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Better Than Something: Jay Reatard (2012)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $20,327Details
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A portrait of Memphis-based punk musician Jay Reatard, who toured the world and released dozens of records over the course of a 15 year career that began in his mid-teens. Never-before-seen footage documents his self-made journey to iconic garage rock star, with colleagues, friends, and family speaking about Jay’s vibrant and complicated life. Jay himself—filmed just nine months before his untimely death at the age of twenty-nine—shares his experiences both on and off stage, with all the humor, savvy, and pathos one can expect from such a prolific and vital artist.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
78% - Fresh
90% - Upright

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: March 2nd, 2012 (Limited)
Video Release: December 18th, 2012 by Factory 25
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 9,170 $3,750 Mar 9, 2012 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 9,205 $10,489 Mar 2, 2012 3


Jay Reatard    Himself

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/03/02 75 $10,489   4 $2,622   $10,489 3
2012/03/09 89 $3,750 -64% 2 $1,875   $14,239 10

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/03/02 79 $10,489   4 $2,622   $10,489 7
2012/03/09 88 $6,912 -34% 3 $2,304   $17,401 14
2012/04/06 93 $2,250   1 $2,250   $20,327 42

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