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Lion (2016)

Lion
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $16,347,957Details
International Box Office $11,165,000Details
Worldwide Box Office $27,512,957
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Synopsis

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.

Metrics

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: November 25th, 2016 (Limited) by Weinstein Co.
International Releases: December 9th, 2016 (Wide), released as Lion - A Longa Estrada Para Casa (Portugal)
December 23rd, 2016 (Wide), released as Lion - La strada verso casa (Italy)
January 10th, 2017 (Wide), released as LION (South Korea)
January 12th, 2017 (Wide) (Netherlands)
January 20th, 2017 (Wide) (Australia)
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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
Genre:Drama
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

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 330 $1,765,427 Jan 20, 2017 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 373 $2,292,484 Jan 13, 2017 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 629 $2,073,433 Jan 6, 2017 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 900 $2,273,170 Dec 30, 2016 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,376 $898,850 Dec 23, 2016 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,652 $132,511 Dec 16, 2016 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,950 $168,358 Dec 9, 2016 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,582 $116,554 Dec 2, 2016 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,915 $123,360 Nov 25, 2016 3

Cast

   Saroo Brierley
   Lucy
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

Director   
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

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January 18th, 2017

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2016 - Awards Season: DGA - Nominations

January 12th, 2017

Lion

The last of the Directors Guild of America nominations were announced and the Oscars are really shaping up to be a one-movie show. That movie is Deadpool. I’m joking of course, but it did get yet another nomination. At this point, it could earn a Best Picture Oscar nomination and I wouldn’t be surprised. The film that is dominating Awards Season is La La Land and frankly I’ve lost count of the number of nominations it has received. More...

2016 - Awards Season: PGA - Nominations

January 11th, 2017

Deadpool

The Producers Guild of America finally finished announcing their nominations. (They spread out their announcements for reasons I’ve never quite understood.) Most of the films on this list have already earned more than a few previous nominations. We appear to be settling into a predictable Awards Season. More...

2016 - Awards Season: BAFTA - Nominations

January 11th, 2017

La La Land

The BAFTA nominations were announced and it should come as no surprise what film lead the way... La La Land with 11 nominations, Nocturnal Animals and Arrival are tied for second with nine nominations a piece. More...

Theater Averages: The New Year has a Patriotic Start

January 10th, 2017

Patriots Day

The theater average chart was dominated by holdovers, as is the norm this time of year. The top film was Patriots Day with an average of $14,972 in seven theaters. This bodes very well for its wide expansion next weekend. 20th Century Women is becoming a sleeper hit earning an average of $13,047 in ten theaters. This is one of those films that should be earning more Awards Season buzz, but I fear it has slipped between the cracks. Toni Erdmann and Paterson were neck-and-neck with averages of $10,472 and $10,205 respectively. More...

Theater Averages: Hidden Stands Out with Average of $34,329

January 4th, 2017

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures rose to first place during its first full weekend of release with an average of $34,329 in 25 theaters. It already has more than $2 million and it expands wide on Friday. 20th Century Women was next with an average of $27,800 in four theaters. It isn’t a major player during Awards Season, but it is picking up enough nominations to help it stick around in theaters. Patriots Day was down just 8% earning an average of $21,117 in seven theaters. Last week’s winner, Silence, fell to an average of $20,827 in four theaters. If it has a similar drop next week, it will put its wide release in jeopardy. The best limited release of the week was Paterson, which earned an average of $17,334 in four theaters. Toni Erdmann earned an average of $14,000 in three theaters during its first full week of release. La La Land continues to expand, but remained in the $10,000 club with an average of $12,738. The overall number one film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, was next with an average of $11,934, while the second place film, Sing, was right behind with an average of $10,647. More...

Theater Averages: Silence Speaks Volumes with an Average of $32,720

December 28th, 2016

Silence

Silence scored first place on the theater average chart earning an average of $32,720 in four theaters. Patriots Day was next with an average of $23,044 in seven theaters. Most impressively, Hidden Figures earned an average of $20,620 in 25 theaters, in just one day. The final film in the $10,000 club was the overall number one film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with an average of $15,404. More...

