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Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)

Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $11,588,747Details
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  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. International
  5. Video Sales
  6. Full Financials
  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer


Set in the underbelly of the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system, Roman J. Israel Esq is a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when his mentor, a civil rights icon, dies. When he is recruited to join a firm led by one of the legendary man’s former students — the ambitious lawyer George Pierce — and begins a friendship with a young champion of equal rights, a turbulent series of events ensue that will put the activism that has defined Roman’s career to the test.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 4,501-4,600) 4,532 $11,588,747
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 5,701-5,800) 5,761 $11,588,747

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

Movie Details

Production Budget:$22,000,000
Domestic Releases: November 17th, 2017 (Limited) by Sony Pictures
November 22nd, 2017 (Expands Wide) by Sony Pictures
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language and some violence.
(Rating bulletin 2497 (Cert #51019), 10/11/2017)
Running Time: 129 minutes
Comparisons: vs. Nebraska
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Keywords: Lawyers, Los Angeles, Civil Rights Movement
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Columbia Pictures, Macro Media, Topic , Cross Creek Pictures, Bron Creative, Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Escape Artists
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Thanksgiving (All Movies, 5-Day) 225 $6,126,837 Nov 24, 2017 10
Thanksgiving (All Movies, 5-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 231 $11,241,926 Nov 24, 2017 10
Thanksgiving (Opening, 3-Day) 84 $4,447,070 Nov 24, 2017 10
Thanksgiving (Opening, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 94 $4,477,254 Nov 24, 2017 10
Thanksgiving (Opening, 5-Day) 80 $6,126,837 Nov 24, 2017 10
Thanksgiving (Opening, 5-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 81 $11,241,926 Nov 24, 2017 10
Top 2017 Theater Average 71 $15,500 Nov 17, 2017 3


   Roman J. Israel
Colin Farrell    George Pierce
Carmen Ejogo    Maya Alston
Lynda Gravatt    Vernita Wells
Amanda Warren    Lynn Jackson
Hugo Armstrong    Fritz Molinar
Sam Gilroy    Connor Novick
Tony Plana    Jessie Salinas
DeRon Horton    Derrell Ellerbee
Amari Cheatom    Carter Johnson
Vince Cefalu    Security Bailiff
Tarina Pouncy    Hallway Bailiff
Nazneen Contractor    Melina Nassour (Ass't. DA)
Niles Fitch    Langston Bailey
Jocelyn Ayanna    Court Officer Bailiff
Eli Blidner    Prosecutor Michael Wesley
Robert Prescott    Hon. Adam W. Hilliard
Sedale Threatt Jr    Jeff
Elisa Perry    Felicity Ellerbee
Andrew Tinpo Lee    James Lee
Brittany Ishibashi    Beth (Jessie's Ass't.)
Cynthia Dallas    Lock-Up Guard
Shelley Hennig    Olivia Reed (George’s Ass’t.)
Annie Sertich    Kate Becker (Ass't. DA)
Esperanza Spalding    Coalition Activist #1
Jessica Camacho    Coalition Activist #2
Ajgie Kirkland    Homeless Man
Franco Vega    Officer Will Wallace
Lauren Ellen Thompson    Officer Leslie Hunt
Anthony Traina    Mugger
Ludwig Manukian    Armenian Man
King Orba    Danny Barnes (Donut Vendor)
Joseph David Jones    Marcus Jones (Dept. Store Salesman)
Kelly Sullivan    Kathryn (Realto)
Pej Vahdat    Abbas (Lynn’s Husband)
Henry Sanders    Pastor Jack
Claudia de Vasco    Latino Wife
Carlos E Campos    Latino Husband
Lawrence Tanter    Lakers PA Announcer
Miles Heizer    Kyle Owens (Teenager #1)
Kevin Balmore    Diego Ortiz (Teenager #2)
Justin Hall    Hitman

