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Middle of Nowhere (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $236,806Details
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $137,111 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $137,111
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What happens when love takes you places you never thought you would go? As Ruby rides a bus through the streets of Compton, she wills herself to push away the memories that crowd her. Four years earlier, she was a vibrant medical student married to the love of her life, Derek. Now, she makes her way to the maximum security prison on the outskirts of town. This is where her love now resides. Behind coiled razor wire and forty foot concrete walls. As the couple stares into the hallow end of an eight-year prison sentence, Ruby must learn to live another life, one marked by shame and separation, by guilt and grief. Soon, her singular focus is to ensure Derek's survival in his violent new environment. She drops out of school to maintain her marriage from beyond bars. She becomes a part of a little known community of women-in-waiting, bonded together by a deeply-rooted sense of loss. She fights to support her husband on the inside and survive her own identity crisis on the outside. Through a chance encounter and a stunning betrayal that shakes her to the core, Ruby is propelled in new and, often frightening, directions of self-discovery. And as we chronicle her turbulent yet transformative journey, we witness the emergence of a broken woman made whole.


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Movie Details

Production Budget:$200,000
Domestic Releases: October 12th, 2012 (Limited) by AFFRM
Video Release: January 13th, 2015 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for some language.
(Rating bulletin 2235, 8/8/2012)
Running Time: 99 minutes
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Keywords: African-American, Prison, Relationships Gone Wrong, Love Triangle
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Kandoo Films, Forward Movement, Participant Media
Production Countries: United States

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Supporting Cast

Lorraine Toussaint    Ruth
Sharon Lawrence    Ruth

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Production and Technical Credits

Ava Duvernay    Screenwriter
Howard Barish    Producer
Ava Duvernay    Producer
Paul Garnes    Producer
Bradford Young    Director of Photography
Spencer Averick    Editor
Tilane Jones    Associate Producer
Stacy Beverly    Costume Designer
Kathryn Bostic    Composer
Morgan Rhodes    Music Supervisor
Aisha Coley    Casting Director

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/10/12 36 $67,909   6 $11,318   $67,909 1
2012/10/19 42 $50,554 -26% 21 $2,407   $123,296 2
2012/10/26 52 $26,360 -48% 24 $1,098   $163,042 3
2012/11/02 58 $16,317 -38% 8 $2,040   $192,724 4

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/10/12 42 $73,192   6 $12,199   $73,192 1
2012/10/19 46 $63,940 -13% 21 $3,045   $136,801 2
2012/10/26 52 $39,606 -38% 24 $1,650   $176,407 3
2012/11/02 68 $18,596 -53% 8 $2,325   $195,003 4
2012/11/09 59 $23,604 +27% 12 $1,967   $218,607 5
2012/11/16 85 $4,128 -83% 8 $516   $222,735 6
2012/11/23 88 $2,155 -48% 5 $431   $224,890 7
2012/11/30 72 $8,924 +314% 4 $2,231   $233,814 8
2012/12/07 92 $2,992 -66% 2 $1,496   $236,806 9

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