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Amistad (1997)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $44,212,592Details
International Box Office $14,037,559Details
Worldwide Box Office $58,250,151
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Metrics

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$40,000,000
Domestic Releases: December 12th, 1997 (Wide) by Dreamworks SKG
MPAA Rating: R for some scenes of strong brutal violence and some related nudity
Running Time: 152 minutes
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Keywords: On a Boat, Mutiny, Slavery, Courtroom Drama, Intertitle, Culture Clash, Language Barrier, Epilogue
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: DreamWorks Pictures
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankAmountChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 14th Weekend Limited Release 94 $304,866 Mar 13, 1998 94
Biggest 10th Weekend Limited Release 75 $818,699 Feb 13, 1998 66
Biggest 9th Weekend Limited Release 85 $958,728 Feb 6, 1998 59
Biggest 8th Weekend Limited Release 67 $1,383,825 Jan 30, 1998 52
Biggest 7th Weekend Limited Release 58 $1,759,880 Jan 23, 1998 45
Biggest 6th Weekend Limited Release 42 $2,679,692 Jan 16, 1998 38
Martin Luther King (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 344 $5,233,685 Jan 16, 1998 38
Martin Luther King (All Movies, 4-Day, Fri-Mon, Inflation Adjusted) 215 $6,349,565 Jan 16, 1998 38
Biggest 5th Weekend Limited Release 63 $2,688,003 Jan 9, 1998 31
Biggest 4th Weekend Limited Release 24 $4,477,454 Jan 2, 1998 24
New Year's Day (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 273 $8,744,878 Jan 2, 1998 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend Limited Release 14 $5,176,006 Dec 26, 1997 17
Christmas (All Movies, 3-Day) 263 $5,176,006 Dec 26, 1997 17
Christmas (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 242 $10,329,457 Dec 26, 1997 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend Limited Release 36 $3,280,336 Dec 19, 1997 10
Biggest Opening Weekend Limited Release 26 $4,573,523 Dec 12, 1997 3
Top 1997 Theater Average 58 $14,203 Dec 12, 1997 3

Leading Cast

   Theodore Joadson
   John Quincy Adams
   Cinque
   Baldwin

Supporting Cast

Nigel Hawthorne    Martin Van Buren
David Paymer    Secretary Forsyth
Pete Postlethwaite    Holabird
Stellan Skarsgård    Tappan
Anna Paquin    Queen Isabella
Juliette Darko    Teme
Razaaq Adoti    Yamba
Abu Bakaar Fofanah    Fala
Milian Tomas    Calderon
Chiwetel Ejiofor    Ens. Covey
Derrick N. Ashong    Buakei
Geno Silva    Ruiz
John Ortiz    Montes
Ralph Brown    Lieutenant Gedney
Darren Burrows    Lieutenant Meade
Allan Rich    Judge Juttson
Paul Guilfoyle    Attorney
Peter Firth    Captain Fitzgerald
Xander Berkeley    Hammond
Jeremy Northam    Judge Coglin
Arliss Howard    John C. Calhoun
Willie Amakye    Folowa
Luc Assogba    Gbatui
Mariah Campbell    Masery
Stephen Conteh    Morlai
Habib Conteh    Bai
Monguehy Fanzy    Fabanna
Jimmy Fotso    Kwong
Adekunle Ilori    Kahei
Sheriff Kargbo    Almamy
Saye Lah    Kessebe
Sylvestre Massaquoi    Santigiie
Samson Odede    Kpona
Chike Okpala    Sorie
Willie Onafesso    Jina
Samuel Pieh    Suuleh
Lansana Sawi    Morlu
Abu Sidique    Tsukama
El Hadj Malik Sow    Golabu
Lamine Thiam    Mahmud
Austin Pendleton    Professor Gibbs
Daniel von Bargen    Warden Pendelton
Rusty Schwimmer    Mrs. Pendelton
Pedro Armendáriz Jr.    General Espatero
Frank T. Wells    Crier
Michael Massee    Prison Guard
Roy Cooper    Pickney
Jake Weber    Mr. Wright
Victor Rivers    Captain Ferrar
Joseph Kosseh    Birmaja
Steve Passewe    Cinque's In-law
Sherly Acosta Williams    Cinque's Wife
Matt Sarles    Young Aide
George Gerdes    Marshal
Jerry Molen    Magistrate
Kevin J. O'Connor    Missionary
Robert Walsh    Guardsman
Sean McGuirk    Courier
Tony Owen    Farmer
William Young    Businessman
Micahel Riley    British Officer
Leon Singer    Don Pablo
Castulo Guerra    Spanish Priest
Harry Groener    Tecora Captain
James Hawthorne    Creole Cook
Ingrid Walters    Woman Overboard with Baby
Harry A. Blackmun    Associate Justice Joseph Story
Curtis Shields    Bassie
Charles Udoma    Kessebe
Tony Onafesso    Baa
Clarence Mobley    Kenei
Edward Appiah    Followolo
Paul Mwakutuya    Sessi
Samuel Orekhio    Fawni
Ransford Thomas    Alkali
Issac Mayanja    Sanja
Roosevelt Flenoury    Njaooni
Carlos Spivey    Chike
Andrew L. Josiah    Tamba
Peter Mansaray    Kapr
Brian Macon    Yauai
Denver Dowridge    Kpau
Rory Burton    Vakina
Omo Lara Tosin    Kula
Charlean Isata Bangalie    Margru
M. S. Kaleiwo    Kaleiwo