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Dan Gilroy
Producer    Jennifer Fox
Producer    Todd Black
Producer    Denzel Washington
Cinematographer    Robert Elswit
Production Designer    Kevin Kavanaugh
Editor    John Gilroy
Costume Designer    Francine Jamison-Tanchuck
Composer    James Newton Howard
Casting Director    Victoria Thomas
Executive Producer    Brian Oliver
Executive Producer    Betsy Danbury
Executive Producer    Charles D. King
Executive Producer    Kim Roth
Executive Producer    Poppy Hanks
Executive Producer    Michael Bloom
Executive Producer    Adam Pincus
Executive Producer    Aaron Gilbert
Executive Producer    Alex Lebovici
Executive Producer    Steve Ponce
Executive Producer    Derek Dauchy
Executive Producer    Ben Ross
Unit Production Manager    Betsy Danbury
First Assistant Director    Donald L. Sparks
Second Assistant Director    Peter Dress
Stunt Coordinator    Mike Smith
Co-Executive Producer    Jason Cloth
Associate Producer    Donald L. Sparks
Production Supervisor    Andrew Blau
Art Director    Robert Joseph
Set Decorator    Meg Everist
Supervising Sound Editor    Margit Pfeiffer
Re-recording Mixer    Andy Koyama
Re-recording Mixer    Martyn Zub
Sound Designer    Martyn Zub
Music Editor    Del Spiva
Post-Production Supervisor    Graham Stumpf
Associate Producer    Lucas Tanner
Sound Mixer    Jose Antonio Garcia
Make up    Beverly Jo Pryor
Make up    Martha Callender
Hairstylist    Melissa Forney
Hairstylist    Pierce Austin
Script Supervisor    Diane Collins
First Assistant Editor    Richard B. Molina
Assistant Editor    Corry Seeholzer
Costume Supervisor    Maritza L. Garcia-Roddy
Location Manager    Robert Foulkes
Special Effects Supervisor    Elia P. Popov
Special Effects Coordinator    Brendon O'Dell
Second Unit Director    Mike Smith
Sound Designer    Ann Scibelli
Sound Effects Editor    Joe Dzuban
Dialogue and ADR Editor    Julie Feiner
Visual Effects Supervisor    Robert Nederhorst
Visual Effects Producer    Whitney Gearin
Production Manager    Annalisa Torina

2017 - Awards Season: SAG - Nominations

December 13th, 2017

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The Screen Actors Guild were the third group to announce their nominations for this awards season. So far there have been three different films earning the most nominations. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri picked up four nominations, which is extra impressive, as there are only six theatrical categories. More...

Theater Averages: Tonya Skates its Way to $66,039

December 12th, 2017

I, Tonya

There was another Oscar contender on top of the theater average chart this weekend, as I, Tonya earned an average of $66,039 in four theaters. Call Me by Your Name was the next best film with an average of $31,761 in nine theaters. The film isn’t expanding as fast as one would expect, given its theater average, but this could be because the studio doesn’t think it has mainstream appeal. The Shape of Water was close behind with an average of $27,843 in 41 theaters and it has already earned some measure of mainstream success. The final film in the $10,000 club was Darkest Hour with an average of $13,989 in 53 theaters. More...

2017 - Awards Season: Golden Globes - Nominations

December 11th, 2017

The Shape of Water

The Golden Globes nominations are the second major Awards Season set to come out. Sort of. (WGA announced the nominations for TV, radio, etc., but not their theatrical nods.) It is still very early in the year, so it is hard to say if there are any real snubs, or if there are any real favorites. The Shape of Water led the way with seven nominations, while The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri were right behind with six a piece. More...

Theater Averages: Awards Season is Shaping Up

December 6th, 2017

The Shape of Water

It was another stellar weekend at the box office, at least as far as the theater average chart was concerned. The Shape of Water earned an average of $83,282 in two theaters. This is the fourth best of the year so far. Call Me by Your Name was right behind with an average of $73,890 in four theaters. This is by far the best result of the year for a holdover, more than doubling Lady Bird’s sophomore stint. However, Lady Bird expanded its theater count during its second weekend of release, while Call Me by Your Name did not. The Disaster Artist was close behind with an average of $63,755 in 19 theaters. You could argue this was the best result of the week, because the film was playing in many more theaters than the two films above it. Wonder Wheel was well back with an average of $28,111 in five theaters. Normally this would be an amazing start, but this week it won’t make an impact and it could fade away by the end of the year. Finally, Darkest Hour was the final film in the $10,000 club earning an average of $27,093 in four theaters during its second weekend of release. More...

Theater Averages: Name Finds its Calling with $103,233

November 28th, 2017

Call Me by Your Name

Call Me by Your Name dominated the theater average chart with an average of $103,233 in four theaters. It is the first film of the year to reach the $100,000 mark on the per theater chart. Lady Bird was the previous yearly champion with an average of $91,109, also in four theaters. The second-best average of the week was earned by Darkest Hour at $43,752 in four theaters. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story earned $18,742 in one theater; that’s amazing for a documentary. The overall number one film, Coco, earned an average of $12,742. The only holdover in the $10,000 club was Justice League, as it pulled in $10,143. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Coco is Cream of the Crop with $50.80 / $72.91 million

November 28th, 2017


Coco gave Disney yet another reason to be thankful for Thanksgiving weekend. It topped the chart, to give the studio 10 of the 11 biggest Thanksgiving openings of all time. Meanwhile, Justice League fell a little bit faster than expected, and $250 million domestically might be out of reach. It depends on how well it holds onto its theater count when The Last Jedi opens. Overall, the box office fell 5.2% from last weekend to $189 million. This is 2.4% higher than the same weekend last year. Granted, that’s not enough to deal with inflation, but at this point, I’m willing to use any excuse to celebrate. Year-to-date, 2017 was able to close the gap with 2016, but is still behind 4.1% with $9.53 billion to $9.95 billion. More...

