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The Birth of a Nation (2016)

The Birth of a Nation
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $15,861,566Details
International Box Office $986,313Details
Worldwide Box Office $16,847,879
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $1,159,424 Details
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $984,395 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $2,143,819
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  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. International
  5. Video Sales
  6. Full Financials
  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer


Follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities—against himself and his fellow slaves—Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.


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Movie Details

Production Budget:$10,000,000
Domestic Releases: October 7th, 2016 (Wide) by Fox Searchlight
International Releases: December 9th, 2016 (Wide) (United Kingdom)
February 17th, 2017 (Wide) (Spain)
September 8th, 2017 (Wide) (Turkey)
Video Release: December 20th, 2016 by Fox Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for disturbing violent content, and some brief nudity.
(Rating bulletin 2417 (Cert #50204), 3/23/2016)
Running Time: 118 minutes
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Keywords: Slavery, Revolution, 1800s, Virginia, African-American, Religious
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Bron Studios, Phantom Four, Mandalay Pictures, Tiny Giant Productions, Follow Through Productions, Creative Wealth Media Finance, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Novofam Productions, Infinity Entertainment, Oster Media, Point Made Films, Juniper Productions, Argent Pictures, Hit 55 Ventures, TSG Entertainment
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Columbus Day (All Movies, 3-Day) 117 $7,004,254 Oct 7, 2016 3
Columbus Day (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 192 $7,322,629 Oct 7, 2016 3
Columbus Day (All Movies, 4-Day, Fri-Mon) 96 $7,957,020 Oct 7, 2016 3
Columbus Day (All Movies, 4-Day, Fri-Mon, Inflation Adjusted) 118 $8,318,703 Oct 7, 2016 3
Columbus Day (Opening, 3-Day) 57 $7,004,254 Oct 7, 2016 3
Columbus Day (Opening, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 82 $7,322,629 Oct 7, 2016 3
Columbus Day (Opening, 4-Day, Fri-Mon) 44 $7,957,020 Oct 7, 2016 3
Columbus Day (Opening, 4-Day, Fri-Mon, Inflation Adjusted) 53 $8,318,703 Oct 7, 2016 3

Leading Cast

   Nat Turner

Supporting Cast

Armie Hammer    Samuel Turner
Mark Boone Jr.    Reverend Zalthall
Colman Domingo    Hark
Aunjanue Ellis    Nancy
Dwight Henry    Isaac Turner
Aja Naomi King    Cherry
Esther Scott    Bridget
Roger Guenveur Smith    Isaiah
Gabrielle Union    Esther
Penelope Ann Miller    Elizabeth Turner
Jackie Earle Haley    Raymond Cobb
Tony Espinosa    Young Nat Turner
Jayson Warner Smith    Earl Fowler
Jason Stuart    Joseph Randall
Chike Okonkwo    Will
Katie Garfield    Catherine Turner
Kai Norris    Jasper
Chris Greene    Nelson
Kelvin Harrison Jr    Simon
Steve Coulter    General Childs
Jeryl Prescott*    Janice
Justin Randell Brooke    Guiles Reese
Dominic Bogart    Hank Fowler
Justin M. Smith    Jethro
Allen Scott    Abner
Aiden Flowers    Young John Clarke
Dane Davenport    John Clarke
Ryan Mulkay    Jesse
Danny Vinson    Benjamin Turner
Tom Proctor    E.T. Brantley
Dan Cox    Sheriff
Brad Schmidt    Lieutenant Akers
Mark McCullough    White Man
Chief Olaitan    Ezekiel
Coletrane Williams    Rebel Boy #1
Elijah C. Walker    Rebel Boy #2
Alkoya Brunson    Young Hark
Hank Stone    Slave Driver
Cullen Moss    Man
Gabriela Novogratz    Woman
Griffin Freeman    Young Samuel Turner
Courtney Julien    Rebel Slave #1
Tim McAdams    Rebel Slave #2
Todd Terry    Rebel Slave #3
David Andrew Nash    Rebel Slave #4
Jaye Tyroff    Armed White #1
David Lord    Armed White #2
Scott Loeser    Armed White #3
Greg Sproles    Armed White #4
Andy Martin    White Townsman
Kemuel Crossty    Rebel Man

