate Producer    Daniel Kraus
Visual Effects Supervisor    Dennis Berardi
Composer    Alexandre Desplat
Costume Designer    Luis Sequeira
Casting Director    Robin D. Cook
Unit Production Manager    J. Miles Dale
Production Manager    Dennis Chapman
First Assistant Director    Pierre Henry
Second Assistant Director    Tyler Delben
Stunt Coordinator    Steve Lucescu
Associate Producer    Chuck Ryant
Associate Producer    John O'Grady
Associate Producer    T.K. Knowles
Art Director    Nigel Churcher
Set Decorator    Shane Vieau
Set Decorator    Jeffrey A. Melvin
Script Supervisor    Dug Rotstein
Sound Mixer    Glen Gauthier
Post-Production Supervisor    Douglas Wilkinson
Associate Editor    Cam McLauchlin
Supervising Sound Editor    Nathan Robitaille
Re-recording Mixer    Christian Cooke
Re-recording Mixer    Brad Zoern
Costume Supervisor    Suzanne Aplin
Make up    Jordan Samuel
Make up    Patricia Keighran
Hairstylist    Paula Fleet
Hairstylist    Rossana Vendramini
Location Manager    Vince Nyuli
Special Effects Coordinator    Warren Appleby
Visual Effects Producer    Luke Groves
Animation Supervisor    Kevin Scott
Supervising Dialogue Editor    Nelson Ferreira
Sound Effects Editor    Kevin Howard
Sound Effects Editor    Tyler Whitham
Sound Effects Editor    Alex Bullick
Sound Effects Editor    Dashen Naidoo
Music Editor    Robert Hegedus
Sound Editor    Kevin Banks

2017 - Awards Season: SAG - Nominations

December 13th, 2017

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The Screen Actors Guild were the third group to announce their nominations for this awards season. So far there have been three different films earning the most nominations. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri picked up four nominations, which is extra impressive, as there are only six theatrical categories. More...

Theater Averages: Tonya Skates its Way to $66,039

December 12th, 2017

I, Tonya

There was another Oscar contender on top of the theater average chart this weekend, as I, Tonya earned an average of $66,039 in four theaters. Call Me by Your Name was the next best film with an average of $31,761 in nine theaters. The film isn’t expanding as fast as one would expect, given its theater average, but this could be because the studio doesn’t think it has mainstream appeal. The Shape of Water was close behind with an average of $27,843 in 41 theaters and it has already earned some measure of mainstream success. The final film in the $10,000 club was Darkest Hour with an average of $13,989 in 53 theaters. More...

2017 - Awards Season: Golden Globes - Nominations

December 11th, 2017

The Shape of Water

The Golden Globes nominations are the second major Awards Season set to come out. Sort of. (WGA announced the nominations for TV, radio, etc., but not their theatrical nods.) It is still very early in the year, so it is hard to say if there are any real snubs, or if there are any real favorites. The Shape of Water led the way with seven nominations, while The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri were right behind with six a piece. More...

Weekend Estimates: Disaster Artist Hits, Just Getting Started Misses

December 10th, 2017


Coco remains the number one movie at the box office this weekend by a considerable margin, mainly due to a lack of serious competition from new releases. Disney’s animated adventure will gross about $18.3 million this weekend, for a domestic total of $135.5 million. The film will also pile up another $55.3 million internationally, taking its worldwide cume to $389.5 million. It still has some big openings to come, including Brazil, Korea, the UK, and Japan in January, so it has some way to go, although its progress will be eclipsed by The Last Jedi for the next few weeks. More...

Theater Averages: Awards Season is Shaping Up

December 6th, 2017

The Shape of Water

It was another stellar weekend at the box office, at least as far as the theater average chart was concerned. The Shape of Water earned an average of $83,282 in two theaters. This is the fourth best of the year so far. Call Me by Your Name was right behind with an average of $73,890 in four theaters. This is by far the best result of the year for a holdover, more than doubling Lady Bird’s sophomore stint. However, Lady Bird expanded its theater count during its second weekend of release, while Call Me by Your Name did not. The Disaster Artist was close behind with an average of $63,755 in 19 theaters. You could argue this was the best result of the week, because the film was playing in many more theaters than the two films above it. Wonder Wheel was well back with an average of $28,111 in five theaters. Normally this would be an amazing start, but this week it won’t make an impact and it could fade away by the end of the year. Finally, Darkest Hour was the final film in the $10,000 club earning an average of $27,093 in four theaters during its second weekend of release. More...

