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Free State of Jones (2016)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $20,810,036Details
International Box Office $2,341,881Details
Worldwide Box Office $23,151,917
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $3,349,538 Details
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $3,085,372 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $6,434,910
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The story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.


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Movie Details

Production Budget:$50,000,000
Domestic Releases: June 24th, 2016 (Wide) by STX Entertainment
International Releases: July 1st, 2016 (Wide) (Portugal)
August 12th, 2016 (Wide), released as Lucha Por La Libertad (Mexico)
August 26th, 2016 (Wide), released as Free State Of Jones (Australia)
September 1st, 2016 (Wide) (Netherlands)
September 2nd, 2016 (Wide) (New Zealand)
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Video Release: September 6th, 2016 by Universal Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for brutal battle scenes and disturbing graphic images.
(Rating bulletin 2427 (Cert #50259), 6/1/2016)
Running Time: 139 minutes
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Keywords: 1800s, Romance, Interracial Romance, Civil War
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: STX Entertainment, Route One, Union Investment Partners, Vendian Entertainment
Production Countries: United States

Leading Cast

   Newton Knight

Supporting Cast

Gugu Mbatha-Raw    Rachel
Mahershala Ali    Moses Washington
Keri Russell    Serena Knight
Jacob Lofland    Daniel
Sean Bridgers    Sumrall
Jessica Collins    Annie
Eliza Bennett    Junie Lee
Christopher Berry    Jasper Collins
Wayne Pére    Col. Robert Lowry
Brian Lee Franklin    Davis Knight
Donald Watkins    Wilson
Bill Tangradi    Lt. Barbour
Thomas Francis Murphy    Col. Elias Hood
Joe Chrest    James Eakins

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

Production and Technical Credits

Gary Ross    Screenwriter
Leonard Hartman    Story by
Gary Ross    Story by
Jon Kilik    Producer
Scott Stuber    Producer
Gary Ross    Producer
Leonard Hartman    Executive Producer
Michael Bassick    Executive Producer
Christopher Woodrow    Executive Producer
Oren Aviv    Executive Producer
Robin Bissell    Executive Producer
Leonard Feder*    Executive Producer
Adam Fogelson    Executive Producer
Stuart Ford    Executive Producer
T.G. Herrington    Executive Producer
Matt Jackson    Executive Producer
Russell Levine    Executive Producer
Chris Lytton    Executive Producer
Bruce Nachbar    Executive Producer
Robert Simonds    Executive Producer
Donald Tang    Executive Producer
Wang Zhongjun    Executive Producer
Wang Zhonglei    Executive Producer
Jae Woo Lee    Executive Producer
Jerry Ye    Executive Producer
Benoit Delhomme    Director of Photography
Philip Messina    Production Designer
Juliette Welfling    Editor
Pamela Martin    Editor
Louise Frogley    Costume Designer
Nicholas Britell    Composer
Debra Zane    Casting Director
Meagan Lewis    Casting Director
Lucinda Williams    Song Writer
Kelly Port    Visual Effects Supervisor
Diana Alvarez    Co-Producer
Eric Heffron    Co-Producer
Samuel Y. Ha    Co-Executive Producer
Elexa Ruth    Co-Executive Producer
Jason Markey    Music Supervisor
Dan Webster    Supervising Art Director
Andrew Cahn    Art Director
Chris Craine    Art Director
Larry Dias    Set Decorator
Pud Cusack    Sound Mixer
Paul Hsu    Supervising Sound Editor
Mike Prestwood Smith    Re-recording Mixer
Paul Hsu    Re-recording Mixer
Nikos Kalaitzidis    Visual Effects Supervisor
David Nami    Special Effects Supervisor
Sandino Moya-Smith    Associate Producer
Eric Heffron    Assistant Director
Randall Wilkins    Set Designer

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

Theater Averages: Yerevan Highlight of Dark Weekend with an Average of $9,748

September 21st, 2016

3 Weeks in Yerevan

No films made it into the $10,000 club this past weekend, but 3 Weeks in Yerevan came really close with an average of $9,748 in three theaters. Another film, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, did well with an average of $7,322 in 85 theaters. Sort of. In addition to playing in 85 theaters, there were another 80 theaters that had one-time showings over the weekend, which is why its total haul for the weekend is $771,153. I really hope having a mixed of regular showings and one-time screenings doesn’t catch on, because it makes our job of tracking box office numbers more confusing. More...

