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Black Nativity (2013)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $7,018,188Details
International Box Office $266,947Details
Worldwide Box Office $7,285,135
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $42,561 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $42,943 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $85,504
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  4. International
  5. Video Sales
  6. Full Financials
  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer

Synopsis

In a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes' celebrated play, this holiday musical drama follows Langston, a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs. Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend Cobbs' rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima. Langston embarks on a journey and along with his new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics RottenAudience Spilled
Critics
49% - Rotten
Audience
51% - Spilled

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$17,500,000
Domestic Releases: November 27th, 2013 (Wide) by 20th Century Fox
International Releases: December 6th, 2013 (Wide) (Kenya)
December 6th, 2013 (Wide) (United Kingdom)
Video Release: April 15th, 2014 by Fox Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic material, language and a menacing situation.
(Rating bulletin 2291, 9/25/2013)
Running Time: 95 minutes
Comparisons: vs. Frozen
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Keywords: African-American, Dysfunctional Family, Religious, Christmas, Christmas in November, Bank Foreclosure, Single Parent
Source:Based on Play
Genre:Musical
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Fantasy
Production Companies: Maven Pictures, Wonderful Films
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,630 $3,499 Jan 10, 2014 47
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,084 $3,730 Jan 3, 2014 40
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,920 $11,944 Dec 27, 2013 33
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,666 $34,933 Dec 20, 2013 26
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,002 $143,611 Dec 13, 2013 19
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,832 $1,526,757 Dec 6, 2013 12
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,370 $3,669,530 Nov 29, 2013 5
Widest Opening Weekend 2,862 1,516 Nov 29, 2013 5
Movies with Most Front-Loaded Opening Weekend 1,577 42.5% Nov 29, 2013 3

Cast

   Reverend Cornell
   Aretha Cobbs
   Loot/Tyson
   Langston
   Angel
   Isaiah
   Naima
Vondie Curtis-Hall    Pawnbroker
Luke James    Jo-Jo
Grace Gibson    Maria
Rotimi Rotimi    Officer Butch McDaniels
J. Mallory McCree    Kyle
H. Hunter Hall    Snoopy
Michael Dale    Innkeeper
Doug Willen    Chic Man
Sorika Horng    Chic Man's Mistress
Jason Samuels Smith    Hotel Security Guard
C. Kelly Wright    Desperate Pawnshop Woman
Braille Diaz    Boy Thief
Roz Beauty    Choir Member
Tia Blake    Choir Member
Richard Crandle    Choir Member
Mamie Duncan-Gibbs    Choir Member
Bernita Ewing    Choir Member
Dwayne Grayman    Choir Member
Bruce Hawkins    Choir Member
Jared Joseph    Choir Member
Nei-ce Knight-Preuitt    Choir Member
Brandi Chavonne Massey    Choir Member
Nat Morris    Choir Member
Ashdyn Unique Neal    Choir Member
Contrella Patrick-Henry    Choir Member
Gavyn Pickens    Choir Member
Lexi Rhoades    Choir Member
Michelle M. Robinson    Choir Member
Gayle Samuels    Choir Member
Eddie B. Sands Jr.    Choir Member
Levensky Smith    Choir Member
Judine Somerville    Choir Member
Milton David Vann    Choir Member
Anita Welch    Choir Member
Alyson Williams    Choir Member
Collin Heyward    Nativity Dancer
Marija Juliette Abney    Nativity Dancer
Abdur-Rahim Jackson    Nativity Dancer
Nijawoon K. Matthews    Nativity Dancer
Coral Dolphin    Nativity Dancer
Karine Plantadit    Nativity Dancer
Ayo Jeneen Jackson    Nativity Dancer
Ryan H. Rankine    Nativity Dancer
Pedro Morillo    B-Boy
Steven Rosa    B-Boy
Virgil Gadson    B-Boy
Prashant Lamar Murthy    Church Band Guitarist
William Powell    Church Band Drummer
Alphaeus Bennett    Church Band Bass Player
Hubert Powell III    Church Band Organist
William Horberg    Church Band Pianist
Abdel Salaam    Drummer
Farai Malianga    Drummer
Frank Malloy IV    Drummer
Antoine Drye    Trumpet Player

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    Kasi Lemmons
Based on the Play by    Langston Hughes
Producer    Celine Rattray
Producer    William Horberg
Producer    Galt Niederhoffer
Executive Producer    Trudie Styler
Executive Producer    T.D. Jakes
Executive Producer    Joy Goodwin
Executive Producer    Derrick M. Williams
Production Designer    Kristi Zea
Editor    Terilyn A. Shropshire
Composer    Raphael Saadiq
Composer    Laura Karpman
Director of Photography    Anastas Michos
Co-Producer    Bergen Swanson
Executive Music Producer    Raphael Saadiq
Choreography    Otis Sallid
Costume Designer    Gersha Phillips
Music Supervisor    Steven Baker
Associate Producer    Chuck Ryant
Associate Producer    John O'Grady
Associate Producer    T.K. Knowles
Production Supervisor    Danielle Blumstein
Post-Production Supervisor    Sarah Conners
Art Director    Douglas Huszti
Set Decorator    Diane Lederman
Sound Mixer    William Sarokin
Costume Supervisor    Laura Steinman
Make up    David Presto
Make up    Daniel Green Jr.
Hairstylist    Erin Hicks
Hairstylist    Barbara L. Roman
Special Effects Coordinator    Edward A. Drohan IV
Special Effects    Michael Harry Hartney
Supervising Sound Editor    Lewis Goldstein
Dialogue Editor    David Briggs
Dialogue Editor    Max Greene
Sound Effects Editor    Sean Garnhart
Re-recording Mixer    Lewis Goldstein
Re-recording Mixer    Sean Garnhart

