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Amistad (1997)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $44,212,592Details
International Box Office $14,037,559
Worldwide Box Office $58,250,151
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  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Cast & Crew
  6. Trailer

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
76% - Certified Fresh
Audience
79% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$40,000,000
Domestic Releases: December 12th, 1997 (Wide) by Dreamworks SKG
MPAA Rating: R for some scenes of strong brutal violence and some related nudity
Running Time: 152 minutes
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Keywords: On a Boat, Mutiny, Slavery, Courtroom Drama, Intertitle, Culture Clash, Language Barrier, Epilogue
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: DreamWorks Pictures
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 17th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,115 $27,655 Apr 3, 1998 115
Biggest 16th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 950 $73,319 Mar 27, 1998 108
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 567 $213,748 Mar 20, 1998 101
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 493 $304,866 Mar 13, 1998 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,184 $114,550 Mar 6, 1998 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 799 $252,201 Feb 27, 1998 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 648 $412,888 Feb 20, 1998 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 467 $818,699 Feb 13, 1998 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 580 $958,728 Feb 6, 1998 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 616 $1,383,825 Jan 30, 1998 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 724 $1,759,880 Jan 23, 1998 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 740 $2,679,692 Jan 16, 1998 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,152 $2,688,003 Jan 9, 1998 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,026 $4,477,454 Jan 2, 1998 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,379 $5,176,006 Dec 26, 1997 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,853 $3,280,336 Dec 19, 1997 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,045 $4,573,523 Dec 12, 1997 3

Cast

   Theodore Joadson
   John Quincy Adams
   Cinque
   Baldwin
Nigel Hawthorne    Martin Van Buren
David Paymer    Secretary Forsyth
Pete Postlethwaite    Holabird
Stellan Skarsgård    Tappan
Anna Paquin    Queen Isabella
Juliette Darko    Teme
Razaaq Adoti    Yamba
Abu Bakaar Fofanah    Fala
Milian Tomas    Calderon
Chiwetel Ejiofor    Ens. Covey
Derrick N. Ashong    Buakei
Geno Silva    Ruiz
John Ortiz    Montes
Ralph Brown    Lieutenant Gedney
Darren Burrows    Lieutenant Meade
Allan Rich    Judge Juttson
Paul Guilfoyle    Attorney
Peter Firth    Captain Fitzgerald
Xander Berkeley    Hammond
Jeremy Northam    Judge Coglin
Arliss Howard    John C. Calhoun
Willie Amakye    Folowa
Luc Assogba    Gbatui
Mariah Campbell    Masery
Stephen Conteh    Morlai
Habib Conteh    Bai
Monguehy Fanzy    Fabanna
Jimmy Fotso    Kwong
Adekunle Ilori    Kahei
Sheriff Kargbo    Almamy
Saye Lah    Kessebe
Sylvestre Massaquoi    Santigiie
Samson Odede    Kpona
Chike Okpala    Sorie
Willie Onafesso    Jina
Samuel Pieh    Suuleh
Lansana Sawi    Morlu
Abu Sidique    Tsukama
El Hadj Malik Sow    Golabu
Lamine Thiam    Mahmud
Austin Pendleton    Professor Gibbs
Daniel von Bargen    Warden Pendelton
Rusty Schwimmer    Mrs. Pendelton
Pedro Armendáriz Jr.    General Espatero
Frank T. Wells    Crier
Michael Massee    Prison Guard
Roy Cooper    Pickney
Jake Weber    Mr. Wright
Victor Rivers    Captain Ferrar
Joseph Kosseh    Birmaja
Steve Passewe    Cinque's In-law
Sherly Acosta Williams    Cinque's Wife
Matt Sarles    Young Aide
George Gerdes    Marshal
Jerry Molen    Magistrate
Kevin J. O'Connor    Missionary
Robert Walsh    Guardsman
Sean McGuirk    Courier
Tony Owen    Farmer
William Young    Businessman
Micahel Riley    British Officer
Leon Singer    Don Pablo
Castulo Guerra    Spanish Priest
Harry Groener    Tecora Captain
James Hawthorne    Creole Cook
Ingrid Walters    Woman Overboard with Baby
Harry A. Blackmun    Associate Justice Joseph Story
Curtis Shields    Bassie
Charles Udoma    Kessebe
Tony Onafesso    Baa
Clarence Mobley    Kenei
Edward Appiah    Followolo
Paul Mwakutuya    Sessi
Samuel Orekhio    Fawni
Ransford Thomas    Alkali
Issac Mayanja    Sanja
Roosevelt Flenoury    Njaooni
Carlos Spivey    Chike
Andrew L. Josiah    Tamba
Peter Mansaray    Kapr
Brian Macon    Yauai
Denver Dowridge    Kpau
Rory Burton    Vakina
Omo Lara Tosin    Kula
Charlean Isata Bangalie    Margru
M. S. Kaleiwo    Kaleiwo

