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Bad Words (2014)

Bad Words poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $7,779,614Details
International Box Office $63,531
Worldwide Box Office $7,843,145
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $2,001,007 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $1,721,529 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $3,722,536
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  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Full Financials
  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer

Synopsis

40-year old Guy Trilby finds a loophole in the rules of the National Quill Spelling Bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition. Contest officials, outraged parents, and overly ambitious 8th graders are no match for Guy, as he ruthlessly crushes their dreams of victory and fame. As a reporter attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward 10-year old Chaitanya, who is completely unfazed by Guy’s take-no-prisoners approach to life.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
Critics
66% - Fresh
Audience
61% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$10,000,000
Domestic Releases: March 14th, 2014 (Limited) by Focus Features
March 28th, 2014 (Expands Wide) by Focus Features
Video Release: July 8th, 2014 by Universal Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for crude and sexual content, language and brief nudity.
(Rating bulletin 2273, 5/22/2013)
Running Time: 89 minutes
Comparisons: vs. I Love You, Phillip Morris
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Keywords: Mid-Life Crisis, Tournament, Intellectual Pursuits, Bad Role Models, Directing Yourself
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Comedy
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Darko Entertainment, Aggregate Films, MXN Entertainment
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,914 $2,921 May 23, 2014 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,218 $21,032 May 16, 2014 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,155 $8,525 May 9, 2014 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,144 $18,292 May 2, 2014 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,905 $48,339 Apr 25, 2014 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,307 $164,770 Apr 18, 2014 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,710 $596,236 Apr 11, 2014 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,411 $1,613,277 Apr 4, 2014 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,534 $2,560,186 Mar 28, 2014 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,608 $505,044 Mar 21, 2014 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,981 $113,301 Mar 14, 2014 3

Cast

   Guy Trilby
Kathryn Hahn    Jenny Widgeon
Rohan Chand    Chaitanya Chopra
Ben Falcone    Pete Fowler
Phillip Baker Hall    Dr. Bowman
Allison Janney    Dr. Bernice Deagan
Steve Witting    Proctor at Spelling Bee
Beth Grant    Bedazzled Judge
Gwen Parden    Brace-Faced Girl
Anjul Nigam    Sriram Chopra
Bruce Allan Miller    Bald Glasses Judge
Bob Stephenson    Bill Murhoff
Patricia Belcher    Ingrid
Matthew Zhang    Braden Aftergood
Madison Hu    Ling Quan
Michael Patrick McGill    Beet Red Father
Judith Hoag    Petal Dubois
Rachael Harris    Eric Tai's Mother
Mychael Bates    Lobster Man
Greg Cromer    Jeremy "FBI Agent"
Kimleigh Smith    Marzipan
Ethan Dizon    Ricky Irvine
Emily Sarah Carlson    Joyce Sacks
Jacquie Barnbrook    Joyce Sack's Mom
Mak Krikscuin    Mickey Carlson
Sofia Nam    Jayleen Song
Lucky Davis    Leonard Feldman
Terry Shusta    Cop #1
Connor Kalopsis    Eric Tai
Amanda Anka    National Public Television Narrator
Tanner Goad    Kid #1 on Bike
William M. Maltz    Chip
Gregory Sutton    Irate Driver

