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Desert Dancer (2014)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $155,271Details
International Box Office $168,947Details
Worldwide Box Office $324,218
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  8. Trailer

Synopsis

Set in Iran, this true story follows the brave ambition of Afshin Ghaffarian. During the volatile climate of the 2009 presidential election, where many cultural freedoms were threatened, Afshin and some friends risk their lives and form an underground dance company. Through banned online videos, they learn from timeless legends who cross all cultural divides, such as Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev. Afshin and Elaheh also learn much from each other, most importantly how to embrace their passion for dance and for one another.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics RottenAudience Upright
Critics
30% - Rotten
Audience
62% - Upright

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Movie Details

Production Budget:$4,000,000
Domestic Releases: April 10th, 2015 (Limited) by Relativity
April 17th, 2015 (Expands Wide) by Relativity
International Releases: July 3rd, 2014 (Wide) (Germany)
August 14th, 2015 (Wide) (Spain)
April 22nd, 2016 (Wide) (United Kingdom)
Video Release: July 14th, 2015 by Relativity Media
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, some drug material and violence.
(Rating bulletin 2357, 1/21/2015)
Running Time: 94 minutes
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Keywords: Iran, Dancing, Government Corruption, Religious, Political, Rebellion, 2000s
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: CrossDay Productions, May 13 Films
Production Countries: United Kingdom

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,475 $4,906 May 22, 2015 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,913 $536 May 15, 2015 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,821 $2,750 May 8, 2015 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,820 $7,638 May 1, 2015 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,916 $17,112 Apr 24, 2015 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,081 $27,074 Apr 17, 2015 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,187 $40,763 Apr 10, 2015 3

Cast

   Elaheh
   Afshin Ghaffarian
Tom Cullen    Ardi
Makram Khoury    Mehdi
Gabriel Senior    Young Afshin
Khalid Benchegra    Teacher
Nazanin Boniadi    Parisa
Abdellatif Chaouki    Lecturer
Marama Corlett    Mona
Bamshad Abedi-Amin    Mehran
Daniel Bass    Bijan
Neet Mohan    Naser
Sam Kordbacheh    Cyrus
Fadoua Lahlou    Elaheh's Mother
Inen Nuiga    Young Elaheh
Simon Kassianides    Sattar
Davood Ghadami    Basij Leader
Hamza Kadri    Elaheh's addict friend
Richard David Caine    Trinculo
Tolga Safer    Stephano
Bethan Hanks    Ariel
Alex Claus    Minder
Omid Gholami    Minder 2
Dana Haqjoo    Passport Officer
William Conacher    Dialect Coach

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    Jon Croker
Producer    Pippa Cross
Producer    Fabiola Beracasa
Producer    Izabella Miko
Producer    Luis Astorquia
Executive Producer    Sarah Arison
Executive Producer    Ryan Kavanaugh
Executive Producer    Tucker Tooley
Executive Producer    Jason Beckman
Executive Producer    Sally Greene
Executive Producer    Rodika Zmikhnovskaya
Executive Producer    Jeremy Cowdrey
Executive Producer    Marina Fuentes Arredonda
Executive Producer    Mohammed Al Turki
Executive Producer    Hamza Talhouni
Executive Producer    Norman Merry
Executive Producer    Peter Hampden
Executive Producer    Rick Porras
Executive Producer    Nigel Thomas
Co-Producer    Parisa Dunn
Co-Producer    Olly Robinson
Choreography    Akram Khan
Composer    Benjamin Wallfisch
Director of Photography    Carlos Catalan
Editor    Chris Gill
Editor    Celia Haining
Production Designer    Shahram Karimi
Costume Designer    Louise Stjernsward
Make up    Sophie Slotover
Casting Director    Manuel Puro
Music Supervisor    Iain Cooke
Music Supervisor    Ian Neil
Associate Producer    Bia Oliveira
1st Assistant Director    Olly Robinson
2nd Assistant Director    Sarah Macfarlane
Script Supervisor    Liz West
Visual Effects Supervisor    Ben Shepherd
Visual Effects Producer    Paul Driver
Supervising Sound Editor    Andy Shelley
Supervising Sound Editor    Stephen Griffiths
ADR & Re-recording Mixer    Robert Farr
Sound Effects Editor    Blair Jollands
Music Producer    Benjamin Wallfisch

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2015/04/10 45 $40,763   23 $1,772   $40,763 3
2015/04/17 50 $27,074 -34% 27 $1,003   $86,153 10
2015/04/24 59 $17,112 -37% 36 $475   $119,689 17
2015/05/01 59 $7,638 -55% 18 $424   $137,077 24
2015/05/08 76 $2,750 -64% 7 $393   $143,653 31
2015/05/15 91 $536 -81% 9 $60   $146,157 38
2015/05/22 67 $4,906 +815% 7 $701   $152,033 45

