"Ida" Enjoys Success in the USA

Ida, Photo courtesy of Solopan


Ida, a film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, has enjoyed great success in US theatres, with a box office of almost 2.5 million dollars to date.

Box-Office: 2.5 Million USD

Ida was released theatrically in the United States on May 2, 2014. Distribution in the US is handled by Music Box Films. To date, the film’s box-office returns have brought a total of almost 2.5 million dollars ($2,488,657 according to Box Office Mojo). The film is currently being shown on 134 screens.

Over 300,000 Admissions

Paweł Pawlikowski’s Ida has seen over 311,000 admissions in the United States alone. This marks yet another international success in popularity for the film that has also enjoyed great success in cinemas across Europe. In France, Ida has been seen in cinemas by almost 500,000 people.

Excellent Reviews

Ida has been very warmly received by US-based film critics. Reviews of the film have been published by some of the top newspapers, print and web-based magazines, as we have written in early June.


David Debny of the New Yorker calls Ida “a compact masterpiece.” According to A. O. Scott of the New York Times, Ida also leaves an impression on audiences “[…] thanks to Łukasz Żal and Ryszard Lenczewski’s beautifully misty, piercingly sharp monochrome cinematography.”


In a review published on www.rogerebert.com, Godfrey Cheshire writes: “Riveting, original and breathtakingly accomplished on every level, Ida would be a masterpiece in any era, in any country.”

“Agata Trzebuchowska as Anna/Ida is spectacularly contained and tranquil playing off the more violent emotions delivered by the also marvelous Agata Kulesza, as the apparently strong, yet vulnerable Wanda. […] With Ida, Pawlikowski has introduced a new art house classic,” writes Carlos Aguilar in a review published on IndieWire.


Other reviews of Ida in American press are available at this link.

The Best Film of 2014

Ida has also started appearing on various ‘Best of 2014’ lists made by American film critics.


Scott Foundas and Justin Chang of Variety mention Ida on their respective lists alongside such films as Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, and Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive.


Ida has also ranked first on the list of top-rated movies of 2014, published by the web-based news site IndieWire, as graded by 500 film critics from around the world who are members of Indiewire’s Criticwire Network.

International Distribution and World Sales

World sales of Ida are handled by the Danish company Fandango Portobello. To date, the film has been sold to over 30 countries around the world. On October 25, 2013, Ida was released theatrically in Poland. This was followed by theatrical releases in a number of countries, including France, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Argentina. On July 17, the film will be released in cinemas in the Czech Republic, and on September 11 in Slovakia.


Paulina Bez


Translated by Karolina Kołtun