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for April 15th, 2014

April 15th, 2014

It is a busy week on the home market with five films that either opened at least semi-wide or expanded semi-wide. However, unlike last week, there's no monster hit like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug leading the way. In fact, most of the semi-wide or wide releases on this week's list were critical and box office disappointments. Only Philomena did well with critics. Fortunately, it did well enough that it is a contender for Pick of the Week without even considering the extras on the DVD or Blu-ray. There are a few other new releases that are noteworthy, but most of them are catalog Blu-ray releases. These include Touch of Evil on Blu-ray and Double Indemnity on Blu-ray. In the end, I went with Touch of Evil, but I literally had to roll a dice to decide. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Calm Before the Winter Store

December 10th, 2013

Frozen poster

As expected, the box office was really soft this weekend with Frozen rising to the top with over $30 million. It was the only film that earned more than that amount, while The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was the only other film with significantly more than $5 million. Out of the Furnace was the only new release and while it barely topped $5 million, it still managed third place. The overall box office fell from 56% to just $92 million. As bad as that result is, it is still 15% higher than the same weekend last year. 2013 remains above 2012, albeit by a tiny margin of 0.3% at $9.75 billion to $9.72 billion. It wouldn't take much for 2013 to again lose its lead, so there's a lot to be interested in in the final few weeks of the year. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Cool Films, Hot Box Office

December 3rd, 2013

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire poster

Thanksgiving long weekend set records with both The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen breaking records for biggest Thanksgiving weekend and biggest Thanksgiving opening respectively. There was also good news for Thor: The Dark World over the weekend, as it topped predictions, and even while the rest of the new releases struggled, to be polite, it was a really impressive weekend. Over the three-day portion of the weekend, the box office pulled in a total of $208 million, which was 8% lower than last weekend. This is actually a very good decline, as the midweek holiday releases took some of the demand for the weekend. This was 82% higher than the same weekend last year, but this is misleading, because this weekend last year was the weekend after Thanksgiving day. 2013 was stronger than last Thanksgiving, but by 0.0456% over the three-day portion. Over fives days, the box office earned $293 million, which was almost exactly 1% more than last Thanksgiving. 2013 has regained the lead over 2012, albeit by a tiny margin at $9.62 billion to $9.61 billion. Hopefully it can maintain this lead from now till January. More...

Weekend Predictions: Fire vs. Ice

November 27th, 2013

Frozen poster

Thanksgiving long weekend won't be remembered for the quality of the films opening wide. In fact, of the three new releases on this week's list, only one of them is truly opening wide. Homefront is debuting in 2,500 theaters, while Black Nativity is only opening in 1,500. Oldboy is only opening in 600 theaters, but it still has a reasonable shot at the top ten. If it weren't for the wide expansion of Frozen and hopefully a strong hold by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the weekend would be a write-off. As it is, 2013 should crush 2012... mostly because there is a misalignment and this weekend last year was the weekend after Thanksgiving. The post holiday slump meant the top five was only able to bring in a little under $75 million. I'm not saying Catching Fire will top that number, at least not over three days, but it should clear at least that much over the next five days. More...

Contest: FREEZE!

November 22nd, 2013

There are three wide releases next week, Black Nativity, Homefront, and Oldboy. Unfortunately none of them are expected to be even midlevel hits. Fortunately, there's one other option, Frozen. Frozen opened in one theater on Friday the 22nd before expanding wide on Wednesday the 27th. Normally we don't like to use films that have already opened, but it is still the best choice for the target film for this week's box office prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for Frozen. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), regardless if they go over or not, will win a copy of Impractical Jokers: Season One on DVD. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

2013 Preview: November

November 1st, 2013

October ended on a winning note, but it was the only time the entire month that 2013 topped 2012 in the year-over-year comparison. This is quite shocking, as Gravity crushed expectations with more than $200 million and counting. Even with that surprise monster hit, the month still couldn't keep pace with last year. Compared to October, November looks a lot better with three films that could be monster hits: Frozen, Thor: The Dark World, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. On the other hand, those are the only three movies with a 50/50 chance or better to top $100 million compared, while there were seven films that reached that milestone last November. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire should make more than last year's number one film, Skyfall, but the depth last year could prove too much to deal with. 2013 might dip below last year's pace sometime during the month, but hopefully it won't stay there too long. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2013/11/29 9 $3,669,530   1,516 $2,421   $4,779,723 5
2013/12/06 10 $1,526,757 -58% 1,525 $1,001   $6,904,760 12
2013/12/13 25 $143,611 -91% 260 $552   $6,878,097 19
2013/12/20 31 $34,933 -76% 63 $554   $6,967,503 26
2013/12/27 47 $11,944 -66% 24 $498   $7,000,856 33
2014/01/03 55 $3,730 -69% 15 $249   $7,012,316 40
2014/01/10 57 $3,499 -6% 15 $233   $7,017,178 47

