Pavarotti (film)

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Pavarotti film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRon Howard
Produced by
Written byMark Monroe
Edited byPaul Crowder
Distributed by
Release date
  • June 7, 2019 (2019-06-07) (United States)
  • July 15, 2019 (2019-07-15) (United Kingdom)
Running time
114 minutes
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
Box office$5.9 million[3][4]

Pavarotti is a 2019 documentary film directed by Ron Howard about Italian operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti.[5][6] The film had a nationwide premiere event through Fathom Events on June 4, 2019,[7][8] and was released in theaters on June 7, 2019. Pavarotti is an American-British venture, with CBS Films and HanWay Films serving as distributors.[9]


The film was produced with the cooperation of Luciano Pavarotti's estate using family archives, interviews and live music footage.[5]

In addition to directing the documentary, Ron Howard served as a producer alongside Brian Grazer, Nigel Sinclair, Michael Rosenberg and Jeanne Elfant Festa. David Blackman and Dickon Stainer served as executive producers.[1]


An official soundtrack album Pavarotti: Music from the Motion Picture was released worldwide on digital download and CD on June 7, 2019 by Decca Records and features twenty-two tracks of studio and live recordings.[10]


On February 10, 2019, the first trailer for the film was shown at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, promoting an American theatrical release on June 7, 2019 by CBS Films.[9] The film was released in the UK on July 15, 2019 through Entertainment One Films.[11][12]


Box office[edit]

As of August 21, 2019, Pavarotti has grossed $4.7 million in the United States and Canada, and $1.2 in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $5.9 million.[3][13]

United States and Canada[edit]

In the United States and Canada Pavarotti made $144,032 in its opening weekend from 19 theaters in 17 cities.[14] The film made $221,207 in its second weekend, finishing twentieth, and $431,140 in its third; a 95% increase finishing sixteenth for a box office total of $1,014,228.[15] In its fourth weekend the film made $553,067 across 288 theaters finishing seventeenth in the week ending 30 June. In its 8th weekend of release the film had decreased to 135 theatres. It made $85,156 at 94 screenings in its ninth weekend for a total of $4,425,534.[16]

United Kingdom[edit]

In the United Kingdom it grossed £30,456 from 42 cinemas in its second weekend, a per-screen average of £725 and 92% decrease from the first week finishing twenty-third with a total gross of £492,763 ($610,157) at the box office.[17][18] It made another £25,197 ($30,646) on 48 screens in its third weekend and £14,015 ($16,857) in its fourth on 27 screens grossing a total of £601,010 ($722,889) on the week ending August 11.[19][20][21]

Other territories[edit]

In New Zealand it was released on June 13, 2019 through Madman Entertainment grossing $46,260 in its opening weekend across 50 screens finishing eighth at the box office. Over nine weeks it has grossed a total of $391,659. The film also grossed $295,236 in Poland, $49,641 in Portugal, $46,087 in Russia, $22,030 in Slovakia and $10,191 in the United Arab Emirates as of August 11, 2019.[22]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 85% based on 62 reviews, with an average rating of 6.28/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Pavarotti pays entertaining tribute to a towering cultural figure with a documentary whose evident affection for its subject proves contagious."[23] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 66 out of 100, based on 20 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[24]

CBS News said the "new documentary about Pavarotti soars like his legendary voice".[25] USA Today said the film "serves as a vivid reminder of just how huge a role the great tenor Luciano Pavarotti played for a generation" and that "the passionate way the infectiously beaming, Hawaiian shirt-loving opera star lived his life is the most enchanting element of Pavarotti."[26] The New York Times said "If Luciano Pavarotti ever had a bad day, you wouldn't know it from Pavarotti, an upbeat film that recounts the singer's life, or at least its better moments."[27] On the other hand, NPR said the film "misses all the right notes," adding "Pavarotti feels like a missed chance to tell a good story."[28] The Washington Post described the documentary as "terrible but timely", a "mediocre film, imperfect and annoying," that opera lovers should nevertheless watch.[29]


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  2. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (October 12, 2018). "HanWay Films Boards Ron Howard's Pavarotti Movie Ahead Of AFM, Production Under Way". Deadline. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
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  6. ^ McNary, Dave (June 1, 2017). "Ron Howard to Direct Luciano Pavarotti Documentary". Variety. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  7. ^ "Fathom Events | Pavarotti Premiere Screening Event". Fathom Events. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  8. ^ "'Pavarotti' Premiere Screening Event Comes to Movie Theaters Nationwide on June 4, With a Special Introduction From Director Ron Howard". Retrieved June 5, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Haring, Bruce (February 11, 2019). "'Pavarotti' Documentary From Ron Howard Debuts Teaser During 61st Grammy Awards". Deadline. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  10. ^ Decca Records To Release Original Soundtrack To Ron Howard-Directed Documentary 'Pavarotti' And Companion 3-CD Set 'Pavarotti: The Greatest Hits' On June 7
  11. ^ Roberts, Maddy Shaw (May 17, 2019). "'Pavarotti' movie 2019: everything you need to know about Ron Howard's documentary". Classic FM. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  12. ^ "Pavarotti | British Board of Film Classification". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  13. ^ Pavarotti (2019) | International | Box Office Mojo
  14. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (June 9, 2019). "Summer Sequelitis Scorches Franchises To B.O. Lows". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 15, 2019. CBS’s Ron Howard Pavarotti doc played at 19 theaters in 17 markets .... CBS is reporting $142K for the weekend.
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  17. ^ "BFI Weekend Box Office 26/07/2019 - 28/07/2019". British Film Institute. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
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  19. ^ "BFI Weekend Box Office 02/08/2019 - 04/08/2019". British Film Institute. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  20. ^ "BFI Weekend Box Office 09/08/2019 - 11/08/2019". British Film Institute. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
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  24. ^ "Pavarotti reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  25. ^ "New Documentary About Pavarotti Soars Like His Legendary Voice". CBS Los Angeles. June 6, 2019. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  26. ^ Alexander, Bryan (June 6, 2019). "'Pavarotti': 5 life lessons the passionate tenor taught us in the new Ron Howard documentary". USA Today. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  27. ^ Jaworowski, Ken (June 6, 2019). "'Pavarotti' Review: A Charmed Life on the High C's". The New York Times. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  28. ^ Huizenga, Tom (June 7, 2019). "Pavarotti Documentary Misses All The Right Notes". NPR. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  29. ^ Kennicott, Phillip (June 5, 2019). "Even opera lovers should grit their teeth and watch this mediocre Pavarotti film". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 10, 2019.

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