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The Dark Horse (2016)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $61,505Details
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $36,693 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $36,693
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A portrait of a man searching for the courage to lead, despite his struggles with mental illness. Genesis “Gen” Potini is a brilliant but troubled New Zealand chess champion who finds purpose by teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
97% - Certified Fresh
78% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: April 1st, 2016 (Limited) by Broad Green Pictures
Video Release: July 12th, 2016 by Broad Green
MPAA Rating: R for language throughout, and drug use.
(Rating bulletin 2396, 10/21/2015)
Running Time: 124 minutes
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Keywords: Biography, Chess, Maori
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Broad Green Pictures, Four Knights, New Zealand Film Commission, NZOnAir, Arama Pictures, Seville International
Production Countries: New Zealand

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,689 $3,892 Apr 29, 2016 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,793 $8,330 Apr 22, 2016 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,928 $17,414 Apr 15, 2016 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 8,652 $6,400 Apr 8, 2016 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 9,548 $8,487 Apr 1, 2016 3


   Genesis Potini
James Rollerston    Mana
Andrew Grainger    Clive
Kirk Torrance    Noble
Miriama McDowell    Sandy
Barry TeHira    Mutt
James Napier Robertson    Dave
Xavier Horan    Jedi
Wayne Hapi    Ariki
Lyel Timu    Rangimarie

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    James Napier Robertson
Producer    Tom Hern
Executive Producer    Timothy White
Executive Producer    Cliff Curtis
Co-Producer    Jim Marbrook
Cinematographer    Denson Baker
Production Designer    Kim Sinclair
Editor    Peter Roberts
Casting Director    Yvette Reid
Casting Director    Mike Dwyer
Casting Director    Matt Dwyer
Composer    Dana Lund
Costume Designer    Kristin Seth

Theater Averages: Miles Opens Ahead of the Competition with $28,633

April 6th, 2016

Miles Ahead

Miles Ahead led the way on the theater average chart with $28,633 in four theaters. Vaxxed: From Cover Up to Catastrophe was right behind with $28,339 in one theater. As someone who doesn't want to see measles make a comeback, this is a scary result. Everybody Wants Some earned an average of $16,440 in 19 theaters over the weekend after opening in five theaters on Wednesday. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice remained in the $10,000 club with an average of $12,062. Saturday's Warrior and Chongqing Hot Pot had very close averages at $10,671 and $10,098 respectively. More...

Limited and VOD Releases: Looking to Rake in the Green

April 1st, 2016

Green Room

There are a handful of films on this week's list earning great reviews and/or loud buzz. Of these four films, Green Room is the one I want to see the most, but Everybody Wants Some is the one most likely to become a box office hit. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2016/04/01 67 $8,487   2 $4,244   $8,487 3
2016/04/08 66 $6,400 -25% 3 $2,133   $18,326 10
2016/04/15 54 $17,414 +172% 10 $1,741   $37,906 17
2016/04/22 65 $8,330 -52% 7 $1,190   $53,667 24
2016/04/29 74 $3,892 -53% 5 $778   $61,505 31

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2016/04/01 67 $11,926   2 $5,963   $11,926 7
2016/04/08 74 $8,566 -28% 3 $2,855   $20,492 14
2016/04/15 58 $24,845 +190% 10 $2,485   $45,337 21
2016/04/22 69 $12,276 -51% 7 $1,754   $57,613 28

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