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Theatrical Performance (US$)
Japan Box Office $5,326,606Details
Worldwide Box Office $118,729,073Details
Home Market Performance
North America DVD Sales $27,914,866 Details
North America Blu-ray Sales $7,307,328 Details
Total North America Video Sales $35,222,194
Further financial details...

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Based on the book "We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo and the 200 Zoo Animals that Changed Their Lives Forever" by Benjamin Mee This holiday season, acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe directs an amazing and true story about a single dad who decides his family needs a fresh start, so he and his two children move to the most unlikely of places: a zoo. With the help of an eclectic staff, and with many misadventures along the way, the family works to return the dilapidated zoo to its former wonder and glory.


Movie Details

Production Budget:$50,000,000
Japan Releases: June 8th, 2012 (Wide)
Video Release: April 3rd, 2012 by Fox Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG for language and some thematic elements.
(Rating bulletin 2197, 11/9/2011)
Running Time: 124 minutes
Keywords: Animal Lead, Romance, Dysfunctional Family, Coming of Age, First Love, Mid-Life Crisis, Voiceover/Narration, Prologue, Writing and Writers, Young Child Dealing with the Death of a Parent, Death of a Spouse or Fiancée / Fiancé, Inheritance, Epilogue
Source:Based on Factual Book/Article
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: 20th Century Fox, Dune Entertainment, LBI Entertainment, Vinyl Films
Production Countries: United States


Matt Damon    Benjamin Mee
Scarlett Johansson    Kelly Foster
Thomas Haden Church    Duncan Mee
Colin Ford    Dylan Mee
Maggie Elizabeth Jones    Rosie Mee
Angus MacFadyen    Peter MacCready
Elle Fanning    Lily Miska
Patrick Fugit    Robin Jones
John Michael Higgins    Walter Ferris
Carla Gallo    Rhonda Blair
J.B. Smoove    Mr. Stevens
Stephanie Szostak    Katherine Mee
Michael Panes    Principal
Kym Whitley    Cashier
Todd Stanton    San Diego Vet
Lauren Sanchez    TV Anchor
Peter Riegert    Delbert McGinty
Roberto Montesinos    Hugo Chavez
Desi Lydic    Shea Seger (Lasagna Mom)
Erick Chavarria    Ernesto
Sam Fox    Alison
Dustin Ybarra    Nathan
Ben Seeder    Bruce
Alice Marie Crowe    Parrot Lady
Michelle Panek    Sarah Tanner (Vet Assistant)
Gary D. Robertson    Male Zookeeper
Nicole Russell    Volunteer
Reid Peters    Volunteer
Taylor Victoria Cerza    Zoo Patron
Steve Bessette    Zoo Patron
Hal Alpert    Zoo Patron
Leslie Trotter    Zoo Patron
Caroline Hanna    Zoo Patron
David Lopez    Zoo Patron
Benjamin Mee    Visiting Family
Ella Mee    Visiting Family
Milo Mee    Visiting Family
Sammi Mee    Visiting Family
William Crowe    Zoo Kid
Curtis Crowe    Zoo Kid
Johnny Cicco    Zoo Staff
Alexia Barroso    Zoo Staff
Thomas R. Baker    Pilot
David Dustin Kenyon    Pilot
Shannah Barrett    Party Girl
Christie Kittelsen    Zoo Lovers
Michelle Pickens    Zoo Lover
Gabriel Escalante    Sergundo

Production and Technical Credits

Director    Cameron Crowe
Screenwriter    Aline Brosh McKenna
Screenwriter    Cameron Crowe
Based upon the book by    Benjamin Mee
Producer    Julie Yorn
Producer    Cameron Crowe
Producer    Rick Yorn
Executive Producer    Ilona Herzberg
Cinematographer    Rodrigo Prieto
Production Designer    Clay Griffith
Editor    Mark Livolsi
Co-Producer    Paul Deason
Co-Producer    Aldric La'auli Porter
Co-Producer    Marc R. Gordon
Costume Designer    Doborah L. Scott
Composer    Jonsi
Casting    Gail Levin
Supervising Art Director    Peter Borck
Art Director    Domenic Silvestri
Set Decorator    Wayne Shepherd
Costume Designer    Deborah L. Scott
Sound    Jeff Wexler
Supervising Sound Editor    Mildred Iatrou
Supervising Sound Editor    Ai-Ling Lee
Re-recording Mixer    D.M. Hemphill
Re-recording Mixer    Ron Bartlett
Visual Effects Supervisor    Paul Graff
Special Effects Supervisor    Burt Dalton
Stunt Coordinator    Thomas Robinson Harper
Stunt Coordinator    Doug Seus
Associate Producer    Jeffrey Harlacker
Associate Producer    Michelle Panek
Assistant Director    Aldric La'auli Porter
Second Unit Director    Thomas Robinson Harper
Second Unit Camera    Brad Shield
Second Unit Camera    Patrick Murguia
Second Unit Camera    Eduardo Mayen

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/06/08 4 $1,150,022   457 $2,516   $1,456,697 1
2012/06/15 7 $678,147 -41% 454 $1,494   $3,472,833 2
2012/06/22 11 $323,583 -52% 401 $807   $4,533,027 3
2012/06/29 12 $247,025 -24% 347 $712   $5,326,606 4

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Bahrain 3/29/2012 $0 0 1 10 $7,183 12/10/2015
Belgium 4/18/2012 $0 0 40 151 $544,840 12/10/2015
Brazil 12/23/2011 $0 0 3 3 $2,496,876 12/6/2015
Czech Republic 4/12/2012 $0 0 9 9 $847,073 12/6/2015
Egypt 3/28/2012 $0 0 1 6 $21,109 12/10/2015
Finland 4/27/2012 $42,819 40 40 99 $179,327 12/10/2015
France 4/18/2012 $0 0 306 447 $4,118,751 12/6/2015
Germany 5/3/2012 $117,427 51 58 215 $299,397 12/10/2015
Greece 4/26/2012 $30,184 17 25 42 $199,859 12/6/2015
Italy 6/8/2012 $125,647 126 126 300 $260,230 12/10/2015
Japan 6/8/2012 $1,150,022 457 457 1659 $5,326,606 12/10/2015
Netherlands 4/19/2012 $0 0 58 108 $352,184 12/6/2015
North America 12/23/2011 $9,360,434 3117 3170 18607 $75,624,550 12/18/2014
Portugal 3/29/2012 $0 0 8 8 $469,845 12/6/2015
Serbia and Montenegro 1/26/2012 $0 0 8 8 $35,248 12/6/2015
Switzerland 4/18/2012 $0 0 42 94 $357,386 12/6/2015
United Kingdom 3/16/2012 $0 0 76 246 $4,117,229 12/10/2015
Uruguay 2/24/2012 $0 0 2 9 $67,229 12/10/2015
Rest of World $23,404,151
Worldwide Total$118,729,073 12/10/2015

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