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Fences (2016)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $45,852,362Details
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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: December 16th, 2016 (Limited) by Paramount Pictures
December 25th, 2016 (Expands Wide) by Paramount Pictures
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some suggestive references.
(Rating bulletin 2453 (Cert #50721), 11/30/2016)
Running Time: 133 minutes
Comparisons: vs. Manchester by the Sea
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Keywords: Directing Yourself, Novel or Other Work Adapted by Author, Pittsburgh, 1950s, Former Professional Athlete, Baseball, African-American
Source:Based on Play
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Paramount Pictures, Bron Creative, Macro Media, Scott Rudin Productions
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,153 $2,720,000 Jan 13, 2017 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 949 $4,813,606 Jan 6, 2017 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 566 $10,041,471 Dec 30, 2016 17
Biggest December Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 372 $10,041,471 Dec 30, 2016 17
Biggest December Day at the Domestic Box Office 491 $6,640,555 Dec 25, 2016 10
Biggest Sunday at the Domestic Box Office 921 $6,640,555 Dec 25, 2016 10
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,689 $6,688,105 Dec 23, 2016 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,869 $129,462 Dec 16, 2016 3


Stephen McKinley Henderson    Bono
Jovan Adepo    Cory
Russell Hornsby    Lyons
Mykelti Williamson    Gabriel
Saniyya Sidney    Raynell
Mark Falvo    Commissioner
Toussaint Raphael Abessolo    Troy’s Father
Dontez James    Bike Rider

Production and Technical Credits

Based on play by    August Wilson
Producer    Scott Rudin
Producer    Denzel Washington
Producer    Todd Black
Executive Producer    Molly Allen
Executive Producer    Eli Bush
Executive Producer    Aaron L. Gilbert
Executive Producer    Jason Cloth
Executive Producer    Dale Wells
Executive Producer    Charles D. King
Executive Producer    Kim Roth
Director of Photography    Charlotte Bruus Christensen
Production Designer    David Gropman
Editor    Hughes Winborne
Costume Designer    Sharen Davis
Composer    Marcelo Zarvos

2016 - Awards Season: PGA - Nominations

January 11th, 2017


The Producers Guild of America finally finished announcing their nominations. (They spread out their announcements for reasons I’ve never quite understood.) Most of the films on this list have already earned more than a few previous nominations. We appear to be settling into a predictable Awards Season. More...

2016 - Awards Season: BAFTA - Nominations

January 11th, 2017

La La Land

The BAFTA nominations were announced and it should come as no surprise what film lead the way... La La Land with 11 nominations, Nocturnal Animals and Arrival are tied for second with nine nominations a piece. More...

Theater Averages: The New Year has a Patriotic Start

January 10th, 2017

Patriots Day

The theater average chart was dominated by holdovers, as is the norm this time of year. The top film was Patriots Day with an average of $14,972 in seven theaters. This bodes very well for its wide expansion next weekend. 20th Century Women is becoming a sleeper hit earning an average of $13,047 in ten theaters. This is one of those films that should be earning more Awards Season buzz, but I fear it has slipped between the cracks. Toni Erdmann and Paterson were neck-and-neck with averages of $10,472 and $10,205 respectively. More...

2016 - Awards Season: Golden Globes - Winners - La La Lands on Top

January 8th, 2017

La La Land

The first major awards night was Sunday with the Golden Globes being handed out. La La Land led the way with seven wins, winning in every category it was nominated in. This is great news for its Oscar chances, but there’s already backlash building. More...

2016 - Awards Season: WGA - Nominations

January 4th, 2017

Hidden Figures

The Writers Guild of America is the latest group nominees to be announced. There are a lot of categories that WGA hand out awards, but only three of them are theatrical releases. The list of nominees include several major Awards Season players, like Hidden Figures, but there are also some surprises. More...

Theater Averages: Hidden Stands Out with Average of $34,329

January 4th, 2017

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures rose to first place during its first full weekend of release with an average of $34,329 in 25 theaters. It already has more than $2 million and it expands wide on Friday. 20th Century Women was next with an average of $27,800 in four theaters. It isn’t a major player during Awards Season, but it is picking up enough nominations to help it stick around in theaters. Patriots Day was down just 8% earning an average of $21,117 in seven theaters. Last week’s winner, Silence, fell to an average of $20,827 in four theaters. If it has a similar drop next week, it will put its wide release in jeopardy. The best limited release of the week was Paterson, which earned an average of $17,334 in four theaters. Toni Erdmann earned an average of $14,000 in three theaters during its first full week of release. La La Land continues to expand, but remained in the $10,000 club with an average of $12,738. The overall number one film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, was next with an average of $11,934, while the second place film, Sing, was right behind with an average of $10,647. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Rogue One Wins Weekend, Doesn’t Quite win the Year with $65.62 million

