Follow us on

Pele: Birth of a Legend (2016)

Pele: Birth of a Legend poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $49,979Details
International Box Office $2,364,993Details
Worldwide Box Office $2,414,972
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $162,285 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $162,285
Further financial details...

  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. International
  5. Video Sales
  6. Full Financials
  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer


The miraculous story of the legendary soccer player’s rise to glory from a young boy, to the 17 year old who scored the winning goal in Brazil’s first ever World Cup victory in 1958. From a life full of disadvantages and an impoverished youth in Brazil, Pelé used his unorthodox yet authentic style of play and his unbeatable spirit to overcome all odds, find greatness and inspire a country that he changed forever.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 12,101-12,200) 12,146 $49,979
All Time International Box Office (Rank 5,501-5,600) 5,548 $2,364,993
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 9,301-9,400) 9,381 $2,414,972
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 4,801-4,900) 4,831 $49,979

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: May 13th, 2016 (Limited) by IFC Films
International Releases: May 5th, 2016 (Limited), released as Пеле: Раждането на една легенда (Bulgaria)
May 26th, 2016 (Wide), released as Pelé (Italy)
July 22nd, 2016 (Limited), released as Pelé: O Nascimento de uma Lenda (Portugal)
July 29th, 2016 (Wide) (Russia (CIS))
September 30th, 2016 (Wide), released as Pele: Bir Efsanenin Doğuşu (Turkey)
... Show all releases
Video Release: September 20th, 2016 by IFC Video
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, some smoking and language.
(Rating bulletin 2420 (Cert #50184), 4/13/2016)
Running Time: 107 minutes
Comparisons: Create your own comparison chart…
Keywords: Soccer, Slums / Shantytown, Brazil, 1950s
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Imagine Entertainment, Seine Pictures, Legends 10
Production Countries: United States

Leading Cast


Supporting Cast

Mariana Nunes    Celeste
Diego Boneta    Jose
Vincent D'Onofrio    Coach Feola
Rodrigo Santoro    Brazilian Announcer
Kevin De Paula Rosa    Dico (15-17 years old)
Leonardo Lima Carvalho    Dico (9 years old)
Nathan Alves Rosseto    Thiago (9 years old)
Rafael Henrique De Souza Reuther    Yuri (10 years old)
Marcus Vinicius Cerqueira De Souza    Fofinho (10 years old)

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

Production and Technical Credits

Jeff Zimbalist    Screenwriter
Michael Zimbalist    Screenwriter
Brian Grazer    Producer
Colin Wilson    Producer
Ivan Orlic    Producer
Kim Roth    Producer
Michael Rosenberg    Executive Producer
Matthew Libatique    Director of Photography
AR Rahman    Composer

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...

Theater Averages: The Lobster has Tasty Opening of $47,563

May 17th, 2016

The Lobster

The Lobster had the best theater average of any film opening in 2016 earning an average of $47,563 in four theaters. It beat the previous record set by Captain America: Civil War, a record that lasted all of one week. The second best theater average of the week was pulled in by Love and Friendship with an average of $33,378, also in four theaters. Captain America: Civil War remained in the $10,000 club with an average of $17,188. The final film in the $10,000 club was Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero, which managed $15,215 in 4 theaters. More...

Limited and VOD Releases: Limited Releases Served with Drawn Butter

May 13th, 2016

The Lobster

It's a relatively good week for limited releases with several that are earning excellent reviews. Of these, The Lobster is the one I think will do the best at the box office. Kill Zone 2, Love & Friendship, and some others are also earning excellent reviews, but are playing in VOD. More...

Compare this performance with other movies…

Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2016/05/13 68 $7,226   3 $2,409   $7,226 1
2016/05/20 53 $17,123 +137% 19 $901   $27,312 2
2016/05/27 56 $5,453 -68% 11 $496   $40,073 3

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2016/05/13 74 $10,189   3 $3,396   $10,189 1
2016/05/20 54 $24,431 +140% 19 $1,286   $34,620 2
2016/05/27 62 $10,664 -56% 11 $969   $45,684 3
2016/06/03 73 $4,695 -56% 7 $671   $49,979 4

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Bulgaria 5/5/2016 $0 0 0 0 $3,613 9/13/2017
Italy 5/26/2016 $618,347 0 0 0 $2,139,775 6/29/2016
Mexico 6/2/2017 $91,055 0 0 0 $91,055 6/7/2017
Portugal 7/22/2016 $3,061 7 8 15 $6,210 8/3/2016
Russia (CIS) 7/29/2016 $49,089 202 202 392 $90,698 8/10/2016
Spain 12/30/2016 $5,294 29 29 39 $13,042 1/17/2017
Turkey 9/30/2016 $10,001 60 60 73 $20,600 10/12/2016
International Total$2,364,993 9/13/2017

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

Full financial estimates for this film, including domestic and international box office, video sales, video rentals, TV and ancillary revenue are available through our research services. For more information, please contact us at