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Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014)

Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $75,881Details
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $70,726 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $19,788 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $90,514
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A documentary that follows the trial of the infamous gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, using the courtroom action as a springboard to examine accusations of multi-faceted corruption within our nation’s law enforcement and legal systems. Throughout this violent and sordid story, the film returns to the central question of the nature of Whitey’s relationship with law enforcement, a complex exploration of a multi-faceted story. Was Bulger an informant, as everyone believes, or, as Bulger’s lawyers claim, is there proof that this claim is yet more misinformation and obfuscation by the government in an attempt to protect itself and preserve its convictions?


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
78% - Certified Fresh
69% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: June 27th, 2014 (Limited) by Magnolia Pictures
Video Release: October 14th, 2014 by Magnolia Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for language and some crime scene images.
(Rating bulletin 2319, 4/23/2014)
Running Time: 107 minutes
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Keywords: Organized Crime, Courtroom Drama, Corrupt Cops, Government Corruption, Confidential Informant, FBI, Early / Simultaneous Video on Demand release
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: RadicalMedia, Third Eye Motion Picture Company, CNN Films, Magnolia Pictures
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,866 $299 Aug 15, 2014 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,171 $1,140 Aug 8, 2014 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,813 $709 Aug 1, 2014 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,111 $1,397 Jul 25, 2014 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,885 $6,788 Jul 18, 2014 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,351 $9,588 Jul 11, 2014 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,750 $14,183 Jul 4, 2014 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 8,669 $14,287 Jun 27, 2014 3


Whitey Bulger    Himself
Stephen Rakes    Himself/Bulger Extortion Victim
James J. Bulger, Jr.    Himself/Defendant
Tommy Donahue    Himself/Son of Victim Michael Donahue
David Boeri    Himself/WBUR Senior Reporter
Steve Davis    Himself/Brother of Victim Debra Davis
Dick Lehr    Himself/Author/Journalist
Hank Brennan    Himself/Bulger Defense Attorney
Shelley Murphy    Herself/Boston Globe Reporter
Patricia Donahue    Herself/Wife of Victim Michael Donahue

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Joe Berlinger
Producer    Caroline Suh
Executive Producer    Sidney Beaumont
Executive Producer    Jon Kamen
Executive Producer    Dave O'Connor
Executive Producer    Justin Wilkes
Executive Producer    Amy Entelis
Executive Producer    Vinnie Malhotra
Supervising Producer    Courtney Sexton
Associate Producer    Julia Reagan
Consulting Producer    David Boeri
Production Coordinator    Daniel Wilson
Composer    Wendy Blackstone
Sound Recordist    John O'Connor
Sound Recordist    Edward O'Connor
Editor    Joshua Pearson
Editor    Alex Horwitz
Supervising Story Editor    Joshua Pearson
Director of Photography    Bob Richman
Director of Photography    Etienne Sauret

Per Theater Chart: Beginning on Top

July 1st, 2014

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Despite there being a $100 million hit on the box office this weekend, Begin Again still led the way on the per theater chart with an average of $26,813 in five theaters. This bodes well for its expansion on Wednesday. The overall number one film, Transformers: Age of Extinction, was next with an average of $23,633 in more than 4,000 theaters. Snowpiercer was the third film to earn a per theater average over $20,000 with an average of $20,266 in eight theaters. America: Imagine a World Without Her was next with an average of $12,869 million in three theaters. Yves Saint Laurent was a surprise entry in the $10,000 club with an average of $12,104 in two theaters. It managed this despite earning weak reviews and opening on the Wednesday. The final film in the $10,000 club was Code Black, which climbed into the $10,000 club during its second weekend of release with $10,953 in two theaters. It is rare for a documentary to do this well, and it is even rarer for a film to see its per theater average grow. More...

Limited Releases: Begin the Weekend with a Limited Release

June 27th, 2014

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There are more than a dozen limited releases on this week's list, including two films that are opening in limited release this week with a scheduled wide expansion next week. Unfortunately, I don't have high hopes for either of those two films. There are some films worth checking out, including a pair of documentaries, The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz and Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger, both of which are also playing on Video on Demand. The film I hope has the best start is Snowpiercer, a South Korean film that is earning amazing reviews. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/06/27 63 $14,287   3 $4,762   $14,287 3
2014/07/04 52 $14,183 -1% 8 $1,773   $35,836 10
2014/07/11 58 $9,588 -32% 9 $1,065   $55,440 17
2014/07/18 69 $6,788 -29% 7 $970   $67,203 24
2014/07/25 96 $1,397 -79% 4 $349   $71,850 31
2014/08/01 95 $709 -49% 2 $355   $73,711 38
2014/08/08 91 $1,140 +61% 4 $285   $75,050 45
2014/08/15 97 $299 -74% 2 $150   $75,644 52

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/06/27 63 $21,653   8 $2,707   $21,653 7
2014/07/04 49 $24,199 +12% 8 $3,025   $45,852 14
2014/07/11 58 $14,563 -40% 9 $1,618   $60,415 21
2014/07/18 74 $10,038 -31% 7 $1,434   $70,453 28
2014/07/25 95 $2,549 -75% 4 $637   $73,002 35
2014/08/01 98 $908 -64% 2 $454   $73,910 42
2014/08/08 89 $1,435 +58% 4 $359   $75,345 49
2014/08/15 88 $536 -63% 2 $268   $75,881 56

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