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Do the Right Thing (1989)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $26,004,026Details
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Movie Details

Production Budget:$6,000,000
Domestic Releases: June 30th, 1989 (Limited) by Universal
Video Release: July 22nd, 1998 by Universal Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 120 minutes
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Keywords: Black Urban, African-American
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Independence Day (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 292 $6,696,583 Jul 7, 1989 10

Leading Cast


Supporting Cast

Ossie Davis    Da Mayor
Ruby Dee    Mother Sister
Richard Edson    Vito
Giancarlo Esposito    Buggin Out
Bill Nunn    Radio Raheem
John Turturro    Pino
John Savage    Clifton
Paul Benjamin    ML
Frankie Faison    Coconut Sid
Robin Harris    Sweet Dick Willie
Joie Lee    Jade
Miguel Sandoval    Officer Ponte
Rick Aiello    Officer Long
Samuel L. Jackson    Mister Senor Love Daddy
Rosie Perez    Tina
Roger Guenveur Smith    Smiley
Steve White    Ahmad
Martin Lawrence    Cee
Leonard Thomas    Punchy
Christa Rivers    Ella
Frank Vincent    Charlie
Luis Ramos    Stevie
Richard Habersham    Eddie
Gwen McGee    Louisa
Steve Park    Sonny
Ginny Yang    Kim
Sherwin Park    Korean Child
Shawn Elliott    Puerto Rican Icee Man
Diva Osorio    Carmen
Chris Delaney    Stevie's Friend
Angel Ramirez    Stevie's Friend
Sixto Ramos    Stevie's Friend
Nelson Vasquez    Stevie's Friend
Travell Lee Toulson    Hector
Joel Nagle    Sergeant
David E. Weinberg    Plainclothes Detective
Yattee Brown    Double Dutch Girl
Mecca Brunson    Double Dutch Girl
Shawn Stainback    Double Dutch Girl
Soquana Wallace    Double Dutch Girl

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Production and Technical Credits

Spike Lee    Screenwriter
Spike Lee    Producer
Monty Ross    Co-Producer
Jon Kilik    Line Producer
Ernest Dickerson    Director of Photography
Barry Alexander Brown    Editor
Bill Lee    Composer
Wynn Thomas    Production Designer
Robi Reed    Casting Director
Randy Fletcher    Assistant Director
Preston Holmes    Production Supervisor
Steve Rosse    Set Decorator
Ruth E. Carter    Costume Designer
Jennifer Ruscoe    Costume Supervisor
Tom Fleischman    Re-recording Mixer
Rudy Gaskins    Sound Editor
Eugene Gearty    Sound Editor
Tony Martinez    Sound Editor
Bruce Pross    Sound Editor
Stuart Stanley    Sound Editor
Skip Lievsay    Sound Designer
Jeffrey Stern    Dialogue Editor
Alex Steyermark    Music Editor
Philip Stockton    Supervising
Eddie Smith    Stunt Coordinator

The bold credits above the line are the "above-the-line" credits, the other the "below-the-line" credits.

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
1989/06/30 8 $3,563,535   353 $10,095   $3,563,535 1
1989/07/07 9 $2,916,960 -18% 361 $8,080   $8,848,045 2
1989/07/14 10 $3,017,880 +3% 498 $6,060   $13,447,106 3
1989/09/01 27 $466,310   211 $2,210   $24,289,231 10

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
1989/06/30 8 $5,931,085   353 $16,802   $5,931,085 1
1989/07/07 8 $4,498,141 -24% 361 $12,460   $10,429,226 2