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The Watermelon Woman (1997)

The Watermelon Woman
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $42,735Details
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  2. News
  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 (Rank 11,901-12,000) 11,993 $42,735
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 15,201-15,300) 15,284 $42,735
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 4,701-4,800) 4,774 $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
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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
Top 1997 Theater Average Limited Release 84 $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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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