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The Great Debaters (2007)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $30,226,144Details
International Box Office $35,149
Worldwide Box Office $30,261,293
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $24,441,834 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $24,441,834
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  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Full Financials
  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
79% - Certified Fresh
Audience
86% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$15,000,000
Domestic Releases: December 25th, 2007 (Wide) by Weinstein Co.
Video Release: May 13th, 2008 by Weinstein Co./Genius, released as Great Debaters, The
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for depiction of strong thematic material including violence and disturbing images, and for language and brief sexuality
Running Time: 123 minutes
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Keywords: College, Inspirational Teacher, Unions
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Harpo Films
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 16th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,067 $3,484 Apr 11, 2008 111
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,032 $7,213 Apr 4, 2008 104
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,984 $17,673 Mar 28, 2008 97
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,854 $40,237 Mar 21, 2008 90
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,989 $8,134 Mar 14, 2008 83
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,076 $14,419 Mar 7, 2008 76
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,105 $25,012 Feb 29, 2008 69
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,174 $40,766 Feb 22, 2008 62
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,823 $92,327 Feb 15, 2008 55
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,895 $138,497 Feb 8, 2008 48
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,880 $257,635 Feb 1, 2008 41
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,811 $538,974 Jan 25, 2008 34
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,631 $1,348,191 Jan 18, 2008 27
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,655 $2,345,375 Jan 11, 2008 20
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,433 $4,250,948 Jan 4, 2008 13
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,642 $6,005,180 Dec 28, 2007 6
Widest Opening Weekend 3,459 1,171 Dec 28, 2007 6

Cast

   Melvin B. Tolson
   James Farmer Sr.
Nate Parker    Henry Lowe
Jurnee Smollett    Samantha Booke
Denzel Whitaker    James Farmer Jr.
John Heard    Sheriff Dozier
Kimberly Elise    Pearl Farmer
Jermaine Williams    Hamilton Burgess
Gina Ravera    Ruth Tolson
Devyn Tyler    Helen Farmer
Trenton McClain Boyd    Nathaniel Farmer
Ritchie Montgomery    Deputy
Jackson Walker    Pig Owner
Tim Parati    Pig Farmer
Robert X. Golphin    Dunbar Reed
Justice Leak    Harland Osbourne
Glen Powell, Jr.    Harvard Debater
Bard Watkins    Harvard Debater
Brian Smiar    Harvard Dean
Damian Leake    Wilson
Voltaire Rico Sterling    Paul Quinn Debater
Stephen Rider    Paul Quinn Debater
Gordon Danniels    Paul Quinn Debate Judge
Donny Boaz    Oklahoma City College Debater
Sam Whisnant    Oklahoma City College Debater
Bonnie Johnson    Dr. Jennings
Charissa Allen    Benita
Michael Beasley    Trudell
Gary Mathis    Enormous Man
George Wilson    Samuel
Fahnlohnee Harris    Clementine
Harold X. Evans    William Taylor
J.D. Evermore    Captain Wainwright
Sharon Jones    Lila
Kelvin Payton    Joseph
Southey Blanton    White Labor Organizer
Michael Mattison    White Sharecropper
Jeff Braun    White Sharecropper
Milton R. Gipson    Prairie View Professor
Frank Ridley    Security Guard
Jeremiah Kissel    Radio Announcer at Harvard Debate
Jack Radosta    White Man at Lynching
Marcus Lyle Brown    Howard Debater
Alvin Hart    Juke Joint Musician
Dominique Flemons    Juke Joint Musician
Justin Robinson    Juke Joint Musician
Rhiannon Giddens    Juke Joint Musician
Ahmad Powell    Fish Professor

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    Robert Eisele
Story Creator    Robert Eisele
Story Creator    Jeffrey Porro
Producer    Todd Black
Producer    Kate Forte
Producer    Oprah Winfrey
Producer    Joe Roth
Executive Producer    Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer    Harvey Weinstein
Executive Producer    David Crockett
Director of Photography    Philipe Rousselot
Production Designer    David J. Bomba
Editor    Hughes Winborne
Costume Designer    Sharon Davis
Composer    James Newton Howard
Composer    Peter Golub
Music Supervisor    G. Marq Roswell
Co-Producer    Molly Allen
Casting Director    Denise Chamian
Assistant Director    Jono Oliver
Unit Production Manager    David Crockett
Production Supervisor    Valerie Bleth Sharp
Production Supervisor    Jeff Valeri
Art Director    John R Jensen
Set Decorator    Patrick Cassidy
Costume Supervisor    Dana Hart
Additional Editor    Geraud Brisson
Co-Editor    John Breinholt
Sound Mixer    Willie D. Burton
Re-recording Mixer    Tateum Kohut
Re-recording Mixer    Greg Orloff
Re-recording Mixer    Rick Kline
Supervising Sound Editor    Kami Asgar
Supervising Sound Editor    Sean McCormack
Sound Effects Editor    Jon Wakeham
Sound Effects Editor    John Marquis
Sound Effects Editor    Herwig Maurer
Sound Effects Editor    Tim Tuchrello
Sound Designer    Dorian Cheah
Dialogue Editor    Scott G.G. Haller
Music Editor    Todd Kasow
Make up    Carl Fullerton
Make up    Matiki Anoff
Hairstylist    Kenneth Walker
Hairstylist    Larry Cherry
Special Make-up Effects    Gregory Nicotero
Special Make-up Effects    Howard Berger
Additional Casting    Tracy Kilpatrick
Additional Casting    Carolyn Pickman
Stunt Coordinator    Stephen Pope
Stunt Coordinator    Stephen Ruizi

