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Whatever Works (2009)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $5,306,706Details
International Box Office $29,800,000
Worldwide Box Office $35,106,706
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Movie Details

Production Budget:$15,000,000
Domestic Releases: June 19th, 2009 (Limited) by Sony Pictures Classics
Video Release: October 27th, 2009 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG-13 For sexual situations including dialogue, brief nude images and thematic material
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Keywords: Romance
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Romantic Comedy
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 20th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,423 $626 Oct 30, 2009 136
Biggest 19th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,576 $1,004 Oct 23, 2009 129
Biggest 18th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,845 $852 Oct 16, 2009 122
Biggest 17th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,021 $1,542 Oct 9, 2009 115
Biggest 16th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,783 $7,725 Oct 2, 2009 108
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,441 $2,646 Sep 25, 2009 101
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,436 $5,854 Sep 18, 2009 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,609 $8,074 Sep 11, 2009 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,503 $20,911 Sep 4, 2009 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,908 $18,773 Aug 28, 2009 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,952 $31,479 Aug 21, 2009 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,965 $51,611 Aug 14, 2009 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,806 $94,649 Aug 7, 2009 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,506 $202,168 Jul 31, 2009 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,709 $303,948 Jul 24, 2009 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,928 $471,288 Jul 17, 2009 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,285 $678,055 Jul 10, 2009 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,700 $960,061 Jul 3, 2009 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,804 $359,805 Jun 26, 2009 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,279 $266,162 Jun 19, 2009 3

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DVD Rentals - Dinosaurs Have Their Revenge

November 11th, 2009

Ice Age - Dawn of the Dinosaurs led the new releases to take top spot on the rental chart with roughly 50% more than second place Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen took in during its second week of release. More...

DVD Releases for October 27th, 2009

October 27th, 2009

It's coming very close to Halloween, which means there are a lot of horror films on this week's list. However, much of these films are of the smaller variety, like Night of the Creeps. Looking at the best of the releases, there are two that jump out at me, both Blu-ray releases. Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure on Blu-ray and The Prisoner - The Complete Series on Blu-ray are both DVD Pick of the Week. More...

International details - Agora Speaks to the Masses

October 19th, 2009

Agora opened in first place in Spain and sixth place internationally with $7.90 million on 462 screens. This is great news, as the film cost $70 million to make and it will need a massive run to break even. It won't have to earn all of it in Spain, on the other hand, and should perform well throughout Europe and when it opens here. More...

International Details - Nothing Small About Petit

October 11th, 2009

Le Petit Nicolas debuted in sixth place internationally with $9.39 million on 618 screens in 3 markets. Of that total, $8.88 million was earned on 571 screens in France, which was more than five times the amount earned by the second place film. More...

International Details - Number Six for District Nine

October 4th, 2009

District 9 climbed into sixth place with $6.19 million on 2547 screens in 35 markets for a total of $56.88 million. This includes a fifth place, $926,000 opening on 253 screens in Italy, while it added $1.94 million on 448 screens during the full week in France for a total of $6.05 million after two. More...

International Details - Viking Still Pillaging International Box Office

September 26th, 2009

Vicky the Viking fell to sixth place with 7.40 million on 898 screens in 3 markets for a total of $24.55 million. Of that, $5.92 million was earned on 751 screens in Germany and it now has $18.94 million in its native market. More...

G.I. Joe Dominates Per Theater Chart

August 11th, 2009

Not only did G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra win the race to the top of the overall box office chart, it was also the only film to crack the $10,000 mark on the per theater chart. Its average of $13,654 was about 50% more than the second place film, Cold Souls, which opened with an average of $9,043 in 7 theaters. More...

Per Theater Chart is In the Loop

July 28th, 2009

In the Loop lead the way on the per theater chart with an impressive average of $23,983, and with its reviews, it should be able to expand significantly. (500) Days of Summer landed in second place with an average of $19,244, which is about a third less than its opening weekend average. But it is now playing in 85 theaters, which is more than triple its opening weekend theater count, so this is a fantastic hold. Those were the only films to top $10,000 on the per theater chart, but The Ugly Truth came relatively close with $9,579. More...

Life's a Beach on the Per Theater Chart

July 14th, 2009

There was a mix of old and new on the top of the Per Theater Chart this week with Humpday opening in first place with an average of $14,369. The Beaches of Agnes was in second place with $13,584 in one theater during its second weekend of release. The overall box office leader, Brüno, was in third place with $11,110. Meanwhile, last week's per theater champ, The Hurt Locker, just managed to remain in the $10,000 club with $10,686, but it also expanded significantly, which makes this achievement even more impressive. More...

International Details - Transformers Involved in Change on Top

July 12th, 2009

Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen fell to second place with $57.50 million on 9158 screens in 61 markets for a total of $301.64 million. This puts the film less than $100 million behind the original internationally, which is a lead that won't last long. The film's biggest market of the weekend was South Korea where it placed first adding $7.76 million on 1076 screens to its total of $27.81 million. It also was impressive in China adding $5.2 million on 1009 screens for a total of $41.6 million, while it remained in first place in Australia with $4.95 million on 456 screens over the weekend and $21.51 million after two, and in Italy with $1.39 million on 565 screens over the weekend for a total of $8.06 million, also after two. More...

Per Theater Chart Hurting for New Releases

July 7th, 2009

Only three films managed to reach the $10,000 mark on the per theater chart this week, and no new releases were able to top The Hurt Locker. That film led the way with an average or $14,578 in nine theaters, but it will need to strike fast if it wants to expand significantly. The Beaches of Agnes was the best of the new releases, opening with an average of $10,650 in two theaters. Ice Age - Dawn of the Dinosaurs opened with an average of $10,171, while the overall number one film, Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen, just missed the $10,000 market with an average of $9,995. More...

