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Dear White People (2014)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $4,404,154Details
International Box Office $999,617Details
Worldwide Box Office $5,403,771
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $643,025 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $44,244 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $687,269
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  8. Trailer

Synopsis

The unexpected election of activist Samantha White as head of a traditionally black residence hall sets up a college campus culture war that challenges conventional notions of what it means to be black. While Sam leverages her notoriety as host of the provocative and polarizing radio show “Dear White People” to try to prevent the college from diversifying Armstrong Parker House, outgoing head-of-house Troy Fairbanks, son of the university’s dean, defies his father’s lofty expectations by applying to join the staff of Pastiche, the college’s influential humor magazine. Lionel Higgins, an Afro-sporting sci-fi geek, is recruited by the otherwise all-white student newspaper to go undercover and write about black culture—a subject he knows little about—while the aggressively assimilated Coco Conners tries to use the controversy on campus to carve out a career in reality TV. But no one at Winchester University is prepared for Pastiche’s outrageous, ill-conceived annual Halloween party, with its “unleash your inner Negro” theme throwing oil on an already smoldering fire of resentment and misunderstanding. When the party descends into riotous mayhem, everyone must choose a side.

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: October 17th, 2014 (Limited) by Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
International Releases: July 10th, 2015 (Wide) (United Kingdom)
Video Release: February 3rd, 2015 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for language, sexual content and drug use.
(Rating bulletin 2340, 9/17/2014)
Running Time: 108 minutes
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Keywords: College, Bigotry, Radio Industry, Political, African-American, Halloween
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Comedy
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Duly Noted, Inc.
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,528 $2,026 Jan 23, 2015 101
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,293 $8,467 Jan 16, 2015 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,772 $5,840 Jan 9, 2015 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,261 $4,795 Jan 2, 2015 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,623 $5,351 Dec 26, 2014 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,520 $12,802 Dec 19, 2014 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,544 $23,257 Dec 12, 2014 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,335 $53,639 Dec 5, 2014 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,463 $77,157 Nov 28, 2014 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,752 $102,110 Nov 21, 2014 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,728 $195,550 Nov 14, 2014 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,765 $392,421 Nov 7, 2014 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,895 $743,175 Oct 31, 2014 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,034 $1,254,245 Oct 24, 2014 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,098 $347,959 Oct 17, 2014 3

Cast

   Lionel Higgins
   Sam White
Kyle Gallner    Kurt Fletcher
   Colandrea "Coco" Conners
   Troy Fairbanks
Malcolm Barrett    Helmut West
Dennis Haysbert    Dean Fairbanks
Brittany Curran    Sofia Fletcher
Marque Richardson    Reggie
Brandon Alter    George

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    Justin Simien
Producer    Justin Simien
Producer    Effie T. Brown
Producer    Julia Lebedev
Producer    Angel Lopez
Producer    Ann Le
Producer    Lena Waithe
Executive Producer    Leonid Lebedev
Executive Producer    Stephanie Allain
Casting Director    Kim Coleman
Director of Photography    Topher Osborn
Production Designer    Bruton Jones
Editor    Phillip J. Bartell
Composer    Kathryn Bostic

2014 - Awards Season: Independent Spirit Awards - Winners

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DVD and Blu-ray Releases for February 3rd, 2015

February 2nd, 2015

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December 6th, 2014

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Per Theater Chart: Everything Above All Others

November 12th, 2014

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There were four films in the $10,000 club, including The Theory of Everything, which led the way with an average of $41,753 in five theaters. This is high enough to make some measure of mainstream success nearly inevitable. Up next were a pair of wide releases. Big Hero 6 earned an average of $14,947, while Interstellar was right behind with an average of $13,342. The final film in the $10,000 club was National Gallery, which earned $10,049 in one theater over the weekend for a total opening of $13,165.

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Per Theater Chart: Birdman has the Skies to Himself

November 5th, 2014

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For the third weekend in a row, Birdman led the per theater chart. In fact, this week it was the only one in the $10,000 club earning an average of $10,348 in 231 screens. At this point, the film has already earned some measure of mainstream success, while it still has room to grow. More...

Per Theater Chart: Birdman Still Soars

October 28th, 2014

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October 21st, 2014

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October 19th, 2014

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October 17th, 2014

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/10/17 21 $347,959   11 $31,633   $347,959 3
2014/10/24 16 $1,254,245 +260% 382 $3,283   $1,697,716 10
2014/10/31 18 $743,175 -41% 392 $1,896   $2,841,724 17
2014/11/07 19 $392,421 -47% 177 $2,217   $3,525,622 24
2014/11/14 25 $195,550 -50% 105 $1,862   $3,896,989 31
2014/11/21 32 $102,110 -48% 68 $1,502   $4,068,419 38
2014/11/28 32 $77,157 -24% 46 $1,677   $4,196,321 45
2014/12/05 39 $53,639 -30% 43 $1,247   $4,277,544 52
2014/12/12 43 $23,257 -57% 29 $802   $4,327,802 59
2014/12/19 49 $12,802 -45% 15 $853   $4,355,714 66
2014/12/26 60 $5,351 -58% 7 $764   $4,369,605 73
2015/01/02 67 $4,795 -10% 8 $599   $4,376,622 80
2015/01/09 66 $5,840 +22% 8 $730   $4,384,615 87
2015/01/16 66 $8,467 +45% 8 $1,058   $4,398,736 94
2015/01/23 83 $2,026 -76% 7 $289   $4,404,154 101

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/11/14 - $58,321   105 $555   $3,759,760 29
2014/11/15 - $87,019 +49% 105 $829   $3,846,779 30
2014/11/16 - $50,210 -42% 105 $478   $3,896,989 31

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/10/17 22 $443,471   11 $40,316   $443,471 7
2014/10/24 16 $1,655,078 +273% 382 $4,333   $2,098,549 14
2014/10/31 19 $1,034,652 -37% 392 $2,639   $3,133,201 21
2014/11/07 19 $566,046 -45% 178 $3,180   $3,701,439 28
2014/11/14 26 $264,870 -53% 105 $2,523   $3,966,309 35
2014/11/21 34 $152,855 -42% 70 $2,184   $4,119,164 42
2014/11/28 34 $104,741 -31% 46 $2,277   $4,223,905 49
2014/12/05 37 $80,640 -23% 43 $1,875   $4,304,545 56
2014/12/12 46 $38,367 -52% 29 $1,323   $4,342,912 63
2014/12/19 55 $21,342 -44% 16 $1,334   $4,364,254 70
2014/12/26 64 $7,573 -65% 7 $1,082   $4,371,827 77
2015/01/02 72 $6,948 -8% 8 $869   $4,378,775 84
2015/01/09 64 $11,494 +65% 8 $1,437   $4,390,269 91
2015/01/16 68 $11,859 +3% 8 $1,482   $4,402,128 98

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
United Kingdom 7/10/2015 $0 0 17 22 $78,354 8/25/2015
 
Rest of World $921,263
 
International Total$999,617 8/25/2015

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