January 4th, 2017

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The final weekend of the year wasn’t as potent as we had predicted, but there were still a number of reasons to celebrate. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story won the weekend and is on its way to becoming the biggest hit of the year. Sing was relatively close behind and will get to $200 million this upcoming weekend. Overall, the box office rose by 2.9% from last weekend hitting $186 million. This is 15% lower than the same weekend last year, which again was actually the first weekend of 2016. We need to switch to the Strowbrinian Calendar. I’m not kidding about this. As for the year-over-year comparison, that’s a little confusing. If you just look at the calender years, then 2016 broke the record earning $11.4 billion. However, the movie year actually begins the first Monday of the year and ends the final Sunday before the first Monday of the next year. Going by this definition of the year, 2016 actually just failed to overtake 2015, because we lost a few days of The Force Awakens and only got one extra day of Rogue One. More...

Weekend Predictions: Old Movies Ring Out the New Year

December 29th, 2016

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The weekend after Christmas Day is usually a boring weekend with no wide releases to speak of. On the other hand, we do have a monster hit to keep track of, as well as some Awards Season hopefuls that are expanding significantly and could make the top ten. Of course, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will win this weekend and it should in fact grow from last weekend, because Christmas Eve is a dead zone at the box office. Likewise, Sing should grow even better, as it is the last weekend for families to hit theaters before school starts. Some of the other films that debuted last week are not looking so good. This weekend last year was actually the first weekend of 2016, which makes it harder to compare the two weekends. Again, we need to switch to the Strowbrinian Calendar that I mentioned at the end of the December Preview. The Force Awakens earned just over $90 million and while Rogue One won’t match that, it should be closer than most were expecting. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Any of the New Releases have a Christmas Miracle?

December 21st, 2016


This week is an utter mess when it comes to new releases. There are five films opening or expanding wide this week, three of them opening on Wednesday. Assassin’s Creed, Passengers, and Sing are all trying to get a head start on the weekend, while Why Him? debuts on Friday. Finally, Fences is expected to expand wide on Sunday, Christmas Day, but we’ve seen recently that “wide expansion” isn’t a meaningful term when studios use it. None of these films are expected to top Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, or even come close. Comparing this weekend to the same weekend last year is nearly impossible, because Christmas Eve lands on Saturday this year and Christmas Eve is a dead zone at the box office, while last year it landed on the Thursday, which is the best day of the week for optimal box office numbers. On the other hand, Monday is Boxing Day, which is a holiday for some. It doesn’t balance out, but fortunately 2016 still has a substantial lead over 2015, so even a really bad weekend won’t put 2016 behind. More...

Theater Averages: Rogue Rules Theater Average Chart with $37,306

December 20th, 2016

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story led the way on the theater average chart with an average of $37,306. This wasn’t that far above the second place film, Fences, which earned an average of $32,366. Meanwhile, last week’s winner, La La Land, was pushed into third place with an average of $20,510. More...

Weekend Estimates: Rogue One Blasts Off with $155 Million

December 18th, 2016

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set for the second-biggest weekend in December, third-biggest weekend of 2016, and twelfth-biggest weekend of all time, with Disney predicting a weekend of $155 million, as of Sunday morning. Needless to say, that’s a great result for the Star Wars spin-off, beating the studio’s pre-release guidance, and hitting or exceeding the numbers that most in the industry were expecting. Our model predicted $151 million as of yesterday morning, so the film is maintaining its momentum through the weekend, and there are some reasons to believe that Rogue One may beat Disney’s Sunday projection. More...

Limited and VOD Releases: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

December 16th, 2016


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story scared away most wide releases and limited releases. That’s not to say there is nothing on this week’s list worth checking out. In fact, Fences was bumped up a week before its wide expansion on Christmas day. That is the only film on this list likely to have any presence at the box office. More...

2016 - Awards Season: SAG - Nominations

December 14th, 2016

Manchester by the Sea

The Screen Actors Guild were the third group to announce their nominations for this awards season. So far there have been three different films earning the most nominations. This could mean the Oscar race will be a lot closer than in past years. This time around Manchester by the Sea led the way with four nominations. More...

