A24 is handling domestic distribution for the film, which opened with one of the highest per-screen averages this year, taking $414,740 in four theaters in its opening weekend. To date, it has grossed nearly $1.5M on a limited release and A24 is looking to expand the release in the coming weeks.
The coming-of-age drama follows a young African-American man growing up in a tough Miami neighborhood and chronicles his early childhood to adulthood as he navigates the dangers of drugs and violence as well as his burgeoning homosexuality and love for his best friend.
Written and directed by Jenkins, Moonlight stars Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Naomie Harris, Ashton Sandres, Jharrel Jerome and Mahershala Ali.
It’s backed by A24 and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment with Jeremy Kleiner, Dede Gardner and Adele Romansk producing. Sarah Esberg, Tarell McCraney and Pitt exec produce.
“Moonlight is one of those life-affirming films that immerses you in its universal themes and kaleidoscopic view of life but told with such emotional intimacy, delicacy and beauty that no one could fail to be moved in a way that is surprising and unforgettable,” said Altitude founder Will Clarke.