Weekend Estimates: Coco Gives Disney Another Thanksgiving Win

November 26th, 2017

Coco Coco will easily top the box office chart this Thanksgiving weekend, with Disney projecting a $71 million 5-day opening, including $49 million from Friday to Sunday. That’s the fourth-best Thanksgiving opening of all time, behind Frozen ($94 million), Moana ($82 million), and Toy Story 2 ($80 million). In all, Disney lays claim to 10 of the top 11 opening weekend’s over this holiday period, although, to be fair, the Hunger Games and Harry Potter franchises both claim several spots in the higher reaches of the Thanksgiving weekend record chart, but were just playing in their second weekend, rather than opening.

Nit-picking aside, it’s a great weekend for Coco. More...

Friday Estimates: Coco Opens Strong, But Moana was Stronger

November 25th, 2017


It’s the Saturday after Black Friday, so things are returning to normal. Coco is leading the way, which no one should be terribly surprised by. It earned $13.24 million on Wednesday, which was about 15% lower than Moana’s opening day. It held on better on Thursday, cutting the gap to about 10% with $8.93 million. However, by Friday, it was behind Moana by 15% again. That said, if is maintains this pace throughout the rest of the weekend it will earn $48 million / $71 million during its opening weekend. This is almost exactly as I predicted and more than enough to make Disney very happy. Furthermore, thanks to 96% positive review and an amazing A plus from CinemaScore, as well as no real competition for the next two weeks, the film should have excellent legs. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Coco Come to Life at the Box Office?

November 22nd, 2017


Coco is the only wide release of the week, which is amazing for Thanksgiving weekend. This should boost its chances at the box office and it is now expected to open in first place. Justice League was expected to repeat as box office champion this weekend, but that’s likely not going to happen now. This weekend last year, Moana earned $82 million over the five-day weekend. I don’t think Coco will match that, but it will come close enough to top the chart. More...

Theater Averages: Justice League tops Chart with $23,165, Three Billboards Grabs Second

November 21st, 2017

Justice League

Justice League topped the theater average chart with $23,165 in just over 4,000 theaters. This is in the top ten best theater averages for any wide release that has come out this year, but it is about 25% lower than it needed to be. Last week’s winner, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri was pushed into second place with an average of $20,796 in 53 theaters. Its strong hold plus its early success during Awards Season should help it stick around in theaters for a long time. Roman J. Israel, Esq was next with an average of $15,500 in four theaters. This would be a good start for a limited release, but it is scheduled to expand wide on Wednesday, so I’m not sure it is good enough. Finally, Lady Bird rounded out the $10,000 club with an average of $10,573 in 238 theaters. It has already earned a significant measure of mainstream success and it still has room to grow. More...

Weekend Estimates: How Much Trouble Does a $96 Million Opening Spell for the DCEU?

November 19th, 2017

Justice League

Justice League was meant to the be the big pay-off for the first phase of the DC Extended Universe, bringing together the characters introduced in Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Wonder Woman, and setting the stage for next year’s Aquaman. The huge success of Wonder Woman this Summer seemed to be just the kick the franchise needed, and, given the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which enjoyed steadily building success leading up to the gigantic opening of The Avengers, an opening north of $150 million, and maybe even approaching $200 million seemed a possibility a couple of months ago. In that context, the $96 million projected weekend announced by Warner Bros. this morning looks like a huge disappointment. What does it mean for the franchise? More...

Friday Estimates: Justice Prevails on Friday with $38.8 Million, but the DCEU in Peril

November 18th, 2017

Justice League

As predicted, Justice League dominated the Friday box office chart, earning four times its nearest competitor. However, it only managed $38.8 million on Friday, which is well below expectations. In fact, tracking has been dropping and the film is now widely expected to open with less than $100 million over the weekend, making it the only film in the DCEU to fail to reach the century mark during its opening weekend. There are a number of reasons why this film is struggling. Firstly, except for Wonder Woman, no film in the franchise has earned good reviews and mainstream audiences may have given up on the franchise. Secondly, the troubled production meant a lot of people who were part of the target audience, but not hardcore D.C. Comics fans, are taking a wait-and-see approach here. Since its reviews are bad, these people are staying home. Its CinemaScore is just a B plus, so it won’t have great legs going forward. Finally, there’s Thor: Ragnarok. That film is proving to be stronger than expected competition, as it started faster and is holding up better than most similar films. I think Warner Bros. is going to have to rethink the entire DCEU before going forward. Aquaman is already in post-production and Wonder Woman 2 is definitely going forward. After that, I’m not sure what films will or will not be made. More...

