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Smiling Through the Apocalypse (2014)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $4,560Details
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Exploring the revolution in journalism sparked by the turbulence of the 1960s, this documentary is the story of maverick editor Harold T.P. Hayes, who made Esquire magazine a galvanizing force in American culture. A leading architect of the “New Journalism,” Hayes granted unprecedented journalistic freedom to the most talented artists and writers of the time including Tom Wolfe, Gay Talese, Nora Ephron, Peter Bogdanovich, Gore Vidal, Diane Arbus, Norman Mailer, and George Lois. Forging Esquire’s pop-cultural capital with provocative covers and controversial reportage, Hayes transformed the magazine into a rigorously curated reflection of the American zeitgeist, bringing it to the vanguard of the cultural revolution.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 15,001-15,100) 15,082 $4,560
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 20,901-21,000) 20,962 $4,560
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 7,101-7,200) 7,184 $4,560

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: September 12th, 2014 (Limited) by First Run Features
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 98 minutes
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Keywords: Biography, Magazine, News, Publishing Industry
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: First Run Features
Production Countries: United States

Documentary Subject(s)

Voice of Documentary Subject*    Voice of Harold Hayes


Tom Hayes    Narrator


Becky Bartlett    Herself
Robert Benton    Himself
John Berendt    Himself
Candice Bergen    Herself
John Blumenthal    Himself
Peter Bogdanovich    Himself
Brock Brower    Himself
Graydon Carter    Herself

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Production and Technical Credits

Tom Hayes    Screenwriter
Tom Hayes    Producer
Tom Hayes    Editor
Carrie Hayes    Co-Producer
Judy Kessler    Co-Producer
Daniele Salm    Co-Producer
Stephanie De Lator    Associate Producer
Daniele Salm    Cinematographer

Per Theater Chart: Skeletons Eat Their Fill

September 17th, 2014

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There were a number of films in the $10,000 club this weekend, led by The Skeleton Twins, which earned an average of $25,379 in 15 theaters. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby was next up with an average of $19,295 in four theaters. Both of these films have lots of room to expand. My Old Lady also did well with an average of $11,335 in 11 theaters, which is more impressive, because it was a Wednesday release. On the other hand, its reviews are merely good and likely not good enough to thrive in limited release. No Good Deed was right behind with an average of $11,150 in nearly 2,200 theaters. More...

Limited Releases: Skeleton Key to Box Office Success

September 12th, 2014

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There's a large number of limited releases, including a few that are earning good reviews and strong buzz. One of these is The Drop, but it is opening in too many theaters and I think that will hurt it at the box office. If I were to guess, The Skeleton Twins will be the biggest hit on this week's list. More...

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2014/09/12 81 $2,590   1 $2,590   $2,590 1
2014/09/26 104 $422   1 $422   $4,198 3

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2014/09/12 90 $2,590   1 $2,590   $3,776 1
2014/09/26 108 $556   1 $556   $4,332 3
2014/11/07 100 $228   9 $25   $4,560 9

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