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Syriana (2005)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $50,824,620Details
International Box Office $41,866,339Details
Worldwide Box Office $92,690,959
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $15,419,077 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $15,419,077
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  3. Box Office
  4. International
  5. Video Sales
  6. Full Financials
  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Production Budget:$50,000,000
Domestic Releases: November 23rd, 2005 (Limited) by Warner Bros.
December 9th, 2005 (Expands Wide) by Warner Bros.
Video Release: June 20th, 2006 by Warner Home Video
MPAA Rating: R for violence and language
Running Time: 127 minutes
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Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Participant Media
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Fastest to $50m 1,512 $50,078,181 Mar 10, 2006 114
New Year's Day (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 370 $5,719,893 Dec 30, 2005 40
Theater Average 2nd Weekend 20 $57,936 Dec 2, 2005 12
Theater Average Opening Weekend 54 $74,900 Nov 25, 2005 5
Theater Average 73 $74,900 Nov 25, 2005 5
Top 2005 Theater Average 5 $74,900 Nov 25, 2005 5

Leading Cast

   Bob Barnes

Supporting Cast

Matt Damon    Bryan Woodman
Jeffrey Wright    Bennett Holiday
Chris Cooper    Jimmy Pope
William Hurt    Stan
Tim Blake Nelson    Danny Dalton
Amanda Peet    Julie Woodman
Alexander Siddig    Prince Nasir Al-Subaai
Christopher Plummer    Dean Whiting
Mazhar Munir    Wasim Khan
Greta Scacchi    (Uncredited)
Said Amadis    Reza Reyhani
Jayne Atkinson    Division Chief
David Clennon    Donald
Sonell Dadral    Farooq
Robert Foxworth    Tommy Barton
Peter Gerety    Leland Janus
Nicky Henson    Sydney Hewitt
Akbar Kurtha    Prince Meshal Al-Subaai
Thomas McCarthy    Fred Franks
Max Minghella    Robby Barnes
William C. Mitchell    Bennett Holiday, Sr.
Jamey Sheridan    Terry
Mark Strong    Mussawi
Amr Waked    Mohammed Sheik Agiza
Kayvan Novak    Arash
Nicholas Art    Riley Woodman
Steven Hinkle    Max Woodman
Daisy Torme    Rebecca
Richard Lintern    Bryan's Boss
Jocelyn Quivrin    Vincent
Shahid Ahmed    Saleem Ahmed Khan
Bikram Singh Bhamra    Pakistani Translator
Roger Yuan    Chinese Engineer
Randall Boffman    Distinguished Gentleman #1
Tony French    Distinguished Gentleman #2
Katie Foster    Nervous Daughter
Nadim Sawalha    Emir Hamed Al-Subaai
Ozzie Yue    Chinese Oil Executive
Othman Bin Hendi    Arab Businessman
Bashar H. Atiyat    Nasir's Aide
Ali Al Amine    Older Kid at Pool
Amhed AA Mohammed    Abu Khalifa
Ahmed Ayoub    Pakistani Teenager
Mohammed Asad Khan    Pakistani Teenager
Atta Mohammed Saleh    Old Man
Aziz Zacca    Policeman
Omar Mostafa    The Cleric
David J. Manners    Egypt Bureau Chief
Jamil Jabbar    Supplicant
Badria Timimi    Nasir's Wife
Mohammed Majd    Said Hossein Hashimi
Driss Roukhe    Guard
Katherine Hoskins Mackey    Paralegal
Linda E. Williams    Paralegal
Susan Allenbach    Paralegal
William L. Thomas    Paralegal
El Mahjoub Raji    Hashimi's Man
Michael Stone Forrest    CIA Security Officer
Bob Baer    CIA Security Officer
Fritz Michel    Hotel Security Guard
Bob Fajkowski    Secretary of Defense
Jeff Baker    Tommy's Lawyer
Tarik Tamzali    Nasir's Secretary
Mitesh Soni    Martyr
Tootsie Duvall    Assistant at CIA
Nabeel Noman    Bedouin Leader
Ryan Murphy    Drone Tech
Will McCormack    Willy
Donna Mitchell    Pat Janus
James Plannette    Connex Functionary
Michael Allinson    Sir David