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January 2nd, 2008

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2007/12/28 11 $6,005,180   1,171 $5,128   $13,256,188 6
2008/01/04 12 $4,250,948 -29% 1,290 $3,295   $22,013,765 13
2008/01/11 15 $2,345,375 -45% 1,290 $1,818   $25,633,630 20
2008/01/18 18 $1,348,191 -43% 1,021 $1,320   $27,787,656 27
2008/01/25 26 $538,974 -60% 390 $1,382   $29,086,170 34
2008/02/01 35 $257,635 -52% 264 $976   $29,536,943 41
2008/02/08 41 $138,497 -46% 156 $888   $29,782,255 48
2008/02/15 45 $92,327 -33% 105 $879   $29,940,739 55
2008/02/22 60 $40,766 -56% 75 $544   $30,028,691 62
2008/02/29 68 $25,012 -39% 47 $532   $30,073,532 69
2008/03/07 70 $14,419 -42% 34 $424   $30,098,269 76
2008/03/14 84 $8,134 -44% 20 $407   $30,113,634 83
2008/03/21 55 $40,237 +395% 113 $356   $30,157,871 90
2008/03/28 71 $17,673 -56% 40 $442   $30,203,433 97
2008/04/04 89 $7,213 -59% 24 $301   $30,219,326 104
2008/04/11 106 $3,484 -52% 8 $436   $30,226,144 111

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2007/12/25 6 $3,604,000   1,164 $3,096   $3,604,000 1
2007/12/26 10 $2,040,000 -43% 1,164 $1,753   $5,644,000 2
2007/12/27 11 $1,570,000 -23% 1,164 $1,349   $7,251,008 3
2007/12/28 11 $1,989,184 +27% 1,164 $1,709   $9,240,192 4
2007/12/29 10 $2,314,431 +16% 1,171 $1,976   $11,554,623 5
2007/12/30 11 $1,701,565 -26% 1,171 $1,453   $13,256,188 6
2007/12/31 9 $1,436,103 -16% 1,171 $1,226   $14,692,291 7
2008/01/01 11 $1,742,739 +21% 1,171 $1,488   $16,435,030 8
2008/01/02 12 $703,832 -60% 1,171 $601   $17,138,862 9
2008/01/03 12 $623,955 -11% 1,171 $533   $17,762,817 10
2008/01/04 12 $1,323,934 +112% 1,290 $1,026   $19,086,751 11
2008/01/07 12 $291,293   1,290 $226   $22,305,058 14
2008/01/08 11 $323,777 +11% 1,290 $251   $22,628,835 15
2008/01/09 11 $324,012 n/c 1,290 $251   $22,952,847 16
2008/01/10 11 $335,408 +4% 1,290 $260   $23,288,255 17
2008/01/16 12 $194,644   1,290 $151   $26,201,565 23
2008/01/17 12 $237,900 +22% 1,290 $184   $26,439,465 24
2008/01/21 17 $421,099   1,021 $412   $28,208,755 28
2008/02/18 43 $21,079   105 $201   $29,961,818 56

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2007/12/21 13 $7,244,000   1,164 $6,223   $7,244,000 3
2007/12/28 11 $10,511,809 +45% 1,171 $8,977   $17,762,817 10
2008/01/04 12 $5,525,438 -47% 1,290 $4,283   $23,288,255 17
2008/01/11 15 $3,151,210 -43% 1,290 $2,443   $26,439,465 24
2008/01/18 19 $2,107,731 -33% 1,021 $2,064   $28,547,196 31
2008/01/25 26 $732,112 -65% 390 $1,877   $29,279,308 38
2008/02/01 35 $364,450 -50% 264 $1,380   $29,643,758 45
2008/02/08 44 $204,654 -44% 156 $1,312   $29,848,412 52
2008/02/15 45 $139,513 -32% 105 $1,329   $29,987,925 59
2008/02/22 60 $60,595 -57% 75 $808   $30,048,520 66
2008/02/29 70 $35,330 -42% 47 $752   $30,083,850 73
2008/03/07 72 $21,650 -39% 34 $637   $30,105,500 80
2008/03/14 84 $12,134 -44% 20 $607   $30,117,634 87
2008/03/21 52 $68,126 +461% 113 $603   $30,185,760 94
2008/03/28 70 $26,353 -61% 40 $659   $30,212,113 101
2008/04/04 85 $10,547 -60% 24 $439   $30,222,660 108
2008/04/11 109 $3,484 -67% 8 $436   $30,226,144 115

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
5/18/20084415,368 415,368$9,320,858$9,320,8581
5/25/20089118,245-72% 533,613$2,653,418$11,974,2762
6/1/20081359,852-49% 593,465$1,394,977$13,369,2523
6/8/20081067,528+13% 660,993$1,583,883$14,953,1354
6/15/20081667,396n/c728,389$1,572,349$16,525,4845
6/22/20081942,483-37% 770,872$989,595$17,515,0786

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