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Keep the Lights On (2011)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $246,112Details
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Telling a story that spans a decade, Keep the Lights On begins in 1997, when documentary filmmaker Erik Rothman first meets Paul Lucy, a closeted and handsome lawyer in the publishing field. What begins as a highly charged first encounter, however, soon becomes something much more, and a relationship develops. Though the two men quickly move in and start building a home together, each continues to privately battle their own compulsions and addictions. A film about sex, friendship, intimacy, and most of all, love.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
90% - Certified Fresh
63% - Upright

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: September 7th, 2012 (Limited)
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 102 minutes
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Keywords: LGBT, Closeted Homosexual, Prostitution, AIDS, Narcotics, Addiction, Romance, Lawyers, Movie Business
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Parts and Labor, Post FactoryNY, Tiny Dancer Films, Alarum Pictures, Film 50, Lucas Joaquin


   Erik Rothman
   Paul Lucy
Julianne Nicholson    Claire
Souleymane Sy Savane    Alassane
Miguel Del Toro    Igor
Justin Reinsilber    Dan

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Ira Sachs
Producer    Lucas Joaquin
Producer    Marie-Therese Guirgis
Executive Producer    Jawal Nga
Screenwriter    Mauricio Zacharias
Cinematographer    Thimios Bakatakis
Casting Director    Avy Kaufman
Production Designer    Amy Williams
Costume Designer    Elisabeth Vastola

Awards Season: Silver Linings for Limited Releases

November 28th, 2012

The Independent Spirit Awards has a special place in the Awards Season. The nominations are the unoffficial start of Awards Season, but the actual awards aren't given out until Oscar weekend, so they are the beginning at the end of Awards Season. They also help out a lot of limited releases that would otherwise not get enough buzz, although they are not so good at predicting Oscar wins. This year, two films tied for most nominations, Moonrise Kingdom and The Silver Linings Playbook, both of which earned five nominations. They weren't the only films to earn multiple nominations though. More...

Per Theater Chart: Utopia for Detropia

September 12th, 2012

There were three new releases that topped $10,000 on the per theater chart. Detropia led the way with $17,414 in one theater. It should expand, but as a documentary, it will likely not expand wide. Hello I Must Be Going earned an average of $11,952 in two theaters, while Keep the Lights On was right behind with an average of $11,115 in five theaters. More...

Weekend Estimates: Possession Tops Very Quiet Weekend

September 9th, 2012

One statistic suffices to sum up this weekend at the box office: based on estimates received so far, the weekend ranks as the 5th-worst weekend for total box office receipts since January, 2000 (see full chart here). While that position will improve when we get complete numbers on Monday, there's a good chance this will end up as the worst weekend since 2001, even though ticket prices have risen substantially since then. The two marks that industry watchers should look out for are the $67.5 million weekend of September 5, 2003 and the $67.9 million weekend of September 5, 2008. Unsurprisingly, the top film at the box office this weekend is the same as last weekend: The Possession is set for about $9.5 million in its second outing. The Words is the top opener, with about $5 million in 2,801 theaters -- certainly a disappointment, although CBS Films is hoping for good legs thanks to its adult-skewing demographic. More...

Limited Releases: Girls' Night Out

September 7th, 2012

There are ten films on this week's list, including a couple that are earning quite a bit of buzz for limited releases: The Inbetweeners Movie and Bachelorette. Unfortunately, neither of those films is earning great reviews. There are some films earning overwhelmingly positive reviews, including the documentary Girl Model and Keep the Lights On. Let's hope some films manage to find an audience in limited release, but it could be tough. More...

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Daily Box Office Performance

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/09/07 47 $55,574   5 $11,115   $55,574 3
2012/09/14 54 $31,978 -42% 5 $6,396   $112,024 10
2012/09/21 64 $22,889 -28% 9 $2,543   $150,130 17
2012/09/28 72 $9,354 -59% 5 $1,871   $172,037 24
2012/10/05 71 $6,641 -29% 3 $2,214   $183,777 31
2012/10/12 62 $11,086 +67% 6 $1,848   $199,177 38
2012/10/19 81 $6,311 -43% 9 $701   $206,770 45
2012/10/26 73 $7,516 +19% 5 $1,503   $218,083 52
2012/11/02 77 $5,236 -30% 5 $1,047   $226,935 59
2012/11/09 79 $4,075 -22% 7 $582   $232,803 66
2012/11/16 94 $778 -81% 3 $259   $236,779 73
2012/11/23 91 $435 -44% 2 $218   $238,286 80
2012/11/30 90 $701 +61% 3 $234   $239,282 87
2012/12/07 90 $1,951 +178% 1 $1,951   $241,842 94
2012/12/14 97 $820 -58% 1 $820   $243,536 101
2012/12/21 71 $1,179 +44% 1 $1,179   $245,138 108

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