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John Dies at the End (2012)

John Dies at the End poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $141,951Details
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  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Full Financials
  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer


Arnie is a shadowy figure investigating a street drug known as Soy Sauce. Promising an out-of-body experience with each hit, Soy Sauce causes users to drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and Dave, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they canít.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Spilled
61% - Fresh
54% - Spilled

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: January 25th, 2013 (Limited) by Magnet Pictures
Video Release: April 2nd, 2013 by Magnolia Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for bloody violence and gore, nudity, language and drug content.
(Rating bulletin 2241, 9/19/2012)
Running Time: 100 minutes
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Keywords: Voiceover/Narration, Cult Movie, Early / Simultaneous Video on Demand release, Alien Invasion, Narcotics
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Genre:Black Comedy
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Science Fiction
Production Companies: Silver Sphere, M3 Creative, Touchy Feely Films


   Arnie Blondestone
   Dr. Albert Marconi
   Roger North

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Don Coscarelli
Producer    Brad Baruh
Producer    Don Coscarelli
Producer    Andy Meyers
Producer    Roman Perez
Based on the Story By    David Wong
Executive Producer    Paul Giamatti
Executive Producer    Daniel Carey
Director of Photography    Michael Gioulakis
Production Designer    Todd Jeffery
Composer    Brian Tyler
Editor    Donald Milne
Editor    Don Coscarelli
Costume Designer    Shelley Kay
Co-Producer    Aaron Godfred
Co-Producer    Joshua Lewin

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for April 2nd, 2013

April 1st, 2013

It's a bad week on the home market. The biggest release of the week is a mini-series, The Bible, but it is earning just about as much criticism as praise. (And not just for the Obama / Satan fiasco.) After that release, the quality quickly drops, so much so that there's a 1950s TV on DVD release on the front page of the new releases. As far as Pick of the Week contenders are concerned, there are not many. The Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One - Avengers Assembled is awesome, but it has a high price and if you are a fan, then you likely have all or nearly all of the movies it contains. The only other major contender is John Dies at the End. It's too bizarre for most moviegoers, but if you are into these types of films, then the DVD or the Blu-ray are worth it. More...

Per Theater Chart: John Lives

January 29th, 2013

John Dies at the End didn't crash and burn at the box office. I'm genuinely surprised. The film's reviews were mixed, and generally speaking, even great reviews are no guarantee for a limited release. Also, it opened on Video on Demand before coming out in theaters, which is usually a death sentence for a film's box office chances. However, John Dies at the End earned first place on the per theater chart with $12,467 in its lone theater. The only other film to top $10,000 on the per theater chart was Happy People: A Year in the Taiga with $10,481, also in one theater. More...

Weekend Estimates: Hansel & Gretel Best of Weak Opening Bunch

January 27th, 2013

January will go out like a lamb at the box office, with three new releases failing to catch on with moviegoers this weekend and not much action among the holdovers. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters will win the weekend more-or-less by default, with a modest $19 million bow from 3,372 theaters. That spells financial disaster for a film that reportedly cost $50 million to make. FilmDistrict's $30 million-budgeted Parker will have a similarly tough time recouping its investment, although lower marketing costs will help. It starts out with $7 million and a per theater average of $3,147. Even more disappointing is Movie 43, which is set to open with $5 million, although its $6 million budget and likely long shelf life on video will avert catastrophe. More...

Limited Releases: Spoiler Alert

January 25th, 2013

It's a relatively slow week for limited releases, especially if you go by the number of theater counts we've received so far. We only have a theater count for one film, Knife Fight, which likely won't have a significant opening. The film I'm most looking forward to seeing is the spoilerific John Dies at the End, but there are multiple reasons why it won't thrive in theaters. If there is only one release on this week's like that will thrive in theaters, it's Yossi, but even then it has just a 50/50 chance. More...

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Daily Box Office Performance

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2013/01/25 61 $12,467   1 $12,467   $12,467 3
2013/02/01 68 $7,218 -42% 2 $3,609   $22,285 10
2013/02/08 59 $20,364 +182% 9 $2,263   $45,182 17
2013/02/15 67 $10,777 -47% 10 $1,078   $62,642 24
2013/02/22 59 $20,202 +87% 17 $1,188   $87,744 31
2013/03/01 75 $6,592 -67% 15 $439   $102,912 38
2013/03/08 75 $10,563 +60% 19 $556   $117,394 45
2013/03/15 78 $5,990 -43% 13 $461   $127,625 52
2013/03/22 89 $4,142 -31% 10 $414   $134,737 59
2013/03/29 108 $1,031 -75% 2 $516   $138,438 66
2013/04/05 97 $1,555 +51% 4 $389   $141,307 73

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