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Moonlight (2016)

Moonlight
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $10,120,605Details
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Synopsis

A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. At once a vital portrait of contemporary African American life and an intensely personal and poetic meditation on identity, family, friendship, and love, Moonlight is a groundbreaking piece of cinema that reverberates with deep compassion and universal truths. Anchored by extraordinary performances from a tremendous ensemble cast, Jenkins’s staggering, singular vision is profoundly moving in its portrayal of the moments, people, and unknowable forces that shape our lives and make us who we are.

Metrics

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: October 21st, 2016 (Limited) by A24
MPAA Rating: R for some sexuality, drug use, brief violence, and language throughout.
(Rating bulletin 2443 (Cert #50681), 9/21/2016)
Comparisons: vs. Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween
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Keywords: Coming of Age, LGBT, African-American, Miami, Closeted Homosexual, Autobiographical
Source:Based on Play
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: A24, Plan B Entertainment
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,260 $845,817 Dec 2, 2016 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,430 $1,219,214 Nov 25, 2016 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,795 $1,488,740 Nov 18, 2016 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,712 $1,265,229 Nov 11, 2016 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,458 $1,235,275 Nov 4, 2016 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,307 $850,114 Oct 28, 2016 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,023 $402,075 Oct 21, 2016 3

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    Berry Jenkins
Based on the play by    Tarell McCraney
Producer    Adele Romanski
Cinematographer    James Laxton
Editor    Joi McMillon
Editor    Nat Sanders

Theater Averages: Manchester is Something to Sea, Earns $64,125

November 23rd, 2016

Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea led the way on the theater average chart with an average of $64,125 in four theaters. That isn’t the best average we’ve seen this year, but it is fourth place for a 2016 release. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them earned first place on the overall chart and second place with $17,954 on this chart. Nocturnal Animals earned an average of $13,315 in 37 theaters. That’s an impressive average considering how wide it was playing. Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened earned an average of $11,745 in two theaters. Meanwhile, the re-release of Daughters of the Dust was the final film in the $10,000 club earning $10,842 in its lone theater. More...

2016 - Awards Season: Independent Spirit Awards - Nominations

November 23rd, 2016

Moonlight

The Independent Spirit Awards nominations were announced last night and thus the 2016 Awards Season begins. There were a few surprises and some snubs to discuss, but for the most part, there’s not a lot nominations that broke the established narrative. It’s because there isn’t really an established narrative. This means films that earn nominations here have a much better chance of doing well going forward and Moonlight looks like it could rise up as a result. More...

Weekend Estimates: Fantastic Beasts Makes Fantastic-ish $75 Million

November 20th, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is doing everything Warner Bros. could have wished for this weekend, posting a lively $75 million opening in the US, hitting $143.3 million internationally for a global opening over $200 million, and getting a A CinemaScore that should give it positive word of mouth going into Thanksgiving. For a franchise reboot, that’s a lot of reasons to be happy, although its opening is well below the openings enjoyed by the original Harry Potter franchise. The worst of those, Chamber of Secrets, opened with $88 million over three days (Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince both technically had slower weekends than Chamber of Secrets, but both of them opened on Wednesday, and they still did over $75 million Friday–Sunday). More...

Theater Averages: It’s a Long Walk to the Top with $57,065

November 16th, 2016

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk earned first place on the theater average chart over the weekend earning an average of $57,065 in two theaters. That’s the good news. The bad news is its reviews suggest poor word of mouth and difficulty expanding wide this coming weekend. Elle opened in second place with an average of $25,467, also in two theaters. Loving remained in the $10,000 club for the second weekend with an average of $11,149 in 46 theaters. It still has room to grow. Doctor Strange was right behind with an average of $11,069. The final film in the $10,000 was the biggest new release of the week, Arrival, which earned an average of $10,390. More...

Weekend Estimates: Healthy Arrivals Help Veterans Day Box Office

November 13th, 2016

Doctor Strange

While Doctor Strange and Trolls aren’t really being threatened at the top of the chart this weekend, a few healthy new releases are giving Veterans Day weekend a timely boost at the box office. Arrival is the stand-out performer in wide release, with $24 million from 2,317 theaters and an average over $10,000. The sci-fi drama is a critical darling, but is having a harder time with general audiences who might be expecting something with a few more explosions and laser battles, and its CinemaScore is a B. Its potential long-term performance is a therefore a little hard to gauge at this point, but it would be very surprising for it not to pick up a few more theaters, and it might be decent counter-programming to the explosions and laser battles promised by several other films coming up in the next few weeks. More...

