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The Dark Horse (2016)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $61,505Details
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $76,135 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $76,135
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A portrait of a man searching for the courage to lead, despite his struggles with mental illness. Genesis “Gen” Potini is a brilliant but troubled New Zealand chess champion who finds purpose by teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life.


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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: April 1st, 2016 (Limited) by Broad Green Pictures
Video Release: July 12th, 2016 by Broad Green
MPAA Rating: R for language throughout, and drug use.
(Rating bulletin 2396 (Cert #501090, 10/21/2015)
Running Time: 124 minutes
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Keywords: Biography, Chess, Maori, New Zealand
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Broad Green Pictures, Four Knights, New Zealand Film Commission, NZOnAir, Arama Pictures, Seville International
Production Countries: New Zealand

Leading Cast

   Genesis Potini

Supporting Cast

James Rollerston    Mana
Andrew Grainger    Clive
Kirk Torrance    Noble
Miriama McDowell    Sandy
Barry TeHira    Mutt
James Napier Robertson    Dave
Xavier Horan    Jedi
Wayne Hapi    Ariki
Lyel Timu    Rangimarie

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Production and Technical Credits

James Napier Robertson    Screenwriter
Tom Hern    Producer
Timothy White    Executive Producer
Cliff Curtis    Executive Producer
Jim Marbrook    Co-Producer
Denson Baker    Cinematographer
Kim Sinclair    Production Designer
Peter Roberts    Editor
Yvette Reid    Casting Director
Mike Dwyer    Casting Director
Matt Dwyer    Casting Director
Dana Lund    Composer
Kristin Seth    Costume Designer

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2016/04/01 67 $8,487   2 $4,244   $8,487 1
2016/04/08 66 $6,400 -25% 3 $2,133   $18,326 2
2016/04/15 54 $17,414 +172% 10 $1,741   $37,906 3
2016/04/22 65 $8,330 -52% 7 $1,190   $53,667 4
2016/04/29 74 $3,892 -53% 5 $778   $61,505 5

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2016/04/01 67 $11,926   2 $5,963   $11,926 1
2016/04/08 73 $8,566 -28% 3 $2,855   $20,492 2
2016/04/15 58 $24,845 +190% 10 $2,485   $45,337 3
2016/04/22 69 $12,276 -51% 7 $1,754   $57,613 4

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