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Desert Flower (2011)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $44,348Details
International Box Office $18,360,936Details
Worldwide Box Office $18,405,284
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  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer

Synopsis

Like in a fairy tale, Somalian-born Waris Dirie became one of the world's most sought-after top models. Born into a family of goat-herding nomads, Waris' fascinating path would take her from the Northeast African deserts to the world's most prestigious fashion runways and magazines. At 13, Waris fled forced marriage and crossed days of desert alone before reaching the Somali capital Mogadishu. Relatives soon shipped her off to London to work as a servant in the Somali embassy, where she spent the rest of her adolescent years in illiteracy. When faced with the threat of returning to war-torn Somalia, Waris finds herself homeless and illegal. Spunky shop girl Marilyn takes Waris in and becomes a trusted friend. While working in a fast food restaurant, Waris is discovered by star photographer Terry Donaldson, and ambitious agent Lucinda guides her transformation into a working model. But behind the glamorous façade of Waris' new life lies a deeply heart-stirring fate. Despite her success, Waris remains burdened by a violent childhood secret. At the height of her career, Waris reveals to the world that she was a victim of female genital mutilation. Her story unleashes a wave of sympathy and controversy, and Waris decides to dedicate her life to fighting this barbaric tradition.

Metrics

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

RecordRankAmount
All Time Domestic Box Office 11,813 $44,348
All Time International Box Office 2,617 $18,360,936
All Time Worldwide Box Office 4,522 $18,405,284
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies 4,648 $44,348
All Time Domestic Box Office for R Movies 3,726 $44,348
All Time International Box Office for R Movies 784 $18,360,936
All Time Worldwide Box Office for R Movies 1,385 $18,405,284

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


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: March 18th, 2011 (Limited) by National Geographic Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for some violent content, a scene of sexuality and language.
(Rating bulletin 2131, 7/28/2010)
Running Time: 124 minutes
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Keywords: Biography, Sex Crimes, Fashion, Religious
Source:Based on Factual Book/Article
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Desert Flower Filmproductions, Dor Film, Majestic Filmproduktion, BSI Intl. Invest, Bac Films, Mr. Brown Entertainment, MTM West Film & Television, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Backup Films
Production Countries: Australia,
Germany,
United Kingdom

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankAmountChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest Domestic 7th Weekend 6,647 $66 Apr 29, 2011 45
Biggest 7th Weekend Limited Release 3,141 $66 Apr 29, 2011 45
Theater Average 7th Weekend Limited Release 3,139 $66 Apr 29, 2011 45
Biggest Domestic 6th Weekend 7,181 $102 Apr 22, 2011 38
Biggest 6th Weekend Limited Release 3,386 $102 Apr 22, 2011 38
Theater Average 6th Weekend Limited Release 3,368 $102 Apr 22, 2011 38
Biggest Domestic 5th Weekend 7,439 $767 Apr 15, 2011 31
Biggest 5th Weekend Limited Release 3,402 $767 Apr 15, 2011 31
Theater Average 5th Weekend Limited Release 3,314 $384 Apr 15, 2011 31
Biggest Domestic 4th Weekend 7,769 $1,944 Apr 8, 2011 24
Biggest 4th Weekend Limited Release 3,491 $1,944 Apr 8, 2011 24
Theater Average 4th Weekend Limited Release 3,347 $648 Apr 8, 2011 24
Biggest Domestic 3rd Weekend 7,575 $8,295 Apr 1, 2011 17
Biggest 3rd Weekend Limited Release 3,094 $8,295 Apr 1, 2011 17
Theater Average 3rd Weekend Limited Release 3,349 $1,037 Apr 1, 2011 17
Biggest Domestic 2nd Weekend 8,150 $10,594 Mar 25, 2011 10
Biggest 2nd Weekend Limited Release 3,439 $10,594 Mar 25, 2011 10
Theater Average 2nd Weekend Limited Release 3,474 $1,766 Mar 25, 2011 10
Biggest Domestic Opening Weekend 9,760 $7,657 Mar 18, 2011 3
Biggest Opening Weekend Limited Release 4,808 $7,657 Mar 18, 2011 3
Theater Average Opening Weekend Limited Release 4,813 $2,552 Mar 18, 2011 3
Theater Average Limited Release 14,956 $2,552 Mar 18, 2011 3
Top 2011 Theater Average Limited Release 718 $2,552 Mar 18, 2011 3
Never Wide Domestic 5,659 $44,348 Mar 18, 2011 0
Never No. 1 Domestic 9,124 $44,348 Mar 18, 2011 0
Widest Expansion Limited Release 2,780 5 Mar 18, 2011 0

Cast

   Waris Dirie
Sally Hawkins    Marilyn
Timothy Spall    Donaldson
Juliet Stevenson    Luncinda
Greg Parkinson    Neil
Anthony Mackie    Harold
Meera Syal    Pushpa
Soraya Omar-Scego    Young Waris

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Editor    Clara Fabry
Producer    Peter Herrmann
Co-Producer    Benjamin Herrmann
Co-Producer    Danny Krausz

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records


Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/03/18 79 $7,657   3 $2,552   $7,657 3
2011/03/25 74 $10,594 +38% 6 $1,766   $22,274 10
2011/04/01 81 $8,295 -22% 8 $1,037   $35,554 17
2011/04/08 98 $1,944 -77% 3 $648   $41,757 24
2011/04/15 102 $767 -61% 2 $384   $43,584 31
2011/04/22 123 $102 -87% 1 $102   $44,282 38
2011/04/29 115 $66 -35% 1 $66   $44,348 45

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/03/18 80 $11,679   3 $3,893   $11,679 7
2011/03/25 80 $15,580 +33% 6 $2,597   $27,259 14
2011/04/01 81 $12,553 -19% 8 $1,569   $39,812 21
2011/04/08 97 $3,004 -76% 3 $1,001   $42,817 28
2011/04/15 106 $1,363 -55% 2 $682   $44,180 35
2011/04/22 128 $102 -93% 1 $102   $44,282 42
2011/04/29 119 $66 -35% 1 $66   $44,348 49

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