Jon Lee Anderson    Himself

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

Production and Technical Credits

Stephen Gaghan    Screenwriter
Jennifer Fox    Producer
Michael Nozik    Producer
Georgia Kacandes    Producer
Robert Baer*    Story Creator
George Clooney    Executive Producer
Steven Soderbergh    Executive Producer
Ben Cosgrove    Executive Producer
Jeff Skoll    Executive Producer
Robert Elswit    Director of Photography
Dan Weil    Production Designer
Tim Squyres    Editor
Alexandre Desplat    Composer
Sarah Bradshaw    Associate Producer
Elizabeth Kirkscey    Associate Producer
Shannon Lail    Associate Producer
Simon Warnock    Assistant Director
Martin Kenzie    Second Unit Director
Georgia Kacandes    Unit Production Manager
Karyn McCarthy    Unit Production Manager
Sarah Bradshaw    Unit Production Manager
Daran Fulham    Supervising Art Director
Laurent Ott    Art Director
Alan Hook    Art Director
Olivia Bloch-Laine    Set Decorator
Jan Pascale    Set Decorator
Martin Kenzie    Second Unit Camera
Louise Frogley    Costume Designer
John C. Casey    Costume Supervisor
Petur Hliddal    Sound Mixer
Larry Blake    Re-recording Mixer
Larry Blake    Supervising Sound Editor
Vanessa Lapato    Sound Editor
Julie Feiner    Sound Editor
Jeena Phelps    Sound Editor
Jeff Sawyer    Sound Editor
Nick Vidar    Music Editor
Chrissie Beveridge    Make up
Marilyn MacDonald    Make up
Candice Banks    Make up
Barry R. Koper    Make up
Waldo Sanchez    Hairstylist
Kay Georgiou    Hairstylist
Chrissie Beveridge    Special Make-up Effects
Keith Vanderlaan    Make-up and Prosthetic Effects Designer
Mary Kim    Make-up and Prosthetic Effects Designer
Lucinda Syson    Casting Director
Lora Kennedy    Casting Director
Avy Kaufman    Casting Director
Juliette Menager    Additional Casting
Nashwa Alruwani    Additional Casting
Pat Moran    Additional Casting
Steve Dent    Stunt Coordinator

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

DVD Releases for October 10, 2006

October 10th, 2006

The Thanksgiving long weekend signifies the start of the holiday shopping season... Of course, that's the American Thanksgiving, which occurs sometime in November. The Canadian Thanksgiving, which occurred this weekend, is most closely associated with the start of Hockey season. (Have I mentioned how much I hate the New York Rangers? I have. Good.) However, just because shopping season has officially started, doesn't mean it's a slow week. Far from it. This week there was a bumper crop of contenders for the DVD Pick of the Week. I narrowed the list to two TV on DVD releases (Scrubs - The Complete Fourth Season - Buy from Amazon and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law - Volume 2 - Buy from Amazon) and two limited releases, (Twelve and Holding - Buy from Amazon and A Prairie Home Companion - Buy from Amazon). If I was forced at gunpoint to choose just one, it would be Scrubs - The Complete Fourth Season - Buy from Amazon, but I can all but guarantee all four, and a few others, will end up in my DVD collection. More...

Spectacular Launch

July 8th, 2006

Failure to Launch wasn't the only new DVD release to chart this week, but it was far and away the best. The film took first place with $10.42 million, which was nearly double its nearest competition. More...

People See Syriana but Buy Below

July 1st, 2006

As I suggested when it came out, people rented Syriana to the amount of $7.93 million during its first week of release. That was enough to put it in first place during a close three-way race. More...

DVD Releases for June 20, 2006

June 19th, 2006

It may seem like a really slow week for DVD releases, but this is because several releases were grouped together. I have one section for the five Alfred Hitchcock releases instead of spreading them out and padding the word count. Taking that into account, the week is about average in terms of quantity, and quality. There were a handful of contenders this week, and a few that looked good in advance but the special feature were a let down. In the end I went with NewsRadio - The Complete Fourth Season as the best of the best while Married With Children - The Complete Fifth Season earns and honorable mention. ... "Go with him." (If you get that reference, you probably already have the latter release pre-ordered.) More...

International Details - Ice Age Freezes out Competition

April 9th, 2006

With Ice Age: The Meltdown dominating the international box office, the rest of the charts were weaker than usual with several films in the top 30 this week that would not have charted last week. Failure to Launch had its best weekend haul on the international scene taking in $4.17 million on 1300 screens in 14 markets for a running tally of $13.61 million. Much of that came from the film's opening in two major markets, the U.K. and Italy. In the former is finished second with $1.88 million on 352 screens while in the latter it managed just fourth with $686,000 on 220 screens. It's best market in total is Germany, despite the fact that it fell out of the top five there; so far the film has pulled in $4.10 million after three weeks there, including $841,000 on 354 screens this weekend. More...

