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Dear White People (2014)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $4,404,154Details
International Box Office $999,617Details
Worldwide Box Office $5,403,771
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $711,335 Details
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $51,057 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $762,392
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  8. Trailer


The unexpected election of activist Samantha White as head of a traditionally black residence hall sets up a college campus culture war that challenges conventional notions of what it means to be black. While Sam leverages her notoriety as host of the provocative and polarizing radio show “Dear White People” to try to prevent the college from diversifying Armstrong Parker House, outgoing head-of-house Troy Fairbanks, son of the university’s dean, defies his father’s lofty expectations by applying to join the staff of Pastiche, the college’s influential humor magazine. Lionel Higgins, an Afro-sporting sci-fi geek, is recruited by the otherwise all-white student newspaper to go undercover and write about black culture—a subject he knows little about—while the aggressively assimilated Coco Conners tries to use the controversy on campus to carve out a career in reality TV. But no one at Winchester University is prepared for Pastiche’s outrageous, ill-conceived annual Halloween party, with its “unleash your inner Negro” theme throwing oil on an already smoldering fire of resentment and misunderstanding. When the party descends into riotous mayhem, everyone must choose a side.


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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: October 17th, 2014 (Limited) by Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
International Releases: July 10th, 2015 (Wide) (United Kingdom)
Video Release: February 3rd, 2015 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for language, sexual content and drug use.
(Rating bulletin 2340, 9/17/2014)
Running Time: 108 minutes
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Keywords: College, Bigotry, Radio Industry, Political, African-American, Halloween
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Duly Noted, Inc.
Production Countries: United States

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Days In
Top 2014 Theater Average 22 $31,633 Oct 17, 2014 3

Leading Cast

   Lionel Higgins
   Sam White
   Colandrea "Coco" Conners
   Troy Fairbanks

Supporting Cast

Kyle Gallner    Kurt Fletcher
Malcolm Barrett    Helmut West
Dennis Haysbert    Dean Fairbanks
Brittany Curran    Sofia Fletcher
Marque Richardson    Reggie
Brandon Alter    George

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

Production and Technical Credits

Justin Simien    Screenwriter
Justin Simien    Producer
Effie T. Brown    Producer
Julia Lebedev    Producer
Angel Lopez    Producer
Ann Le    Producer
Lena Waithe    Producer
Leonid Lebedev    Executive Producer
Stephanie Allain    Executive Producer
Kim Coleman    Casting Director
Topher Osborn    Director of Photography
Bruton Jones    Production Designer
Phillip J. Bartell    Editor
Kathryn Bostic    Composer

2014 - Awards Season: Independent Spirit Awards - Winners

February 22nd, 2015

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The Independent Spirit Awards winners were announced last night and there were few surprises. Birdman led the way with 3 wins, but it wasn't the only film to come away with more than one award.


DVD and Blu-ray Releases for February 3rd, 2015

February 2nd, 2015

It is a slow week on the home market, and will remain a slow week until the winter blockbusters start coming out. According to, this week the biggest release is John Wick. Granted, the Blu-ray Combo Pack is Pick of the Week material, but the film only made $43 million at the box office, so it likely won't sell a lot on the home market. The other two contenders for Pick of the Week are The Overnighters on DVD or Blu-ray and Dear White People - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray. Are three are worth picking up. The Overnighters is arguably the best, but I love the Film Noir style in John Wick, so I'm awarding that one the Pick of the Week. More...

2014 - Awards Season: Independent Spirit Awards - Nominations

December 6th, 2014

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The Independent Spirit Awards nominations were announced last week and I'm getting to them a little late, because I needed to organize the whole Awards Season stories. Firstly, I've decided to use the year the movies were released not the year the awards are handed out, unlike what we did last year. This means both will have 2014 as the year. Not ideal, but it is better to fix the mistake now than carry on making it. Secondly, the headlines are just going to be the name of the Awards and either nominations or winners. This will make it easier for readers to find later on. As for the Independent Spirit Awards nominations, Birdman led the way with 6 nods, while Boyhood, Nightcrawler, and Selma were right behind with 5 each.


Per Theater Chart: Everything Above All Others

November 12th, 2014

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There were four films in the $10,000 club, including The Theory of Everything, which led the way with an average of $41,753 in five theaters. This is high enough to make some measure of mainstream success nearly inevitable. Up next were a pair of wide releases. Big Hero 6 earned an average of $14,947, while Interstellar was right behind with an average of $13,342. The final film in the $10,000 club was National Gallery, which earned $10,049 in one theater over the weekend for a total opening of $13,165.


Per Theater Chart: Birdman has the Skies to Himself

November 5th, 2014

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For the third weekend in a row, Birdman led the per theater chart. In fact, this week it was the only one in the $10,000 club earning an average of $10,348 in 231 screens. At this point, the film has already earned some measure of mainstream success, while it still has room to grow. More...

