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The Pirates Of Somalia (2017)

The Pirates Of Somalia
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $0Details
International Box Office $26,421Details
Worldwide Box Office $26,421
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $25,355 Details
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $14,021 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $39,376
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When rookie writer and proud Canadian Jay Bahadur has a chance encounter with his journalist idol, he decides to uproot his life in the name of research for his first book. Abandoning his comfortable life, he moves to Somalia to investigate a still-unfolding situation with pirates off the country’s coast. It’s 2008 and the cargo vessel MV Faina has just been hijacked. Based on a true story, Dabka follows a naïve young journalist’s headlong dive into a country he has no business being in. A free agent without government support or a publishing deal, Jay bucks conventions to conduct a raw, on the ground investigation.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time International Box Office (Rank 10,701-10,800) 10,723 $26,421
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 18,101-18,200) 18,195 $26,421
All Time International Box Office for R Movies (Rank 2,501-2,600) 2,538 $26,421
All Time Worldwide Box Office for R Movies (Rank 4,501-4,600) 4,599 $26,421

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: December 8th, 2017 (Limited) by Echo Bridge
International Releases: December 15th, 2017 (Wide), released as Somali Korsanları (Turkey)
January 19th, 2018 (Wide), released as Somalio piratai (Lithuania)
Video Release: January 9th, 2018 by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for language throughout, drug content, and brief strong violence.
(Rating bulletin 2503 (Cert #51333), 11/22/2017)
Running Time: 116 minutes
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Keywords: Early / Simultaneous Video on Demand release, Pirates, Somalia, Investigative Journalist, Undercover
Source:Based on Factual Book/Article
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Hungry Man, Head Gear Films, Metrol Technology, BCDF Pictures
Production Countries: Kenya,
South Africa,
United States

Leading Cast

   Jay Bahadur

Supporting Cast

Barkhad Abdi    Abdi
Melanie Griffith    Maria Bahadur
Al Pacino    Seymour Tolbin
Russell Posner    Jared Bahadur
Aidan Whytock    Agent Brice
Darron Meyer    Mitch Kelp
Philip Ettinger    Alex
Armaan Haggio    Mohamad Farole, Jr.
Sabrina Hassan    Maryan

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Production and Technical Credits

Jay Bahadur    Story based on the book “The Pirates of Somalia” by
Mino Jarjoura    Producer
Matt Lefebvre    Producer
Claude Dal Farra    Producer
Irfaan Fredericks    Producer
Phil Hunt    Executive Producer
Compton Ross    Executive Producer
Hilary Davis    Executive Producer
Stephen Kelliher    Executive Producer
Peter Pastorelli    Executive Producer
Jane Rosenthal    Executive Producer
Michael S. Murphey    Executive Producer
Robin Shenfield    Executive Producer
Hank Perlman    Executive Producer
Kevin Byrne    Executive Producer
Bryan Buckley    Executive Producer
Phil Crowe    Executive Producer
Steven Paul    Executive Producer
Scott Henriksen    Director of Photography
Jay Nelson    Editor
David Skinner    Production Designer
Michelle Martini    Costume Designer
Moira Ane Meyer*    Costume Designer
Andrew Feltenstein    Composer
John Nau    Composer
Maggie Phillips    Music Supervisor
Henry Russell Bergstein    Casting Director
Allison Estrin    Casting Director
Bonnie Lee Bouman    Casting Director

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Weekly Box Office Performance

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Lithuania 1/19/2018 $5,277 33 33 35 $9,585 2/13/2018
Turkey 12/15/2017 $11,093 20 20 20 $16,836 6/20/2018
International Total$26,421 6/20/2018

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