When Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a world-class black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on The Green Book to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger-as well as unexpected humanity and humor-they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.
Genres: Biography | Comedy | Drama | Music
Language: English | Italian | Russian | German
Release Date: 21 November 2018 (USA)
Filming Locations: Carnegie Hall, New York City, New York, USA
- Viggo Mortensen as Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga
- Mahershala Ali as Don Shirley
- Linda Cardellini as Dolores Vallelonga
- Dimiter D. Marinov as Oleg
- Mike Hatton as George
- Iqbal Theba as Amit
- Sebastian Maniscalco as Johnny Venere
- Von Lewis as Bobby Rydell
- P.J. Byrne as Record Executive Producer
- Montrel Miller as Birmingham Hotel Waiter
- Tom Virtue as Morgan Anderson
- Don Stark as Jules Podell
- Brian Stepanek as Graham Kindell
- Dennis W. Hall as Wise Guy Mags
- Randal Gonzalez as Gorman
- Maggie Nixon as Coat Check Girl
- Brian Distance as Macon Cop #2
As of March 12, 2019, Green Book has grossed $80.8 million in the United States and Canada, and $162.5 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $243.3 million, against a production budget of $23 million.
The film made $312,000 from 25 theaters in its opening weekend, an average of $12,480 per venue, which Deadline Hollywood called “not good at all”, although TheWrap said it was a “successful start,” and noted strong word-of-mouth would likely help it going into its wide release. The film had its wide expansion alongside the openings of Ralph Breaks the Internet, Robin Hood and Creed II, and was projected to gross around $7–9 million over the five-day weekend, November 21 to 25. It made $908,000 on its first day of wide release and $1 million on its second. It grossed $5.4 million over the three-day weekend (and $7.4 million over the five), finishing ninth. Deadline wrote that the opening was “far from where [it needed] to be to be considered a success,” and that strong audience word of mouth and impending award nominations would be needed in order to help the film develop box office legs. Rival studios argued that Universal went too wide too fast (going from 25 theaters to 1,063 in less than a week).
In its second weekend the film made $3.9 million, falling just 29% and leading some industry insiders to think the film could leg out to $50 million during awards season.In its third weekend of wide release, following its Golden Globe nominations, it dropped 0% and again made $3.9 million, then made $2.8 million the following weekend. In its eighth weekend, the film made $1.8 million (continuing to hold well, dropping just 3% from the previous week). It then made $2.1 million in its ninth weekend (up 18%) and $2.1 million in its 10th. In the film’s 11th week of release, following the announcement of its five Oscar nominations, it was added to 1,518 theaters (for a total of 2,430) and made $5.4 million, an increase of 150% from the previous weekend and finishing sixth at the box office.The weekend following its Best Picture win, the film was added to 1,388 theaters (for a total of 2,641) and made $4.7 million, finishing fifth at the box office. It marked a 121% increase from the previous week, as well as one of the best post-Best Picture win bumps ever, and largest since The King’s Speech in 2011.
Green Book was a surprise success overseas, especially in China where it debuted to a much higher-than-expected $17.3 million, immediately becoming the second highest-grossing Best Picture winner in the country behind Titanic (1997). As of March 7, 2019, the largest foreign markets for the film were China ($26.7 million), France ($10.7 million), the United Kingdom ($10 million), Australia ($7.8 million) and Italy ($8.6 million). By March 13, China’s total had grown to $44.5 million.
Last score update: 3/14/19