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Bernie (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $9,204,489Details
International Box Office $902,486Details
Worldwide Box Office $10,106,975
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $2,227,133 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $557,737 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $2,784,870
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  3. Box Office
  4. International
  5. Video Sales
  6. Full Financials
  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer

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
89% - Certified Fresh
Audience
72% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$6,000,000
Domestic Releases: April 27th, 2012 (Limited) by Alchemy
International Releases: July 12th, 2012 (Wide) (Singapore)
July 26th, 2012 (Wide) (Portugal)
August 16th, 2012 (Wide) (Australia)
September 13th, 2012 (Wide) (Hong Kong)
December 13th, 2012 (Wide) (Hungary)
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Video Release: August 21st, 2012 by Alchemy
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violent images and brief strong language.
(Rating bulletin 2180, 7/13/2011)
Running Time: 104 minutes
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Keywords: Non Professional Actor, Breaking the Fourth Wall, Widow/Widower, Revenge, LGBT
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Black Comedy
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Millennium Films, Mandalay Vision, Wind Dancer Films
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankAmountChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest Domestic 21st Weekend 705 $11,175 Sep 14, 2012 143
Biggest 21st Weekend Limited Release 250 $11,175 Sep 14, 2012 143
Theater Average 21st Weekend Limited Release 244 $1,118 Sep 14, 2012 143
Biggest Domestic 20th Weekend 790 $13,130 Sep 7, 2012 136
Biggest 20th Weekend Limited Release 260 $13,130 Sep 7, 2012 136
Theater Average 20th Weekend Limited Release 474 $729 Sep 7, 2012 136
Biggest Domestic 19th Weekend 801 $26,302 Aug 31, 2012 129
Biggest 19th Weekend Limited Release 217 $26,302 Aug 31, 2012 129
Theater Average 19th Weekend Limited Release 370 $1,012 Aug 31, 2012 129
Biggest Domestic 18th Weekend 783 $45,123 Aug 24, 2012 122
Biggest 18th Weekend Limited Release 183 $45,123 Aug 24, 2012 122
Theater Average 18th Weekend Limited Release 518 $868 Aug 24, 2012 122
Biggest Domestic 17th Weekend 826 $62,219 Aug 17, 2012 115
Biggest 17th Weekend Limited Release 179 $62,219 Aug 17, 2012 115
Theater Average 17th Weekend Limited Release 565 $876 Aug 17, 2012 115
Biggest Domestic 16th Weekend 917 $79,313 Aug 10, 2012 108
Biggest 16th Weekend Limited Release 180 $79,313 Aug 10, 2012 108
Theater Average 16th Weekend Limited Release 639 $901 Aug 10, 2012 108
Biggest Domestic 15th Weekend 826 $130,709 Aug 3, 2012 101
Biggest 15th Weekend Limited Release 150 $130,709 Aug 3, 2012 101
Theater Average 15th Weekend Limited Release 369 $1,348 Aug 3, 2012 101
Biggest Domestic 14th Weekend 929 $135,157 Jul 27, 2012 94
Biggest 14th Weekend Limited Release 172 $135,157 Jul 27, 2012 94
Theater Average 14th Weekend Limited Release 422 $1,365 Jul 27, 2012 94
Biggest Domestic 13th Weekend 961 $161,686 Jul 20, 2012 87
Biggest 13th Weekend Limited Release 169 $161,686 Jul 20, 2012 87
Theater Average 13th Weekend Limited Release 367 $1,555 Jul 20, 2012 87
Biggest Domestic 12th Weekend 927 $215,932 Jul 13, 2012 80
Biggest 12th Weekend Limited Release 161 $215,932 Jul 13, 2012 80
Theater Average 12th Weekend Limited Release 234 $2,096 Jul 13, 2012 80
Biggest Domestic 11th Weekend 976 $250,914 Jul 6, 2012 73
Biggest 11th Weekend Limited Release 171 $250,914 Jul 6, 2012 73
Theater Average 11th Weekend Limited Release 231 $2,220 Jul 6, 2012 73
Biggest Domestic 10th Weekend 1,001 $322,981 Jun 29, 2012 66
Biggest 10th Weekend Limited Release 171 $322,981 Jun 29, 2012 66
Theater Average 10th Weekend Limited Release 378 $1,946 Jun 29, 2012 66
Biggest Domestic 9th Weekend 980 $487,406 Jun 22, 2012 59
Biggest 9th Weekend Limited Release 147 $487,406 Jun 22, 2012 59
Theater Average 9th Weekend Limited Release 359 $2,215 Jun 22, 2012 59
Biggest Domestic 8th Weekend 1,118 $618,746 Jun 15, 2012 52
Biggest 8th Weekend Limited Release 153 $618,746 Jun 15, 2012 52
Theater Average 8th Weekend Limited Release 530 $2,062 Jun 15, 2012 52
Biggest Domestic 7th Weekend 1,297 $820,177 Jun 8, 2012 45
Biggest 7th Weekend Limited Release 147 $820,177 Jun 8, 2012 45
Theater Average 7th Weekend Limited Release 478 $2,470 Jun 8, 2012 45
Biggest Domestic 6th Weekend 1,728 $897,717 Jun 1, 2012 38
Biggest 6th Weekend Limited Release 175 $897,717 Jun 1, 2012 38
Theater Average 6th Weekend Limited Release 430 $2,973 Jun 1, 2012 38
Biggest Domestic 5th Weekend 2,400 $870,154 May 25, 2012 31
Biggest 5th Weekend Limited Release 221 $870,154 May 25, 2012 31
Theater Average 5th Weekend Limited Release 267 $4,485 May 25, 2012 31
Biggest Domestic 4th Weekend 3,605 $491,436 May 18, 2012 24
Biggest 4th Weekend Limited Release 389 $491,436 May 18, 2012 24
Theater Average 4th Weekend Limited Release 335 $5,173 May 18, 2012 24
Biggest Domestic 3rd Weekend 4,763 $219,412 May 11, 2012 17
Biggest 3rd Weekend Limited Release 762 $219,412 May 11, 2012 17
Theater Average 3rd Weekend Limited Release 480 $6,095 May 11, 2012 17
Biggest Domestic Opening Weekend 6,326 $85,805 Apr 27, 2012 3
Biggest Opening Weekend Limited Release 1,586 $85,805 Apr 27, 2012 3
Theater Average Opening Weekend Limited Release 220 $28,602 Apr 27, 2012 3
Theater Average Limited Release 274 $28,602 Apr 27, 2012 3
Top 2012 Theater Average Limited Release 10 $28,602 Apr 27, 2012 3
Never Wide Domestic 337 $9,204,489 Apr 27, 2012 0
Never No. 1 Domestic 3,154 $9,204,489 Apr 27, 2012 0
Widest Expansion Limited Release 359 329 Apr 27, 2012 0