Weekend Estimates: Coco Wins, Limited Releases on Fire

December 3rd, 2017


The weekend after Thanksgiving is usually when the studios take a breather before the big Christmas season, and this year is no different, with no new wide releases, and relatively minor shuffles on screen use at the theaters. It’s therefore little surprise that Coco holds on at the top of the chart, and its strong reviews and season-friendly nature help it to extend its lead over Justice League. Coco is headed towards $26.114 million this weekend, according to Disney, for $109 million or so to date. That’s down 49% from last weekend. Justice League, meanwhile, drops a more troubling 60% to $16.58 million, for $197 million after three weekends.

More exciting action lies among the limited and expanding releases, however… More...

Friday Estimates: Coco Pulls In $6.28 million, but Disaster and Water Rule the Box Office

December 2nd, 2017


Coco beat expectations by a tiny margin on Friday, earning $6.28 million. This is 67% lower than its opening Friday, but its opening Friday was also a Holiday, so that’s to be expected. Look for $27 million over the full weekend, which is a little lower than Moana’s second weekend of release, but the gap between the two is closing. Given Coco’s reviews and its A+ from CinemaScore, it might start catching up by this time next week. More...

Limited and VOD Releases: Avoid Disasters and See a Limited Release this Week

December 1st, 2017

The Shape of Water

It’s an incredibly busy week with about 30 films coming out. However, the vast majority of them have too few reviews to be worth talking about. In fact, there would have been more entries in the secondary VOD than the main list, except I bent the rules a little. There are still some releases that are certainly worth checking out, including The Disaster Artist, The Other Side of Hope, A Bad Idea Gone Wrong, and The Shape of Water. If I were to pick just one, it would easily be The Shape of Water. More...

2017 Preview: December

December 1st, 2017

The Last Jedi

The box office was mostly as expected during November. Granted, Thor: Ragnarok over-performed and Justice League underperformed, but overall there were no real surprises. This means the month started slow, but we got a couple of wins in the end and that bodes well going into the final month of the year. That said, December is a weird month. There are five weekends, but only seven films that I’m sure are opening truly wide. Additionally, five of those seven films are opening Christmas weekend. I’ve never seen a month this lop-sided. There are no real wide releases the first two weeks of the month, so we will likely start slow again, but when The Last Jedi debuts, we should see explosive growth at the box office. It will open with more than any film last December made and that should help 2017 cut into 2016’s lead. 2017 won’t be able to close the gap entirely, but the month could do well enough to cut 2016’s lead to under $250 million. That’s my goal. If that happens, I will be happy. More...

The Shape of Water Trailer

September 12th, 2017

Sci-fi drama starring Sally Hawkins, written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, opens December 8 ... Full Movie Details. More...

Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2017/12/01 20 $166,564   2 $83,282   $166,564 1
2017/12/08 13 $1,141,546 +585% 41 $27,843   $1,372,554 2

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2017/12/01 - $55,468   2 $27,734   $55,468 1
2017/12/02 - $58,788 +6% 2 $29,394   $114,256 2
2017/12/03 - $52,308 -11% 2 $26,154   $166,564 3
2017/12/04 - $16,090 -69% 2 $8,045   $182,654 4
2017/12/05 - $16,808 +4% 2 $8,404   $199,462 5
2017/12/06 - $17,404 +4% 2 $8,702   $216,866 6
2017/12/07 - $14,142 -19% 2 $7,071   $231,008 7
2017/12/08 13 $402,848 +2,749% 41 $9,826   $633,856 8
2017/12/09 13 $413,387 +3% 41 $10,083   $1,047,243 9
2017/12/10 13 $325,311 -21% 41 $7,934   $1,372,554 10
2017/12/11 13 $126,981 -61% 41 $3,097   $1,499,535 11
2017/12/12 13 $147,500 +16% 41 $3,598   $1,647,035 12
2017/12/13 12 $132,959 -10% 41 $3,243   $1,779,994 13

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2017/12/01 20 $231,008   2 $115,504   $231,008 1

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