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Pele: Birth of a Legend (2016)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $49,979Details
International Box Office $2,270,325Details
Worldwide Box Office $2,320,304
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $33,231 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $33,231
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  6. Full Financials
  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer


The miraculous story of the legendary soccer player’s rise to glory from a young boy, to the 17 year old who scored the winning goal in Brazil’s first ever World Cup victory in 1958. From a life full of disadvantages and an impoverished youth in Brazil, Pelé used his unorthodox yet authentic style of play and his unbeatable spirit to overcome all odds, find greatness and inspire a country that he changed forever.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics RottenAudience Upright
23% - Rotten
71% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: May 13th, 2016 (Limited) by IFC Films
International Releases: May 26th, 2016 (Wide), released as Pelé (Italy)
July 22nd, 2016 (Limited), released as Pelé: O Nascimento de uma Lenda (Portugal)
July 29th, 2016 (Wide) (Russia (CIS))
September 30th, 2016 (Wide), released as Pele: Bir Efsanenin Doğuşu (Turkey)
December 30th, 2016 (Wide) (Spain)
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Video Release: September 20th, 2016 by IFC Video
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, some smoking and language.
(Rating bulletin 2420 (Cert #50184), 4/13/2016)
Running Time: 107 minutes
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Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Imagine Entertainment, Seine Pictures, Legends 10
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,842 $5,453 May 27, 2016 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,610 $17,123 May 20, 2016 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 9,805 $7,226 May 13, 2016 3


Mariana Nunes    Celeste
Diego Boneta    Jose
Vincent D'Onofrio    Coach Feola
Rodrigo Santoro    Brazilian Announcer
Kevin De Paula Rosa    Dico (15-17 years old)
Leonardo Lima Carvalho    Dico (9 years old)
Nathan Alves Rosseto    Thiago (9 years old)
Rafael Henrique De Souza Reuther    Yuri (10 years old)
Marcus Vinicius Cerqueira De Souza    Fofinho (10 years old)

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Jeff Zimbalist
Screenwriter    Michael Zimbalist
Producer    Brian Grazer
Producer    Colin Wilson
Producer    Ivan Orlic
Producer    Kim Roth
Executive Producer    Michael Rosenberg
Director of Photography    Matthew Libatique
Composer    AR Rahman

Home Market Releases for September 20th, 2016

September 20th, 2016


It is not a great week on the home market, as the biggest release is Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary. I’m still waiting for the screener, but I fear there will be less extras this time around. Modern Family: Season Seven was also a contender for Pick of the Week, but the light extras prevents it from earning that title. That leaves Labyrinth: 30th Anniversary Edition as the best of the week. More...

Theater Averages: The Lobster has Tasty Opening of $47,563

May 17th, 2016

The Lobster

The Lobster had the best theater average of any film opening in 2016 earning an average of $47,563 in four theaters. It beat the previous record set by Captain America: Civil War, a record that lasted all of one week. The second best theater average of the week was pulled in by Love and Friendship with an average of $33,378, also in four theaters. Captain America: Civil War remained in the $10,000 club with an average of $17,188. The final film in the $10,000 club was Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero, which managed $15,215 in 4 theaters. More...

Limited and VOD Releases: Limited Releases Served with Drawn Butter

May 13th, 2016

The Lobster

It's a relatively good week for limited releases with several that are earning excellent reviews. Of these, The Lobster is the one I think will do the best at the box office. Kill Zone 2, Love & Friendship, and some others are also earning excellent reviews, but are playing in VOD. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2016/05/13 68 $7,226   3 $2,409   $7,226 3
2016/05/20 53 $17,123 +137% 19 $901   $27,312 10
2016/05/27 56 $5,453 -68% 11 $496   $40,073 17

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2016/05/13 74 $10,189   3 $3,396   $10,189 7
2016/05/20 54 $24,431 +140% 19 $1,286   $34,620 14
2016/05/27 62 $10,664 -56% 11 $969   $45,684 21
2016/06/03 73 $4,695 -56% 7 $671   $49,979 28

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Italy 5/26/2016 $618,347 0 0 0 $2,139,775 6/29/2016
Portugal 7/22/2016 $3,061 7 8 15 $6,210 8/3/2016
Russia (CIS) 7/29/2016 $49,089 202 202 392 $90,698 8/10/2016
Spain 12/30/2016 $5,294 29 29 39 $13,042 1/17/2017
Turkey 9/30/2016 $10,001 60 60 73 $20,600 10/12/2016
International Total$2,270,325 1/17/2017

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