The Central Park Five

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $325,653Details
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Synopsis

THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE is the story of the five young men who were wrongfully convicted for the 1989 rape of a jogger in Central Park. It examines how the legal system's rush to judgment - fueled by a city racially divided and fearful of crime - resulted in false confessions and no reassessment of the charges as conflicting evidence came in. This left a brutal rapist on the streets and robbed five innocent kids of their youth, all of whom served out their full terms. District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, after directing a thorough re-investigation when the actual rapist came forward and confessed, and realizing his office's mistakes, joined with the defense to request that the convictions be vacated, which was instantly granted by Judge Charles Tejada. Set against a backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and racial tension, THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE tells the story of that horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, a media clamoring for sensational stories, an outraged public, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
93% - Certified Fresh
Audience
85% - Upright

Movie Details

Theatrical Release: November 23rd, 2012 (Limited) by IFC Films
Video Release: April 23rd, 2013 by PBS
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Keywords: Hispanic, African-American, Political, Bigotry, News, Wrongfully Convicted, Sex Crimes
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Genre:Documentary
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for April 23rd, 2013

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2013 Awards Season: WGAs Leaves Analysts In the Dark

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Awards Season: Silver Linings for Limited Releases

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Per Theater Chart: Hitching a Ride to the Top

It was a particularly busy week on top of the per theater chart with seven films topping the $10,000 mark. Leading the way was Hitchcock with an average of $16,924 in 17 theaters. This is good for a limited release, but not great, and given the competition at this time of year, it needed to be great to survive. Anna Karenina expanded from 16 theaters to 66 earning an average of $13,580. Again, this is good, but not great. Rust and Bone was next with an average of $13,577 in two theaters. If it had sold just one more ticket, it would have earned second place instead of third on this list. Lincoln actually saw its per theater average grow reaching $12,724. It has already expanded truly wide and it should expand at least a little bit more. Likewise, Silver Linings Playbook should also expand more, as its per theater average this week was $11,945; however, it likely won't expand wide. The overall box office leader, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2, was next up with an average of $10,723. The Central Park Five topped $10,000 on the per theater chart, barely, with an average of $10,190 in three theaters. Skyfall was the final film in the $10,000 club with an average of $10,069. It is pretty rare for a film to remain above that mark for three weeks in a row. More...

Limited Releases are Going Psycho

It's a pretty light week for limited releases. Hitchcock is by far the biggest release, but its reviews are only mixed, so its box office chances are not strong. On the other hand, The Central Park Five is earning reviews that are strong enough that it should thrive, at least in limited release. It is very rare for a documentary to expand wide, even under the best of circumstances. More...

Production and Technical Credits

Director    Ken Burns
Director    David McMahon
Director    Sarah Burns
Screenwriter    Ken Burns
Screenwriter    David McMahon
Screenwriter    Sarah Burns
Editor    Michael Levine
Cinematographer    Buddy Squires
Cinematographer    Anthony Savini
Composer    Doug Wamble
Production Designer    Stephanie Jenkins

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/11/23 51 $30,570   3 $10,190   $30,570 3
2012/11/30 49 $33,148 +8% 7 $4,735   $77,040 10
2012/12/07 50 $27,622 -17% 10 $2,762   $123,333 17
2012/12/14 47 $38,329 +39% 22 $1,742   $175,801 24
2012/12/21 49 $18,003 -53% 19 $948   $217,238 31
2013/01/04 53 $16,435   14 $1,174   $273,747 45

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