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Bless Me, Ultima (2013)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $1,559,556Details
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Based on the controversial novel by author Rudolfo Anaya, BLESS ME, ULTIMA is a turbulent coming-of-age story about Antonio Marez, a young boy growing up in New Mexico during World War II. When a mysterious curandera named Ultima comes to live with his family, she teaches him about the power of the spiritual world. As their relationship grows, Antonio begins to question the strict Catholic doctrine that he has been taught by his parents. Through a series of mysterious and at times terrifying events Antonio must grapple with questions about his own destiny, the relationship between good vs. evil and ultimately how to reconcile Ultima's powers with those of the God of his church.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 7,401-7,500) 7,490 $1,559,556
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 10,201-10,300) 10,285 $1,559,556
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 1,201-1,300) 1,289 $1,559,556

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: February 22nd, 2013 (Limited) by Arenas Entertainment
Video Release: September 17th, 2013 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence and sexual references.
(Rating bulletin 2175, 6/8/2011)
Running Time: 106 minutes
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Keywords: Coming of Age, Native Americans, Religious, World War II, Atheism
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Monkey Hill Films, Gran Via, Tenaja, Monarch Pictures
Production Countries: United States

Leading Cast


Supporting Cast

Dolores Heredia    Maria
Benito Martinez    Gabriel
Castulo Guerra    Tenorio
Joaquin Cosio    Narciso

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Production and Technical Credits

Carl Franklin    Screenwriter
Rudolfo Anaya    Story Creator
Mark Johnson    Producer
Sarah Dileo    Producer
Jesse B'Franklin    Producer
Christy Walton    Executive Producer
Kevin Reidy    Executive Producer
Tom Williams    Co-Producer
Paula Huidobro    Director of Photography
David Bomba    Production Designer
Alan Heim    Editor
Toby Yates    Editor
Mark Kilian    Composer
Susan Jacobs    Music Supervisor
Donna Zakowska    Costume Designer

Per Theater Chart: Not Again

February 26th, 2013

No remained in top spot on the per theater chart with an average of $11,625 in six theaters. It should continue to expand and it might reach a major milestone before too long. More...

Limited Releases: Bless These Limited Releases

February 22nd, 2013

With the Oscars being handed out this weekend, moviegoers will likely be too distracted to see limited releases. There are a few that are earning great reviews and perhaps one of them will find an audience. 11 Flowers is earning perfect reviews, while Alex Karpovsky has a double-bill with Red Flag and Rubberneck. Both have a shot at doing well. Bless Me, Ultima is earning great reviews, but it is opening in too many theaters to thrive. More...

Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2013/02/22 24 $470,109   263 $1,787   $470,109 1
2013/03/01 32 $182,377 -61% 183 $997   $1,261,293 2
2013/03/22 57 $22,701   21 $1,081   $1,513,462 5
2013/03/29 73 $11,271 -50% 11 $1,025   $1,536,519 6
2013/04/05 76 $6,987 -38% 6 $1,165   $1,559,556 7

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2013/02/22 19 $1,078,916   263 $4,102   $1,078,916 1
2013/03/22 61 $34,487   21 $1,642   $1,525,248 5
2013/03/29 63 $27,321 -21% 11 $2,484   $1,552,569 6
2013/04/05 85 $6,987 -74% 6 $1,165   $1,559,556 7

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