Cast

   Bernie Tiede
   Marjorie Nugent
   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   
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

Awards Season: Lincoln Shows a United Front at the Golden Globes

December 13th, 2012

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominations and the same list of films that have been mentioned since the beginning of Awards Season were rewarded today. Lincoln led the way with seven nods, while Argo and Django Unchained were close behind with five. More...

Awards Season: Silver Linings for Limited Releases

November 28th, 2012

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

September 7th, 2012

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 Sales: Home Market Gorges on New Releases

September 5th, 2012

Depending on how you look at things, there were more than ten new releases to reach the top 30 on the DVD Sales Chart. One of the confusing "new" releases is The Hunger Games, which spent its first full week on the home market, but came out a few days before Tuesday. It sold 2.50 million units and generated $42.48 million during its first full week of release, for totals of 4.68 million units / $79.46 million and it is already the second best selling DVD of 2012 and should be in first place very shortly. I was amazed that the film actually sold more this week than it did last week, even with its shortened opening week. After all, Breaking Dawn, Part 1 also opened with a shortened week, but fell nearly 40% during its first full week of release. Clearly this movie has much better word-of-mouth.

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

August 22nd, 2012

It is an amazing week on the home market, if you count The Hunger Games. That film made its DVD and Blu-ray debut on Saturday, so it didn't quite come out this week, but it is still selling well. The best-selling Tuesday release was NCIS: Season Nine - Buy from Amazon, while the top five is dominated by Blu-ray catalog releases. I think Bernie comes close to being a Pick of the Week Contender and A Separation is even better, but I'm going with The Hunger Games as top pick. More...

Weekend Estimates: Ice Age Delivers Cool $46 Million

July 15th, 2012

Ice Age: Continental Drift will deliver a very solid $46 million over the weekend, according to Fox's Sunday morning estimate. While that's down quite a bit from the franchise's high point, The Meltdown's $68 million in 2006, it is up from the $41.7 million debut of Dawn of the Dinosaurs. If word-of-mouth is decent enough, the film should enjoy four weeks of relatively light direct competition, and might become the first title from the franchise to top $200 million domestically. Even more encouragingly for Fox, it's living up to the gigantic performances of its predecessors internationally, having already topped $200 million and broken a number of national records. The franchise as a whole has now cruised past $2 billion in global box office receipts and stands behind only Shrek among animated franchises. More...

Per Theater Chart: Waning Moon

June 19th, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom has been on the top of the per theater chart for close to a month now. The past weekend it managed an average of $12,571 in nearly 200 theaters. Unfortunately for the box office as a whole, it was the only film to reach the $10,000 market. Your Sister's Sister did come close with an average of $8,402 in thirteen theaters, which is good enough to suggest some potential to expand. More...

