A Most Violent Year

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  • Directed By: J.C. Chandor
  • Written By: J.C. Chandor
  • Release Date: December 31, 2014
  • Domestic Distributor: A24
  • Cast: Oscar Isaac, Elyes Gabel, Jessica Chastain, Albert Brooks

Box Office Info:
Budget: $20 millionFinanced by: Participant Media; Image Nation Abu Dhabi
Domestic Box Office: $5,749,134Overseas Box Office: $6,257,936


The budget for A Most Violent Year was $20 million and it was co-financed by Participant Media and Image Nation Abu Dhabi.  FilmNation handled sales to distributors.  New upstart distributor A24 acquired domestic rights at the Sundance Film Festival shortly before the movie began production and they committed to a wide release.

A Most Violent Year was the first potential awards player for A24 and they dated the pic for December 31 as a limited platform release and scheduled a wide bow on January 30.  A Most Violent Year was positively reviewed, landed on many end of the year lists and had strong Oscar buzz.

It was booked into 4 theaters, where it pulled in $172,788 with a solid $43,197 per screen average.  The picture was completely overlooked by the academy and it fizzled quickly from theaters.  After 4 weeks in limited release, A Most Violent Year had $1.3 million in receipts and A24 expanded the movie only moderately wide into 818 locations.  With no Oscar noms to boost its commercial prospects and a minimal P&A spend by A24, which only invested into 291 national TV spots (as per iSpotTV), A Most Violent Year also expanded over the usually slow Super Bowl weekend.

On January 30, the day of the wide expansion, it was announced that director J.C. Chandor was being replaced on the big budget production Deepwater Horizon due to “creative differences”, which was co-financed by Participant Media.  The first wide frame was against new openers Project Almanac, Black Or White and the long delayed The Loft.  It pulled in $1,512,224 with a per screen average of $1,849 which would kill off a further expansion.  A Most Violent Year closed its domestic run with just $5,749,134.

Overseas distributors did not do much with the title and it received a small release in most markets.  Studio Canal saw $2.2 million from France, which was the strongest territory.  The offshore cume was $6.2 million across numerous distributors.

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