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    Andrew Dodge
Producer    Jason Bateman
Producer    Mason Novick
Producer    Sean McKittrick
Producer    Jeff Culotta
Executive Producer    Edward H. Hamm Jr.
Executive Producer    James Garavente
Executive Producer    Darren Dementre
Co-Producer    Gary Marcus
Director of Photography    Ken Seng
Production Designer    Shepherd Frankel
Editor    Tatiana S. Riegel
Costume Designer    April Napier
Composer    Rolfe Kent
Music Supervisor    Chris Mollere
Casting Director    Jeanne McCarthy
Casting Director    Nicole Abellera
Unit Production Manager    Darren M. Demetre
Assistant Director    Gary Marcus
Assistant Director    Michael J. Judd
Art Director    Calla Klessig
Art Dept. Coordinator    Cindy Ichikawa
Set Designer    Adrian Gorton
Stills Photography    Sam Urdank
Script Supervisor    Diane Durant
Sound Mixer    Steve Cantamessa
Set Decorator    Elizabeth Keener
Make up    Kim Greene
Make up    Bonni Flowers
Hairstylist    Laurel Kelly
Hairstylist    Jose Zamora
Production Supervisor    Syndey Huynh
Assistant Editor    Dan Boccoli
Post-Production Supervisor    Brad Arensman
Re-recording Mixer    Chris David
Re-recording Mixer    Gabriel J. Serrano
Supervising Sound Editor    David Esparza
Dialogue Editor    Robert C. Jackson
Sound Effects Editor    Ryan Collins
Foley Mixer    A. Josh Reinhardt
Casting Associate    John McAlary
Casting Associate    Rich King
Special Effects Coordinator    Jeremy Hays
Costume Supervisor    Patty Malkin
Music Editor    Nick South
Score Mixer    Greg Townley
Visual Effects    Gradient Effects
Visual Effects Supervisor    Thomas Tannenberger
Visual Effects Supervisor    Tim Carras
Visual Effects Executive Producer    Olcun Tan
Visual Effects Producer    Josh Comen

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for July 8th, 2014

July 6th, 2014

It is a terrible week on the home market. I could just leave that as my opening sentence on this column all summer long and the vast majority of the time it would fit perfectly. This week, the biggest new release is Raid 2, a foreign-language action film. The second biggest release is Jodorowsky's Dune, a documentary about a movie that was never made. Neither release will sell a ton of units. However, both earned great reviews and both are contenders for Pick of the Week. The third and final contender is Le Week-End, which is earning reviews that are just as good, but the film appears to be selling far fewer units on the home market. While all three releases are worth picking up, Jodorowsky's Dune on Blu-ray Combo Pack is the best this week and it is the winner of the Pick of the Week. More...

Per Theater Chart: Under Over Everyone Else

April 8th, 2014

Under the Skin poster

Under the Skin opened surprisingly well with a per theater average of $33,289 in four theaters. This is the second best opening per theater average for any film released in 2014, well back of The Grand Budapest Hotel's record-breaking debut. The only other film in the $10,000 club was the overall box office leader, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which earned an average of $24,130 in nearly 4,000 theaters. More...

Per Theater Chart: Mistakes Paid Dividends, while Raid Rules

April 1st, 2014

Mistaken for Strangers poster

It was a close race, but The Raid 2 took top spot on the per theater chart with an average of $23,613 in seven theaters. Finding Vivian Maier was right behind with an average of $21,200 in three theaters. The overall number one film, Noah, was the only other film in the $10,000 club, earning an average of $12,257. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Noah Sails to the Top, but Box Office Sinks

April 1st, 2014

Noah poster

March is over and it ended on a bit of a down note. Noah topped expectations, but not every film managed to do the same. For instance, Sabotage barely avoided the Mendoza Line. Overall the box office was down less than $1 million, or 0.7%, when compared to last weekend. Compared to last year, the box office was down 5%, which isn't great, but given how strong 2014 has been, it is hardly a reason to panic. In fact, year-to-date, 2014 has a 6% lead over 2013 at $2.35 billion to $2.22 billion. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Noah Wash Away the Competition?

March 27th, 2014

Noah poster

The final weekend in March is a busy one with two wide releases, possibly two wide expansions, and a semi-wide release that could reach the top ten. Noah is the wider of the two wide releases and should have little trouble earning first place over the weekend. On the other hand, there is a chance Sabotage won't reach the top five. Both Bad Words and The Grand Budapest Hotel are expanding wide, or widish. The Grand Budapest Hotel should pop into the top five, but not everyone thinks Bad Words will reach the top ten. Finally, Cesar Chavez is opening in more than 600 theaters and there is a chance it will reach the top ten. This weekend last year was led by G.I. Joe: Retaliation with just over $40 million. Noah could get there, but even if it does, I don't think the other films will hold their end of the bargain and 2014 will finally lose in the year-over-year comparison. More...

