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Mo' Better Blues (1990)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $16,153,000Details
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Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
73% - Fresh
75% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Production Budget:$10,000,000
Domestic Releases: August 3rd, 1990 (Wide) by Universal
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 129 minutes
Comparisons: vs. Do the Right Thing
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Keywords: Musicians
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,247 $1,450,820 Aug 17, 1990 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,324 $2,439,580 Aug 10, 1990 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,123 $4,387,360 Aug 3, 1990 3


   Bleek Gilliam
Wesley Snipes    Shadow Henderson
Giancarlo Esposito    Left Hand Lacey
Robin Harris    Butterbean Jones
Joie Lee    Indigo Downes
Bill Nunn    Bottom Hammer
John Turturro    Moe Flatbush
Dick Anthony Williams    Big Stop Williams
Cynda Williams    Clarke Bentancourt
Nicholas Turturro    Josh Flatbush
Jeff "Tain" Watts    Rhythm Jones
Samuel L. Jackson    Madlock
Leonard L. Thomas    Rod
Charles Q. Murphy    Eggy
Steve White    Born Knowledge
Ruben Blades    Petey
Abbey Lincoln    Lillian Gilliam
Linda Hawkins    Jeanne
Raye Dowell    Rita
Angela Hall    Cora
Coati Mundi    Roberto
Zakee Howze    Young Bleek/Miles
Deon Richmond    Tyrone
Anaysha Figueroa    Shanika
Raymond Anthony Thomas    Joe
Sheldon Turnipseed    Benny
Christopher Skeffrey    Louis
Terrence Williams    Sam
Darryl M. Wonge, Jr.    Miles at Birth
Jelani Asar Snipes    Miles at 1 Year
Glenn Williams III    Miles at 3 Years
Arnold Cromer    Miles at 5 Years
Leon Addison Brown    Smith
Scot Anthony Robinson    Cooley
Herbert Daughtry    Minister
Bill Lee    Father of the Bride
Branford Marsalis    Party Guest
Douglas Bourne    Jimmy the Busboy
Tracy Camilla Johns    Club Patron
John Canada Terrell    Club Patron
Monty Ross    Club Patron
Carol M. Wiggins    Club Patron
Isabella Isabella    Club Patron
Mamie Louise Anderson    Club Patron
Jon Seneca    Big Stop's Friend
John Sobestanovich    Taxi Driver
Flavor Flav    Impatient Movie Patron

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Spike Lee
Producer    Spike Lee
Co-Producer    Monty Ross
Line Producer    Jon Kilik
Director of Photography    Ernest Dickerson
Editor    Sam Pollard
Composer    Bill Lee
Production Designer    Wynn Thomas
Casting Director    Robi Reed
Assistant Director    Randy Fletcher
Production Supervisor    Preston Holmes
Set Decorator    Ted Glass
Costume Designer    Ruth E. Carter
Costume Supervisor    Susie Money
Sound Mixer    Frank Stettner
Re-recording Mixer    Tom Fleischman
Sound Designer    Skip Lievsay
Dialogue Editor    Philip Stockton
Dialogue Editor    Kevin Lee
Music Editor    Alex Steyermark
Special Make-up Effects    Tom Brumberger
Song Writer    Branford Marsalis
Song Writer    Christopher Martin
Song Writer    Keith Elam
Song Writer    Lolis Eric Elie
Stunt Coordinator    Jeff Ward

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1990/08/03 7 $4,387,360   544 $8,065   $4,387,360 3
1990/08/10 11 $2,439,580 -44% 572 $4,265   $8,627,580 10
1990/08/17 15 $1,450,820 -41% 482 $3,010   $11,096,560 17

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1990/08/03 8 $6,188,000   544 $11,375   $6,188,000 7
1990/08/10 11 $3,457,740 -44% 572 $6,045   $9,645,740 14