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Moonlight (2016)

Moonlight
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $15,192,382Details
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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

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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)
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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 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 183 $1,096,097 Jan 13, 2017 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 639 $321,614 Jan 6, 2017 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 814 $311,441 Dec 30, 2016 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,315 $223,266 Dec 23, 2016 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,169 $378,081 Dec 16, 2016 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,185 $543,585 Dec 9, 2016 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,268 $845,817 Dec 2, 2016 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,439 $1,219,214 Nov 25, 2016 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,803 $1,488,740 Nov 18, 2016 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,730 $1,265,229 Nov 11, 2016 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,473 $1,235,275 Nov 4, 2016 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,320 $850,114 Oct 28, 2016 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,037 $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

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...

2016 - Awards Season: Golden Globes - Winners - La La Lands on Top

January 8th, 2017

La La Land

The first major awards night was Sunday with the Golden Globes being handed out. La La Land led the way with seven wins, winning in every category it was nominated in. This is great news for its Oscar chances, but there’s already backlash building. More...

2016 - Awards Season: WGA - Nominations

January 4th, 2017

Hidden Figures

The Writers Guild of America is the latest group nominees to be announced. There are a lot of categories that WGA hand out awards, but only three of them are theatrical releases. The list of nominees include several major Awards Season players, like Hidden Figures, but there are also some surprises. 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...

Friday Estimates: Office Party Gets off to a Wild Start with $6.6 million

December 10th, 2016

Office Christmas Party

As expected, Office Christmas Party earned first place on Friday with $6.6 million. Its reviews have settled at 44% positive, which is lower than you would like, but fine for this type of release. Likewise, it earned a B from CinemaScore. Neither figure will help its legs, but neither will really hurt them either. By comparison, The Night Before earned $3.56 million during its opening day on its way to a $9.88 million opening weekend. If Office Christmas Party has the same internal multiplier, then it will earn $18.3 million this weekend. However, The Night Before earned 66% positive reviews and an A- from CinemaScore. Office Christmas Party’s weaker performances with critics and audiences will likely result in a lower legs and an opening weekend of just over $17 million. More...

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
2016/12/09 18 $543,585 -36% 449 $1,211   $10,758,335 52
2016/12/16 17 $378,081 -30% 305 $1,240   $11,479,756 59
2016/12/23 22 $223,266 -41% 124 $1,801   $11,957,075 66
2016/12/30 21 $311,441 +39% 137 $2,273   $12,609,767 73
2017/01/06 22 $321,614 +3% 135 $2,382   $13,225,874 80
2017/01/13 19 $1,096,097 +241% 582 $1,883   $14,594,856 87

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 14 $85,815 -63% 574 $150   $9,911,988 46
2016/12/06 14 $111,560 +30% 574 $194   $10,023,548 47
2016/12/07 13 $97,057 -13% 574 $169   $10,120,605 48
2016/12/08 13 $94,145 -3% 574 $164   $10,214,750 49
2016/12/09 - $145,144 +54% 449 $323   $10,359,894 50
2016/12/10 - $237,060 +63% 449 $528   $10,596,954 51
2016/12/11 - $161,381 -32% 449 $359   $10,758,335 52
2016/12/12 - $75,849 -53% 449 $169   $10,834,184 53
2016/12/13 15 $103,155 +36% 449 $230   $10,937,339 54
2016/12/14 14 $91,808 -11% 449 $204   $11,029,147 55
2016/12/15 14 $72,528 -21% 449 $162   $11,101,675 56
2016/12/16 - $96,726 +33% 305 $317   $11,198,401 57
2016/12/17 - $157,176 +62% 305 $515   $11,355,577 58
2016/12/18 - $124,179 -21% 305 $407   $11,479,756 59
2016/12/19 - $70,782 -43% 305 $232   $11,550,538 60
2016/12/20 - $65,119 -8% 305 $214   $11,615,657 61
2016/12/21 - $56,532 -13% 159 $356   $11,672,189 62
2016/12/22 - $61,620 +9% 159 $388   $11,733,809 63
2016/12/23 - $88,091 +43% 124 $710   $11,821,900 64
2016/12/24 - $59,851 -32% 124 $483   $11,881,751 65
2016/12/25 - $75,324 +26% 124 $607   $11,957,075 66
2016/12/26 - $91,337 +21% 124 $737   $12,048,412 67
2016/12/27 - $82,203 -10% 124 $663   $12,130,615 68
2016/12/28 - $83,025 +1% 124 $670   $12,213,640 69
2016/12/29 - $84,686 +2% 124 $683   $12,298,326 70
2016/12/30 - $111,526 +32% 137 $814   $12,409,852 71
2016/12/31 - $79,246 -29% 137 $578   $12,489,098 72
2017/01/01 - $120,669 +52% 137 $881   $12,609,767 73
2017/01/02 - $117,049 -3% 137 $854   $12,726,816 74
2017/01/03 - $58,184 -50% 137 $425   $12,785,000 75
2017/01/04 - $59,930 +3% 137 $437   $12,844,930 76
2017/01/05 - $59,330 -1% 137 $433   $12,904,260 77
2017/01/06 - $86,385 +46% 135 $640   $12,990,645 78
2017/01/07 - $133,468 +55% 135 $989   $13,124,113 79
2017/01/08 - $101,761 -24% 135 $754   $13,225,874 80
2017/01/09 - $65,127 -36% 135 $482   $13,291,001 81
2017/01/10 - $69,383 +7% 135 $514   $13,360,384 82
2017/01/11 - $67,831 -2% 135 $502   $13,428,215 83
2017/01/12 - $70,544 +4% 135 $523   $13,498,759 84
2017/01/13 - $291,656 +313% 582 $501   $13,790,415 85
2017/01/14 - $443,796 +52% 582 $763   $14,234,211 86
2017/01/15 - $360,645 -19% 582 $620   $14,594,856 87
2017/01/16 - $267,706 -26% 582 $460   $14,862,562 88
2017/01/17 - $120,468 -55% 582 $207   $14,983,030 89
2017/01/18 - $109,626 -9% 582 $188   $15,092,656 90
2017/01/19 - $99,726 -9% 582 $171   $15,192,382 91

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
2016/12/02 14 $1,234,394 -25% 574 $2,151   $10,214,750 49
2016/12/09 18 $886,925 -28% 449 $1,975   $11,101,675 56
2016/12/16 21 $632,134 -29% 159 $3,976   $11,733,809 63
2016/12/23 21 $564,517 -11% 124 $4,553   $12,298,326 70
2016/12/30 21 $605,934 +7% 137 $4,423   $12,904,260 77
2017/01/06 21 $594,499 -2% 135 $4,404   $13,498,759 84
2017/01/13 18 $1,693,623 +185% 582 $2,910   $15,192,382 91

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