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

Production and Technical Credits

Nate Parker    Screenwriter
Nate Parker    Story by
Jean McGianni Celestin    Story by
Aaron L. Gilbert    Producer
Nate Parker    Producer
Kevin Turen    Producer
Jason Michael Berman    Producer
Preston Holmes    Producer
David S. Goyer    Executive Producer
Mike Novogratz    Executive Producer
Michael Finley    Executive Producer
Tony Parker    Executive Producer
Jason Cloth    Executive Producer
Jane Oster    Executive Producer
Andy Pollack    Executive Producer
Allan J. Stitt    Executive Producer
Barb Lee    Executive Producer
Carl H. Lindner III    Executive Producer
Derrick Brooks    Executive Producer
Jill Ahrens    Executive Producer
Ryan Ahrens    Executive Producer
Armin Tehrany    Executive Producer
Edward Zwick    Executive Producer
Mark Moran    Executive Producer
Elliot Davis    Director of Photography
Geoffrey Kirkland    Production Designer
Steven Rosenblum    Editor
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck    Costume Designer
Henry Jackman    Composer
John Raymonds    Co-Executive Producer
Brenda Gilbert    Co-Executive Producer
Steven Thibault    Co-Executive Producer
Lori Massini    Co-Executive Producer
Zak Tanjeloff    Co-Producer
Matthew Lindner    Co-Producer
Harrison Kreiss    Co-Producer
Ike Waldhaus    Co-Producer
Benjamin Renzo    Co-Producer
George A. Loucas    Visual Effects Supervisor
Mary Vernieu    Casting Director
Michelle Wade Byrd    Casting Director
Mark Moran    Unit Production Manager
Tomas Deckaj    First Assistant Director
Mark C. Stevens    Second Assistant Director
Guss Williams    Stunt Coordinator
Dan McClure    Associate Producer
Joe Hutshing    Additional Editor
Caroline Connor    Production Supervisor
Renetta G. Amador    Script Supervisor
Whitney Ince    Sound Mixer
Jack Ballance    Art Director
Jim Ferrell    Set Decorator
Jessica Fasman    Costume Supervisor
Douglas Noe    Make up
Dionne Wynn    Make up
Andrea C. Brotherton    Hairstylist
Talya R. Melvey    Hairstylist
Heath Hood    Special Effects Supervisor
Trey Gordon    Special Effects Coordinator
Raymond Talley    Special Effects Coordinator
Thompson Conrade    Special Effects Coordinator
Laura Bryant    Location Manager
Tomas Deckaj    Second Unit Director
Dan Voltz    Post-Production Supervisor
David McKimmie    Post-Production Supervisor
Cindy Thornton    Assistant Editor
Pablo Prietto    Assistant Editor
Sherwood Jones    Assistant Editor
David Bilow    Assistant Editor
Sam Restivo    Assistant Editor
Joshua Spivack    Visual Effects Producer
Mac Smith    Supervising Sound Editor
Craig Henighan    Supervising Sound Editor
Mac Smith    Sound Designer
Brandon Proctor    Supervising Sound Designer
Brandon Proctor    Re-recording Mixer
Zach Martin    Re-recording Mixer
Craig Henighan    Re-recording Mixer
Dug Winningham    Sound Effects Editor
Erik Foreman    Dialogue Editor
Dustin Capulong    Assistant Re-Recording Mixer
Pietu Korhonen    Foley Mixer
Tim Gomillion    Recordist
Michael Bauer    Music Editor
Daniel Pinder    Music Editor
Jack Dolman    Music Editor
Henry Jackman    Score Producer
Anthony Willis    Additional Music

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

2016 - Awards Season: DGA - Nominations

January 12th, 2017


The last of the Directors Guild of America nominations were announced and the Oscars are really shaping up to be a one-movie show. That movie is Deadpool. I’m joking of course, but it did get yet another nomination. At this point, it could earn a Best Picture Oscar nomination and I wouldn’t be surprised. The film that is dominating Awards Season is La La Land and frankly I’ve lost count of the number of nominations it has received. More...