Per Theater Chart: Grand Still the Grandest of Them All

March 19th, 2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel poster

Despite expanding from 4 to 66 theaters, The Grand Budapest Hotel held on well enough to lead the per theater chart with ease. In fact, its average of $55,122 was the second best per theater average for the year, behind only its opening weekend. Bad Words came in second place with an average of $18,884 in six theaters. This is a good opening, but not one that suggests it could naturally expand wide. Fortunately, the film already has a wide release scheduled and as the ad campaign for the wide release ramps up, it should at least become a midlevel hit when compared to its production budget. Enemy was right behind with an estimated $18,000 in its lone theater. Le Week-End was the final film in the $10,000 club as it earned an average of $14,536 in three theaters during its opening weekend of release. More...

Weekend Estimates: Peabody Beats Out Action Trio

March 16th, 2014

Mr. Peabody & Sherman poster

An over-abundance of action movies this weekend split the market for moviegoers looking for such entertainment, allowing the animated family adventure Mr. Peabody and Sherman to sneak in and win the weekend. Peabody will be down a decent 34% from last weekend at $21.2 million, according to Fox, and will hit $63 million by the end of the weekend. Its legs will take it past 300: Rise of an Empire, which will be down 58% to $19.1 million for the weekend, and $78.4 million after two. Both films will top new release Need for Speed. Disney's debutant will post around $17.8 million for the weekend, a number undoubtedly squeezed by competition with 300 and Non-Stop, which will post $10.6 million in its third weekend, for $68.8 million in total. More...

Limited Releases: Will Bad Words bring Good News?

March 14th, 2014

Bad Words poster

There could be as many as two-dozen limited releases opening this week, which is insane. That's so many that I'm going to have to limit the ones I talk about to those that I can easily find release dates and / or theater listings for on official sites. (I should really do this every week, because too many times I talk about a film opening in limited release, only to never hear about the movie again.) The competition is overwhelming, but there are a few that rise above the crowd. Veronica Mars is opening wider than any other film and its reviews are pretty good. On the other hand, it is also playing on Video on Demand, so its box office numbers might be really weak. Bad Words is only opening in six theaters tonight, but since it already has a wide expansion planned for the 28th, one could say it is the biggest release of the week. There are several other films on this week's list that could find an audience (Enemy, Exposed, On My Way, etc.) but the competition will likely prove to be too much. More...

2014 Preview: March

March 1st, 2014

Divergent poster

2014 continued its strong run in February with The Lego Movie beating even the high end expectations and will become the first film released in 2014 to reach $200 million. March doesn't look as strong, as no film is on track to hit $200 million, but there are five films that have a chance at $100 million. Granted, not all of them will get there; in fact, there's a chance only one of them will get there. Divergent is the film I think has the best shot at the century club, but it could be joined by Mr. Peabody and Sherman, for instance, which is earning surprisingly strong reviews. Noah is a big-budget Bible epic and the studio has to be hoping for at least $100 million, but the buzz is quite negative and there have been reports of troubles behind-the-scenes. Last March was led by Oz The Great and Powerful, which pulled in more than $200 million domestically. I don't think any film opening this March will match that figure. In addition, The Croods and G.I. Joe: Retaliation also hit the $100 million milestone, while Olympus Has Fallen came very close. Granted, there were also some big bombs last March, like The Host, but even so, I think 2014 will lose ground in the year-over-year comparison. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/03/14 33 $113,301   6 $18,884   $113,301 3
2014/03/21 16 $505,044 +346% 87 $5,805   $660,817 10
2014/03/28 13 $2,560,186 +407% 842 $3,041   $3,478,876 17
2014/04/04 11 $1,613,277 -37% 1,074 $1,502   $5,941,681 24
2014/04/11 14 $596,236 -63% 763 $781   $7,126,342 31
2014/04/18 28 $164,770 -72% 223 $739   $7,563,088 38
2014/04/25 40 $48,339 -71% 223 $217   $7,678,868 45
2014/05/02 56 $18,292 -62% 40 $457   $7,719,157 52
2014/05/09 66 $8,525 -53% 29 $294   $7,738,136 59
2014/05/16 54 $21,032 +147% 83 $253   $7,764,027 66
2014/05/23 70 $2,921 -86% 21 $139   $7,777,560 73