Theater Averages: Loving Loves its Opening Average of $39,904

November 8th, 2016

Loving

Loving led the way on the theater average chart this weekend with an average of $39,904 in four theaters. This isn’t among the best of the year, but it does show the film has room to grow and that should help its Oscar buzz, which in turn will help its box office numbers. The overall number one film, Doctor Strange, was next with an average of $21,911. The only holdover in the $10,000 club was Moonlight, which earned an average of $14,883 in 83 theaters. It still has room to grow, but its chances of expanding truly wide are very limited at this point. The Eagle Huntress was next with an average of $13,144 in four theaters. The final film in the $10,000 club was Trolls at $11,473. More...

Weekend Estimates: Doctor Strange’s $85 Million Gives Industry a Much-Needed Boost

November 6th, 2016

Doctor Strange

After a couple of months of weak box office, and some very disappointing openings, Doctor Strange, Trolls and Hacksaw Ridge are each, in their own way, putting things back on track. Doctor Strange is grabbing the headlines of course, with an impressive $84,989,000 opening projected by Disney on Sunday morning. That’s almost identical to the opening weekend enjoyed by Thor: The Dark World on this weekend back in 2013, and comes without the benefit of being part of an established franchise (putting aside its place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe). More...

Theater Averages: Moonlight Remains Full earning an average of $23,614

November 2nd, 2016

Moonlight

Moonlight remained in top spot with an average of $23,614 in 36 theaters. The film has already reached $1 million and it has room to grow. Additionally, its reviews are Oscar-worthy, so its Awards Season buzz should really start to grow. The only other film in the $10,000 club was Gimme Danger, which earned an average of $14,908 in three theaters. More...

Weekend Estimates: Madea Defeats Feeble Inferno

October 30th, 2016

Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween

What was meant to be the weekend that the Fall Season started in earnest has turned into a damp squib, with Inferno not just failing to hit expectations, but not even topping the chart. With just $15 million expected this weekend, according to Sony’s Sunday morning projection, the franchise has shown a dismal downward trajectory at the domestic box office. The Da Vinci Code opened with $77 million in 2006; Angels & Demons debuted with $46 million in 2009; and now Inferno will earn less on its opening weekend than either of its predecessors made on their opening days.

The weak opening for Inferno follows a string of so-so results for films over the past couple of months. Perhaps the reality show that is our presidential election is dragging down theatrical business? More...

Theater Averages: Moonlight Shines Bright With $100,519

October 25th, 2016

Moonlight

Moonlight not only earned the best theater average of the weekend at $100,519 in four theaters, but it had the best average for any film that opened in 2016. It wasn’t the only film to do well this week, as Michael Moore in TrumpLand earned an average of $25,100 in two theaters. The Handmaiden pulled in an average of $18,426 in five theaters, while the re-release of Tanpopo earned $16,410 in one. We are still not done, as the overall number one film, Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, earned an average of $12,611. More...

Weekend Estimates: Jack Reacher No Match for Madea

October 23rd, 2016

Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween

Hollywood has a habit of underestimating Tyler Perry. When Diary of a Mad Black Woman opened back in 2005, it was expected to struggle to make the top 10, and yet finished top of the chart with a $21.9 million weekend. More than eleven years later, he, or perhaps more accurately, Madea, continues to defy tracking models and rack up wins at the box office, with Boo! A Madea Halloween set to top this weekend’s chart with a projected $27.6 million. That’s nearly $5 million better than the debut of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, which Paramount has coming in at $23 million. More...

Limited and VOD Releases: Handmade Limited Releases

October 21st, 2016

The Handmaiden

Several films coming out this week are earning nearly unanimously positive reviews. This includes a few documentaries, but also a couple of narrative films that have a shot at some box office success. Moonlight is clearly aiming to win awards and it might do so. The Handmaiden should help grow Chan-wook Park’s fanbase here. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2016/10/21 19 $402,075   4 $100,519   $402,075 3
2016/10/28 16 $850,114 +111% 36 $23,614   $1,420,907 10
2016/11/04 11 $1,235,275 +45% 83 $14,883   $2,989,973 17
2016/11/11 13 $1,265,229 +2% 176 $7,189   $4,682,889 24
2016/11/18 11 $1,488,740 +18% 650 $2,290   $6,644,790 31
2016/11/25 14 $1,219,214 -18% 618 $1,973   $8,544,110 38
2016/12/02 14 $845,817 -31% 574 $1,474   $9,826,173 45

