Bernie

Bernie poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $9,204,489Details
International Box Office $902,486
Worldwide Box Office $10,106,975
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $1,782,670 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $458,189 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $2,240,859
Further financial details...

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  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Full Financials
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Synopsis

In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town’s most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated Bernie, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent, an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune. Bernie frequently traveled with Marjorie and even managed her banking affairs. Marjorie quickly became fully dependant on Bernie and his generosity and Bernie struggled to meet her increasing demands. Bernie continued to handle her affairs, and the townspeople went months without seeing Marjorie. The people of Carthage were shocked when it was reported that Marjorie Nugent had been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede was being charged with the murder.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
90% - Certified Fresh
Audience
72% - Upright

Movie Details

Production Budget:$6,000,000
Theatrical Release: April 27th, 2012 (Limited) by Millennium Entertainment
Video Release: August 21st, 2012 by Millennium Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violent images and brief strong language.
(Rating bulletin 2180, 7/13/2011)
Keywords: LGBT, Revenge, Widow/Widower, Breaking the Fourth Wall, Non Professional Actor
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Black Comedy
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Millennium Films, Mandalay Vision, Wind Dancer Films

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Awards Season: Silver Linings for Limited Releases

The Independent Spirit Awards has a special place in the Awards Season. The nominations are the unoffficial start of Awards Season, but the actual awards aren't given out until Oscar weekend, so they are the beginning at the end of Awards Season. They also help out a lot of limited releases that would otherwise not get enough buzz, although they are not so good at predicting Oscar wins. This year, two films tied for most nominations, Moonrise Kingdom and The Silver Linings Playbook, both of which earned five nominations. They weren't the only films to earn multiple nominations though. More...

Blu-ray Sales: Hungry No More

The Hunger Games dominated the Blu-ray Sales Chart during its first full week on the home market. It saw its sales numbers grow a little bit to 1.75 million units / $34.99 million for the week giving it totals of 3.42 million units / $68.32 million. It is already in the top ten best-selling Blu-rays of all time and the best-selling Blu-ray of the year. It likely won't last in first place for long, as The Avengers is coming out soon and should be record-breaking on Blu-ray. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for August 21st, 2012

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Per Theater Chart: Waning Moon

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Per Theater Chart: Moon Shines Over Wide Releases

For the third weekend in a row, Moonrise Kingdom remained the top film on the per theater chart with an average of $16,247. Again, most limited releases would kill to have an opening week per theater average that high while playing in only a couple theaters. Moonrise Kingdom did it in its third weekend of release while playing in nearly 100 theaters. To call it a success is an understatement. Prometheus finished in second place with $15,032, while the overall box office leader, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, was right behind with an average of $14,166. Dark Horse opened with $13,551 in its lone theater. Safety Not Guaranteed opened in ninety theaters, which is a little high for a limited release, but it still earned an impressive average of $10,862. More...

Full Moon on the Per Theater Chart

Moonrise Kingdom remained on the top of the per theater chart with an outstanding average of $54,805 in 16 theaters. If it had opened with that average in four theaters, it would have been considered a huge hit, so this is a fantastic sophomore stint. Snow White and the Huntsman was the only other film in the $10,000 club with an average of $14,900. More...

Per Theater Chart: Moonrise is Intouchable

To call Moonrise Kingdom's opening impressive would be an understatement. The film earned more than $500,000 in just four theaters for an average of $130,749. ... I looked up three different sources to make sure that wasn't a typo. That's the ninth best per theater average of all time, and the best for a live action film. (Disney used to release the animated tentpole releases in one or two theaters for a prestige release a week before their wide releases and these films fill the top eight spots.) Les Intouchables placed second with an average of $25,263 in four theaters, which is excellent and suggests potential for expansion. The overall box office leader, Men in Black 3, was the final film in the $10,000 club with an average of $12,851. More...

Per Theater Chart: Nothing Left to Avenge

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Avengers are the Best on the Per Theater Chart

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Bernie Buried the Competition on the Per Theater Chart

Bernie got off to an unexpectedly strong start with an average of $28,602 in three theaters. With 82% positive reviews, it should have strong enough word-of-mouth to expand significantly. Headhunters was the only other film in the $10,000 club earning an average of $10,753 in four theaters. As a foreign language film, it will have more trouble expanding. More...

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Limited Releases: Hunting for the Best

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Cast

Jack Black    Bernie Tiede
Shirley MacLaine    Marjorie Nugent
Matthew McConaughey    Danny Buck
Brady Coleman    Scrappy Holmes
Richard Robichaux    Lloyd Hornbuckle
Rick Dial    Don Leggett
Brandon Smith    Sheriff Huckabee
Larry Jack Dotson    Rev. Woodard
Merrilee McCommas    Molly
Matthew Greer    Carl

Production and Technical Credits

Director    Richard Linklater
Screenwriter    Richard Linklater
Screenwriter    Skip Hollandsworth
Producer    Richard Linklater
Producer    Ginger Sledge
Cinematographer    Dick Pope
Editor    Sandra Adair
Sound Mixer    John Pritchett
Department Head Makeup    Pamela Westmore
Department Head Hair    Roxie Hodenfield

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/05/30 - $75,000   194 $387   $2,296,960 34

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/04/27 36 $85,805   3 $28,602   $85,805 3
2012/05/11 21 $219,412   36 $6,095   $539,962 17
2012/05/18 13 $491,436 +124% 95 $5,173   $1,124,572 24
2012/05/25 12 $870,154 +77% 194 $4,485   $2,221,960 31
2012/06/01 12 $897,717 +3% 302 $2,973   $3,650,696 38
2012/06/08 15 $820,177 -9% 332 $2,470   $4,840,407 45
2012/06/15 15 $618,746 -25% 300 $2,062   $5,870,616 52
2012/06/22 15 $487,406 -21% 220 $2,215   $6,700,328 59
2012/06/29 22 $322,981 -34% 166 $1,946   $7,263,295 66
2012/07/06 27 $250,914 -22% 113 $2,220   $7,770,793 73
2012/07/13 30 $215,932 -14% 103 $2,096   $8,106,280 80
2012/07/20 28 $161,686 -25% 104 $1,555   $8,368,794 87
2012/07/27 31 $135,157 -16% 99 $1,365   $8,593,771 94
2012/08/03 31 $130,709 -3% 97 $1,348   $8,799,906 101
2012/08/10 38 $79,313 -39% 88 $901   $8,940,212 108
2012/08/17 47 $62,219 -22% 71 $876   $9,046,932 115
2012/08/24 54 $45,123 -27% 52 $868   $9,117,656 122
2012/08/31 60 $26,302 -42% 26 $1,012   $9,158,557 129
2012/09/07 73 $13,130 -50% 18 $729   $9,185,908 136
2012/09/14 70 $11,175 -15% 10 $1,118   $9,203,192 143

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
8/26/20121146,022 46,022$499,799$499,7991
9/2/20121927,561-40% 73,583$307,030$806,8282
9/9/20122919,184-30% 92,767$219,273$1,026,1023

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
8/26/20121610,012 10,012$151,679$151,6791

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