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The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $649,690Details
International Box Office $18,860Details
Worldwide Box Office $668,550
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $60,937 Details
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $23,751 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $84,688
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What happens when a college psych study goes shockingly wrong? In this tense, psychological thriller based on the notorious true story of Stanford University professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo, who, in 1971, cast 24 student volunteers as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to examine the source of abusive behavior in the prison system. The results astonished the world, as participants went from middle-class undergrads to drunk-with-power sadists and submissive victims in just a few days.


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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: July 17th, 2015 (Limited) by IFC Films
International Releases: June 10th, 2016 (Wide) (United Kingdom)
Video Release: November 17th, 2015 by Mpi Home Video
MPAA Rating: R for language including abusive behavior and some sexual references.
(Rating bulletin 2376, 6/3/2015)
Running Time: 122 minutes
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Keywords: College, Prison, Cruel Wardens or Prison Guards, Scientific Experiment Gone Awry, Research Scientist, 1970s
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Sandbar Pictures, Abandon Pictures, Vineyard Point Productions, Coup d'Etat Films, IFC Films
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Top 2015 Theater Average 60 $18,757 Jul 17, 2015 3

Lead Ensemble Members

   Dr. Philip Zimbardo
   Christopher Archer
   Daniel Culp/8612
   Peter Mitchell/819
   Dr. Christina Maslach

Supporting Cast

Nelsan Ellis    Jesse Fletcher
Johnny Simmons    Jeff Jansen/1037
Nick Braun    Karl Vandy
Thomas Mann    Prisoner 416
Ki Hong Lee    Gavin Lee/3401

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Production and Technical Credits

Tim Talbott    Screenwriter
Philip Zimbardo    Based on the Book 'The Lucifer Effect' by
Lizzie Friedman    Producer
Greg Little    Producer
Brent Emery    Producer
Lauren Bratman    Producer
Karen Lauder    Producer
Brian Geraghty    Executive Producer
Katie Leary    Executive Producer
Bob Leary    Executive Producer
Michael Paesano    Co-Executive Producer
Eric Alini    Co-Executive Producer
Rachel Lauder    Co-Producer
Laurence Ducceschi    Associate Producer
Chris Heltzel    Associate Producer
Adam Shazar    Associate Producer
Jas Shelton    Director of Photography
Gary Barbosa    Production Designer
Fernando Collins    Editor
Lisa Tomczeszyn    Costume Designer
Andrew Hewitt    Composer
Angela Demo    Casting Director
Barbara J. McCarthy    Casting Director

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2015/07/17 47 $37,514   2 $18,757   $37,514 1
2015/07/24 39 $57,532 +53% 15 $3,835   $113,115 2
2015/07/31 28 $122,290 +113% 79 $1,548   $269,272 3
2015/08/07 35 $82,765 -32% 79 $1,048   $427,227 4
2015/08/21 55 $21,426   22 $974   $574,876 6
2015/08/28 66 $14,477 -32% 20 $724   $602,640 7
2015/09/04 73 $9,643 -33% 12 $804   $620,645 8
2015/09/11 76 $6,993 -27% 14 $500   $633,071 9

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2015/07/17 - $10,000   2 $5,000   $10,000 1

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2015/07/17 48 $55,583   15 $3,706   $55,583 1
2015/07/24 41 $91,399 +64% 15 $6,093   $146,982 2
2015/07/31 29 $197,480 +116% 79 $2,500   $344,462 3
2015/08/07 34 $137,206 -31% 77 $1,782   $481,668 4
2015/08/14 43 $71,771 -48% 41 $1,751   $553,439 5
2015/08/21 55 $34,713 -52% 25 $1,389   $588,163 6
2015/08/28 66 $22,839 -34% 20 $1,142   $611,002 7
2015/09/04 75 $15,076 -34% 12 $1,256   $626,078 8
2015/09/11 75 $13,157 -13% 14 $940   $639,235 9
2015/09/18 77 $10,455 -21% 9 $1,162   $649,690 10

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
United Kingdom 6/10/2016 $2,567 4 4 4 $2,567 6/22/2016
Rest of World $16,293
International Total$18,860 6/22/2016

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

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