For a description of the different acting role types we use to categorize acting perfomances, see our Glossary.

Production and Technical Credits

   Director
David Franzoni    Written by
Steven Spielberg    Producer
Debbie Allen    Producer
Colin Wilson    Producer
Tim Shriver    Co-Producer
Walter Parks    Executive Producer
Laurie MacDonald    Executive Producer
Robert Cooper    Co-Executive Producer
Bonnie Curtis    Associate Producer
Paul Deason    Associate Producer
Janusz Kaminski    Director of Photography
Rick Carter    Production Designer
Michael Kahn    Film Editor
Ruth E. Carter    Costume Designer
Sue Moore    Costume Supervisor
John Williams    Music by
Victoria Thomas    Casting
Priscilla John    Casting (UK and Africa)
Sergio Mimica-Gezzan    Assistant Director
Paul Deason    Unit Production Manager
Chris Burian-Mohr    Art Director
Jim Teegarden    Art Director
Tony Fanning    Art Director
Rosemary Brandenberg    Set Decorator
Ve Neill    Makeup
Ronald Judkins    Production Sound Mixer
Robert Jackson    Production Sound Mixer
Andy Nelson    Re-recording Mixer
Anna Behlmer    Re-recording Mixer
Shawn Murphy    Re-recording Mixer
Charles L. Campbell    Supervising Sound Editor
Louis L. Edemann    Supervising Sound Editor
Rick Franklin    Sound Editor
Jeffrey A. Clark    Sound Editor
*    Sound Editor
Edward Fassl    Sound Editor
Leonard T. Geschke    Sound Editor
Doug Jackson    Sound Editor
Gary Krivacek    Sound Editor
Chuck Neely    Sound Editor
Howard S. M. Neiman    Sound Editor
Bruce Richardson    Sound Editor
Ken Wannberg    Music Editor
Robert L. Stevenson    Hairstylist (Key)
Deena Adair    Hairstylist (Morgan Freeman)
Chrissie Beveridge    Makeup and Hair (Anthony Hopkins)
M. James Arnett    Stunt Coordinator
Easton Smith    Set Designer

The bold credits above the line are the "above-the-line" credits, the other the "below-the-line" credits.

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records


Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
1997/12/12 5 $4,573,523   322 $14,203   $4,661,866 1
1997/12/19 8 $3,280,336 -28% 480 $6,834   $9,674,595 2
1997/12/26 11 $5,176,006 +58% 712 $7,270   $17,768,155 3
1998/01/02 7 $4,477,454 -13% 726 $6,167   $26,714,127 4
1998/01/09 10 $2,688,003 -40% 773 $3,477   $30,797,832 5
1998/01/16 10 $2,679,692 n/c 1,001 $2,677   $34,461,000 6
1998/01/23 12 $1,759,880 -34% 1,019 $1,727   $37,414,589 7
1998/01/30 14 $1,383,825 -21% 908 $1,524   $39,472,352 8
1998/02/06 16 $958,728 -31% 818 $1,172   $40,860,661 9
1998/02/13 18 $818,699 -15% 801 $1,022   $42,005,754 10
1998/02/20 18 $412,888 -50% 601 $687   $42,606,630 11
1998/02/27 25 $252,201 -39% 401 $629   $43,011,294 12
1998/03/06 40 $114,550 -55% 226 $507   $43,222,082 13
1998/03/13 26 $304,866 +166% 570 $535   $43,571,219 14
1998/03/20 28 $213,748 -30% 426 $502   $43,935,837 15
1998/03/27 41 $73,319 -66% 317 $231   $44,107,804 16
1998/04/03 61 $27,655 -62% 169 $164   $44,175,394 17

