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Keep the Lights On (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $246,112Details
International Box Office $83,820Details
Worldwide Box Office $329,932
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Synopsis

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.

Metrics

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

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: September 7th, 2012 (Limited)
International Releases: November 2nd, 2012 (Wide) (United Kingdom)
December 27th, 2012 (Wide) (Hong Kong)
February 8th, 2013 (Wide) (Brazil)
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
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Parts and Labor, Post FactoryNY, Tiny Dancer Films, Alarum Pictures, Film 50, Lucas Joaquin
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 16th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,381 $1,179 Dec 21, 2012 108
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,746 $820 Dec 14, 2012 101
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,837 $1,951 Dec 7, 2012 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,494 $701 Nov 30, 2012 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,978 $435 Nov 23, 2012 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,308 $778 Nov 16, 2012 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,099 $4,075 Nov 9, 2012 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,378 $5,236 Nov 2, 2012 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,610 $7,516 Oct 26, 2012 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,241 $6,311 Oct 19, 2012 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,410 $11,086 Oct 12, 2012 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,228 $6,641 Oct 5, 2012 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,561 $9,354 Sep 28, 2012 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,572 $22,889 Sep 21, 2012 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,764 $31,978 Sep 14, 2012 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,663 $55,574 Sep 7, 2012 3

Cast

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

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
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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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/09/07 47 $55,574   5 $11,115   $55,574 3
2012/09/14 55 $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

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/09/07 47 $80,046   5 $16,009   $80,046 7
2012/09/14 55 $47,195 -41% 5 $9,439   $127,241 14
2012/09/21 62 $35,442 -25% 10 $3,544   $162,683 21
2012/09/28 75 $14,453 -59% 6 $2,409   $177,136 28
2012/10/05 71 $10,955 -24% 3 $3,652   $188,091 35
2012/10/12 65 $16,682 +52% 6 $2,780   $200,459 42
2012/10/19 81 $10,108 -39% 10 $1,011   $210,567 49
2012/10/26 75 $11,132 +10% 5 $2,226   $221,699 56
2012/11/02 81 $7,029 -37% 5 $1,406   $228,728 63
2012/11/09 81 $7,273 +3% 7 $1,039   $236,001 70
2012/11/16 94 $1,850 -75% 4 $463   $237,851 77
2012/11/23 95 $730 -61% 2 $365   $238,581 84
2012/11/30 94 $1,310 +79% 3 $437   $239,891 91
2012/12/07 94 $2,825 +116% 1 $2,825   $242,716 98
2012/12/14 102 $1,243 -56% 1 $1,243   $243,959 105
2012/12/21 62 $2,153 +73% 1 $2,153   $246,112 112

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
Brazil 2/8/2013 $0 0 2 2 $183 12/14/2015
Hong Kong 12/27/2012 $0 0 2 2 $16,986 12/13/2015
United Kingdom 11/2/2012 $19,830 8 8 20 $66,651 12/12/2015
 
International Total$83,820 12/14/2015

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