Per Theater Chart: Moon Shines Over Wide Releases

June 12th, 2012

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

June 5th, 2012

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

May 30th, 2012

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

May 23rd, 2012

The Avengers was the only film to reach the $10,000 mark on the per theater chart earning an average of $13,096. Elena probably would have earned a spot in the $10,000 club had it not opened on Wednesday. It earned $9,035 in one theater over the weekend, but $13,240 over its five-day opening. More...

Avengers are the Best on the Per Theater Chart

May 8th, 2012

The Avengers opened on top of the per theater chart with a record-breaking average of $47,698. This is the highest ever for a number one film. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was in second place with an average of $27,298 in 27 theaters. It should have little trouble expanding. Last week's winner, Bernie, slipped to third place with an average of $17,568 in five theaters. It too should expand. More...

Bernie Buried the Competition on the Per Theater Chart

May 2nd, 2012

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...

Weekend Estimates: Think Like a Man Rises Above the Pack

April 29th, 2012

This weekend's four new wide releases were no match for Think Like a Man, according to studio estimates released on Sunday, with the comedy's 46% weekend-to-weekend drop-off and $18 million gross still putting it almost $7 million ahead of the next-best finisher. That movie, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, also comes from the Sony stable, although it is projected to be very narrowly at the head of a pack of movies that will earn around $11 million, and could actually end up anywhere between second and fifth when the final numbers come in on Monday. The other movies in the hunt for the (not very) coveted runners-up position include new release The Five-Year Engagement and two returning films: The Lucky One and The Hunger Games (which will end the weekend with over $370 million). More...

Limited Releases: Hunting for the Best

April 27th, 2012

It's a very busy week for limited releases with a dozen films on this week's list. This includes a number of films earning overwhelmingly positive reviews or earning some pre-release buzz. Jesus Henry Christ, Headhunters, Booker's Place, and Sound of My Voice all have a shot at earning some measure of mainstream success. I doubt all four will, because there's just too much competition for limited dollars, but hopefully at least a couple will do so. More...

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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 74 $13,130 -50% 18 $729   $9,185,908 136
2012/09/14 71 $11,175 -15% 10 $1,118   $9,203,192 143

Daily Box Office Performance

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

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/05/11 22 $312,586   36 $8,683   $633,136 21
2012/05/18 12 $718,670 +130% 95 $7,565   $1,351,806 28
2012/05/25 12 $1,401,173 +95% 194 $7,223   $2,752,979 35
2012/06/01 13 $1,267,251 -10% 302 $4,196   $4,020,230 42
2012/06/08 15 $1,231,640 -3% 332 $3,710   $5,251,870 49
2012/06/15 14 $961,052 -22% 300 $3,204   $6,212,922 56
2012/06/22 16 $727,392 -24% 220 $3,306   $6,940,314 63
2012/06/29 24 $579,565 -20% 166 $3,491   $7,519,879 70
2012/07/06 28 $370,469 -36% 113 $3,278   $7,890,348 77
2012/07/13 32 $316,760 -14% 103 $3,075   $8,207,108 84
2012/07/20 27 $251,506 -21% 104 $2,418   $8,458,614 91
2012/07/27 28 $210,583 -16% 99 $2,127   $8,669,197 98
2012/08/03 35 $191,702 -9% 97 $1,976   $8,860,899 105
2012/08/10 39 $123,814 -35% 88 $1,407   $8,984,713 112
2012/08/17 49 $87,820 -29% 71 $1,237   $9,072,533 119
2012/08/24 57 $59,722 -32% 52 $1,149   $9,132,255 126
2012/08/31 61 $40,523 -32% 26 $1,559   $9,172,778 133
2012/09/07 71 $19,239 -53% 18 $1,069   $9,192,017 140
2012/09/14 74 $12,472 -35% 10 $1,247   $9,204,489 147

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
Australia 8/16/2012 $113,886 16 29 117 $500,479 12/11/2015
Hong Kong 9/13/2012 $14,394 6 6 15 $134,280 12/12/2015
Hungary 12/13/2012 $429 12 12 12 $429 12/12/2015
Portugal 7/26/2012 $9,003 6 6 8 $22,783 12/11/2015
Singapore 7/12/2012 $35,125 7 7 7 $35,125 12/11/2015
Spain 8/7/2015 $14,631 15 15 15 $14,631 8/11/2015
United Kingdom 4/26/2013 $50,960 28 28 28 $50,960 12/14/2015
 
Rest of World $143,799
 
International Total$902,486 12/14/2015

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
8/26/2012169,655 9,655$146,279$146,2791

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