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Tornado Alley (2011)

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Domestic Box Office $0Details
International Box Office $546,730Details
Worldwide Box Office $546,730
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Tornado Alley is an explosive giant-screen adventure that takes viewers on an epic chase through the "severe weather capital of the world." Narrated by Bill Paxton, the film follows Storm Chasers star Sean Casey and the scientists of VORTEX2, the largest tornado-research project ever assembled, on separate missions to encounter one of Earth’s most awe-inspiring events - the birth of a tornado. Whirling above the human drama are the storms themselves, magnificent forces of nature revealed in breathtaking detail through the magic of the giant screen, making this heart-pounding film one of the most eagerly anticipated IMAX® releases of the decade. Filmed across America’s Plains states where three quarters of the world’s tornadoes occur, Tornado Alley follows veteran storm chasers on two unprecedented missions. Carrying a ninety-two-pound IMAX camera that belonged to his father, filmmaker Sean Casey and his crew race after storms in TIV-2, a seven-ton armored "tornado intercept vehicle" engineered and built by Casey to withstand the impact of the gale force winds at a tornado's core. What is the goal that drives Casey into relentless supercell storms? To navigate the TIV-2 directly into the heart of a tornado and capture its beauty and destructive power on film - at point blank range. Leading researchers Joshua Wurman, Karen Kosiba and Don Burgess, along with the scientists of VORTEX2, are also on a quest to penetrate a tornado’s inner workings. But their methods - and their manpower - are different. The most ambitious scientific mission of its kind, VORTEX2 is comprised of over a hundred severe-weather researchers from all over the world. Their challenge? To coordinate and position their fleet of radar trucks, mobile mesonet vehicles and the most sophisticated weather-measuring instruments ever created, literally surrounding tornadoes and the supercell storms that form them. Like Casey, the VORTEX2 team must weather the challenges of the road and face nature's elemental power on their quest to collect data throughout a tornado’s entire lifecycle. Their hope? To better predict where and when tornadoes will strike, and to provide warnings that give those at risk a few more minutes to protect themselves and their families. Over the course of Tornado Alley, science begins to reveal the unseen architecture of nature’s most elusive weather phenomenon, and viewers, for the first time in film history, are taken straight into the heart of an actual tornado. This unforgettable visual journey tracks the paths of a renegade filmmaker and team of dedicated researchers, two very different kinds of storm chasers whose ultimate goal is nonetheless the same: to unlock the mysteries of Earth’s most violent storms.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time International Box Office (Rank 7,701-7,800) 7,728 $546,730
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 12,501-12,600) 12,524 $546,730

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: March 18th, 2011 (Limited) by Giant Screen Films
International Releases: September 29th, 2011 (Limited), released as Tornado Alley 3D (Australia)
Running Time: 40 minutes
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Keywords: Academics, Disaster, Voiceover/Narration
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Giant Screen Films, Graphic Films
Production Countries: United States


Josh Wurman    Himself
Karen Kosiba    Herself
Donald Burgess    Himself
Brandon Ivey    Himself
Marcus Gutierrez    Himself

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Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Australia 9/29/2011 $0 0 1 7 $541,762 7/18/2016
Rest of World $4,968
International Total$546,730 7/18/2016

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