Home Market Releases for January 10th, 2017

January 9th, 2017

His Girl Friday

There’s a lull in the quality and quantity of releases on the home market, one that will continue until the holiday releases start coming out. That’s not to say there are no releases worth picking up. Under the Shadow is an amazing horror film and the DVD is a Contender for Pick of the Week. However, the winner of that honor is The Criterion Collection release for His Girl Friday oni Blu-ray. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Accountant Wins with $24.71 million, but 2016 Goes Further in Debt

October 18th, 2016

The Accountant

The weekend box office was not good. The Accountant did beat expectations with $24.71 million, but the other wide releases missed expectations. As a result, the box office fell 6% from last weekend to $97 million. The weekend box office should never be below $100 million, outside of a few dead zones during the year. We’ve been below that mark too frequently this year. Worse still, this is 18% lower than the same weekend last year. Year-to-date, 2016 still has a substantial lead over 2015 at $8.78 billion to $8.43 billion. However, we are nearing the $325 million mark where we have reason to panic. Remember, The Force Awakens earned $650 million during 2015 and Rogue One is only expected to earn half that much this year. We need to maintain a lead that large, or else 2016 will likely lose in the year-over-year comparison in the end. More...

Weekend Estimates: The Accountant Pencils in $24.71 Million Weekend

October 16th, 2016

The Accountant

As expected, The Accountant will be the comfortable winner at the box office this weekend, with Warner Bros. projecting a $24.71 million debut for the thriller. That’s almost identical to the opening enjoyed by The Girl on the Train last weekend, and about average for Ben Affleck. His previous Fall outings all opened in somewhat the same vicinity: Gone Girl hit $37.5 million on opening weekend in 2014; Argo posted $19.5 million in 2012, ahead of a very fruitful box office run and eventual Best Picture award; The Town started out with $23.8 million in 2010. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Only Girl isn’t a Train Wreck earning $24.54 million

October 11th, 2016

The Girl on the Train

Over the weekend was Columbus Day, or as it is known in more and more places, Indigenous People’s Day. It’s also Thanksgiving Day up here in Canada and it would make more sense for Americans to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving than Columbus Day. Canadian Thanksgiving is where you give thanks to all the Canadians that make your life better. For example, both Ryan Gosling and Ryan Reynolds are Canadian. Anyhoo... The weekend box office numbers were not buoyed by the semi-holiday on Monday as none of the new releases matched expectations. The Girl on the Train led the way by a wide margin with $24.54 million compared to $15.14 million for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Neither The Birth of a Nation nor Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life made it into the top five. The overall box office fell 9.5% from last weekend dropping to $103 million. That was 13% lower than the same weekend last year. Year-to-date, 2016 has earned $8.64 billion, putting it 4.4% / $370 million ahead of 2015. A couple of more weeks like this and we will have reason to hit the panic button. More...

Weekend Estimates: Girl on Train Pulls Out of Station with $24.6 Million

October 9th, 2016

The Girl on the Train

New releases are battling headwinds to make progress at the box office this weekend. The current political frenzy, and the lingering effects of Hurricane Matthew have both dragged down ticket sales, but one film has come out relatively unscathed. Going into the weekend, we had The Girl on the Train pegged at a $27 million opening. In the event, it will start with $24.7 million, according to Universal’s Sunday morning projection. Things are less rosy for the other two debutants. More...

Thursday Night Previews: Girl Won’t Be Gone after Earning $1.23 million

October 7th, 2016

The Birth of a Nation

The Girl on the Train got off to a good start with $1.23 million during its previews last night. This is essentially the same as Gone Girl managed during its previews back in 2014. Gone Girl earned a reported $1.2 million, so it could have been between $1.15 million to $1.24 million. Unfortunately for The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl’s reviews were stellar, while this film is earning mixed reviews. It won’t have the same legs, but this start does mean $30 million is a lot more likely than it was on Thursday’s predictions. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Girl be the Rebirth of the Box Office?