Hurt and Revenge Rise on the Per Theater Chart

June 30th, 2009

The Hurt Locker did something most films about the Iraq War have not been able to do: succeed at the box office. During its opening weekend it earned close to $150,000 in just four theaters for an average of $36,338. The overall number one film, Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen, managed second place with an average of $25,736, and nearly double that since Wednesday. Meanwhile, last week's number one film on the per theater average, Whatever Works, landed in third with $10,280. More...

Whatever Really Works on the Per Theater Chart

June 23rd, 2009

Whatever Works led all releases on the per theater chart this weekend, earning $266,000 in 9 theaters for an average of $29,574; however, given its mixed reviews, I'm a little doubtful about its chances to expand over the coming weeks. The overall box office leader, The Proposal, also reached the $10,000 plateau with an impressive average of $11,004, while the re-release of Brighton Rock was the only other such film at $10,626 in one theater. More...

Weekend Estimates: Bullock's Best Betters Black

June 21st, 2009

This was the weekend of the comedy in theaters, and romance won out over the numbskulls. Sandra Bullock enjoyed her best opening weekend ever as The Proposal topped the chart with an impressive $34.1 million, according to Disney's Sunday estimate. Bullock's previous best was the $17.5 million opening for Premonition in 2007, so this is a tremendous weekend for her. More...

Movie Website Reviews for the Weekend of June 19th, 2009

June 20th, 2009

Not a good week for movie websites, as the best of the best (Year One's Official Site) only manages to be above average for a wide release and without enough wow factor to rise to the level of the Weekly Website Award. More...

Whatever Limited Releases Work

June 20th, 2009

Not a big list of limited releases this week, and it includes two-releases, two Canadian movies, and two movies that I thought was opening last week. (I think I just got the dates wrong last week, which I believe is a sign of senility.) There are a couple films that look promising, but none look likely to expand truly wide. More...

Cast Updates - March 28, 2008

March 28th, 2008

This week's round of new casting information contains updates for Crazy on the Outside, Two Lovers, W., and more! More...

New Movie Announcements, Stars and Directors - March 25, 2008

March 25th, 2008

This week another number of upcoming movies, new stars and directors have been added to our archive! More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2009/06/19 20 $266,162   9 $29,574   $266,162 3
2009/06/26 19 $359,805 +35% 35 $10,280   $738,969 10
2009/07/03 13 $960,061 +167% 353 $2,720   $1,911,011 17
2009/07/10 15 $678,055 -29% 320 $2,119   $3,099,917 24
2009/07/17 18 $471,288 -30% 228 $2,067   $3,890,755 31
2009/07/24 21 $303,948 -36% 176 $1,727   $4,440,243 38
2009/07/31 29 $202,168 -33% 146 $1,385   $4,810,057 45
2009/08/07 38 $94,649 -53% 84 $1,127   $5,008,979 52
2009/08/14 46 $51,611 -45% 56 $922   $5,117,349 59
2009/08/21 50 $31,479 -39% 34 $926   $5,183,644 66
2009/08/28 60 $18,773 -40% 21 $894   $5,220,351 73
2009/09/04 63 $20,911 +11% 26 $804   $5,250,593 80
2009/09/11 80 $8,074 -61% 9 $897   $5,270,165 87
2009/09/18 90 $5,854 -27% 6 $976   $5,278,653 94
2009/09/25 105 $2,646 -55% 7 $378   $5,282,700 101
2009/10/02 84 $7,725 +192% 31 $249   $5,294,304 108
2009/10/09 116 $1,542 -80% 6 $257   $5,301,891 115
2009/10/16 120 $852 -45% 3 $284   $5,303,838 122
2009/10/23 120 $1,004 +18% 3 $335   $5,305,622 129
2009/10/30 122 $626 -38% 3 $209   $5,306,447 136

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2009/09/07 60 $3,899   26 $150   $5,254,492 81

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2009/06/19 22 $379,164   9 $42,129   $379,164 7
2009/06/26 22 $571,786 +51% 35 $16,337   $950,950 14
2009/07/03 13 $1,470,912 +157% 353 $4,167   $2,421,862 21
2009/07/10 17 $997,605 -32% 320 $3,118   $3,419,467 28
2009/07/17 18 $716,828 -28% 228 $3,144   $4,136,295 35
2009/07/24 23 $471,594 -34% 176 $2,680   $4,607,889 42
2009/07/31 29 $306,441 -35% 146 $2,099   $4,914,330 49
2009/08/07 35 $151,408 -51% 84 $1,802   $5,065,738 56
2009/08/14 46 $86,427 -43% 56 $1,543   $5,152,165 63
2009/08/21 51 $49,413 -43% 34 $1,453   $5,201,578 70
2009/08/28 61 $28,104 -43% 21 $1,338   $5,229,682 77
2009/09/04 63 $32,409 +15% 26 $1,247   $5,262,091 84
2009/09/11 83 $10,708 -67% 9 $1,190   $5,272,799 91
2009/09/18 95 $7,255 -32% 6 $1,209   $5,280,054 98
2009/09/25 97 $6,525 -10% 7 $932   $5,286,579 105
2009/10/02 78 $13,770 +111% 31 $444   $5,300,349 112
2009/10/09 114 $2,637 -81% 6 $440   $5,302,986 119
2009/10/16 121 $1,632 -38% 3 $544   $5,304,618 126
2009/10/23 123 $1,203 -26% 3 $401   $5,305,821 133
2009/10/30 127 $885 -26% 3 $295   $5,306,706 140

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