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Cartas a Elena (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $8,511Details
International Box Office $112,743Details
Worldwide Box Office $121,254
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In the beautiful hills of Cooper Canyon in Chihuahua, Mexico, a young boy (Emilio) is adopted by the mailman (Teo). As part of their daily tasks, they not only deliver the mail but read letters to the villagers, as well as take dictation, since most are illiterate. Young Emilio quickly learns to read and write but feels saddened by the mostly difficult stories sent by relatives that moved north to Denver, Colorado in pursuit of a better future. One day Teo becomes disabled and Emilio takes over the mail route and with great imagination he changes the letters to happy and optimistic stories. Within days, the village is transformed. The elders, once hopeless, lonely and sad, are now happy and enthusiastic, enjoying the "supposed" success their loved ones write of in the United States. But the enjoyment is short lived, as they realize that all the wonderful stories are the same, a product of Emilio’s imagination. During this same period, Emilio meets a young girl named Elena and they have an innocent friendship that becomes their first love.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 14,401-14,500) 14,412 $8,511
All Time International Box Office (Rank 9,001-9,100) 9,053 $112,743
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 15,001-15,100) 15,018 $121,254
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 6,701-6,800) 6,707 $8,511

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

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: June 8th, 2012 (Limited) by Freestyle Releasing, released as Letters to Elena
International Releases: March 9th, 2012 (Wide) (Mexico)
October 26th, 2012 (Wide) (Spain)
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, violence, language and smoking.
(Rating bulletin 2224, 5/23/2012)
Running Time: 104 minutes
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Keywords: Immigration, Coming of Age, Adopted Family, Life in a Small Town, Orphan, Hispanic
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Cartas a Elena, LLC
Production Countries: Mexico

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Production and Technical Credits

Barajas Llorent    Screenwriter
Peter Odio    Producer
Sergio Cabada    Producer
Jaime Jimenez Pons    Producer
Paul Mendoza    Producer

Per Theater Chart: Moon Shines Over Wide Releases

June 12th, 2012

For the third weekend in a row, Moonrise Kingdom remained the top film on the per theater chart with an average of $16,247. Again, most limited releases would kill to have an opening week per theater average that high while playing in only a couple theaters. Moonrise Kingdom did it in its third weekend of release while playing in nearly 100 theaters. To call it a success is an understatement. Prometheus finished in second place with $15,032, while the overall box office leader, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, was right behind with an average of $14,166. Dark Horse opened with $13,551 in its lone theater. Safety Not Guaranteed opened in ninety theaters, which is a little high for a limited release, but it still earned an impressive average of $10,862. More...

Limited Releases: Success Not Guaranteed

June 8th, 2012

There are quite a few limited releases on this week's list, including quite a few that earned some pre-release buzz: Bel Ami, Dark Horse, Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding, Lola Versus, and Safety Not Guarenteed. Unfortunately, only the last one is earning overwhelmingly positive reviews. Hopefully it will perform well enough that it can escape the art house circuit and earn some measure of mainstream success. More...

Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/06/08 68 $7,711   12 $643   $7,711 1

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/06/08 - $1,974   12 $165   $1,974 1
2012/06/09 - $2,771 +40% 12 $231   $4,745 2
2012/06/10 - $2,966 +7% 12 $247   $7,711 3
2012/06/11 - $800 -73% 12 $67   $8,511 4

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/06/08 73 $8,511   12 $709   $8,511 1

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Mexico 3/9/2012 $0 0 9 9 $106,238 12/6/2015
Spain 10/26/2012 $5,684 12 12 16 $6,505 12/12/2015
International Total$112,743 12/12/2015

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

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