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Life, Above All (2011)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $134,078Details
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Synopsis

Just after the death of her newly-born sister, Chanda, 12 years old, learns of a rumor that spreads like wildfire through her small, dust-ridden village near Johannesburg. It destroys her family and forces her mother to flee. Sensing that the gossip stems from prejudice and superstition, Chanda leaves home and school in search of her mother and the truth.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
82% - Certified Fresh
Audience
82% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

RecordRankAmount
Top 2011 Movies at the Domestic Box Office 337 $134,078
Top 2011 Limited Release Movies at the Domestic Box Office 182 $134,078
Highest Weekend Theater Average for Limited Release Movies 25,046 $1,557
Highest Weekend Theater Average for Limited Release Movies 59,470 $258
Highest Weekend Theater Average for Limited Release Movies 54,821 $414
Highest Weekend Theater Average for Limited Release Movies 39,102 $895
Highest Weekend Theater Average for Limited Release Movies 60,109 $235
Highest Weekend Theater Average for Limited Release Movies 44,456 $718
Highest Weekend Theater Average for Limited Release Movies 51,458 $513
Highest Weekend Theater Average for Limited Release Movies 58,971 $278
Highest Weekend Theater Average for Limited Release Movies 23,747 $1,648
Highest Weekend Theater Average for Limited Release Movies 54,162 $434
Highest Weekend Theater Average for Limited Release Movies 38,295 $923
Highest Weekend Theater Average for Limited Release Movies 59,585 $254
Highest Weekend Theater Average for Limited Release Movies 44,299 $723
Highest Weekend Theater Average for Limited Release Movies 55,791 $384
Highest Weekend Theater Average for Limited Release Movies 45,799 $678
Highest Weekend Theater Average for Limited Release Movies 58,970 $278
Highest Weekend Theater Average for Limited Release Movies 13,606 $2,758
Highest Weekend Theater Average for Limited Release Movies 53,645 $450
All Time Worldwide Box Office 12,958 $134,078
All Time Domestic Inflation Adjusted Box Office for Limited Release Movies 3,579 $142,526
All Time Domestic Inflation Adjusted Box Office 9,818 $142,526
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies 3,443 $134,078
All Time Domestic Box Office by First-Time Directors 2,073 $134,078
All Time Domestic Box Office 10,317 $134,078

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: July 15th, 2011 (Limited) by Sony Pictures Classics
Video Release: December 6th, 2011 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material and some sexual content.
(Rating bulletin 2140, 9/29/2010)
Running Time: 100 minutes
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Keywords: Death of a Son or Daughter, Foreign Language, Prostitution, Coming of Age
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Bavaria Film Intl., Dreamer Joint Venture, Senator Film Produktion
Production Countries: South Africa

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankAmountChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 19th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,653 $718 Nov 18, 2011 129
Biggest 19th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 876 $718 Nov 18, 2011 129
Highest Theater Average 19th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 549 $718 Nov 18, 2011 129
Biggest 18th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,711 $1,667 Nov 11, 2011 122
Biggest 18th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 804 $1,667 Nov 11, 2011 122
Highest Theater Average 18th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 1,035 $278 Nov 11, 2011 122
Biggest 17th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,281 $450 Nov 4, 2011 115
Biggest 17th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 1,197 $450 Nov 4, 2011 115
Highest Theater Average 17th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 997 $450 Nov 4, 2011 115
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,466 $2,564 Oct 21, 2011 101
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 1,071 $2,564 Oct 21, 2011 101
Highest Theater Average 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 1,154 $513 Oct 21, 2011 101
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,589 $4,138 Oct 14, 2011 94
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 1,020 $4,138 Oct 14, 2011 94
Highest Theater Average 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 1,415 $414 Oct 14, 2011 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,197 $2,325 Oct 7, 2011 87
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 1,389 $2,325 Oct 7, 2011 87
Highest Theater Average 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 1,771 $258 Oct 7, 2011 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,700 $1,778 Sep 30, 2011 80
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 1,648 $1,778 Sep 30, 2011 80
Highest Theater Average 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 1,942 $254 Sep 30, 2011 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,828 $3,760 Sep 23, 2011 73
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 1,538 $3,760 Sep 23, 2011 73
Highest Theater Average 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 2,159 $235 Sep 23, 2011 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,888 $6,903 Sep 16, 2011 66
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 1,391 $6,903 Sep 16, 2011 66
Highest Theater Average 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 2,111 $384 Sep 16, 2011 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,821 $2,779 Sep 9, 2011 59
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 2,004 $2,779 Sep 9, 2011 59
Highest Theater Average 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 2,446 $278 Sep 9, 2011 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,308 $2,603 Sep 2, 2011 52
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 2,208 $2,603 Sep 2, 2011 52
Highest Theater Average 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 2,412 $434 Sep 2, 2011 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,558 $4,475 Aug 26, 2011 45
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 2,177 $4,475 Aug 26, 2011 45
Highest Theater Average 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 1,937 $895 Aug 26, 2011 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,846 $6,592 Aug 19, 2011 38
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 2,195 $6,592 Aug 19, 2011 38
Highest Theater Average 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 1,222 $1,648 Aug 19, 2011 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,882 $2,712 Aug 12, 2011 31
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 2,912 $2,712 Aug 12, 2011 31
Highest Theater Average 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 2,850 $678 Aug 12, 2011 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,778 $8,673 Aug 5, 2011 24
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 2,600 $8,673 Aug 5, 2011 24
Highest Theater Average 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 3,205 $723 Aug 5, 2011 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,993 $4,615 Jul 29, 2011 17
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 3,482 $4,615 Jul 29, 2011 17
Highest Theater Average 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 3,514 $923 Jul 29, 2011 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,743 $15,571 Jul 22, 2011 10
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 3,062 $15,571 Jul 22, 2011 10
Highest Theater Average 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 3,686 $1,557 Jul 22, 2011 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 8,805 $13,788 Jul 15, 2011 3
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 3,892 $13,788 Jul 15, 2011 3
Highest Theater Average Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office for Limited Release Movies 4,591 $2,758 Jul 15, 2011 3
Top 2011 Theater Average Limited Release Movies at the Domestic Box Office 652 $2,758 Jul 15, 2011 3
Top Grossing Movies Never to Go Into Wide Release 4,239 $134,078 Jul 15, 2011 0
Top Movies Never to Reach Number One at the Domestic Box Office Chart 7,736 $134,078 Jul 15, 2011 0
Widest Expansion for Limited Release Movies 2,053 13 Jul 15, 2011 0