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2015/04/10 - $13,476   23 $586   $13,476 1
2015/04/11 - $16,910 +25% 23 $735   $30,386 2
2015/04/12 - $10,377 -39% 23 $451   $40,763 3
2015/04/13 - $4,822 -54% 23 $210   $45,585 4
2015/04/14 - $4,310 -11% 23 $187   $49,895 5
2015/04/15 - $4,474 +4% 23 $195   $54,369 6
2015/04/16 - $4,710 +5% 23 $205   $59,079 7
2015/04/17 - $6,634 +41% 27 $246   $65,713 8
2015/04/18 - $10,493 +58% 27 $389   $76,206 9
2015/04/19 - $9,947 -5% 27 $368   $86,153 10
2015/04/20 - $3,211 -68% 27 $119   $89,364 11
2015/04/21 - $4,715 +47% 27 $175   $94,079 12
2015/04/22 - $4,121 -13% 27 $153   $98,200 13
2015/04/23 - $4,377 +6% 27 $162   $102,577 14
2015/04/24 - $4,477 +2% 36 $124   $107,054 15
2015/04/25 - $7,613 +70% 36 $211   $114,667 16
2015/04/26 - $5,022 -34% 36 $140   $119,689 17
2015/04/27 - $2,198 -56% 36 $61   $121,887 18
2015/04/28 - $2,251 +2% 36 $63   $124,138 19
2015/04/29 - $2,645 +18% 36 $73   $126,783 20
2015/04/30 - $2,656 n/c 36 $74   $129,439 21
2015/05/01 - $2,231 -16% 18 $124   $131,670 22
2015/05/02 - $2,461 +10% 18 $137   $134,131 23
2015/05/03 - $2,946 +20% 18 $164   $137,077 24
2015/05/04 - $725 -75% 18 $40   $137,802 25
2015/05/05 - $1,079 +49% 18 $60   $138,881 26
2015/05/06 - $981 -9% 18 $55   $139,862 27
2015/05/07 - $1,041 +6% 18 $58   $140,903 28
2015/05/08 - $816 -22% 7 $117   $141,719 29
2015/05/09 - $1,073 +31% 7 $153   $142,792 30
2015/05/10 - $861 -20% 7 $123   $143,653 31
2015/05/11 - $369 -57% 8 $46   $144,022 32
2015/05/12 - $538 +46% 8 $67   $144,560 33
2015/05/13 - $452 -16% 8 $57   $145,012 34
2015/05/14 - $609 +35% 8 $76   $145,621 35
2015/05/15 - $168 -72% 9 $19   $145,789 36
2015/05/16 - $130 -23% 9 $14   $145,919 37
2015/05/17 - $238 +83% 9 $26   $146,157 38
2015/05/18 - $24 -90% 9 $3   $146,181 39
2015/05/19 - $32 +33% 9 $4   $146,213 40
2015/05/20 - $24 -25% 9 $3   $146,416 41
2015/05/21 - $711 +2,863% 11 $65   $147,127 42
2015/05/22 - $1,079 +52% 7 $154   $148,206 43
2015/05/23 - $1,921 +78% 7 $274   $150,127 44
2015/05/24 - $1,906 -1% 7 $272   $152,033 45
2015/05/25 - $1,459 -23% 7 $208   $153,492 46
2015/05/26 - $553 -62% 7 $79   $154,045 47
2015/05/27 - $709 +28% 7 $101   $154,754 48
2015/05/28 - $517 -27% 7 $74   $155,271 49

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2015/04/10 46 $59,079   23 $2,569   $59,079 7
2015/04/17 47 $43,498 -26% 27 $1,611   $102,577 14
2015/04/24 58 $26,862 -38% 36 $746   $129,439 21
2015/05/01 61 $11,464 -57% 18 $637   $140,903 28
2015/05/08 75 $4,718 -59% 8 $590   $145,621 35
2015/05/15 92 $1,506 -68% 11 $137   $147,127 42
2015/05/22 74 $8,144 +441% 7 $1,163   $155,271 49

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
Germany 7/3/2014 $0 0 46 125 $128,937 12/17/2015
Spain 8/14/2015 $0 0 1 6 $37,030 6/9/2016
United Kingdom 4/22/2016 $2,869 2 2 2 $2,869 6/9/2016
 
Rest of World $111
 
International Total$168,947 6/9/2016

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