2016 - Awards Season: SAG - Nominations

December 14th, 2016

Manchester by the Sea

The Screen Actors Guild were the third group to announce their nominations for this awards season. So far there have been three different films earning the most nominations. This could mean the Oscar race will be a lot closer than in past years. This time around Manchester by the Sea led the way with four nominations. More...

Theater Averages: La La Lands Yearly Record Result with Average of $176,221

December 13th, 2016

La La Land

La La Land dominated the per theater chart with an average of $176,221 in five theaters. This is not only the best of the year, it is the second best ever for a live-action film, behind just The Grand Budapest Hotel average of $202,792 in four theaters. Jackie was well back with an average of $18,933 in 26 theaters. Had La La Land not come out this weekend, this would have been big news. Now it might get lost in the crowd. Lion remained in the $10,000 club for the third weekend in a row with an average of $11,224 in 15 theaters. More...

2016 - Awards Season: Golden Globes - Nominations

December 12th, 2016

La La Land

The Golden Globes nominations were announced and we are starting to see a few names pop up over and over again. La La Land led the way with seven nominations, but Moonlight was right behind with six and Manchester by the Sea earned five. You will be hearing those three names over and over and over again this Awards Season. More...

Weekend Estimates: Moana Narrowly Beats Office Christmas Party

December 11th, 2016

Moana

Moana will get to enjoy one last weekend at the top of the box office chart, in spite of a good debut for Office Christmas Party. Disney’s animated adventure will post about $18.8 million in its third weekend, for $145 million to date. It’s beginning to lag behind the performance of Frozen, which made $22.6 million in its third weekend in wide release, and had amassed $164.8 million. That still puts Moana well on course for $300 million domestically, although $350 million is looking like a stretch. Internationally, Moana will earn around $23.5 million this weekend, taking its total overseas to $93.8 million, and its global haul to $238.8 million. More...

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

December 6th, 2016

Jackie

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

Moana

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

November 29th, 2016

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Weekend Estimates: Moana Sails to Thanksgiving Win

November 27th, 2016

Moana

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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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2016/11/25 32 $123,360   4 $30,840   $123,360 3
2016/12/02 29 $116,554 -6% 7 $16,651   $275,702 10
2016/12/09 25 $168,358 +44% 15 $11,224   $490,548 17
2016/12/16 24 $132,511 -21% 16 $8,282   $703,585 24
2016/12/23 16 $898,850 +578% 500 $1,798   $1,752,283 31
2016/12/30 13 $2,273,170 +153% 525 $4,330   $6,105,673 38
2017/01/06 13 $2,073,433 -9% 600 $3,456   $9,866,152 45
2017/01/13 15 $2,292,484 +11% 575 $3,987   $13,335,088 52
2017/01/20 14 $1,765,427 -23% 575 $3,070   $16,347,957 59