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Written by    David Franzoni
Producer    Steven Spielberg
Producer    Debbie Allen
Producer    Colin Wilson
Co-Producer    Tim Shriver
Executive Producer    Walter Parks
Executive Producer    Laurie MacDonald
Co-Executive Producer    Robert Cooper
Associate Producer    Bonnie Curtis
Associate Producer    Paul Deason
Director of Photography    Janusz Kaminski
Production Designer    Rick Carter
Film Editor    Michael Kahn
Costume Designer    Ruth E. Carter
Costume Supervisor    Sue Moore
Music by    John Williams
Casting    Victoria Thomas
Casting (UK and Africa)    Priscilla John
Assistant Director    Sergio Mimica-Gezzan
Unit Production Manager    Paul Deason
Art Director    Chris Burian-Mohr
Art Director    Jim Teegarden
Art Director    Tony Fanning
Set Decorator    Rosemary Brandenberg
Makeup    Ve Neill
Production Sound Mixer    Ronald Judkins
Production Sound Mixer    Robert Jackson
Re-recording Mixer    Andy Nelson
Re-recording Mixer    Anna Behlmer
Re-recording Mixer    Shawn Murphy
Supervising Sound Editor    Charles L. Campbell
Supervising Sound Editor    Louis L. Edemann
Sound Editor    Rick Franklin
Sound Editor    Jeffrey A. Clark
Sound Editor    Ronald Eng
Sound Editor    Edward Fassl
Sound Editor    Leonard T. Geschke
Sound Editor    Doug Jackson
Sound Editor    Gary Krivacek
Sound Editor    Chuck Neely
Sound Editor    Howard S. M. Neiman
Sound Editor    Bruce Richardson
Music Editor    Kenneth Wannberg
Hairstylist (Key)    Robert L. Stevenson
Hairstylist (Morgan Freeman)    Deena Adair
Makeup and Hair (Anthony Hopkins)    Chrissie Beveridge
Stunt Coordinator    M. James Arnett
Set Designer    Easton Smith

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1997/12/12 5 $4,573,523   322 $14,203   $4,661,866 3
1997/12/19 8 $3,280,336 -28% 480 $6,834   $9,674,595 10
1997/12/26 11 $5,176,006 +58% 712 $7,270   $17,768,155 17
1998/01/02 7 $4,477,454 -13% 726 $6,167   $26,714,127 24
1998/01/09 10 $2,688,003 -40% 773 $3,477   $30,797,832 31
1998/01/16 10 $2,679,692 n/c 1,001 $2,677   $34,461,000 38
1998/01/23 12 $1,759,880 -34% 1,019 $1,727   $37,414,589 45
1998/01/30 14 $1,383,825 -21% 908 $1,524   $39,472,352 52
1998/02/06 16 $958,728 -31% 818 $1,172   $40,860,661 59
1998/02/13 18 $818,699 -15% 801 $1,022   $42,005,754 66
1998/02/20 18 $412,888 -50% 601 $687   $42,606,630 73
1998/02/27 25 $252,201 -39% 401 $629   $43,011,294 80
1998/03/06 40 $114,550 -55% 226 $507   $43,222,082 87
1998/03/13 26 $304,866 +166% 570 $535   $43,571,219 94
1998/03/20 28 $213,748 -30% 426 $502   $43,935,837 101
1998/03/27 41 $73,319 -66% 317 $231   $44,107,804 108
1998/04/03 61 $27,655 -62% 169 $164   $44,175,394 115