Per Theater Chart: Birdman Still Soars

October 28th, 2014

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Despite growing its theater count to 50, Birdman was able to remain in top spot on the per theater chart with a powerful average of $27,593. Next up was CitizenFour, which was really close behind with an average of $25,264 in five theaters. This is excellent for a documentary, but as a documentary, it's chances of expanding significantly are limited. Laggies will likely expand somewhat after opening with an average of $14,828, also in five theaters. It has a much more mainstream appeal, so it if does expand, it could do well. Then again, this is never an easy strategy and I'm sure the studio will be happy with a strong home market run. Force Majeure was the final film in the $10,000 club with an average of $11,655 in two theaters. More...

Per Theater Chart: Bird is the Word, and that Word is Awards Season

October 21st, 2014

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Birdman debuted in first place on the Per Theater Chart with an amazing average of $106,099. This is the best per theater average since The Grand Budapest Hotel opened with just over $200,000 for its per theater average. It wasn't the only film in the $10,000 club, as Dear White People opened with an average of $31,633 in eleven theaters. The Tale of Princess Kaguya was surprisingly strong during its opening weekend earning an average of $18,305 in three theaters. God the Father earned $15,037 in one theater. The final film in the $10,000 club was Listen Up Philip, which earned an average of $11,642 in two theaters. Diplomacy might have made it in the $10,000 club if it opened on Friday. However, it opened on Wednesday earning $8,518 in one theater over the weekend for a total opening of $12,750. More...

Weekend Estimates: Fury an Unspectacular First

October 19th, 2014

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Fury will top the box office chart this weekend with a solid, but unspectacular, $23.5 million, according to Sony’s Sunday morning estimate. Pre-weekend projections had the film closer to $30 million, and with an $80 million price tag, and Brad Pitt starring, the film is really underperforming at this point. By way of comparison, Gone Girl opened with $37.5 million three weeks ago. Fury will need really good legs, or a really strong performance overseas, to post a profit. More...

Limited Releases: Bird is the Word

October 17th, 2014

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It's an excellent week for limited releases with several films earning overwhelmingly positive reviews. This includes a couple that are also earning really loud buzz. Of these, Birdman is probably going to win the weekend race on the Per Theater Chart, while Dear White People should also be a hit. Diplomacy, Housebound, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, and others also deserve to find audiences, but not all will do so for various reasons (wrong genre, opening in Video on Demand, etc.). More...

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2014/10/17 21 $347,959   11 $31,633   $347,959 1
2014/10/24 16 $1,254,245 +260% 382 $3,283   $1,697,716 2
2014/10/31 18 $743,175 -41% 392 $1,896   $2,841,724 3
2014/11/07 19 $392,421 -47% 177 $2,217   $3,525,622 4
2014/11/14 25 $195,550 -50% 105 $1,862   $3,896,989 5
2014/11/21 32 $102,110 -48% 68 $1,502   $4,068,419 6
2014/11/28 32 $77,157 -24% 46 $1,677   $4,196,321 7
2014/12/05 39 $53,639 -30% 43 $1,247   $4,277,544 8
2014/12/12 43 $23,257 -57% 29 $802   $4,327,802 9
2014/12/19 49 $12,802 -45% 15 $853   $4,355,714 10
2014/12/26 60 $5,351 -58% 7 $764   $4,369,605 11
2015/01/02 67 $4,795 -10% 8 $599   $4,376,622 12
2015/01/09 66 $5,840 +22% 8 $730   $4,384,615 13
2015/01/16 66 $8,467 +45% 8 $1,058   $4,398,736 14
2015/01/23 83 $2,026 -76% 7 $289   $4,404,154 15

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/11/14 - $58,321   105 $555   $3,759,760 29
2014/11/15 - $87,019 +49% 105 $829   $3,846,779 30
2014/11/16 - $50,210 -42% 105 $478   $3,896,989 31

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2014/10/17 22 $443,471   11 $40,316   $443,471 1
2014/10/24 16 $1,655,078 +273% 382 $4,333   $2,098,549 2
2014/10/31 19 $1,034,652 -37% 392 $2,639   $3,133,201 3
2014/11/07 19 $566,046 -45% 178 $3,180   $3,701,439 4
2014/11/14 26 $264,870 -53% 105 $2,523   $3,966,309 5
2014/11/21 34 $152,855 -42% 70 $2,184   $4,119,164 6
2014/11/28 34 $104,741 -31% 46 $2,277   $4,223,905 7
2014/12/05 37 $80,640 -23% 43 $1,875   $4,304,545 8
2014/12/12 46 $38,367 -52% 29 $1,323   $4,342,912 9
2014/12/19 55 $21,342 -44% 16 $1,334   $4,364,254 10
2014/12/26 64 $7,573 -65% 7 $1,082   $4,371,827 11
2015/01/02 72 $6,948 -8% 8 $869   $4,378,775 12
2015/01/09 64 $11,494 +65% 8 $1,437   $4,390,269 13
2015/01/16 68 $11,859 +3% 8 $1,482   $4,402,128 14

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
United Kingdom 7/10/2015 $0 0 17 22 $78,354 8/25/2015
Rest of World $921,263
International Total$999,617 8/25/2015

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

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