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Chavela (2017)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $63,450Details
International Box Office $65,562Details
Worldwide Box Office $129,012
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A look at the unconventional life of beloved performer Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of Mexican popular music and triumphant return to the stage late in life brought her international fame. Born in Costa Rica in 1919, Chavela Vargas ran away to Mexico City as a teenager to sing in the streets. By the 1950s, she became a household name in her adopted country, delivering her performances with a raw passion and unique voice. Just as influential were her cultural contributions; Chavela was a bold, rebellious, sexual pioneer who was known for having many female lovers at a time when being out in Mexico was dangerous. Chavela centers around a 1991 interview—the singer’s first public appearance after 15 hard years lost to alcoholism and heartbreak. In the final years of her life, Chavela openly comes out as a lesbian and rises into her momentous third act, becoming a muse to filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, earning a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, and selling out performances at prestigious concert halls around the world.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 11,501-11,600) 11,547 $63,450
All Time International Box Office (Rank 8,301-8,400) 8,362 $65,562
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 13,801-13,900) 13,833 $129,012
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 4,301-4,400) 4,390 $63,450

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

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: October 4th, 2017 (Limited) by Music Box Films
International Releases: June 16th, 2017 (Wide) (Spain)
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 93 minutes
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Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Aubin Pictures, National Endowment for the Arts, Centro Costarricense de Produccion, Cinematografica del Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud, IFP, Women in Film Film Finishing Fund, The Arch and Bruce Foundation, Frameline Completion Fund, Mexican Cultural Institute New York
Production Countries: Mexico,
United States


Chavela Vargas    Herself
Pedro Almodovar    Himself
Elena Benarroch    Herself
Miguel Bose    Himself
Alicia Elena Perez Duarte    Herself
Liliana Felipe    Herself
Patria Jimenez Flores    Herself
Laura Garcia-Lorca    Herself
Martirio Gira    Herself
Mariana Gyalui    Herself

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Catherine Gund
Producer    Darsha Kyi
Cinematographer    Catherine Gund
Cinematographer    Natalia Cuevas
Editor    Paula Gutierrez
Assistant Editor    Hajer Salem
Composer    Gil Talmi
Executive Producer    Lynda Weinman
Executive Producer    Bruce Heavin
Co-Producer    Pepita Serrano
Co-Producer    Agnes Gund
Associate Producer    Laura Tatham
Associate Producer    Laura Pilloni

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October 6th, 2017

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2017/10/06 49 $22,453   4 $5,613   $26,506 1
2017/10/13 - $22,247 -1% 14 $1,589   $63,450 2

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2017/09/29 79 $4,053   1 $4,053   $4,053 1
2017/10/06 44 $37,150 +817% 5 $7,430   $41,203 2

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Spain 6/16/2017 $8,762 12 12 70 $65,562 9/28/2017
International Total$65,562 9/28/2017

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

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