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2016/10/21 - $131,464   4 $32,866   $131,464 1
2016/10/22 - $156,506 +19% 4 $39,127   $287,970 2
2016/10/23 - $114,105 -27% 4 $28,526   $402,075 3
2016/10/24 - $43,477 -62% 4 $10,869   $445,552 4
2016/10/25 - $45,348 +4% 4 $11,337   $490,900 5
2016/10/26 - $43,921 -3% 4 $10,980   $534,821 6
2016/10/27 - $35,972 -18% 4 $8,993   $570,793 7
2016/10/28 15 $279,243 +676% 36 $7,757   $850,036 8
2016/10/29 - $321,957 +15% 36 $8,943   $1,171,993 9
2016/10/30 15 $248,914 -23% 36 $6,914   $1,420,907 10
2016/10/31 - $77,968 -69% 36 $2,166   $1,498,875 11
2016/11/01 15 $89,814 +15% 36 $2,495   $1,588,689 12
2016/11/02 14 $81,612 -9% 36 $2,267   $1,670,301 13
2016/11/03 14 $84,397 +3% 36 $2,344   $1,754,698 14
2016/11/04 11 $379,127 +349% 83 $4,568   $2,133,825 15
2016/11/05 11 $522,935 +38% 83 $6,300   $2,656,760 16
2016/11/06 11 $333,213 -36% 83 $4,015   $2,989,973 17
2016/11/07 11 $112,856 -66% 83 $1,360   $3,102,829 18
2016/11/08 14 $78,746 -30% 83 $949   $3,181,575 19
2016/11/09 11 $108,142 +37% 83 $1,303   $3,289,717 20
2016/11/11 13 $423,457   176 $2,406   $3,841,117 22
2016/11/12 14 $521,334 +23% 176 $2,962   $4,362,451 23
2016/11/13 13 $320,438 -39% 176 $1,821   $4,682,889 24
2016/11/14 12 $111,232 -65% 176 $632   $4,794,121 25
2016/11/15 12 $130,961 +18% 176 $744   $4,925,082 26
2016/11/16 12 $123,608 -6% 176 $702   $5,048,690 27
2016/11/17 10 $107,360 -13% 176 $610   $5,156,050 28
2016/11/18 11 $439,751 +310% 650 $677   $5,595,801 29
2016/11/19 11 $633,487 +44% 650 $975   $6,229,288 30
2016/11/20 10 $415,502 -34% 650 $639   $6,644,790 31
2016/11/21 11 $160,904 -61% 650 $248   $6,805,694 32
2016/11/22 10 $179,411 +12% 650 $276   $6,985,105 33
2016/11/23 14 $191,151 +7% 596 $321   $7,176,256 34
2016/11/24 - $148,640 -22% 596 $249   $7,324,896 35
2016/11/25 13 $457,746 +208% 618 $741   $7,782,642 36
2016/11/26 13 $482,510 +5% 618 $781   $8,265,152 37
2016/11/27 14 $278,958 -42% 618 $451   $8,544,110 38
2016/11/28 14 $94,214 -66% 618 $152   $8,638,324 39
2016/11/29 13 $113,271 +20% 618 $183   $8,751,595 40
2016/11/30 14 $112,138 -1% 618 $181   $8,863,733 41
2016/12/01 13 $116,623 +4% 618 $189   $8,980,356 42
2016/12/02 14 $237,633 +104% 574 $414   $9,217,989 43
2016/12/03 14 $378,954 +59% 574 $660   $9,596,943 44
2016/12/04 14 $229,230 -40% 574 $399   $9,826,173 45
2016/12/05 13 $85,815 -63% 574 $150   $9,911,988 46
2016/12/06 13 $111,560 +30% 574 $194   $10,023,548 47
2016/12/07 12 $97,057 -13% 574 $169   $10,120,605 48

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2016/10/21 19 $570,793   4 $142,698   $570,793 7
2016/10/28 16 $1,183,905 +107% 36 $32,886   $1,754,698 14
2016/11/04 11 $1,662,962 +40% 83 $20,036   $3,417,660 21
2016/11/11 13 $1,738,390 +5% 176 $9,877   $5,156,050 28
2016/11/18 13 $2,168,846 +25% 596 $3,639   $7,324,896 35
2016/11/25 14 $1,655,460 -24% 618 $2,679   $8,980,356 42

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