International Charts Hospitable to Hostel

April 2nd, 2006

Two openings in two major markets helped Hostel climb into sixth place with $4.03 million on 1120 screens in 27 markets for a running tally of $15.42 million. Its best opening was in the U.K. where it debuted in second place with $2.12 million on 304 screens while it struggled in Spain with just $1.01 million on 250. The film has already earned enough to show a profit even after taking into account P&A budget, exhibitor's share, etc. and should be able to double its current international total before its run is over. More...

International Details: Syriana Slips out of the Top Five

March 26th, 2006

The only opening of note for Syriana over the weekend was Turkey where the film placed third with $211,000 on 62 screens. Without a major opening, the film fell 35% to $3.68 million on 1992 screens in 43 markets and now has $27.35 million, which is still a disappointing total. More...

Panther Leaps to top of International Box Office

March 15th, 2006

A trio of openings in major markets helped The Pink Panther climb into first place on the international charts with $10.29 million on 3351 screens in 34 markets for a running tally of $31.89 million. That helped the film become only the second film of 2006 to cross $100 million on the worldwide scene. It opened in second place in Germany with $2.05 million on 540 screens while it finished first in Australia with $979,000 on 244 and in Switzerland with $446,000 on 66. The film debuted with $1.4 million on 504 screens in France, while it made $1.16 million on 349 screens during its third weekend in Spain for a total of $6.73 million so far. More...

Oscar Bounce Crashes

March 14th, 2006

Famed Oscar Bounce failed to materialize this year partially because the awards were spread out over many difference films and partially because many winners were well into their releases. More...

Lion Reborn on Top of International Charts

March 8th, 2006

Narnia jumped back into first place with $9.76 million on 1887 screens in 35 markets for an international total of $388.34 million. It was able to top the charts thanks to a first place, $8.92 million debut on 780 screens in Japan, including $2.26 million in previews. The film is now 19th on the all time international charts and 23rd on the worldwide charts with China left to go. More...

Crash Collides with Mountain Atop Oscars

March 5th, 2006

The Oscars were handed out tonight and while there were a handful of multiple winners, no single movie stood out. More...

Les Bronzes Tops the Box Office Podium

March 1st, 2006

The French film, Les Bronzes Amis Pour la Vie, again topped the international box office charts this time taking in $7.45 million on 1006 screens in 3 markets for a running tally of $72.66 million. Again, the vast majority of that came in France where the film entered the all-time top ten with $68.4 million, which is enough to pay for its entire $42 million production budget. More...

Oscar Contest - Category Highlight - Best Support Roles

February 15th, 2006

With the Oscars less than a month away and our contest well under way, there's no better time to take a closer look at some of the nominees. Today we'll look at the Best Supporting Roles for both Actor and Actress. More...

Mountain of Oscar Nominations

January 31st, 2006

Brokeback Mountain again led the list of nominees as with 8 Oscar nods. There were three films with six nominations a piece, Crash, Good Night and Good Luck, and Memoirs of a Geisha, (although for that last one, they were all the less prestigious technical awards. More...

Globe Winners are Good as Gold

January 24th, 2006

The weekend after the Golden Globe Awards proved to profitable for several of the winners. More...

Cowboys are Golden

January 16th, 2006

Brokeback Mountain was the big winner today at the Golden Globes taking home four of the seven statuettes it was up for. The film is still expanding into more and more theatres, so these awards couldn't have come at a better time. More...

Cowboys and Virgins among WGA Nominations

January 6th, 2006

The Writers Guild of America announced its nominations this week, and while there are plenty of awards, only three are for theatrical releases. More...

SAG Singles out Cowboys

January 6th, 2006

Of the 13 awards the Screen Actors Guild will hand out on January 29th, 2006, five will be awarded to theatrical releases. And like past awards nominations, Brokeback Mountain again led the way, with four in total. However, this time there were two films close behind as Crash and Capote each received three nominations. More...

Box Office Scrooged

December 27th, 2005

Christmas wishes went unanswered this year as almost every film missed expectations, some by large margins. This led to a 14.4% drop-off from last weekend, but more importantly, a 18.0% drop-off from last year. Granted, the fact that Christmas fell on a Saturday helps explain some of that, but not all. Year-to-date, 2005 is still down 6% from last year and with less than one week left, that's roughly where it will end up. More...

Kong's King

December 19th, 2005

It was a good news/bad news weekend. Bad news, King Kong didn't meet original expectations. Good news, the weekend box office was still up 4.5% from last weekend, and more impressively and more importantly, it was up 20.2% from the same weekend last year. Year-to-date, 2005 is still down by 5% at the box office, and there's just no time to recover. However, the deficit is not nearly as bad as it looked earlier in the year. More...

