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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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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

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

RecordRankAmount
All Time Domestic Box Office 9,103 $332,306
All Time International Box Office 8,125 $23,425
All Time Worldwide Box Office 11,620 $355,731
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies 2,494 $332,306

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


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

RecordRankAmountChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest Domestic 12th Weekend 3,714 $1,773 Jul 29, 2011 80
Biggest 12th Weekend Limited Release 1,653 $1,773 Jul 29, 2011 80
Theater Average 12th Weekend Limited Release 1,443 $591 Jul 29, 2011 80
Biggest Domestic 8th Weekend 4,976 $4,832 Jul 1, 2011 52
Biggest 8th Weekend Limited Release 1,902 $4,832 Jul 1, 2011 52
Theater Average 8th Weekend Limited Release 1,965 $690 Jul 1, 2011 52
Biggest Domestic 7th Weekend 5,199 $8,434 Jun 24, 2011 45
Biggest 7th Weekend Limited Release 1,863 $8,434 Jun 24, 2011 45
Theater Average 7th Weekend Limited Release 2,149 $767 Jun 24, 2011 45
Biggest Domestic 6th Weekend 5,492 $12,257 Jun 17, 2011 38
Biggest 6th Weekend Limited Release 1,884 $12,257 Jun 17, 2011 38
Theater Average 6th Weekend Limited Release 2,325 $817 Jun 17, 2011 38
Biggest Domestic 5th Weekend 5,484 $26,052 Jun 10, 2011 31
Biggest 5th Weekend Limited Release 1,701 $26,052 Jun 10, 2011 31
Theater Average 5th Weekend Limited Release 2,572 $868 Jun 10, 2011 31
Biggest Domestic 4th Weekend 5,604 $42,536 Jun 3, 2011 24
Biggest 4th Weekend Limited Release 1,607 $42,536 Jun 3, 2011 24
Theater Average 4th Weekend Limited Release 2,531 $1,182 Jun 3, 2011 24
Biggest Domestic 3rd Weekend 5,877 $57,239 May 27, 2011 17
Biggest 3rd Weekend Limited Release 1,605 $57,239 May 27, 2011 17
Theater Average 3rd Weekend Limited Release 2,647 $1,590 May 27, 2011 17
Biggest Domestic 2nd Weekend 6,801 $38,080 May 20, 2011 10
Biggest 2nd Weekend Limited Release 2,203 $38,080 May 20, 2011 10
Theater Average 2nd Weekend Limited Release 2,979 $2,240 May 20, 2011 10
Biggest Domestic Opening Weekend 8,239 $20,437 May 13, 2011 3
Biggest Opening Weekend Limited Release 3,346 $20,437 May 13, 2011 3
Theater Average Opening Weekend Limited Release 2,287 $6,812 May 13, 2011 3
Theater Average Limited Release 4,167 $6,812 May 13, 2011 3
Top 2011 Theater Average Limited Release 207 $6,812 May 13, 2011 3
Never Wide Domestic 3,103 $332,306 May 13, 2011 0
Never No. 1 Domestic 6,610 $332,306 May 13, 2011 0
Widest Expansion Limited Release 1,415 33 May 13, 2011 0

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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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records


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

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