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/03/14 - $37,862   6 $6,310   $37,862 1
2014/03/15 - $46,788 +24% 6 $7,798   $84,650 2
2014/03/16 - $28,651 -39% 6 $4,775   $113,301 3
2014/03/17 - $8,574 -70% 6 $1,429   $121,875 4
2014/03/18 - $9,561 +12% 6 $1,594   $131,436 5
2014/03/19 - $10,047 +5% 6 $1,675   $141,483 6
2014/03/20 - $14,290 +42% 6 $2,382   $155,773 7
2014/03/21 16 $141,136 +888% 87 $1,622   $296,909 8
2014/03/22 16 $216,993 +54% 87 $2,494   $513,902 9
2014/03/23 16 $146,915 -32% 87 $1,689   $660,817 10
2014/03/24 16 $54,124 -63% 87 $622   $714,941 11
2014/03/25 17 $59,408 +10% 87 $683   $774,349 12
2014/03/26 15 $64,148 +8% 87 $737   $838,497 13
2014/03/27 13 $80,193 +25% 87 $922   $918,690 14
2014/03/28 12 $765,958 +855% 842 $910   $1,684,648 15
2014/03/29 12 $1,149,787 +50% 842 $1,366   $2,834,435 16
2014/03/30 13 $644,441 -44% 842 $765   $3,478,876 17
2014/03/31 13 $207,979 -68% 842 $247   $3,686,855 18
2014/04/01 12 $251,517 +21% 842 $299   $3,938,372 19
2014/04/02 12 $206,315 -18% 842 $245   $4,144,687 20
2014/04/03 12 $183,717 -11% 842 $218   $4,328,404 21
2014/04/04 11 $505,332 +175% 1,074 $471   $4,833,736 22
2014/04/05 11 $707,044 +40% 1,074 $658   $5,540,780 23
2014/04/06 13 $400,901 -43% 1,074 $373   $5,941,681 24
2014/04/07 11 $137,635 -66% 1,074 $128   $6,079,316 25
2014/04/08 11 $182,439 +33% 1,074 $170   $6,261,755 26
2014/04/09 9 $144,337 -21% 1,074 $134   $6,406,092 27
2014/04/10 9 $124,014 -14% 1,074 $115   $6,530,106 28
2014/04/11 - $182,990 +48% 763 $240   $6,713,096 29
2014/04/12 - $264,725 +45% 763 $347   $6,977,821 30
2014/04/13 - $148,521 -44% 763 $195   $7,126,342 31
2014/04/14 - $67,907 -54% 763 $89   $7,194,249 32
2014/04/15 - $95,293 +40% 763 $125   $7,289,542 33
2014/04/16 - $56,899 -40% 763 $75   $7,346,441 34
2014/04/17 - $51,877 -9% 763 $68   $7,398,318 35
2014/04/18 - $60,641 +17% 223 $272   $7,458,959 36
2014/04/19 - $67,112 +11% 223 $301   $7,526,071 37
2014/04/20 - $37,017 -45% 223 $166   $7,563,088 38
2014/04/21 - $18,119 -51% 223 $81   $7,581,207 39
2014/04/22 - $19,797 +9% 223 $89   $7,601,004 40
2014/04/23 - $16,088 -19% 223 $72   $7,617,092 41
2014/04/24 - $13,437 -16% 223 $60   $7,630,529 42
2014/04/25 - $15,036 +12% 223 $67   $7,645,565 43
2014/04/26 - $21,777 +45% 223 $98   $7,667,342 44
2014/04/27 - $11,526 -47% 223 $52   $7,678,868 45
2014/04/28 - $5,547 -52% 223 $25   $7,684,415 46
2014/04/29 - $6,317 +14% 223 $28   $7,690,732 47
