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The First Grader (2011)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $332,306Details
International Box Office $23,425Details
Worldwide Box Office $355,731
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  5. Video Sales
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  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer

Synopsis

In a small , remote mountain top primary school in the Kenyan bush, hundreds of children are jostling for a chance for the free education newly promised by the Kenyan government. One new applicant causes astonishment when he knocks on the door of the school. He is Maruge, an old Mau Mau veteran in his eighties, who is desperate to learn to read at this late stage of his life. He fought for the liberation of his country and now feels he must have the chance of an education so long denied - even if It means sitting in a classroom alongside six-year-olds. Moved by his passionate plea, head teach Jane Obinchu, supports his struggle to gain admission and together they face fierce opposition from parents and officials who don’t want to waste a precious school place on a such an old man. Full of vitality and humour, the film explores the remarkable relationships Maruge builds with his classmates some eighty years his junior. Through Maruge’s journey, we are taken back to the shocking untold story of British colonial rule 50 years earlier where Maruge fought for the freedom of his country, eventually ending up in the extreme and harsh condition of the British detention camps.

Metrics

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: May 13th, 2011 (Limited) by National Geographic Entertainment
International Releases: November 23rd, 2012 (Wide) (Taiwan)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some disturbing violent content and brief nudity.
(Rating bulletin 2160, 2/23/2011)
Running Time: 103 minutes
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Keywords: Delayed Adulthood, Academics, Returning Soldiers, Inspirational Teacher, Autumn Years, Biography
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: BBC Films, UK Film Council, Videovision Entertainment, Lipsync Productions, ARTE France, Sixth Sense, Origin Pictures Productions
Production Countries: Kenya

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,677 $1,773 Jul 29, 2011 80
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,924 $4,832 Jul 1, 2011 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,151 $8,434 Jun 24, 2011 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,435 $12,257 Jun 17, 2011 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,431 $26,052 Jun 10, 2011 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,551 $42,536 Jun 3, 2011 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,820 $57,239 May 27, 2011 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,733 $38,080 May 20, 2011 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 8,159 $20,437 May 13, 2011 3

Cast

   Jane Obinchu
   Maruge

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Executive Producer    Joe Oppenheimer
Executive Producer    Norman Merry
Executive Producer    Anant Singh
Executive Producer    Helena Spring
Producer    David M. Thompson
Producer    Sam Feuer
Producer    Richard Harding
Screenwriter    Ann Peacock
Editor    Paul Knight

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Compare this performance with other movies…

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/05/13 66 $20,437   3 $6,812   $20,437 3
2011/05/20 52 $38,080 +86% 17 $2,240   $66,984 10
2011/05/27 44 $57,239 +50% 36 $1,590   $139,768 17
2011/06/03 44 $42,536 -26% 36 $1,182   $222,360 24
2011/06/10 50 $26,052 -39% 30 $868   $270,171 31
2011/06/17 65 $12,257 -53% 15 $817   $300,387 38
2011/06/24 70 $8,434 -31% 11 $767   $316,818 45
2011/07/01 73 $4,832 -43% 7 $690   $325,691 52
2011/07/29 88 $1,773   3 $591   $330,533 80

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/05/30 41 $17,411   36 $484   $157,178 18
2011/07/04 68 $1,112   7 $159   $326,803 53

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/05/13 66 $28,904   3 $9,635   $28,904 7
2011/05/20 56 $53,625 +86% 17 $3,154   $82,529 14
2011/05/27 45 $95,915 +79% 36 $2,664   $178,444 21
2011/06/03 46 $63,981 -33% 36 $1,777   $243,805 28
2011/06/10 50 $43,986 -31% 30 $1,466   $287,881 35
2011/06/17 68 $20,116 -54% 15 $1,341   $308,297 42
2011/06/24 74 $12,148 -40% 11 $1,104   $320,533 49
2011/07/01 73 $7,574 -38% 6 $1,262   $330,533 56
2011/07/29 101 $1,773   3 $591   $332,306 84

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
Taiwan 11/23/2012 $0 0 1 4 $23,425 12/13/2015
 
International Total$23,425 12/13/2015

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