Kong has Titanic-Like Start

December 16th, 2005

What should have been a weekend the movie industry would celebrate is now one filled with dread and foreboding. Saying King Kong didn't get off to the start the studio was hoping for could be the understatement of the year, but even so, a lot of analysts are cautiously optimistic that the film can rebound. Right now it's just a case of wait and see, but by the time Thursday's numbers are in, we should be in a much better position to know what the future holds. More...

Cowboys find Gold in Brokeback Mountain

December 13th, 2005

Brokeback Mountain was the big winner today as Golden Globe nominations were announced. With seven nods, it led all films, which is an important Oscar indicator. More...

Narnia Helps Revive Box Office

December 12th, 2005

As expected, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was easily able to win the weekend race but it was able to do so in such a fashion that it lifted the entire box office. Week-to-week the overall box office saw a mind-blowing 42.2% increase, while more importantly, it was up 15.2% from the same weekend last year. That helped cut the year-to-date deficit to 5%, which is still a significant drop-off, but not the disaster that it was earlier in the year. More...

Can Narnia Lord Over the Box Office?

December 9th, 2005

The 2005 box office enters its final sprint to the finish line with two potential monster hits opening within 5 days of each other, the first tonight. Looking at the pure mathematics of it, there's almost no chance of 2005 catching up to 2004, or even 2003 or 2002. However, if Narnia and Kong both out perform, they can help cut the gap to something respectable. More...

Syriana Transcends Competition

December 6th, 2005

The post-holiday weekend and a nearly doubling of its theatre count didn't hurt Syriana's per theatre average much as it earned more than $500,000 in just 9 theatres for an average of $57,936. That was more than twice the second place film, Transamerica, which earned just shy of $47,000 in two theatres for a per theater average of $23,454. More...

2005 Preview: December

December 1st, 2005

After Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire saved last month, we have two potential monster hits leading the way this month. However, both will be compared to Lord of the Rings, and neither will be able to live up to that high standard. Even so, it should be a better month than December last year, but will it be too little, too late to save 2005's box office?

Since this is the heart of award season, there are plenty of films that are first opening in limited release. Some will get a wide release later in the month, while others, like Munich, The New World and Match Point, don't open wide untill after the new year, and will appear in January's preview. More...

Syriana Strikes it Rich

November 29th, 2005

Syriana made an unbelievable start over the Thanksgiving weekend, earning just shy of $375,000 in 5 theatres for a per theatre average of $74,900 — easily the best over the weekend. Last week's winner, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was pushed into second place with an average of $14,185 in 3858 theatres, which would have been an impressive opening for most blockbusters. More...

Limited Releases Offer a Plentiful Bounty

November 25th, 2005

Thanksgivings gives us a cornucopia of new limited releases, some of which opened on Wednesday and some of which open tonight. More...

Movie Website Updates for November 18 - November 25

November 24th, 2005

During the past week promotional websites for several movies were launched and some older ones added additional content. Here the list of this week's releases, a couple of new sites and few updates, including this week's winner, The Producers - Official Site. More...

Movie Website Updates for October 21 - October 27

October 27th, 2005

During the past week promotional websites for several movies were launched and some older ones added additional content. Here the list of this week's releases, a couple of new sites and few updates, including this week's winner, Jarhead - Official Site. More...

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2005/11/25 22 $374,502   5 $74,900   $553,530 1
2005/12/02 19 $521,420 +39% 9 $57,936   $1,271,259 2
2005/12/09 2 $11,737,143 +2,151% 1,752 $6,699   $13,236,572 3
2005/12/16 5 $5,605,167 -52% 1,775 $3,158   $22,462,362 4
2005/12/23 11 $3,190,000 -43% 1,725 $1,849   $28,830,000 5
2005/12/30 11 $4,087,460 +28% 1,725 $2,370   $37,725,004 6
2006/01/06 18 $2,065,292 -49% 1,202 $1,718   $42,079,173 7
2006/01/13 22 $1,211,690 -41% 706 $1,716   $44,038,987 8
2006/01/20 24 $785,448 -35% 502 $1,565   $45,419,826 9
2006/01/27 20 $1,342,439 +71% 1,685 $797   $47,018,464 10
2006/02/03 24 $662,388 -51% 705 $940   $48,219,974 11
2006/02/10 32 $275,787 -58% 226 $1,220   $48,723,888 12
2006/02/17 35 $223,929 -19% 124 $1,806   $49,065,208 13
2006/02/24 40 $192,137 -14% 87 $2,208   $49,374,263 14
2006/03/03 36 $167,962 -13% 81 $2,074   $49,620,666 15
2006/03/10 28 $284,049 +69% 211 $1,346   $49,978,285 16
2006/03/17 35 $167,164 -41% 112 $1,493   $50,245,345 17
2006/03/24 32 $190,462 +14% 175 $1,088   $50,498,784 18
2006/03/31 33 $94,496 -50% 153 $618   $50,680,309 19
2006/04/07 47 $47,287 -50% 81 $584   $50,767,634 20
2006/04/14 68 $27,104 -43% 52 $521   $50,815,288 21