2014/04/30 - $5,564 -12% 223 $25   $7,696,296 48
2014/05/01 - $4,569 -18% 114 $40   $7,700,865 49
2014/05/02 - $5,731 +25% 40 $143   $7,706,596 50
2014/05/03 - $7,551 +32% 40 $189   $7,714,147 51
2014/05/04 - $5,010 -34% 40 $125   $7,719,157 52
2014/05/05 - $1,639 -67% 40 $41   $7,720,796 53
2014/05/06 - $3,067 +87% 40 $77   $7,723,863 54
2014/05/07 - $2,558 -17% 40 $64   $7,726,421 55
2014/05/08 - $3,190 +25% 40 $80   $7,729,611 56
2014/05/09 - $2,715 -15% 29 $94   $7,732,326 57
2014/05/10 - $3,420 +26% 29 $118   $7,735,746 58
2014/05/11 - $2,390 -30% 29 $82   $7,738,136 59
2014/05/12 - $769 -68% 29 $27   $7,738,905 60
2014/05/13 - $1,305 +70% 29 $45   $7,740,210 61
2014/05/14 - $1,459 +12% 29 $50   $7,741,669 62
2014/05/15 - $1,326 -9% 29 $46   $7,742,995 63
2014/05/16 - $5,881 +344% 83 $71   $7,748,876 64
2014/05/17 - $9,342 +59% 83 $113   $7,758,218 65
2014/05/18 - $5,809 -38% 83 $70   $7,764,027 66
2014/05/19 - $2,561 -56% 83 $31   $7,766,588 67
2014/05/20 - $3,073 +20% 83 $37   $7,769,661 68
2014/05/21 - $2,413 -21% 83 $29   $7,772,074 69
2014/05/22 - $2,565 +6% 83 $31   $7,774,639 70
2014/05/23 - $731 -72% 21 $35   $7,775,370 71
2014/05/24 - $1,110 +52% 21 $53   $7,776,480 72
2014/05/25 - $1,080 -3% 21 $51   $7,777,560 73
2014/05/26 - $789 -27% 21 $38   $7,778,349 74
2014/05/27 - $462 -41% 21 $22   $7,778,811 75
2014/05/28 - $352 -24% 21 $17   $7,779,163 76
2014/05/29 - $451 +28% 21 $21   $7,779,614 77

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/03/14 34 $155,773   6 $25,962   $155,773 7
2014/03/21 16 $762,917 +390% 87 $8,769   $918,690 14
2014/03/28 13 $3,409,714 +347% 842 $4,050   $4,328,404 21
2014/04/04 11 $2,201,702 -35% 1,074 $2,050   $6,530,106 28
2014/04/11 14 $868,212 -61% 763 $1,138   $7,398,318 35
2014/04/18 26 $232,211 -73% 223 $1,041   $7,630,529 42
2014/04/25 39 $70,336 -70% 114 $617   $7,700,865 49
2014/05/02 55 $28,746 -59% 40 $719   $7,729,611 56
2014/05/09 63 $13,384 -53% 29 $462   $7,742,995 63
2014/05/16 47 $31,644 +136% 83 $381   $7,774,639 70
2014/05/23 68 $4,975 -84% 21 $237   $7,779,614 77

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
7/13/2014739,037 39,037$667,142$667,1421
7/20/20142614,181-64% 53,218$269,297$936,4402

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
7/13/2014720,448 20,448$484,821$484,8211
7/20/2014168,465-59% 28,913$209,838$694,6592

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