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The Watermelon Woman (1997)

The Watermelon Woman
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $42,735Details
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  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Cast & Crew
  6. Trailer

Synopsis

Cheryl is a twenty-something black lesbian working as a clerk in a video store while struggling to make a documentary about Fae Richards, an obscure black actress from the 1930’s. Cheryl is surprised to discover that Richards (known popularly as “the Watermelon Woman”) had a white lesbian lover. At the same time, Cheryl falls in love with a very cute white customer at the video store.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Spilled
Critics
100% - Fresh
Audience
55% - Spilled

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$300,000
Domestic Releases: March 5th, 1997 (Limited) by First Run Features
November 10th, 2016 (Limited) by First Run Features
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 85 minutes
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Keywords: African-American, LGBT, Romance, Interracial Romance, Documentarian, Directing Yourself, Screenplay Written By the Star
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Dancing Girl, The Effects House
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,409 $1,819 Apr 25, 1997 54
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,493 $450 Apr 4, 1997 33
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,875 $7,133 Mar 28, 1997 26
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 8,255 $8,804 Mar 14, 1997 12
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 9,426 $8,936 Mar 7, 1997 5

Cast

   Cheryl
   Diana
Valarie Walker    Tamara
Cheryl Clarke    Shirley
Sarah Schulman    CLIT Archivist
Camille Paglia    Herself
Brian Freeman    Lee
Irene Dunye    Mrs. Dunye
Lisa Marie Bronson    Fae Richards/The Watermelon Woman
V.S. Brodie    Karaoke Singer

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    Cheryl Dunye
Screenwriter    Doug McKeown
Producer    Alexandra Juhasz
Producer    Barry Swimar
Producer    Zoe Leonard
Executive Producer    Michael Light
Production Designer    Robert Holtzman
Editor    Cheryl Dunye
Composer    Paul Shapiro
Cinematographer    Michelle Crenshaw

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1997/03/07 61 $8,936   1 $8,936   $11,131 5
1997/03/14 61 $8,804 -1% 12 $734   $23,498 12
1997/03/28 61 $7,133   26 $274   $33,772 26
1997/04/04 61 $450 -94% 33 $14   $38,685 33
1997/04/25 61 $1,819   54 $34   $40,746 54
2016/11/11 94 $774   1 $774   $42,210 7,194

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1997/03/07 0 $12,499   1 $12,499   $14,694 9
1997/03/28 0 $11,596   26 $446   $38,235 30
2016/11/04 107 $690   1 $690   $41,436 7,191
2016/11/11 103 $1,299 +88% 1 $1,299   $42,735 7,198