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Most Popular Movies 2016

This chart shows the 2016 movie releases that have attracted the most interest on The Numbers web site over the past 24 hours. A share of 100 corresponds to 1 percent of the total views for all 2016 releases.

See also: Domestic Release Schedule for 2016 - Top 2016 Worldwide

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  1
Moana
Domestic BO:
$248,757,044
International BO:
$390,780,164

Synopsis

For centuries, the greatest sailors in the world masterfully navigated the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, 3,000 years ago, their voyages stopped for a millennium — and no one knows exactly why. An adventurous teenager is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. Inexplicably drawn to the ocean, Moana convinces the mighty demigod Maui to join her mission, and he reluctantly helps her become a wayfinder like her ancestors who sailed before her. Together, they voyage across the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills her quest and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.

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Dear Zindagi
Dear Zindagi
Director: Gauri Shinde
Lead Roles: Alia Bhatt as Kaira, Shah Rukh Khan as Jehangir Khan “Jugs”
Initial Theatrical Release: November 23rd, 2016 (Limited) by Reliance Big Pictures, released as Dear Life
Keywords: Coming of Age, India, Mumbai, Relationships Gone Wrong
Classification: Original Screenplay, Drama, Live Action, Contemporary Fiction
Domestic BO:
$2,376,479
International BO:
$999,896

Synopsis

This is the story of Kaira, a budding cinematographer in search of perfect life. A chance encounter with Jug, an unconventional thinker, helps her gain new perspective about life. She discovers that happiness is all about finding comfort in life's imperfections.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Director: Gareth Edwards
Lead Roles: Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, Diego Luna as Captain Cassian Andor, Ben Mendelsohn as Director Orson Krennic, Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe, Mads Mikkelsen as Galen Erso, Alan Tudyk as K-2SO, Riz Ahmed as Bodhi Rook
Initial Theatrical Release: December 14th, 2016 (Wide) (Netherlands)
Keywords: Prequel, Rebellion, Space Opera, Visual Effects, Prologue, Intertitle, Tortured for Information, Non-Chronological, Robot, Dream Sequence, Suicide Mission
Classification: Spin-Off, Adventure, Animation/Live Action, Science Fiction
Domestic BO:
$532,177,324
International BO:
$518,811,164

Synopsis

In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

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Captain America: Civil War
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Lead Roles: Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America , Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Paul Bettany as Vision, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther
Initial Theatrical Release: April 27th, 2016 (Wide) (South Korea)
Keywords: Marvel Comics, Friends turned Enemies, Government Corruption, Rebellion, 1990s, Prologue, Scene in End Credits, Framed, Gratuitous Cameos, Visual Effects, Intertitle, Assassination, Young Child Dealing with the Death of a Parent, Siberia, Nigeria, Russia, Revenge, Death of a Spouse or Fiancée / Fiancé, Death of a Son or Daughter, Surprise Twist, Super Soldier Serum
Classification: Based on Comic/Graphic Novel, Action, Live Action, Super Hero
Domestic BO:
$408,084,349
International BO:
$745,220,146

Synopsis

Steve Rogers is leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Director: Zack Snyder
Lead Roles: Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman
Initial Theatrical Release: March 23rd, 2016 (Wide) (Egypt)
Keywords: Franchise Crossover, D.C. Comics, Vigilante, Non-Chronological, Dream Sequence, Prophetic Dreams
Classification: Based on Comic/Graphic Novel, Action, Live Action, Super Hero
Domestic BO:
$330,360,194
International BO:
$537,800,000

Synopsis

Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with each other, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it has ever known before.

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The Divergent Series: Allegiant
Director: Robert Schwentke
Lead Roles: Shailene Woodley as Beatrice "Tris" Prior, Theo James as Four
Initial Theatrical Release: March 9th, 2016 (Wide) (Egypt)
Keywords: Dystopia, Young Adult Book Adaptation
Classification: Based on Fiction Book/Short Story, Action, Live Action, Science Fiction
Domestic BO:
$66,184,051
International BO:
$105,300,000

Synopsis

After the revelations of Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known in order to find a peaceful solution for their embroiled city. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.