Home Market Releases for September 20th, 2016

September 20th, 2016


It is not a great week on the home market, as the biggest release is Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary. I’m still waiting for the screener, but I fear there will be less extras this time around. Modern Family: Season Seven was also a contender for Pick of the Week, but the light extras prevents it from earning that title. That leaves Labyrinth: 30th Anniversary Edition as the best of the week. More...

Home Market Releases for September 6th, 2016

September 6th, 2016

The Iron Giant

It is a big week with a ton of home market releases, including several that were contenders for Pick of the Week. There were two limited releases in that group, Love and Friendship and Tale of Tales. Love and Friendship got better reviews, but Tale of TalesBlu-ray is more interesting in my mind. Star Trek 50th Anniversary TV and Movie Collection is a great Blu-ray box set and would make an amazing gift. As for the Pick of the Week, that was an easy choice: The Iron Giant: Signature Edition on Blu-ray. Although if you are a hardcore fan, then the Ultimate Collector’s Edition might be worth the $75. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Dory Wins with $51.44 million, but Tarzan has Near Legendary Opening

July 6th, 2016

Finding Dory

The Fourth of July weekend went very well as two of the three new releases beat expectations. However, none of them were able to top Finding Dory, which earned its third win in a row. The Legend of Tarzan was very close in second place, which surprised a lot of analysts, but there might be a logical reason for its success. The Purge: Election Year more than tripled its production budget during its opening three-day weekend, so there’s no chance the studio isn’t giddy over that. The only real disappointment was The BFG, which got lost in the crowd. The overall box office was up from last week, which is a pleasant surprise. Granted, it grew by just under 1.0% to $192 million over the three-day weekend. More importantly, it was 41% higher than the same three-day weekend last year. Add in Monday, and the year-to-date lead rose to $120 million or 2.2% at $5.71 billion to $5.58 billion. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Dory Defeats Alien Invasion with $72.96 million

June 28th, 2016

Finding Dory

As predicted, Finding Dory repeated as the box office champion and came very close to matching our prediction with $72.96 million over the weekend. This is well above Independence Day: Resurgence's opening of $41.04 million. The Shallows was great as a low-budget horror film. The other two films... let's not talk about them. Overall, the box office fell 19% from last weekend to $188 million; however, this is to be expected, given how big Finding Dory opened. The weekend box office was even better than the same weekend last year, albeit by only 2.3%, which is not enough to keep up with inflation. Likewise, the year-over-year comparison is not great either. 2016 still leads 2015, but only by $5.38 billion to $5.31 billion, which is a lead of just 1.2%. Hopefully this weekend's win is a sign of things turning around, but I'm not so sure of that. More...

Weekend Estimates: Independence Day is Fish Food

June 26th, 2016


Independence Day: Resurgence is getting crushed at the box office this weekend, thanks in part to a strong second weekend for Finding Dory, but mostly because it failed where the original succeeded. Back in 1996, Independence Day pretty much invented the event movie, as it became the film everyone wanted to watch over the July 4 holiday weekend. Its $50.2 million 3-day weekend fell fractionally short of the then-record $52.8 million earned by Batman Forever over its opening weekend in June, 1995, but the $96.1 million it earned over its first five days was unprecedented. Resurgence had a storied past to live up to, and is falling well short. More...

