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Today's Special (2010)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $317,831Details
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Today's Special tells the story of Samir who is a sous chef who dreams of becoming the head chef at an upscale Manhattan restaurant. When he is passed over for a promotion he impulsively quits and lets his co-worker Carrie know that he intends to go to Paris and apprentice under a master French chef. Dreams must be put aside though after his father Hakim has a heart attack and Samir is forced to take over Tandoori Palace, the nearly bankrupt family restaurant in Jackson Heights. Samir's relationship with his parents and his heritage is immediately put to the test. He has been estranged from his father since the death of his older brother, and his mother Farrida, is consumed with finding a wife for her remaining son. While Samir is being forced to forsake his dreams, he is desperately trying to master Indian cooking to salvage the family business. Luckily, he crosses paths with Akbar, a taxi driver, passionate chef, and worldly raconteur. Akbar inspires Samir and teaches him to trust his senses more than recipes; to stop measuring his life, and to start truly living it. With Akbar's guidance, Samir has a chance to rediscover his heritage and his passion for life through the enchanting art of cooking Indian food.


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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: November 19th, 2010 (Limited) by Reliance Big Pictures
Video Release: September 20th, 2011 by New Video Group
MPAA Rating: R for language
(Rating bulletin 2147, 11/17/2010)
Running Time: 99 minutes
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Keywords: Food, Culture Clash, Dysfunctional Family, Screenplay Written By the Star
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Sweet 180, Inimitable Pictures
Production Countries: United States

Leading Cast


Supporting Cast

Dean Winters    Steve
Naseeruddin Shah    Akbar
Aarti Majmudar*    Henna

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Production and Technical Credits

Lillian Lasalle    Producer
Nimitt Mankad    Producer
Rengan Rajaratnam    Executive Producer
Beth Dembitzer    Executive Producer
Declan Baldwin    Co-Producer
Aasif Mandvi    Screenwriter
Jonathan Bines    Screenwriter

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2010/11/19 31 $90,639   55 $1,648   $90,639 1
2010/11/26 35 $87,088 -4% 24 $3,629   $206,929 2
2010/12/03 38 $50,293 -42% 26 $1,934   $276,112 3
2010/12/10 45 $26,117 -48% 27 $967   $317,831 4

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2010/11/26 - $29,462   24 $1,228   $149,302 8
2010/11/27 - $39,121 +33% 24 $1,630   $188,423 9
2010/11/28 - $18,875 -52% 24 $786   $207,298 10
2010/11/29 - $4,232 -78% 24 $176   $211,530 11
2010/11/30 - $4,430 +5% 24 $185   $215,960 12
2010/12/01 - $4,763 +8% 24 $198   $220,723 13
2010/12/06 - $3,976   26 $153   $229,656 18
2010/12/07 - $3,992 n/c 26 $154   $233,648 19
2010/12/08 - $4,144 +4% 26 $159   $237,792 20

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2010/11/19 36 $119,841   55 $2,179   $119,841 1
2010/11/26 35 $105,978 -12% 24 $4,416   $225,819 2
2010/12/03 41 $65,895 -38% 26 $2,534   $291,714 3
2010/12/10 50 $26,117 -60% 27 $967   $317,831 4

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