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Suicide Squad
Director: David Ayer
Lead Roles: Will Smith as Deadshot, Jared Leto as Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Jay Hernandez as Diablo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Ike Barinholtz as Griggs, Scott Eastwood as Lieutenant GQ Edwards, Cara Delevingne as June Moone/Enchantress, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Adam Beach as Slipknot
Initial Theatrical Release: August 2nd, 2016 (Wide) (South Korea)
Keywords: Ensemble, Villain's Point of View, Mercenaries, D.C. Comics, Prison, Cruel Wardens or Prison Guards, Voiceover/Narration, Non-Chronological, Intertitle, Scene in End Credits, Revenge, Death of a Spouse or Fiancée / Fiancé, Death of a Sibling, Possessed, Mutants
Classification: Based on Comic/Graphic Novel, Action, Live Action, Super Hero
Domestic BO:
$325,100,054
International BO:
$421,000,000

Synopsis

It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

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Trolls
Trolls
Director: Mike Mitchell
Lead Roles: Anna Kendrick as Poppy, Justin Timberlake as Branch, Gwen Stefani as DJ Suki, James Corden as Biggie, Russell Brand as Creek
Initial Theatrical Release: October 12th, 2016 (Wide) (Netherlands)
Keywords: Food, Rescue, Escape, Makeover
Classification: Based on Toy, Adventure, Digital Animation, Kids Fiction
Domestic BO:
$153,707,064
International BO:
$191,072,982

Synopsis

Polar opposites, Poppy and Branch, must embark on an adventure that takes them far beyond the only world they’ve ever known.

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La La Land
La La Land
Director: Damien Chazelle
Lead Roles: Ryan Gosling as Sebastian, Emma Stone as Mia
Initial Theatrical Release: November 30th, 2016 (Wide), released as LA LA LAND (South Korea)
Keywords: Hollywood, Aspiring Actress / Actor, Jazz, Musicians, Music Industry, Movie Business, Romance, Big Break, Relationships Gone Wrong, 2017 Oscars Best Picture Nominee, Non-Chronological, On Tour, Epilogue
Classification: Original Screenplay, Musical, Live Action, Contemporary Fiction
Domestic BO:
$151,101,803
International BO:
$280,612,874

Synopsis

Sebastian and Mia are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.

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Jason Bourne
Director: Paul Greengrass
Lead Roles: Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, Alicia Vikander as Heather Lee
Initial Theatrical Release: July 20th, 2016 (Wide) (South Korea)
Keywords: Sequels With Returning Stars, Secret Agent, Rogue Agent
Classification: Based on Fiction Book/Short Story, Action, Live Action, Contemporary Fiction
Domestic BO:
$162,192,920
International BO:
$254,004,139

Synopsis

Former CIA assassin Jason Bourne resurfaces just as his former employers are implementing a new program aimed at hunting him down. Now fully recovered from his amnesia, Bourne teams up with Nicky Parsons to uncover the ultimate truth about his past and his family while simultaneously exacting revenge and eluding capture by the government forces hot on his trail.

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Passengers
Passengers
Director: Morten Tyldum
Lead Roles: Jennifer Lawrence as Aurora Lane, Chris Pratt as Jim Preston
Initial Theatrical Release: December 21st, 2016 (Wide) by Sony Pictures
Keywords: Space Program, Romance, Disaster
Classification: Original Screenplay, Thriller/Suspense, Live Action, Science Fiction
Domestic BO:
$100,014,092
International BO:
$202,197,735

Synopsis

Two passengers are on a 120-year journey to another planet when their hibernation pods wake them 90 years too early. Jim and Aurora are forced to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction as the ship teeters on the brink of collapse, with the lives of thousands of passengers in jeopardy.

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12
Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures
Director: Theodore Melfi
Lead Roles: Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson, Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan, Janelle Monae as Mary Jackson, Kevin Costner as Al Harrison, Kirsten Dunst as Vivian Mitchell, Jim Parsons as Paul Stafford
Initial Theatrical Release: December 25th, 2016 (Limited) by 20th Century Fox
Keywords: 1960s, African-American, Bigotry, Sexism, Womens Rights, Mathematics, Space Program, 2017 Oscars Best Picture Nominee, Civil Rights Movement, Intertitle, Epilogue, Widow/Widower, Archive Footage
Classification: Based on Factual Book/Article, Drama, Live Action, Dramatization
Domestic BO:
$169,387,004
International BO:
$62,193,569

Synopsis

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as “human computers”, we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history’s greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.

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13
Finding Dory poster
Domestic BO:
$486,295,561
International BO:
$536,321,815

Synopsis

Reunites the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way.