2016 - Awards Season: Golden Globes - Nominations

December 12th, 2016

La La Land

The Golden Globes nominations were announced and we are starting to see a few names pop up over and over again. La La Land led the way with seven nominations, but Moonlight was right behind with six and Manchester by the Sea earned five. You will be hearing those three names over and over and over again this Awards Season. More...

2016 Preview: December

December 1st, 2016

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

November was good, but not great. Fortunately, 2016 had a large enough lead going into November that the month only needed to be good. In fact, it could have been mediocre and 2016 would have still had an excellent shot to end the year above 2015. As for December, it’s a race between Star Wars and Star Wars. Almost no one thinks Rogue One is going to match The Force Awakens, but if Rogue One earns just half of what The Force Awakens managed, then 2016 will come out on top in the year-over-year comparison. There are only two other films with a better than 50/50 chance of hitting $100 million, Passengers and Sing. Either one could earn second place for the month, but Passengers will likely start faster. Last December, the only other film to earn more than $100 million was Daddy’s Home, which earned just a hair over $150 million. There’s a chance both Passengers and Sing will earn more than $150 million, which would be a boon to the box office. However, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was just too strong last year and it would take a miracle for 2016 to have a stronger December. That said, it would take a complete collapse for 2016 not to top 2015 in raw dollars. The growth might not be enough to keep pace with ticket price inflation, on the other hand. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2016/12/16 25 $129,462   4 $32,366   $129,462 3
2016/12/23 7 $6,688,105 +5,066% 2,233 $2,995   $6,879,620 10
2016/12/30 6 $10,041,471 +50% 2,301 $4,364   $29,743,615 17
2017/01/06 9 $4,813,606 -52% 2,368 $2,033   $40,776,870 24
2017/01/13 14 $2,720,000 -43% 1,342 $2,027   $45,852,362 31

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2016/12/16 - $41,254   4 $10,314   $41,254 1
2016/12/17 - $49,404 +20% 4 $12,351   $90,658 2
2016/12/18 - $38,804 -21% 4 $9,701   $129,462 3
2016/12/19 - $15,141 -61% 4 $3,785   $144,603 4
2016/12/20 - $15,371 +2% 4 $3,843   $159,974 5
2016/12/21 - $15,208 -1% 4 $3,802   $175,182 6
2016/12/22 - $16,333 +7% 4 $4,083   $191,515 7
2016/12/23 - $25,850 +58% 4 $6,463   $217,365 8
2016/12/24 - $21,700 -16% 4 $5,425   $239,065 9
2016/12/25 4 $6,640,555 +30,502% 2,233 $2,974   $6,879,620 10
2016/12/26 4 $4,912,065 -26% 2,233 $2,200   $11,791,685 11
2016/12/27 7 $3,120,444 -36% 2,233 $1,397   $14,912,129 12
2016/12/28 8 $2,442,439 -22% 2,233 $1,094   $17,354,568 13
2016/12/29 8 $2,347,576 -4% 2,233 $1,051   $19,702,144 14
2016/12/30 5 $3,416,470 +46% 2,301 $1,485   $23,118,614 15
2016/12/31 4 $3,212,357 -6% 2,301 $1,396   $26,330,971 16
2017/01/01 6 $3,412,644 +6% 2,301 $1,483   $29,743,615 17
2017/01/02 6 $3,070,302 -10% 2,301 $1,334   $32,813,917 18
2017/01/03 8 $1,378,122 -55% 2,301 $599   $34,192,039 19
2017/01/04 8 $948,316 -31% 2,301 $412   $35,140,355 20
2017/01/05 8 $822,909 -13% 2,301 $358   $35,963,264 21
2017/01/06 9 $1,404,438 +71% 2,368 $593   $37,367,702 22
2017/01/07 9 $2,071,016 +47% 2,368 $875   $39,438,718 23
2017/01/08 9 $1,338,152 -35% 2,368 $565   $40,776,870 24
2017/01/09 8 $521,535 -61% 2,368 $220   $41,298,405 25
2017/01/10 8 $749,068 +44% 2,368 $316   $42,047,473 26
2017/01/11 8 $549,371 -27% 2,368 $232   $42,596,844 27
2017/01/12 7 $535,518 -3% 2,368 $226   $43,132,362 28

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2016/12/16 29 $191,515   4 $47,879   $191,515 7
2016/12/23 7 $19,510,629 +10,088% 2,233 $8,737   $19,702,144 14
2016/12/30 7 $16,261,120 -17% 2,301 $7,067   $35,963,264 21
2017/01/06 9 $7,169,098 -56% 2,368 $3,027   $43,132,362 28

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