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
2016/12/08 - $11,962 +3% 7 $1,709   $322,190 14
2016/12/09 - $43,620 +265% 15 $2,908   $365,810 15
2016/12/10 - $73,308 +68% 15 $4,887   $439,118 16
2016/12/11 - $51,430 -30% 15 $3,429   $490,548 17
2016/12/12 - $18,712 -64% 15 $1,247   $509,260 18
2016/12/13 - $22,031 +18% 15 $1,469   $531,291 19
2016/12/14 - $20,471 -7% 15 $1,365   $551,762 20
2016/12/15 - $19,312 -6% 15 $1,287   $571,074 21
2016/12/16 - $32,763 +70% 16 $2,048   $603,837 22
2016/12/17 - $54,320 +66% 16 $3,395   $658,157 23
2016/12/18 - $45,428 -16% 16 $2,839   $703,585 24
2016/12/19 - $18,544 -59% 16 $1,159   $722,129 25
2016/12/20 - $22,769 +23% 16 $1,423   $744,898 26
2016/12/21 - $53,380 +134% 53 $1,007   $798,278 27
2016/12/22 - $55,155 +3% 53 $1,041   $853,433 28
2016/12/23 - $89,682 +63% 55 $1,631   $943,115 29
2016/12/24 - $85,003 -5% 55 $1,546   $1,028,118 30
2016/12/25 14 $724,165 +752% 500 $1,448   $1,752,283 31
2016/12/26 15 $638,748 -12% 500 $1,277   $2,391,031 32
2016/12/27 14 $483,660 -24% 500 $967   $2,874,691 33
2016/12/28 14 $471,929 -2% 500 $944   $3,346,620 34
2016/12/29 14 $485,883 +3% 500 $972   $3,832,503 35
2016/12/30 13 $694,735 +43% 525 $1,323   $4,527,238 36
2016/12/31 13 $776,462 +12% 525 $1,479   $5,303,700 37
2017/01/01 14 $801,973 +3% 525 $1,528   $6,105,673 38
2017/01/02 13 $729,057 -9% 525 $1,389   $6,834,730 39
2017/01/03 13 $352,365 -52% 525 $671   $7,187,095 40
2017/01/04 13 $313,601 -11% 525 $597   $7,500,696 41
2017/01/05 12 $292,023 -7% 525 $556   $7,792,719 42
2017/01/06 13 $588,884 +102% 600 $981   $8,381,603 43
2017/01/07 12 $873,496 +48% 600 $1,456   $9,255,099 44
2017/01/08 12 $611,053 -30% 600 $1,018   $9,866,152 45
2017/01/09 12 $247,564 -59% 600 $413   $10,113,716 46
2017/01/10 12 $352,715 +42% 600 $588   $10,466,431 47
2017/01/11 12 $288,152 -18% 600 $480   $10,754,583 48
2017/01/12 12 $288,021 n/c 600 $480   $11,042,604 49
2017/01/13 - $598,530 +108% 575 $1,041   $11,641,134 50
2017/01/14 15 $953,597 +59% 575 $1,658   $12,594,731 51
2017/01/15 15 $740,357 -22% 575 $1,288   $13,335,088 52
2017/01/16 15 $480,457 -35% 575 $836   $13,815,545 53
2017/01/17 15 $300,488 -37% 575 $523   $14,116,033 54
2017/01/18 14 $233,853 -22% 575 $407   $14,349,886 55
2017/01/19 13 $232,644 -1% 575 $405   $14,582,530 56
2017/01/20 - $462,553 +99% 575 $804   $15,045,083 57
2017/01/21 - $825,197 +78% 575 $1,435   $15,870,280 58
2017/01/22 - $477,677 -42% 575 $831   $16,347,957 59

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2016/11/25 34 $159,148   4 $39,787   $159,148 7
2016/12/02 29 $163,042 +2% 7 $23,292   $322,190 14
2016/12/09 24 $248,884 +53% 15 $16,592   $571,074 21
2016/12/16 25 $282,359 +13% 53 $5,328   $853,433 28
2016/12/23 15 $2,979,070 +955% 500 $5,958   $3,832,503 35
2016/12/30 13 $3,960,216 +33% 525 $7,543   $7,792,719 42
2017/01/06 12 $3,249,885 -18% 600 $5,416   $11,042,604 49
2017/01/13 15 $3,539,926 +9% 575 $6,156   $14,582,530 56

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
Australia 1/20/2017 $3,166,868 254 254 254 $3,228,400 1/23/2017
Italy 12/23/2016 $437,177 0 0 0 $3,646,741 1/19/2017
Netherlands 1/12/2017 $131,451 33 33 33 $154,262 1/19/2017
New Zealand 1/20/2017 $387,083 90 90 90 $408,612 1/23/2017
Portugal 12/9/2016 $60,550 38 38 134 $203,758 1/19/2017
South Korea 1/10/2017 $0 0 0 0 $26,275 1/24/2017
 
Rest of World $3,496,952
 
International Total$11,165,000 1/24/2017

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