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14
Kimi no na wa
Domestic BO:
$5,000,181
International BO:
$336,724,625

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15
Moonlight
Moonlight
Director: Barry Jenkins
Initial Theatrical Release: October 21st, 2016 (Limited) by A24
Keywords: Coming of Age, LGBT, African-American, Miami, Closeted Homosexual, Autobiographical, 2017 Oscars Best Picture Nominee
Classification: Based on Play, Drama, Live Action, Historical Fiction
Domestic BO:
$27,854,931
International BO:
$37,484,225

Synopsis

A story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. The film is both a portrait of contemporary African American life and a personal meditation on identity, family, friendship, and love, portraying the moments, people, and unknowable forces that shape our lives and make us who we are.

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16
Ballerina
Ballerina
Director: Eric Summer, Eric Warin
Lead Roles: Elle Fanning as Félicie Milliner
Initial Theatrical Release: December 21st, 2016 (Wide) (Netherlands)
Keywords: Ballet, Dancing, Orphan, Orphanage, Inventor, Paris, Runaway, France, 1880s, Coming of Age, Big Break, 3-D, 3-D - Shot in 3-D, Development Hell, Delayed Release
Classification: Original Screenplay, Adventure, Digital Animation, Kids Fiction
Domestic BO:
$21,858,070
International BO:
$75,065,000

Synopsis

11-year-old orphan, Félicie has one dream—to go to Paris and become a dancer. Her best friend Victor, an imaginative but exhausting boy with a passion for creating, has a dream of his own—to become a famous inventor. In a leap of faith, Victor and Félicie leave their orphanage in pursuit of their passions. But— there’s a catch, Félicie must pretend to be the child of a wealthy family in order to gain admittance to the prestigious and competitive Opera Ballet School in Paris. And with no professional dance training, she quickly learns that talent alone is not enough to overcome the ruthless, conniving attitudes of her fellow classmates, led by the devious Camille Le Haut and her wicked mother Régine. Determined to succeed, Félicie finds her mentor in the tough and mysterious school custodian, Odette who, along with Victor’s encouraging friendship, help her reach for the stars.

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The Great Wall
The Great Wall
Director: Zhang Yimou
Lead Roles: Matt Damon as William Garin, Jian Tian as Commander Lin Mae, Pedro Pascal as Pero Tovar, Willem Dafoe as Ballard, Zhang Hanyu as General Shao, Eddie Peng Yu-Yen as Commander Wu/Tiger, Lu Han as Peng Yong/Cadet Bear Corps, Kenny Lin as Commander Chen/Eagle Corps, Junkai Wang as The Emperor, Zheng Kai as Shen, Cheney Chen as Imperial Guard, Xuan Huang as Commander Deng/Deer Corps, Andy Lau as Strategist Wang
Initial Theatrical Release: December 15th, 2016 (Wide) (China)
Keywords: Ancient China, Monster, Song Dynasty, Escape, Visual Effects
Classification: Original Screenplay, Action, Live Action, Historical Fiction
Domestic BO:
$45,157,105
International BO:
$289,393,001

Synopsis

Between courage and fear. Between monsters and men. A wall stands that must never fall. The story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world's most iconic structure. When a mercenary warrior is imprisoned within The Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of our world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts, intent on devouring the world, besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront this unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force.

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Deadpool
Director: Tim Miller
Lead Roles: Ryan Reynolds as Wade/Deadpool
Initial Theatrical Release: February 9th, 2016 (Wide) (Taiwan)
Keywords: Terminal Illness, Cancer, Special Ops, Romance, Medical Crimes, Human Experimentation, Revenge, Gratuitous Cameos, Development Hell, Marvel Comics
Classification: Based on Comic/Graphic Novel, Action, Live Action, Super Hero
Domestic BO:
$363,070,709
International BO:
$437,958,540

Synopsis

The origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Director: David Yates
Lead Roles: Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Ezra Miller as Credence Barebone, Ron Perlman as Gnarlak, Colin Farrell as Percival Graves, Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski, Samantha Morton as Mary Lou, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, Carmen Ejogo as Seraphina Picquery, Katherine Waterston as Tina
Initial Theatrical Release: November 14th, 2016 (Wide) (South Korea)
Keywords: 1920s, Prequel, New York City, Secret Magic, Supernatural, Monster, Cryptozoology, Secret Societies
Classification: Spin-Off, Adventure, Live Action, Fantasy
Domestic BO:
$234,037,575
International BO:
$569,760,767

Synopsis

Story takes place in the Harry Potter world, set 70 years prior to the Harry Potter books.