Limited and VOD Releases: Clear as Mud

November 17th, 2017


I think it will be a bad week at the box office for new limited releases. Mudbound is the best film on this week’s list, but it is playing on Netflix, so it will likely go no where at the box office. Sadly, there’s no other film that can take advantage of the lack of competition. More...

2017 Preview: November

November 1st, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok

October wasn’t a good month; then again, outside of a few bright spots, the overall box office has been a disaster since early summer. I would love to say November will turn things around, but, while it should be better, in this case “better” is a relative term. There are two films on this list with a chance at $300 million, Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League, while Coco is nearly a guarantee for $200 million. By comparison, last November had a similar result with three films earning between $200 million and $300 million, but none topping that figure. This means, if Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League both get to that milestone, then 2017 could cut into 2016’s lead during the month. It will still take a minor miracle for 2017 to catch up in the end, but just cutting the lead in half by the end of December would be a reason to celebrate at this point. More...

Roman J. Israel, Esq. Trailer

October 31st, 2017

Drama starring Denzel Washington, written and directed by Dan Gilroy, opens November 17 ... Full Movie Details. More...

Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2017/11/17 37 $61,999   4 $15,500   $61,999 1
2017/11/24 9 $4,447,070 +7,073% 1,648 $2,698   $6,201,114 2
2017/12/01 11 $1,958,702 -56% 1,669 $1,174   $9,526,792 3
2017/12/08 14 $871,624 -55% 1,453 $600   $11,209,149 4

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2017/11/17 - $22,842   4 $5,711   $22,842 1
2017/11/18 - $23,919 +5% 4 $5,980   $46,761 2
2017/11/19 - $15,238 -36% 4 $3,810   $61,999 3
2017/11/20 - $6,325 -58% 4 $1,581   $68,324 4
2017/11/21 - $5,953 -6% 4 $1,488   $74,277 5
2017/11/22 11 $752,654 +12,543% 1,648 $457   $826,931 6
2017/11/23 8 $927,113 +23% 1,648 $563   $1,754,044 7
2017/11/24 9 $1,817,538 +96% 1,648 $1,103   $3,571,582 8
2017/11/25 9 $1,695,670 -7% 1,648 $1,029   $5,267,252 9
2017/11/26 11 $933,862 -45% 1,648 $567   $6,201,114 10
2017/11/27 9 $333,971 -64% 1,648 $203   $6,535,085 11
2017/11/28 9 $468,531 +40% 1,648 $284   $7,003,616 12
2017/11/29 10 $289,045 -38% 1,648 $175   $7,292,661 13
2017/11/30 10 $275,429 -5% 1,648 $167   $7,568,090 14
2017/12/01 11 $607,595 +121% 1,669 $364   $8,175,685 15
2017/12/02 11 $854,969 +41% 1,669 $512   $9,030,654 16
2017/12/03 11 $496,138 -42% 1,669 $297   $9,526,792 17
2017/12/04 11 $182,321 -63% 1,669 $109   $9,709,113 18
2017/12/05 11 $276,189 +51% 1,669 $165   $9,985,302 19
2017/12/06 11 $183,136 -34% 1,669 $110   $10,168,438 20
2017/12/07 11 $169,087 -8% 1,669 $101   $10,337,525 21
2017/12/08 - $253,191 +50% 1,453 $174   $10,590,716 22
2017/12/09 14 $390,025 +54% 1,453 $268   $10,980,741 23
2017/12/10 14 $228,408 -41% 1,453 $157   $11,209,149 24
2017/12/11 14 $92,879 -59% 1,453 $64   $11,302,028 25
2017/12/12 14 $134,716 +45% 1,453 $93   $11,436,744 26
2017/12/13 13 $95,384 -29% 1,453 $66   $11,532,128 27
2017/12/14 14 $56,619 -41% 1,453 $39   $11,588,747 28

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2017/11/17 11 $1,754,044   1,648 $1,064   $1,754,044 1
2017/11/24 11 $5,814,046 +231% 1,648 $3,528   $7,568,090 2
2017/12/01 11 $2,769,435 -52% 1,669 $1,659   $10,337,525 3
2017/12/08 14 $1,251,222 -55% 1,453 $861   $11,588,747 4

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