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1997/12/12 4 $1,385,000   322 $4,301   $1,385,000 1
1997/12/13 5 $1,835,000 +32% 322 $5,699   $1,835,000 2
1997/12/14 5 $1,375,000 -25% 322 $4,270   $4,662,000 3
1997/12/15 2 $432,173 -69% 322 $1,342   $5,094,039 4
1997/12/16 2 $438,960 +2% 322 $1,363   $5,532,999 5
1997/12/17 2 $428,131 -2% 322 $1,330   $5,961,130 6
1997/12/19 7 $935,000   480 $1,948   $0 8
1997/12/21 10 $0   480 $0   $9,674,595 10
1997/12/22 7 $568,266   480 $1,184   $10,242,861 11
1997/12/23 8 $585,000 +3% 480 $1,219   $10,818,000 12
1997/12/24 6 $450,000 -23% 480 $938   $11,289,000 13
1997/12/25 10 $1,260,000 +180% 480 $2,625   $12,554,000 14
1998/01/01 8 $1,585,000   712 $2,226   $22,211,000 21
1998/01/02 10 $1,610,000 +2% 712 $2,261   $23,821,000 22
1998/01/03 8 $1,820,000 +13% 712 $2,556   $25,641,000 23
1998/01/04 7 $1,041,000 -43% 726 $1,434   $26,714,127 24
1998/01/05 6 $359,896 -65% 726 $496   $27,074,023 25
1998/01/06 6 $370,842 +3% 726 $511   $27,444,865 26
1998/01/07 6 $333,470 -10% 726 $459   $27,778,315 27
1998/01/08 6 $330,494 -1% 726 $455   $28,109,829 28
1998/01/09 10 $720,000 +118% 773 $931   $28,830,000 29
1998/01/10 10 $1,315,000 +83% 773 $1,701   $30,150,000 30
1998/01/11 10 $652,000 -50% 773 $843   $30,797,832 31
1998/01/12 9 $201,994 -69% 773 $261   $30,999,826 32
1998/01/13 9 $249,342 +23% 773 $323   $31,249,158 33
1998/01/14 8 $218,523 -12% 773 $283   $31,467,690 34
1998/01/15 9 $223,618 +2% 773 $289   $31,691,308 35
1998/01/16 10 $670,000 +200% 1,001 $669   $32,361,000 36
1998/01/17 10 $1,210,000 +81% 1,001 $1,209   $33,571,000 37
1998/01/18 10 $890,000 -26% 1,001 $889   $34,461,000 38
1998/01/19 11 $571,339 -36% 1,001 $571   $35,032,339 39
1998/01/20 10 $225,227 -61% 1,001 $225   $35,257,566 40
1998/01/21 9 $197,850 -12% 1,001 $198   $35,455,416 41

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
1997/12/12 4 $6,305,916   322 $19,584   $6,394,259 1
1997/12/19 7 $6,197,890 -2% 480 $12,912   $12,592,149 2
1997/12/26 10 $9,644,524 +56% 712 $13,546   $22,236,673 3
1998/01/02 10 $5,873,156 -39% 726 $8,090   $28,109,829 4
1998/01/09 10 $3,581,479 -39% 773 $4,633   $31,691,308 5
1998/01/16 11 $3,963,401 +11% 1,001 $3,959   $35,654,709 6
1998/01/23 11 $2,433,818 -39% 1,019 $2,388   $38,088,527 7
1998/01/30 13 $1,813,406 -25% 908 $1,997   $39,901,933 8
1998/02/06 15 $1,285,122 -29% 818 $1,571   $41,187,055 9
1998/02/13 18 $1,006,687 -22% 801 $1,257   $42,193,742 10
1998/02/20 18 $565,351 -44% 601 $941   $42,759,093 11
1998/02/27 26 $348,439 -38% 401 $869   $43,107,532 12
1998/03/06 40 $158,821 -54% 226 $703   $43,266,353 13
1998/03/13 26 $455,736 +187% 570 $800   $43,722,089 14
1998/03/20 28 $312,396 -31% 426 $733   $44,034,485 15
1998/03/27 38 $113,254 -64% 317 $357   $44,147,739 16

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Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records



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