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20th Century Women
20th Century Women
Director: Mike Mills
Lead Roles: Annette Bening as Dorothea, Elle Fanning as Julie, Greta Gerwig as Abby, Lucas Jade Zumann as Jamie, Billy Crudup as William
Initial Theatrical Release: December 25th, 2016 (Limited) by A24
Keywords: California, 1970s, Coming of Age, Single Parent, Culture Clash
Classification: Original Screenplay, Drama, Live Action, Historical Fiction
Domestic BO:
$5,664,763
International BO:
$1,127,786

Synopsis

A determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing — Abbie, a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home, and Julie, a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor.

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The Jungle Book poster
Domestic BO:
$364,001,123
International BO:
$599,900,000

Synopsis

An adventure about Mowgli, a man-cub raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan, who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera, and the free-spirited bear Baloo. Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa, a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie, who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.

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Star Trek Beyond
Director: Justin Lin
Lead Roles: John Cho as Hikaru Sulu, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Chris Pine as James T. Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Commander Spock, Zoe Saldana as Lieutenant Uhura, Karl Urban as Doctor Leonard "Bones" McCoy, Anton Yelchin as Chekov, Idris Elba as Krall, Sofia Boutella as Jaylah
Initial Theatrical Release: July 21st, 2016 (Wide) (United Kingdom)
Keywords: Posthumous Release, Screenplay Written By the Star, Marooned, Prologue, Ambush, Voiceover/Narration, Relationships Gone Wrong, Invented Language, Surprise Twist
Classification: Based on TV, Adventure, Live Action, Science Fiction
Domestic BO:
$158,848,340
International BO:
$177,549,972

Synopsis

The Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

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Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange
Director: Scott Derrickson
Lead Roles: Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, Rachel McAdams as Dr. Christine Palmer, Benedict Wong as Master Wong, Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius, Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One
Initial Theatrical Release: October 24th, 2016 (Wide) (South Korea)
Keywords: Marvel Comics, Secret Magic, Origin Story, Car Accident, Paralysis / Loss of a Limb, New York City, London, Hong Kong, Alternative Dimensions / Parallel universe, Same Actor, Multiple Roles, Scene in End Credits, Demons
Classification: Based on Comic/Graphic Novel, Adventure, Live Action, Super Hero
Domestic BO:
$232,641,920
International BO:
$444,900,000

Synopsis

The story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing—and hope—in an unlikely place: a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.

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The Secret Life of Pets poster
The Secret Life of Pets
Director: Chris Renaud
Lead Roles: Louis C.K. as Max, Eric Stonestreet as Duke, Kevin Hart as Snowball, Jenny Slate as Gidget, Ellie Kemper as Katie, Albert Brooks as Tiberius, Lake Bell as Chloe, Dana Carvey as Pops, Hannibal Buress as Buddy, Bobby Moynihan as Mel
Initial Theatrical Release: May 8th, 2016 (Wide) (Sweden)
Keywords: Animal Lead, Talking Animals, New York City, New York, Slobs vs. Snobs, Missing Pet, Voiceover/Narration, Revenge
Classification: Original Screenplay, Adventure, Digital Animation, Kids Fiction
Domestic BO:
$368,384,330
International BO:
$507,573,977

Synopsis

For one bustling Manhattan apartment building, the real day starts after the folks on two legs leave for work and school. That’s when the pets of every stripe, fur and feather begin their own nine-to-five routine: hanging out with each other, trading humiliating stories about their owners, auditioning adorable looks to get better snacks and watching Animal Planet like it is reality TV.

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Miles Ahead
Director: Don Cheadle
Lead Roles: Don Cheadle as Miles Davis
Initial Theatrical Release: April 1st, 2016 (Limited) by Sony Pictures Classics
Keywords: Actors Making Their Directorial Debut, Biography, Musicians, Jazz, Crowdfunding
Classification: Based on Real Life Events, Drama, Live Action, Dramatization
Domestic BO:
$2,610,896
International BO:
$2,506,202

Synopsis

A film about what we all face at one time or another in our lives; questions about who we really are, what we have to say and how will we say it. How will we ultimately be defined and who gets to say so?

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