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Half of a Yellow Sun (2014)

Half of a Yellow Sun poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $54,529Details
International Box Office $37,870Details
Worldwide Box Office $92,399
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $116,242 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $116,242
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  2. News
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  5. Video Sales
  6. Full Financials
  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer

Synopsis

Olanna and Kainene are glamorous twins from a wealthy Nigerian family. Upon returning to a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria after their expensive English education, the two women make very different choices. Olanna shocks her family by going to live with her lover, the “revolutionary professor” Odenigbo and his devoted houseboy Ugwu in the dusty university town of Nsukka; Kainene turns out to be a fiercely successful businesswoman when she takes over the family interests, and surprises even herself when she falls in love with Richard, an English writer. Preoccupied by their romantic entanglements, and a betrayal between the sisters, the events of their life seem to loom larger than politics. However, they become caught up in the events of the Nigerian civil war, in which the lgbo people fought an impassioned struggle to establish Biafra as an independent republic, ending in chilling violence which shocked the entire world.

Metrics

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

RecordRankAmount
All Time Domestic Box Office 11,548 $54,529
All Time International Box Office 8,017 $37,870
All Time Worldwide Box Office 13,731 $92,399
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies 4,427 $54,529
All Time Domestic Box Office for R Movies 3,666 $54,529
All Time International Box Office for R Movies 2,261 $37,870
All Time Worldwide Box Office for R Movies 3,841 $92,399

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


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: May 16th, 2014 (Limited) by Monterey Media
International Releases: April 26th, 2014 (Limited), released as Half Of A Yellow Sun (New Zealand)
Video Release: July 29th, 2014 by Monterey Video
MPAA Rating: R for some violence and sexual content.
(Rating bulletin 2317, 4/9/2014)
Running Time: 113 minutes
Comparisons: vs. Queen of Katwe
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Keywords: Romance, Civil War, Political, Twins, Interracial Romance
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Slate Films, Ealing Metro International, Lipsync Productions, Kachifo
Production Countries: Nigeria

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankAmountChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest Domestic 13th Weekend 3,634 $576 Aug 8, 2014 87
Biggest 13th Weekend Limited Release 1,777 $576 Aug 8, 2014 87
Theater Average 13th Weekend Limited Release 1,315 $576 Aug 8, 2014 87
Biggest Domestic 9th Weekend 4,511 $5,161 Jul 11, 2014 59
Biggest 9th Weekend Limited Release 1,719 $5,161 Jul 11, 2014 59
Theater Average 9th Weekend Limited Release 932 $1,290 Jul 11, 2014 59
Biggest Domestic 8th Weekend 6,009 $208 Jul 4, 2014 52
Biggest 8th Weekend Limited Release 2,831 $208 Jul 4, 2014 52
Theater Average 8th Weekend Limited Release 2,764 $208 Jul 4, 2014 52
Biggest Domestic 7th Weekend 6,469 $562 Jun 27, 2014 45
Biggest 7th Weekend Limited Release 2,974 $562 Jun 27, 2014 45
Theater Average 7th Weekend Limited Release 3,097 $141 Jun 27, 2014 45
Biggest Domestic 6th Weekend 6,098 $4,513 Jun 20, 2014 38
Biggest 6th Weekend Limited Release 2,412 $4,513 Jun 20, 2014 38
Theater Average 6th Weekend Limited Release 1,393 $1,504 Jun 20, 2014 38
Biggest Domestic 5th Weekend 7,164 $1,672 Jun 13, 2014 31
Biggest 5th Weekend Limited Release 3,145 $1,672 Jun 13, 2014 31
Theater Average 5th Weekend Limited Release 3,274 $418 Jun 13, 2014 31
Biggest Domestic 4th Weekend 8,432 $200 Jun 6, 2014 24
Biggest 4th Weekend Limited Release 4,081 $200 Jun 6, 2014 24
Theater Average 4th Weekend Limited Release 4,092 $100 Jun 6, 2014 24
Biggest Domestic 3rd Weekend 8,301 $3,198 May 30, 2014 17
Biggest 3rd Weekend Limited Release 3,748 $3,198 May 30, 2014 17
Theater Average 3rd Weekend Limited Release 4,124 $533 May 30, 2014 17
Biggest Domestic 2nd Weekend 8,266 $9,668 May 23, 2014 10
Biggest 2nd Weekend Limited Release 3,535 $9,668 May 23, 2014 10
Theater Average 2nd Weekend Limited Release 3,658 $1,611 May 23, 2014 10
Biggest Domestic Opening Weekend 10,584 $4,843 May 16, 2014 3
Biggest Opening Weekend Limited Release 5,603 $4,843 May 16, 2014 3
Theater Average Opening Weekend Limited Release 3,227 $4,843 May 16, 2014 3
Theater Average Limited Release 6,755 $4,843 May 16, 2014 3
Top 2014 Theater Average Limited Release 301 $4,843 May 16, 2014 3
Never Wide Domestic 5,397 $54,529 May 16, 2014 0
Never No. 1 Domestic 8,871 $54,529 May 16, 2014 0
Widest Expansion Limited Release 2,640 6 May 16, 2014 0

