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The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $516,893Details
International Box Office $28,557Details
Worldwide Box Office $545,450
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $336,909 Details
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $12,304 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $349,213
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Change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored—cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change. HE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION is the first feature length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Jamal Joseph, and many others, THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION is an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 8,801-8,900) 8,854 $516,893
All Time International Box Office (Rank 10,301-10,400) 10,325 $28,557
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 12,201-12,300) 12,262 $545,450
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 2,201-2,300) 2,237 $516,893

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

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: September 2nd, 2015 (Limited) by PBS Distribution
International Releases: October 23rd, 2015 (Wide) (United Kingdom)
Video Release: February 16th, 2016 by PBS
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 116 minutes
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Keywords: African-American, Political, FBI, Reenactments, Archive Footage, Fugitive / On the Run, Bigotry, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Firelight Productions
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Top 2015 Theater Average 52 $20,215 Sep 4, 2015 5


Kathleen Cleaver    Herself
Elaine Brown    Herself
Emory Douglas    Himself
Ericka Huggins    Herself
Elbert "Big Man" Howard*    Himself
Jamal Joseph    Himself
Clayborne Carson    Himself
Tarika Lewis    Herself
Rita Williams-Gracia    Herself
Wayne Pharr    Himself

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Production and Technical Credits

Stanley Nelson    Screenwriter
Stanley Nelson    Producer
Laurens Grant    Producer
Aljernon Tunsil    Editor
Nicole London    Associate Producer
Antonio Rossi    Cinematographer
Rick Butler    Cinematographer
Tom Phillips    Composer
J.T. Takagi    Sound Mixer
Molly Schwartz    Animation
Garry Waller    Animation

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September 16th, 2015

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September 13th, 2015

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Per Theater Chart: Black Panther Tickled Pink

September 9th, 2015

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

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September 6th, 2015

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September 4th, 2015

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2015/09/04 63 $20,215   1 $20,215   $28,580 1
2015/09/11 54 $39,865 +97% 3 $13,288   $86,167 2
2015/09/18 50 $46,985 +18% 8 $5,873   $151,282 3
2015/09/25 49 $47,032 n/c 10 $4,703   $219,446 4
2015/10/02 47 $51,045 +9% 12 $4,254   $301,281 5
2015/10/09 45 $47,113 -8% 12 $3,926   $370,651 6
2015/10/16 55 $21,530 -54% 11 $1,957   $418,408 7
2015/10/23 53 $17,739 -18% 12 $1,478   $448,851 8
2015/10/30 67 $6,852 -61% 8 $857   $468,524 9
2015/11/06 76 $4,414 -36% 5 $883   $482,396 10

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2015/09/04 59 $37,928   1 $37,928   $46,302 2
2015/09/11 55 $58,015 +53% 3 $19,338   $104,317 3
2015/09/18 51 $68,097 +17% 11 $6,191   $172,414 4
2015/09/25 47 $77,822 +14% 10 $7,782   $250,236 5
2015/10/02 45 $73,302 -6% 12 $6,109   $323,538 6
2015/10/09 40 $73,340 n/c 12 $6,112   $396,878 7
2015/10/16 55 $34,234 -53% 11 $3,112   $431,112 8
2015/10/23 52 $30,560 -11% 12 $2,547   $461,672 9
2015/10/30 67 $16,310 -47% 8 $2,039   $477,982 10
2015/11/06 76 $10,190 -38% 5 $2,038   $488,172 11
2015/11/13 94 $3,037 -70% 3 $1,012   $491,209 12
2015/11/20 74 $6,149 +102% 3 $2,050   $497,358 13
2015/11/27 65 $5,368 -13% 3 $1,789   $502,726 14
2015/12/04 64 $10,773 +101% 1 $10,773   $513,499 15
2015/12/11 69 $3,394 -68% 2 $1,697   $516,893 16

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
United Kingdom 10/23/2015 $28,557 12 12 12 $28,557 10/28/2015
International Total$28,557 10/28/2015

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

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