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Cartas a Elena (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $8,511Details
International Box Office $112,743Details
Worldwide Box Office $121,254
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In the beautiful hills of Cooper Canyon in Chihuahua, Mexico, a young boy (Emilio) is adopted by the mailman (Teo). As part of their daily tasks, they not only deliver the mail but read letters to the villagers, as well as take dictation, since most are illiterate. Young Emilio quickly learns to read and write but feels saddened by the mostly difficult stories sent by relatives that moved north to Denver, Colorado in pursuit of a better future. One day Teo becomes disabled and Emilio takes over the mail route and with great imagination he changes the letters to happy and optimistic stories. Within days, the village is transformed. The elders, once hopeless, lonely and sad, are now happy and enthusiastic, enjoying the "supposed" success their loved ones write of in the United States. But the enjoyment is short lived, as they realize that all the wonderful stories are the same, a product of Emilio’s imagination. During this same period, Emilio meets a young girl named Elena and they have an innocent friendship that becomes their first love.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office 13,750 $8,511
All Time International Box Office 7,288 $112,743
All Time Worldwide Box Office 13,220 $121,254
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies 6,252 $8,511

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: June 8th, 2012 (Limited) by Freestyle Releasing, released as Letters to Elena
International Releases: March 9th, 2012 (Wide) (Mexico)
October 26th, 2012 (Wide) (Spain)
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, violence, language and smoking.
(Rating bulletin 2224, 5/23/2012)
Running Time: 104 minutes
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Keywords: Immigration, Coming of Age, Adopted Family, Life in a Small Town, Orphan, Hispanic
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Cartas a Elena, LLC
Production Countries: Mexico

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest Domestic Opening Weekend 9,756 $7,711 Jun 8, 2012 3
Biggest Opening Weekend Limited Release 4,801 $7,711 Jun 8, 2012 3
Theater Average Opening Weekend Limited Release 6,761 $643 Jun 8, 2012 3
Theater Average Limited Release 47,189 $643 Jun 8, 2012 3
Top 2012 Theater Average Limited Release 1,979 $643 Jun 8, 2012 3
Never Wide Domestic 7,532 $8,511 Jun 8, 2012 0
Never No. 1 Domestic 10,943 $8,511 Jun 8, 2012 0
Widest Expansion Limited Release 6,382 0 Jun 8, 2012 0

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Barajas Llorent
Producer    Peter Odio
Producer    Sergio Cabada
Producer    Jaime Jimenez Pons
Producer    Paul Mendoza

Per Theater Chart: Moon Shines Over Wide Releases

June 12th, 2012

For the third weekend in a row, Moonrise Kingdom remained the top film on the per theater chart with an average of $16,247. Again, most limited releases would kill to have an opening week per theater average that high while playing in only a couple theaters. Moonrise Kingdom did it in its third weekend of release while playing in nearly 100 theaters. To call it a success is an understatement. Prometheus finished in second place with $15,032, while the overall box office leader, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, was right behind with an average of $14,166. Dark Horse opened with $13,551 in its lone theater. Safety Not Guaranteed opened in ninety theaters, which is a little high for a limited release, but it still earned an impressive average of $10,862. More...

Limited Releases: Success Not Guaranteed

June 8th, 2012

There are quite a few limited releases on this week's list, including quite a few that earned some pre-release buzz: Bel Ami, Dark Horse, Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding, Lola Versus, and Safety Not Guarenteed. Unfortunately, only the last one is earning overwhelmingly positive reviews. Hopefully it will perform well enough that it can escape the art house circuit and earn some measure of mainstream success. More...

Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/06/08 68 $7,711   12 $643   $7,711 3

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/06/08 - $1,974   12 $165   $1,974 1
2012/06/09 - $2,771 +40% 12 $231   $4,745 2
2012/06/10 - $2,966 +7% 12 $247   $7,711 3
2012/06/11 - $800 -73% 12 $67   $8,511 4

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/06/08 73 $8,511   12 $709   $8,511 7

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