Thursday Night Previews: Independence Day Doesn't Really Surge

June 24th, 2016

Independence Day: Resurgence

Independence Day: Resurgence started its box office run with $4 million during Thursday previews. That's not good. That's twice as much as the $2 million Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows earned a few weeks ago, but half as much as the $8.2 million X-Men: Apocalypse earned the week before that. It is identical to Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, which opened last summer. If you compare its opening to all three films, taking into account Out of the Shadows' younger target audience and Apocalypse's Fanboy nature, then Resurgence will likely opened with between $50 million and $60 million. Hopefully it is performing better internationally. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will New Releases Challenge Top Spot? Or Will Dory just Keep Swimming?

June 23rd, 2016

Independence Day: Resurgence

This is the last weekend in June and there are three wide releases hoping to challenge Finding Dory for top spot. I don’t think any of them will come close. Independence Day: Resurgence is the only new release with a shot at first place and it should come out on top on Friday. It better win on Friday, or the month will end on a soft note. The Shallows and Free State of Jones will be fighting for fourth place. The Shallows cost less than $20 million, so a fourth place finish wouldn’t be a bad start. On the other hand, Free State of Jones cost $65 million to make, so a fourth place finish would be a disaster. Also opening this week is The Neon Demon. It isn’t opening wide, but it is opening wide enough to compete for a slot in the top ten. This weekend last year, there were two wide releases that earned less than $50 million combined. On the other hand, the top two films, Jurassic World and Inside Out both earned more than $50 million. Can the top four this year out-earn the top four last year? I think they can. We might get an actual win in the year-over-year comparison. More...

Contest: Surge of Independence

June 17th, 2016

Independence Day: Resurgence

Next weekend is the last weekend in June and unfortunately for the two wide releases coming out, the buzz for these films hasn't really grown. Independence Day: Resurgence is going to be the number one new release, although it likely won't earn first place. Free State of Jones could become STX Entertainment's biggest hit, but that's not saying much. Independence Day: Resurgence could earn more during its opening weekend than Free State of Jones earns during its box office run. As such, Independence Day: Resurgence is the only real choice for the target film in this week's Box Office Prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for Independence Day: Resurgence.

Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a Frankenprize of previously reviews DVD and / or Blu-rays. I grabbed a few more boxes from storage, so we can do winner's choice again. The choices are, two movies, one TV on DVD release, three single-disc kids DVDs, or two items from the mystery box. Items from the mystery box are first come, first served, as I'm nearly out of them. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will also win a Frankenprize, as described above. Finally, we will be choosing an entrant from the group of people who haven't won, or haven't won recently, and they will win the final Frankenprize.

Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2016/06/24 6 $7,572,206   2,815 $2,690   $7,572,206 1
2016/07/01 8 $4,140,510 -45% 2,781 $1,489   $15,206,221 2
2016/07/08 12 $1,350,103 -67% 1,264 $1,068   $19,286,811 3
2016/07/15 17 $482,543 -64% 506 $954   $20,389,967 4
2016/07/22 30 $122,746 -75% 145 $847   $20,758,378 5