October 6th, 2016

The Girl on the Train

October begins with a trio of wide releases, led by The Girl on the Train. The film’s reviews are mixed, which is not ideal, but also not fatal. The Birth of a Nation was looking to become an Awards Season player, but its reviews are not quite at that level. Finally there’s Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life. There are still no reviews and the buzz is as quiet as you can get for a wide release. This weekend last year, the only wide release was Pan and it bombed hard. However, The Martian remained on top with $37.01 million over the weekend. There’s almost no way The Girl on the Train will match that and last year had better depth as well. 2016’s slump will continue. More...

2016 Preview: October

October 1st, 2016

The Girl on the Train

September is over and we should all be glad about that. Unless the final weekend brings a surprise $100 million hit or two, 2016’s lead over 2015 will shrink over the month. There were some bright spots, most notably Sully, which will be the biggest hit of the month. On the other hand, we had more outright bombs than even midlevel hits. Sadly, October isn’t much better. There are a couple of films that could be $100 million hits, but most of the films will struggle to become midlevel hits. Both Inferno and The Girl on the Train are aiming for $100 million. One of them might get there too. If both get there, then October will be seen as a success. By comparison, last October was led by The Martian; however, because of a misalignment in the calendar, The Martian’s opening weekend actually lines up with the final weekend in September. It had great legs, so that will help 2015 early in the month, but the rest of the month was terrible last year and I think 2016 will come out ahead as a result. More...

Contest: Demon Night

September 30th, 2016

The Girl on the Train

I’m fairly certain The Girl on the Train will top the chart next weekend, as neither The Birth of a Nation nor Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life are expected to be anything more than midlevel hits. Because of that, The Girl on the Train is the obvious choice for the target film in this week's Box Office Prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for The Girl on the Train.

I was planning on starting the Trick or Treat contests this week; however, that plan lasted about 24 hours, as I checked my mail and found five copies of The Neon Demon on Blu-ray. I will be reviewing one and over the next two weeks I will be giving away the other four. The Neon Demon is technically a psychological horror movie, so it fits with the Halloween theme.

Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win either one of two “Treat” prizes, a copy of The Neon Demon on Blu-ray, or the “Trick” prize, a really bad movie that I’ve previously reviewed. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will also win win either one of two “Treat” prizes, a copy of The Neon Demon on Blu-ray, or the “Trick” prize, a really bad movie that I’ve previously reviewed. Finally, we will be choosing an entrant from the group of people who haven't won, or haven't won recently, and they will also win either one of two “Treat” prizes, a copy of The Neon Demon on Blu-ray, or the “Trick” prize, a really bad movie that I’ve previously reviewed.

Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2016/10/07 6 $7,004,254   2,105 $3,327   $7,004,254 1
2016/10/14 10 $2,747,601 -61% 2,105 $1,305   $12,275,735 2
2016/10/21 16 $907,974 -67% 633 $1,434   $14,173,155 3
2016/10/28 18 $557,021 -39% 404 $1,379   $15,084,172 4
2016/11/04 24 $260,116 -53% 197 $1,320   $15,572,307 5
2016/11/11 37 $88,719 -66% 107 $829   $15,764,927 6
2016/11/18 51 $23,507 -74% 44 $534   $15,827,279 7
2016/11/25 57 $10,898 -54% 15 $727   $15,849,340 8
2016/12/02 69 $4,386 -60% 11 $399   $15,858,754 9

