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Lion (2016)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $310,228Details
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Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train traveling away from his home and family. Frightened and bewildered, he ends up thousands of miles away, in chaotic Kolkata. Somehow he survives living on the streets, escaping all sorts of terrors and close calls in the process, before ending up in an orphanage that is itself not exactly a safe haven. Eventually Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple, and finds love and security as he grows up in Hobart. As an adult, not wanting to hurt his adoptive parents’ feelings, Saroo suppresses his past, his emotional need for reunification and his hope of ever finding his lost mother and brother. But a chance meeting with some fellow Indians reawakens his buried yearning. Armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, Saroo sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.


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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: November 25th, 2016 (Limited) by Weinstein Co.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic material and some sensuality.
(Rating bulletin 2449 (Cert #50757), 11/2/2016)
Running Time: 120 minutes
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Keywords: Adopted Family Seeking Reunion, Reunited With Biological Family, Orphanage, India
Source:Based on Factual Book/Article
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: See-Saw Films, Sunstar Entertianment, Aquarius Films, Weinstein Company, Screen Australia
Production Countries: Australia

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,562 $116,554 Dec 2, 2016 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,893 $123,360 Nov 25, 2016 3


   Saroo Brierley
David Wenham    John
Nicole Kidman    Sue
Abhishek Bharate    Guddu
Divian Ladwa    Mantosh
Deepti Naval    Mrs. Sood
Tannishtha Chatterjee    Noor
Nawazuddin Siddiqui    Rawa
Priyanka Bose    Kamla
Sunny Pawar    Saroo (young)
Sachin Joab    Bharat
Pallavi Sharda    Prama
Arka Das    Sami

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Luke Davies
Based on the book ‛A Long Way Home’ by    Saroo Brierley
Producer    Emile Sherman
Producer    Iain Canning
Producer    Angie Fielder
Executive Producer    Andrew Fraser
Executive Producer    Shahen Mekertichian
Executive Producer    Daniel Levin
Executive Producer    Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer    Harvey Weinstein
Executive Producer    David Glasser
Director of Photography    Greig Fraser
Production Designer    Christopher Kennedy
Costume Designer    Cappi Ireland
Editor    Alexandre De Franceschi
Composer    Dustin O'Halloran
Composer    Volker Bertelmann
Sound Designer    Robert Mackenzie
Line Producer    Libby Sharpe
Line Producer    Pravesh Sahni
Associate Producer    Simone Nicholson
Associate Producer    Karen Sproul
Casting Director    Kirsty McGregor
Art Director    Sunny Pawar

Theater Averages: Jackie Tackles Lion Earning Average of $55,743

December 6th, 2016


Jackie led the way on the theater average chart with an average of $55,743 in five theaters. Given this start and add in its Oscar buzz and the film has a real shot at expanding wide. Last week’s winner, Lion, fell to second place with an average of $16,651 in seven theaters. Manchester by the Sea continues its impressive run with an average of $14,592 in 156 theaters. It still has room to grow. Miss Sloane earned an average of $11,213 in four theaters. It is reportedly expanding wide this weekend, but that can mean anything from a few hundred theaters to well over 2,000. Finally, Things to Come opened with an average of $11,030 in three theaters. More...

Weekend Estimates: Moana Stands Tall as Awards Season Hots Up

December 4th, 2016


The top of the box office chart remains a tale of two movies this weekend, with Moana maintaining an impressive lead over Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but both movies doing very nicely heading into the Christmas season. Moana tops the chart again this weekend with $28.4 million, for a total of $119.9 million at the end of the weekend. By way of comparison, Frozen had earned $134.3 million at this point in its run, but fell a slightly larger 53% from Thanksgiving, compared to Moana’s 50% decline. The next few weeks should be very lucrative for the animated adventure, which is likely to sail past $300 million at the domestic box office. More...

Theater Averages: Lion Starts like a Lion with an Average of $30,840

November 29th, 2016


Lion led the way on the theater average chart this week with an average of $30,840 in four theaters. Its reviews are great and it could become a sleeper hit throughout the Christmas holidays. Up next was Manchester by the Sea with an average of $25,541 in 48 theaters. It still has plenty of room to expand and its Awards Season buzz is growing. Miss Sloane opened with an average of $19,932 in three theaters. This is good, but not good enough to think it will expand truly wide. The overall number one film, Moana, was next with an average of $14,615. The final film in the $10,000 club was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with an average of $10,880. More...

Weekend Estimates: Moana Sails to Thanksgiving Win

November 27th, 2016


Disney’s domination of Thanksgiving weekend will continue in 2016, with Moana expected to post $55.5 million for the three-day weekend and $81.1 million in total, making it either the second-best or best Thanksgiving opener of all time, depending on what you consider an “opener.” Disney is claiming second place for Moana behind Frozen, which had a $67.4 million 3-day weekend, and $93.6 million 5-day weekend back in 2013. That film had already opened in a single theater the weekend before, so if we want to split hairs, it technically wasn’t opening that weekend. Either way you look at it, it’s a great start for Moana, and another handsome win for Disney. The studio can now claim the top six 5-day Thanksgiving debuts and and the top eight 3-day Thanksgiving openings of all time. More...

Limited and VOD Releases: Theaters Are Stuffed with Wide Releases

November 25th, 2016

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While Thanksgiving weekend is a boon for wide releases, the number of potential monster hits in theaters scares away a lot of the limited releases. There are some great releases, like Always Shine and Baden Baden, as well as some bigger releases, like Lion and Miss Sloane. Hopefully they will find audiences in limited release. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2016/11/25 32 $123,360   4 $30,840   $123,360 3
2016/12/02 28 $116,554 -6% 7 $16,651   $275,702 10

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2016/11/25 - $43,484   4 $10,871   $43,484 1
2016/11/26 - $47,158 +8% 4 $11,790   $90,642 2
2016/11/27 - $32,718 -31% 4 $8,180   $123,360 3
2016/11/28 - $9,245 -72% 4 $2,311   $132,605 4
2016/11/29 - $8,405 -9% 4 $2,101   $141,010 5
2016/11/30 - $8,272 -2% 4 $2,068   $149,282 6
2016/12/01 - $9,866 +19% 4 $2,467   $159,148 7
2016/12/02 - $28,544 +189% 7 $4,078   $187,692 8
2016/12/03 - $52,394 +84% 7 $7,485   $240,086 9
2016/12/04 - $35,616 -32% 7 $5,088   $275,702 10
2016/12/05 - $11,426 -68% 7 $1,632   $287,128 11
2016/12/06 - $11,441 n/c 7 $1,634   $298,569 12
2016/12/07 - $11,659 +2% 7 $1,666   $310,228 13

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2016/11/25 34 $159,148   4 $39,787   $159,148 7

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