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1997/12/12 4 $1,385,000   322 $4,301   $1,385,000 1
1997/12/13 5 $1,835,000 +32% 322 $5,699   $1,835,000 2
1997/12/14 5 $1,375,000 -25% 322 $4,270   $4,662,000 3
1997/12/15 2 $432,173 -69% 322 $1,342   $5,094,039 4
1997/12/16 2 $438,960 +2% 322 $1,363   $5,532,999 5
1997/12/17 2 $428,131 -2% 322 $1,330   $5,961,130 6
1997/12/19 7 $935,000   480 $1,948   $0 8
1997/12/21 10 $0   480 $0   $9,674,595 10
1997/12/22 7 $568,266   480 $1,184   $10,242,861 11
1997/12/23 8 $585,000 +3% 480 $1,219   $10,818,000 12
1997/12/24 6 $450,000 -23% 480 $938   $11,289,000 13
1997/12/25 10 $1,260,000 +180% 480 $2,625   $12,554,000 14
1998/01/01 8 $1,585,000   712 $2,226   $22,211,000 21
1998/01/02 10 $1,610,000 +2% 712 $2,261   $23,821,000 22
1998/01/03 8 $1,820,000 +13% 712 $2,556   $25,641,000 23
1998/01/04 7 $1,041,000 -43% 726 $1,434   $26,714,127 24
1998/01/05 6 $359,896 -65% 726 $496   $27,074,023 25
1998/01/06 6 $370,842 +3% 726 $511   $27,444,865 26
1998/01/07 6 $333,470 -10% 726 $459   $27,778,315 27
1998/01/08 6 $330,494 -1% 726 $455   $28,109,829 28
1998/01/09 10 $720,000 +118% 773 $931   $28,830,000 29
1998/01/10 10 $1,315,000 +83% 773 $1,701   $30,150,000 30
1998/01/11 10 $652,000 -50% 773 $843   $30,797,832 31
1998/01/12 9 $201,994 -69% 773 $261   $30,999,826 32
1998/01/13 9 $249,342 +23% 773 $323   $31,249,158 33
1998/01/14 8 $218,523 -12% 773 $283   $31,467,690 34
1998/01/15 9 $223,618 +2% 773 $289   $31,691,308 35
1998/01/16 10 $670,000 +200% 1,001 $669   $32,361,000 36
1998/01/17 10 $1,210,000 +81% 1,001 $1,209   $33,571,000 37
1998/01/18 10 $890,000 -26% 1,001 $889   $34,461,000 38
1998/01/19 11 $571,339 -36% 1,001 $571   $35,032,339 39
1998/01/20 10 $225,227 -61% 1,001 $225   $35,257,566 40
1998/01/21 9 $197,850 -12% 1,001 $198   $35,455,416 41

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1997/12/12 4 $6,305,916   322 $19,584   $6,394,259 7
1997/12/19 7 $6,197,890 -2% 480 $12,912   $12,592,149 14
1997/12/26 10 $9,644,524 +56% 712 $13,546   $22,236,673 21
1998/01/02 10 $5,873,156 -39% 726 $8,090   $28,109,829 28
1998/01/09 10 $3,581,479 -39% 773 $4,633   $31,691,308 35
1998/01/16 11 $3,963,401 +11% 1,001 $3,959   $35,654,709 42
1998/01/23 11 $2,433,818 -39% 1,019 $2,388   $38,088,527 49
1998/01/30 13 $1,813,406 -25% 908 $1,997   $39,901,933 56
1998/02/06 15 $1,285,122 -29% 818 $1,571   $41,187,055 63
1998/02/13 18 $1,006,687 -22% 801 $1,257   $42,193,742 70
1998/02/20 18 $565,351 -44% 601 $941   $42,759,093 77
1998/02/27 26 $348,439 -38% 401 $869   $43,107,532 84
1998/03/06 40 $158,821 -54% 226 $703   $43,266,353 91
1998/03/13 26 $455,736 +187% 570 $800   $43,722,089 98
1998/03/20 28 $312,396 -31% 426 $733   $44,034,485 105
1998/03/27 38 $113,254 -64% 317 $357   $44,147,739 112