Cast

   Chanda
Keaobaka Makanyane    Esther
Harriet Manamela    Mrs. Tafa
Lerato Mvelase    Lilian
Tinah Mnumzana    Aunt Lizbet
Aubrey Poolo    Jonah

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Producer    Oliver Stoltz
Screenwriter    Dennis Foon
Story Creator    Allan Stratton
Cinematographer    Bernhard Jasper
Production Designer    Christiane Rothe

Per Theater Chart: Harry Potter and Yet Another Record

July 19th, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow, Part 2 added another record over the weekend earning the highest per theater average for a wide release with $38,672, surpassing the previous record holder, The Dark Knight. However, Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour still holds the record for best per theater average for a number one film at $45,561. That record might not be broken till the $200 million opening weekend milestone is cracked. The only other member of the $10,000 club was Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness, which grew by a few percent to $20,998. Its ability to expand is untested, but growth is always a good sign. More...

Will Limited Releases be Defeated?

July 15th, 2011

It could be tough for limited releases this weekend. Not only is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 going to dominate the box office, but both new wide releases are earning Oscar-worthy reviews, so there's not a lot of room for limited releases to survive in. Fortunately, both wide releases are aimed at families, so perhaps a more dramatic film like Life, Above All or a documentary like Tabloid! can find a niche market. More...

Compare this performance with other movies…

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/07/15 56 $13,788   5 $2,758   $13,788 3
2011/07/22 59 $15,571 +13% 10 $1,557   $39,168 10
2011/07/29 77 $4,615 -70% 5 $923   $55,101 17
2011/08/05 76 $8,673 +88% 12 $723   $66,961 24
2011/08/12 94 $2,712 -69% 4 $678   $74,735 31
2011/08/19 81 $6,592 +143% 4 $1,648   $82,883 38
2011/08/26 84 $4,475 -32% 5 $895   $90,356 45
2011/09/02 108 $2,603 -42% 6 $434   $93,495 52
2011/09/09 105 $2,779 +7% 10 $278   $97,551 59
2011/09/16 91 $6,903 +148% 18 $384   $105,743 66
2011/09/23 104 $3,760 -46% 16 $235   $111,832 73
2011/09/30 102 $1,778 -53% 7 $254   $116,537 80
2011/10/07 101 $2,325 +31% 9 $258   $119,688 87
2011/10/14 102 $4,138 +78% 10 $414   $125,610 94
2011/10/21 106 $2,564 -38% 5 $513   $129,858 101
2011/11/04 116 $450   1 $450   $130,943 115
2011/11/11 100 $1,667 +270% 6 $278   $132,960 122
2011/11/18 98 $718 -57% 1 $718   $134,078 129

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/09/05 105 $506   6 $84   $94,001 53

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/07/15 56 $23,597   5 $4,719   $23,597 7
2011/07/22 57 $26,889 +14% 10 $2,689   $50,486 14
2011/07/29 77 $7,802 -71% 5 $1,560   $58,288 21
2011/08/05 78 $13,735 +76% 12 $1,145   $72,023 28
2011/08/12 91 $4,268 -69% 4 $1,067   $76,291 35
2011/08/19 84 $9,590 +125% 4 $2,398   $85,881 42
2011/08/26 90 $5,011 -48% 5 $1,002   $90,892 49
2011/09/02 107 $3,880 -23% 6 $647   $94,772 56
2011/09/09 103 $4,068 +5% 10 $407   $98,840 63
2011/09/16 97 $9,232 +127% 18 $513   $108,072 70
2011/09/23 91 $6,687 -28% 16 $418   $114,759 77
2011/09/30 103 $2,604 -61% 7 $372   $117,363 84
2011/10/07 94 $4,109 +58% 9 $457   $121,472 91
2011/10/14 98 $5,822 +42% 10 $582   $127,294 98
2011/11/04 111 $800   1 $800   $131,293 119
2011/11/11 95 $2,067 +158% 6 $345   $133,360 126

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