Cast

   Olanna
   Odenigbo
Anika Noni Rose    Kainene
Joseph Mawle    Richard
John Boyega    Ugwu
Onyeka Onwenu    Odenigbo's Mother
Genevieve Nnaji    Miss Adebayo
Hakeem Kae-Kazim    Captain Dutse
Babou Ceesay    Okeoma
Susan Wokoma    Amala

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Producer    Andrea Calderwood
Screenwriter    Biyi Bandele
Story Creator    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Executive Producer    Yewande Sadiku
Executive Producer    Muhtar Bakare
Executive Producer    Gail Egan
Executive Producer    Norman Merry
Executive Producer    Peter Hampden
Associate Producer    Sandra Mbanefo Obiago
Executive in Charge of Production    Alan J. Wands
Director of Photography    John de Borman
Production Designer    Andrew McAlpine
Editor    Chris Gill
Composer    Ben Onono
Composer    Paul Thomson
Costume Designer    Jo Katsaras
Make-up and Hair Designer    Sharon Martin
Casting Director    Jina Jay

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records


Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/05/16 65 $4,843   1 $4,843   $4,843 3
2014/05/23 58 $9,668 +100% 6 $1,611   $17,102 10
2014/05/30 70 $3,198 -67% 6 $533   $23,168 17
2014/06/06 100 $200 -94% 2 $100   $25,666 24
2014/06/13 93 $1,672 +736% 4 $418   $27,855 31
2014/06/20 80 $4,513 +170% 3 $1,504   $32,452 38
2014/06/27 107 $562 -88% 4 $141   $37,126 45
2014/07/04 101 $208 -63% 1 $208   $38,617 52
2014/07/11 70 $5,161 +2,381% 4 $1,290   $44,765 59
2014/08/08 97 $576   1 $576   $53,645 87

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/05/16 60 $7,434   1 $7,434   $7,434 7
2014/05/23 60 $12,353 +66% 6 $2,059   $19,970 14
2014/05/30 68 $5,679 -54% 6 $947   $25,466 21
2014/06/06 101 $717 -87% 4 $179   $26,183 28
2014/06/13 96 $1,756 +145% 4 $439   $27,939 35
2014/06/20 74 $8,625 +391% 4 $2,156   $36,564 42
2014/06/27 99 $1,845 -79% 7 $264   $38,409 49
2014/07/04 93 $1,195 -35% 3 $398   $39,604 56
2014/07/11 68 $7,583 +535% 5 $1,517   $47,487 63
2014/07/18 102 $333 -96% 1 $333   $47,884 70
2014/08/01 80 $5,185   2 $2,593   $53,069 84
2015/01/09 101 $126   1 $126   $54,529 245

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
New Zealand 4/26/2014 $0 0 3 3 $37,870 1/8/2016
 
International Total$37,870 1/8/2016

International Cumulative Box Office Records


Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records


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