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Better Off Dead... (1985)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $10,297,601Details
Further financial details...

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  5. Video Sales
  6. Cast & Crew
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Metrics

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

RecordRankAmount
All Time Domestic Box Office 4,684 $10,297,601
All Time Worldwide Box Office 5,871 $10,297,601
All Time Domestic Box Office for Comedy Movies 1,194 $10,297,601
All Time Worldwide Box Office for Comedy Movies 1,402 $10,297,601
All Time Domestic Box Office for Warner Bros. Movies 621 $10,297,601
All Time Worldwide Box Office for Warner Bros. Movies 637 $10,297,601

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: August 23rd, 1985 (Wide) by Warner Bros.
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Keywords: Winter Sports, Skiing, Suicide, Relationships Gone Wrong, Foreign Language, Non-Chronological, Narcotics, Slobs vs. Snobs, Cult Movie
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Comedy
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankAmountChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest Domestic 14th Weekend 478 $317,922 Nov 22, 1985 94
Biggest Domestic 13th Weekend 324 $554,066 Nov 15, 1985 87
Biggest Domestic 12th Weekend 299 $749,254 Nov 8, 1985 80
Biggest Domestic 11th Weekend 270 $1,137,240 Nov 1, 1985 73
Biggest Domestic 10th Weekend 329 $1,228,281 Oct 25, 1985 66
Biggest Domestic 9th Weekend 324 $1,817,612 Oct 18, 1985 59
Biggest Domestic 8th Weekend 323 $2,573,297 Oct 11, 1985 52
Biggest Domestic 7th Weekend 5,126 $9,763 Oct 4, 1985 45
Biggest Domestic 6th Weekend 5,685 $9,172 Sep 27, 1985 38
Biggest Domestic 5th Weekend 5,893 $14,696 Sep 20, 1985 31
Biggest Domestic 4th Weekend 6,245 $20,622 Sep 13, 1985 24
Biggest Domestic 3rd Weekend 6,600 $28,590 Sep 6, 1985 17
Biggest Domestic 2nd Weekend 6,279 $62,880 Aug 30, 1985 10
Biggest Domestic Opening Weekend 6,848 $56,371 Aug 23, 1985 3
Never No. 1 Domestic 3,027 $10,297,601 Aug 23, 1985 0

Cast

Curtis Armstrong    Charles De Mar, Lane's best friend
David Ogden Stiers    Al Myer
   Lane Myer
Rick Rosenthal    Smitty
Elizabeth Daily    Herself
Steven Williams    Tree Trimmer
Vincent Schiavelli    Mr. Kerber

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for August 2nd, 2011

August 2nd, 2011

It's not a particularly strong week on the home market with only two first-run releases of note. Coincidentally, I'm waiting on screeners for both Rio and Soul Surfer. While both are likely worth checking out at the least, the latter's Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack is the best bet for Pick of the Week. Normally I'd like to wait till the screener arrives before handing out that honor, but there is a pretty big gap between first and second place this time around. More...

Featured Blu-ray review: Better Off Dead and Ferris Bueller's Day Off

July 30th, 2011

I'm combining the Blu-ray reviews for Better Off Dead and Ferris Bueller's Day Off for a number reasons. They were originally released in theaters less than a year apart, are coming out on Blu-ray the same day, they are both being released by the same studio, and I previously reviewed Ferris Bueller's Day Off, so that review will be rather short. Another similarity... they've both been released on DVD a number of times. More...

Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records


Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1985/08/23 31 $56,371   13 $4,336   $56,371 3
1985/08/30 35 $62,880 +12% 13 $4,837   $139,078 10
1985/09/06 34 $28,590 -55% 11 $2,599   $174,803 17
1985/09/13 30 $20,622 -28% 9 $2,291   $200,463 24
1985/09/20 33 $14,696 -29% 8 $1,837   $219,394 31
1985/09/27 32 $9,172 -38% 7 $1,310   $231,730 38
1985/10/04 32 $9,763 +6% 4 $2,441   $244,265 45
1985/10/11 7 $2,573,297 +26,258% 650 $3,959   $2,819,675 52
1985/10/18 7 $1,817,612 -29% 638 $2,849   $5,003,517 59
1985/10/25 8 $1,228,281 -32% 616 $1,994   $6,615,557 66
1985/11/01 10 $1,137,240 -7% 622 $1,828   $8,039,089 73
1985/11/08 14 $749,254 -34% 511 $1,466   $9,066,803 80
1985/11/15 15 $554,066 -26% 495 $1,119   $9,841,887 87
1985/11/22 22 $317,922 -43% 372 $855   $10,297,601 94

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1985/08/23 29 $76,198   13 $5,861   $76,198 7
1985/08/30 32 $70,015 -8% 13 $5,386   $146,213 14
1985/09/06 30 $33,628 -52% 11 $3,057   $179,841 21
1985/09/13 30 $24,857 -26% 9 $2,762   $204,698 28
1985/09/20 28 $17,860 -28% 8 $2,233   $222,558 35
1985/09/27 27 $11,944 -33% 7 $1,706   $234,502 42
1985/10/04 27 $11,876 -1% 4 $2,969   $246,378 49
1985/10/11 7 $2,939,527 +24,652% 650 $4,522   $3,185,905 56
1985/10/18 7 $2,201,371 -25% 638 $3,450   $5,387,276 63
1985/10/25 9 $1,514,573 -31% 616 $2,459   $6,901,849 70
1985/11/01 10 $1,415,700 -7% 622 $2,276   $8,317,549 77
1985/11/08 13 $970,272 -31% 511 $1,899   $9,287,821 84
1985/11/15 15 $691,858 -29% 495 $1,398   $9,979,679 91