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2016/10/07 4 $2,619,859   2,105 $1,245   $2,619,859 1
2016/10/08 7 $2,674,389 +2% 2,105 $1,270   $5,294,248 2
2016/10/09 7 $1,710,006 -36% 2,105 $812   $7,004,254 3
2016/10/10 7 $952,766 -44% 2,105 $453   $7,957,020 4
2016/10/11 6 $673,520 -29% 2,105 $320   $8,630,540 5
2016/10/12 7 $504,602 -25% 2,105 $240   $9,135,142 6
2016/10/13 7 $392,992 -22% 2,105 $187   $9,528,134 7
2016/10/14 10 $794,602 +102% 2,105 $377   $10,322,736 8
2016/10/15 10 $1,211,905 +53% 2,105 $576   $11,534,641 9
2016/10/16 9 $741,094 -39% 2,105 $352   $12,275,735 10
2016/10/17 8 $268,191 -64% 2,105 $127   $12,543,926 11
2016/10/18 9 $312,072 +16% 2,105 $148   $12,855,998 12
2016/10/19 9 $210,273 -33% 2,105 $100   $13,066,271 13
2016/10/20 10 $198,910 -5% 2,105 $94   $13,265,181 14
2016/10/21 - $257,363 +29% 633 $407   $13,522,544 15
2016/10/22 15 $399,872 +55% 633 $632   $13,922,416 16
2016/10/23 15 $250,739 -37% 633 $396   $14,173,155 17
2016/10/24 13 $91,763 -63% 633 $145   $14,264,918 18
2016/10/25 14 $97,846 +7% 633 $155   $14,362,764 19
2016/10/26 15 $80,670 -18% 633 $127   $14,443,434 20
2016/10/27 15 $83,717 +4% 633 $132   $14,527,151 21
2016/10/28 - $155,499 +86% 404 $385   $14,682,650 22
2016/10/29 - $240,743 +55% 404 $596   $14,923,393 23
2016/10/30 - $160,779 -33% 404 $398   $15,084,172 24
2016/10/31 - $58,578 -64% 404 $145   $15,142,750 25
2016/11/01 - $66,025 +13% 404 $163   $15,208,775 26
2016/11/02 - $58,564 -11% 404 $145   $15,267,339 27
2016/11/03 - $44,852 -23% 404 $111   $15,312,191 28
2016/11/04 - $70,695 +58% 197 $359   $15,382,886 29
2016/11/05 - $117,417 +66% 197 $596   $15,500,303 30
2016/11/06 - $72,004 -39% 197 $366   $15,572,307 31
2016/11/07 - $27,850 -61% 197 $141   $15,600,157 32
2016/11/08 - $31,115 +12% 197 $158   $15,631,272 33
2016/11/09 - $22,293 -28% 197 $113   $15,653,565 34
2016/11/10 - $22,643 +2% 197 $115   $15,676,208 35
2016/11/11 - $29,880 +32% 107 $279   $15,706,088 36
2016/11/12 - $37,966 +27% 107 $355   $15,744,054 37
2016/11/13 - $20,873 -45% 107 $195   $15,764,927 38
2016/11/14 - $9,852 -53% 107 $92   $15,774,779 39
2016/11/15 - $11,455 +16% 107 $107   $15,786,234 40
2016/11/16 - $8,989 -22% 107 $84   $15,795,223 41
2016/11/17 - $8,549 -5% 107 $80   $15,803,772 42

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2016/10/07 6 $9,528,134   2,105 $4,526   $9,528,134 1
2016/10/14 10 $3,737,047 -61% 2,105 $1,775   $13,265,181 2
2016/10/21 15 $1,261,970 -66% 633 $1,994   $14,527,151 3
2016/10/28 18 $785,040 -38% 404 $1,943   $15,312,191 4
2016/11/04 23 $364,017 -54% 197 $1,848   $15,676,208 5
2016/11/11 37 $127,564 -65% 107 $1,192   $15,803,772 6
2016/11/18 56 $34,670 -73% 44 $788   $15,838,442 7
2016/11/25 59 $15,926 -54% 15 $1,062   $15,854,368 8
2016/12/02 70 $7,198 -55% 11 $654   $15,861,566 9

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Spain 2/17/2017 $31,308 68 68 95 $52,579 3/10/2017
Turkey 9/8/2017 $9,502 0 0 0 $18,358 6/20/2018
United Kingdom 12/9/2016 $170,165 196 196 196 $170,165 12/14/2016
Rest of World $745,211
International Total$986,313 6/20/2018

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
1/15/2017925,862 25,862$386,896$386,8964
1/22/20172010,713-59% 36,575$160,266$547,1625

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
1/15/2017818,829 18,829$432,874$432,8744
1/22/2017206,513-65% 25,341$149,725$582,5995

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