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2013/11/27 11 $436,940   1,516 $288   $436,940 1
2013/11/28 8 $673,253 +54% 1,516 $444   $1,110,193 2
2013/11/29 8 $1,559,704 +132% 1,516 $1,029   $2,669,897 3
2013/11/30 8 $1,490,981 -4% 1,516 $983   $4,160,878 4
2013/12/01 9 $618,845 -58% 1,516 $408   $4,779,723 5
2013/12/02 10 $162,975 -74% 1,516 $108   $4,942,698 6
2013/12/03 12 $190,034 +17% 1,516 $125   $5,132,732 7
2013/12/04 13 $127,682 -33% 1,516 $84   $5,260,414 8
2013/12/05 13 $117,589 -8% 1,516 $78   $5,378,003 9
2013/12/06 14 $275,296 +134% 1,525 $181   $5,653,299 10
2013/12/07 14 $519,590 +89% 1,525 $341   $6,172,889 11
2013/12/08 14 $231,871 -55% 1,525 $152   $6,404,760 12
2013/12/09 14 $82,010 -65% 1,525 $54   $6,486,770 13
2013/12/10 14 $99,007 +21% 1,525 $65   $6,585,777 14
2013/12/11 14 $77,673 -22% 1,525 $51   $6,663,450 15
2013/12/12 14 $71,036 -9% 1,525 $47   $6,734,486 16
2013/12/13 - $39,724 -44% 260 $153   $6,774,210 17
2013/12/14 - $58,225 +47% 260 $224   $6,832,435 18
2013/12/15 - $45,662 -22% 260 $176   $6,878,097 19
2013/12/16 - $15,427 -66% 260 $59   $6,893,524 20
2013/12/17 - $17,849 +16% 260 $69   $6,911,373 21
2013/12/18 - $9,248 -48% 260 $36   $6,920,621 22
2013/12/19 - $11,949 +29% 260 $46   $6,932,570 23
2013/12/20 - $9,385 -21% 63 $149   $6,941,955 24
2013/12/21 - $13,284 +42% 63 $211   $6,955,239 25
2013/12/22 - $12,264 -8% 63 $195   $6,967,503 26
2013/12/23 - $7,606 -38% 63 $121   $6,975,109 27
2013/12/24 - $7,623 n/c 63 $121   $6,982,732 28
2013/12/25 - $2,596 -66% 63 $41   $6,985,328 29
2013/12/26 - $3,584 +38% 63 $57   $6,988,912 30
2013/12/27 - $4,125 +15% 24 $172   $6,993,037 31
2013/12/28 - $5,038 +22% 24 $210   $6,998,075 32
2013/12/29 - $2,781 -45% 24 $116   $7,000,856 33
2013/12/30 - $1,993 -28% 24 $83   $7,002,849 34
2013/12/31 - $1,481 -26% 24 $62   $7,004,330 35
2014/01/01 - $2,929 +98% 24 $122   $7,007,259 36
2014/01/02 - $1,327 -55% 24 $55   $7,008,586 37
2014/01/03 - $1,211 -9% 15 $81   $7,009,797 38
2014/01/04 - $1,992 +64% 15 $133   $7,011,789 39
2014/01/05 - $527 -74% 15 $35   $7,012,316 40
2014/01/06 - $255 -52% 15 $17   $7,012,570 41
2014/01/07 - $388 +52% 15 $26   $7,012,958 42
2014/01/08 - $307 -21% 15 $20   $7,013,265 43
2014/01/09 - $413 +35% 15 $28   $7,013,678 44

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2013/11/22 19 $1,110,193   1,516 $732   $1,110,193 2
2013/11/29 9 $4,267,810 +284% 1,516 $2,815   $5,378,003 9
2013/12/06 14 $1,356,483 -68% 1,525 $889   $6,734,486 16
2013/12/13 25 $198,084 -85% 260 $762   $6,932,570 23
2013/12/20 39 $56,342 -72% 63 $894   $6,988,912 30
2013/12/27 44 $19,674 -65% 24 $820   $7,008,586 37
2014/01/03 54 $5,092 -74% 15 $339   $7,013,678 44
2014/01/10 54 $4,510 -11% 15 $301   $7,018,188 51

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
Kenya 12/6/2013 $5,922 5 5 8 $10,597 12/13/2015
United Kingdom 12/6/2013 $100,259 105 105 169 $245,894 12/13/2015
 
Rest of World $10,456
 
International Total$266,947 12/13/2015

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