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Better Off Dead... (1985)

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

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  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Cast & Crew
  6. Trailer

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
Critics
82% - Fresh
Audience
87% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


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

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 469 $317,922 Nov 22, 1985 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 318 $554,066 Nov 15, 1985 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 295 $749,254 Nov 8, 1985 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 265 $1,137,240 Nov 1, 1985 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 325 $1,228,281 Oct 25, 1985 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 319 $1,817,612 Oct 18, 1985 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 318 $2,573,297 Oct 11, 1985 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,030 $9,763 Oct 4, 1985 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,577 $9,172 Sep 27, 1985 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,779 $14,696 Sep 20, 1985 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,115 $20,622 Sep 13, 1985 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,452 $28,590 Sep 6, 1985 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,127 $62,880 Aug 30, 1985 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,705 $56,371 Aug 23, 1985 3

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...

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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