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2005/12/09 2 $3,842,242   1,752 $2,193   $5,341,671 17
2005/12/10 2 $4,961,828 +29% 1,752 $2,832   $10,303,499 18
2005/12/11 3 $2,933,073 -41% 1,752 $1,674   $13,236,572 19
2005/12/12 2 $1,057,309 -64% 1,752 $603   $14,293,881 20
2005/12/13 2 $1,002,493 -5% 1,752 $572   $15,296,374 21
2005/12/14 3 $812,413 -19% 1,752 $464   $16,108,787 22
2005/12/15 3 $745,000 -8% 1,752 $425   $16,857,195 23
2005/12/16 4 $1,621,295 +118% 1,775 $913   $18,478,490 24
2005/12/17 5 $2,337,383 +44% 1,775 $1,317   $20,815,873 25
2005/12/18 5 $1,646,489 -30% 1,775 $928   $22,462,362 26
2005/12/19 5 $757,334 -54% 1,775 $427   $23,219,696 27
2005/12/20 5 $803,307 +6% 1,775 $453   $24,023,003 28
2005/12/21 7 $745,481 -7% 1,775 $420   $24,768,484 29
2005/12/22 7 $871,246 +17% 1,775 $491   $25,639,730 30
2005/12/23 10 $1,100,000 +26% 1,725 $638   $26,700,000 31
2005/12/24 9 $700,000 -36% 1,725 $406   $27,400,000 32
2005/12/25 12 $1,400,000 +100% 1,725 $812   $28,800,000 33
2005/12/26 12 $1,720,000 +23% 1,725 $997   $30,550,000 34
2006/01/02 12 $1,188,023   1,725 $689   $38,913,027 41
2006/01/16 21 $221,790   706 $314   $44,260,777 55
2006/02/20 33 $53,556   124 $432   $49,118,764 90

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2005/11/25 21 $570,811   5 $114,162   $749,839 2
2005/12/02 18 $749,590 +31% 9 $83,288   $1,499,429 3
2005/12/09 3 $15,357,766 +1,949% 1,752 $8,766   $16,857,195 4
2005/12/16 5 $8,782,805 -43% 1,775 $4,948   $25,640,000 5
2005/12/23 12 $7,997,544 -9% 1,725 $4,636   $33,637,544 6
2005/12/30 13 $6,376,337 -20% 1,725 $3,696   $40,013,881 7
2006/01/06 19 $2,813,416 -56% 1,202 $2,341   $42,827,297 8
2006/01/13 21 $1,807,081 -36% 706 $2,560   $44,634,378 9
2006/01/20 24 $1,041,647 -42% 502 $2,075   $45,676,025 10
2006/01/27 20 $1,881,561 +81% 1,685 $1,117   $47,557,586 11
2006/02/03 27 $890,515 -53% 705 $1,263   $48,448,101 12
2006/02/10 30 $393,178 -56% 226 $1,740   $48,841,279 13
2006/02/17 37 $340,847 -13% 124 $2,749   $49,182,126 14
2006/02/24 39 $270,578 -21% 87 $3,110   $49,452,704 15
2006/03/03 35 $241,532 -11% 81 $2,982   $49,694,236 16
2006/03/10 29 $383,945 +59% 211 $1,820   $50,078,181 17
2006/03/17 39 $230,141 -40% 112 $2,055   $50,308,322 18
2006/03/24 33 $277,491 +21% 175 $1,586   $50,585,813 19
2006/03/31 32 $134,534 -52% 153 $879   $50,720,347 20
2006/04/07 48 $67,837 -50% 81 $837   $50,788,184 21
2006/04/14 69 $36,436 -46% 52 $701   $50,824,620 22

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
6/25/20063579,240 579,240$8,074,606$8,074,6061
7/2/20069189,255-67% 768,495$2,624,967$10,699,5722
7/9/200614111,488-41% 879,983$1,544,109$12,243,6813
7/16/20061356,258-50% 936,241$774,110$13,017,7914
7/23/20061277,065+37% 1,013,306$1,060,414$14,078,2065
7/30/20062617,275-78% 1,030,581$237,704$14,315,9106

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