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2016/06/24 5 $2,659,774   2,815 $945   $2,659,774 1
2016/06/25 6 $2,847,865 +7% 2,815 $1,012   $5,507,639 2
2016/06/26 6 $2,064,567 -28% 2,815 $733   $7,572,206 3
2016/06/27 7 $822,043 -60% 2,815 $292   $8,394,249 4
2016/06/28 7 $1,167,758 +42% 2,815 $415   $9,562,007 5
2016/06/29 7 $824,676 -29% 2,815 $293   $10,386,683 6
2016/06/30 6 $679,028 -18% 2,815 $241   $11,065,711 7
2016/07/01 9 $1,179,404 +74% 2,781 $424   $12,245,115 8
2016/07/02 8 $1,520,816 +29% 2,781 $547   $13,765,931 9
2016/07/03 8 $1,440,290 -5% 2,781 $518   $15,206,221 10
2016/07/04 8 $1,162,043 -19% 2,781 $418   $16,368,264 11
2016/07/05 9 $633,384 -45% 2,781 $228   $17,001,648 12
2016/07/06 9 $506,973 -20% 2,781 $182   $17,508,621 13
2016/07/07 10 $428,087 -16% 2,781 $154   $17,936,708 14
2016/07/08 13 $378,197 -12% 1,264 $299   $18,314,905 15
2016/07/09 12 $578,424 +53% 1,264 $458   $18,893,329 16
2016/07/10 12 $393,482 -32% 1,264 $311   $19,286,811 17
2016/07/11 13 $166,939 -58% 1,264 $132   $19,453,750 18
2016/07/12 13 $198,564 +19% 1,264 $157   $19,652,314 19
2016/07/13 14 $137,064 -31% 1,264 $108   $19,789,378 20
2016/07/14 14 $118,046 -14% 1,264 $93   $19,907,424 21
2016/07/15 - $135,074 +14% 506 $267   $20,042,498 22
2016/07/16 - $207,864 +54% 506 $411   $20,250,362 23
2016/07/17 - $139,605 -33% 506 $276   $20,389,967 24
2016/07/18 - $63,779 -54% 506 $126   $20,453,746 25
2016/07/19 - $75,340 +18% 506 $149   $20,529,086 26
2016/07/20 - $62,459 -17% 506 $123   $20,591,545 27
2016/07/21 - $44,087 -29% 506 $87   $20,635,632 28
2016/07/22 - $32,496 -26% 145 $224   $20,668,128 29
2016/07/23 - $54,272 +67% 145 $374   $20,722,400 30
2016/07/24 - $35,978 -34% 145 $248   $20,758,378 31
2016/07/25 - $13,937 -61% 145 $96   $20,772,315 32
2016/07/26 - $15,386 +10% 145 $106   $20,787,701 33
2016/07/27 - $11,895 -23% 145 $82   $20,799,596 34
2016/07/28 - $10,440 -12% 145 $72   $20,810,036 35

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2016/06/24 6 $11,065,711   2,815 $3,931   $11,065,711 1
2016/07/01 8 $6,870,997 -38% 2,781 $2,471   $17,936,708 2
2016/07/08 13 $1,970,716 -71% 1,264 $1,559   $19,907,424 3
2016/07/15 18 $728,208 -63% 506 $1,439   $20,635,632 4
2016/07/22 34 $174,404 -76% 145 $1,203   $20,810,036 5

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Australia 8/26/2016 $95,499 102 105 242 $212,811 9/12/2016
Bulgaria 1/27/2017 $2,964 0 0 0 $5,912 2/10/2017
Italy 12/2/2016 $243,174 0 0 0 $243,174 12/7/2016
Mexico 8/12/2016 $174,407 0 0 0 $174,407 8/16/2016
Netherlands 9/1/2016 $46,011 36 36 71 $82,004 9/14/2016
New Zealand 9/2/2016 $20,452 24 24 104 $54,864 12/5/2016
Portugal 7/1/2016 $29,210 35 35 97 $76,356 8/10/2016
South Korea 1/27/2018 $944 2 5 9 $19,592 2/21/2018
Spain 9/16/2016 $314,470 235 235 587 $699,014 10/21/2016
United Kingdom 9/30/2016 $154,412 226 226 226 $154,412 10/5/2016
Rest of World $619,335
International Total$2,341,881 2/21/2018

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
9/25/2016450,652 50,652$865,643$865,6433
10/2/20161224,579-51% 75,231$441,439$1,307,0824
10/9/20162314,466-41% 89,697$259,809$1,566,8915

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
9/25/2016548,083 48,083$1,005,423$1,005,4233
10/2/20161017,627-63% 65,710$505,893$1,511,3164
10/9/2016168,501-52% 74,211$183,023$1,694,3395

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