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Life of a King (2014)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $4,304Details
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $466,684 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $48,724 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $515,408
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Life of a King is the unlikely true story of Eugene Brown and his one-man mission to give inner-city kids of Washington D.C. something he never had – a future. He discovered a multitude of life lessons through the game of chess during his 18-year incarceration for bank robbery. After his release and reentry into the workforce, Eugene developed and founded the Big Chair Chess Club to get kids off the streets and working towards lives they never believed they were capable of due to circumstances. From his daring introductory chess lessons to group of unruly high school students in detention to the development of the Club and the teens’ first local chess competitions, this movie reveals his difficult, inspirational journey and how he changed the lives of a group of teens with no endgame.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics RottenAudience Upright
38% - Rotten
65% - Upright

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: January 17th, 2014 (Limited) by Alchemy
Video Release: February 11th, 2014 by Alchemy
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, some drug content and brief violent images - all involving teens.
(Rating bulletin 2298, 11/13/2013)
Running Time: 101 minutes
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Keywords: Life on the Outside, Intellectual Pursuits, Inspirational Teacher, Early / Simultaneous Video on Demand release, African-American, Black Urban, Gangs
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Serena Films, Animus Films
Production Countries: United States

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Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 10,612 $4,304 Jan 17, 2014 3


   Eugene Brown
   Sheila King
Richard T. Jones    Perry
Paula Jai Parker    Gina Sanders
Dennis Haysbert    Searcy
Kevin Hendricks    Peanut
Rachel Thomas    Katrina

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Jake Goldberger
Screenwriter    David Scott
Screenwriter    Dan Wetzel
Producer    Tatiana Kelly
Producer    Jim Young
Production Designer    Michael Fitzgerald
Editor    Julie Garces
Composer    Eric V. Hachikian
Director of Photography    Mark Schwarzbard

Per Theater Chart: Along for the Ride

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Limited Releases: Big Bad Limited Releases

January 17th, 2014

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/01/17 - $4,304   16 $269   $4,304 3

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