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What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy (2015)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $40,119Details
International Box Office $12,979Details
Worldwide Box Office $53,098
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A thought-provoking account of friendship and the toll of inherited guilt, WHAT OUR FATHERS DID explores the relationship between two men, each of whom are the children of very high-ranking Nazi officials and possess starkly contrasting attitudes toward their fathers. Eminent human rights lawyer Philippe Sands investigates the complicated connection between the two, and even delves into the story of his own grandfather who escaped the same town where their fathers carried out mass killings. The three embark on an emotional journey together, as they travel through Europe and converse about the past, examining the sins of their fathers and providing a unique view of the father-son relationship, ultimately coming to some very unexpected and difficult conclusions.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 12,401-12,500) 12,446 $40,119
All Time International Box Office (Rank 10,901-11,000) 10,908 $12,979
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 16,601-16,700) 16,612 $53,098
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 5,001-5,100) 5,075 $40,119

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: November 6th, 2015 (Limited) by Oscilloscope Pictures
International Releases: November 20th, 2015 (Limited), released as My Nazi Legacy (United Kingdom)
Video Release: February 9th, 2016 by Oscilloscope Video
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 92 minutes
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Keywords: Germany, Nazis, World War II, Archive Footage
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: BFI, BBC Storyville, Wildgaze Films, Willow Films
Production Countries: United Kingdom

Documentary Subject(s)

Frank Wachter    Himself
Von Wachter    Himself
Philippe Sands    Himself

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Production and Technical Credits

Philippe Sands    Screenwriter
Finola Dwyer    Producer
Amanda Posey    Producer
Philippe Sands    Executive Producer
David Evans    Executive Producer
Nick Fraser    Executive Producer
Sam Hardy    Director of Photography
Philipp Blaubach    Director of Photography
Matt Gray    Director of Photography
David Charap    Editor
Malcolm Lindsay    Composer
Josephine Davies    Associate Producer
Matthew Powell    Recordist-Sound Recordist

Per Theater Chart: Spotlight Shines Bright

November 10th, 2015


It was a busy week on the per theater chart with seven films in the $10,000 club. Spotlight led the way with an average of $59,002 in five theaters. This is the fourth best opening weekend average of 2015, just ahead of While We're Young and just behind Ex Machina. Brooklyn was next with an average of $37,456, also in five theaters. It opened on Wednesday, so its weekend average was a little lower than it otherwise would have been. The overall number one film, Spectre, was third with an average of $17,919. In Jackson Heights was on the opposite end of the scale playing in just one theater. It did well with an opening of $15,150. Trumbo was very close behind with an average of $14,835 in five theaters. Its reviews suggest it won't expand significantly, but this is a great start. The second wide release of the week was The Peanuts Movie, which opened with an average of $11,345. The final film in the $10,000 club was Peggy Guggenheim - Art Addict, which earned an average of $11,129 in two theaters. More...

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2015/11/06 65 $8,132   2 $4,066   $8,132 1
2015/11/13 62 $14,468 +78% 14 $1,033   $26,149 2
2015/11/20 77 $2,264 -84% 8 $283   $38,987 3

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2015/11/06 69 $11,681   2 $5,841   $11,681 1
2015/11/13 58 $25,042 +114% 14 $1,789   $36,723 2
2015/11/20 84 $3,396 -86% 8 $425   $40,119 3

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
United Kingdom 11/20/2015 $7,950 2 2 3 $12,979 12/1/2015
International Total$12,979 12/1/2015

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

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