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The Watermelon Woman (1997)

The Watermelon Woman
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $42,735Details
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  3. Box Office
  4. International
  5. Video Sales
  6. Cast & Crew
  7. 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

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

RecordRankAmount
All Time Domestic Box Office 11,861 $42,735
All Time Worldwide Box Office 14,807 $42,735
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies 4,687 $42,735

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.


Movie Details

Production Budget:$300,000
Domestic Releases: March 5th, 1997 (Limited) by First Run Features
November 10th, 2016 (Limited) by First Run Features
Video Release: May 9th, 2000 by First Run Home
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 85 minutes
Comparisons: vs. Nothing But a Man
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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

RecordRankAmountChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest Domestic 8th Weekend 5,469 $1,819 Apr 25, 1997 54
Biggest 8th Weekend Limited Release 2,346 $1,819 Apr 25, 1997 54
Theater Average 8th Weekend Limited Release 2,868 $34 Apr 25, 1997 54
Biggest Domestic 5th Weekend 7,590 $450 Apr 4, 1997 33
Biggest 5th Weekend Limited Release 3,536 $450 Apr 4, 1997 33
Theater Average 5th Weekend Limited Release 3,681 $14 Apr 4, 1997 33
Biggest Domestic 4th Weekend 6,957 $7,133 Mar 28, 1997 26
Biggest 4th Weekend Limited Release 2,747 $7,133 Mar 28, 1997 26
Theater Average 4th Weekend Limited Release 3,920 $274 Mar 28, 1997 26
Biggest Domestic 2nd Weekend 8,351 $8,804 Mar 14, 1997 12
Biggest 2nd Weekend Limited Release 3,621 $8,804 Mar 14, 1997 12
Theater Average 2nd Weekend Limited Release 4,777 $734 Mar 14, 1997 12
Biggest Domestic Opening Weekend 9,525 $8,936 Mar 7, 1997 5
Biggest Opening Weekend Limited Release 4,579 $8,936 Mar 7, 1997 5
Theater Average Opening Weekend Limited Release 1,650 $8,936 Mar 7, 1997 5
Theater Average Limited Release 2,775 $8,936 Mar 7, 1997 5
Top 1997 Theater Average Limited Release 84 $8,936 Mar 7, 1997 5
Never Wide Domestic 5,705 $42,735 Mar 5, 1997 0
Never No. 1 Domestic 9,172 $42,735 Mar 5, 1997 0
Widest Expansion Limited Release 1,107 53 Mar 5, 1997 0

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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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records


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 96 $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
2016/11/04 111 $690   1 $690   $41,436 7,191
2016/11/11 108 $1,299 +88% 1 $1,299   $42,735 7,198