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The Words (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $11,494,838Details
International Box Office $4,874,870Details
Worldwide Box Office $16,369,708
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Synopsis

The romantic drama The Words follows young writer Rory Jansen who finally achieves long sought after literary success after publishing the next great American novel. There's only one catch - he didn't write it. As the past comes back to haunt him and his literary star continues to rise, Jansen is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man's work, and for placing ambition and success above life's most fundamental three words.

Metrics

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Critics RottenAudience Spilled
Critics
24% - Rotten
Audience
49% - Spilled

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$6,000,000
Domestic Releases: September 7th, 2012 (Wide) by CBS Films
International Releases: September 20th, 2012 (Wide) (Czech Republic)
September 20th, 2012 (Wide) (Lebanon)
September 21st, 2012 (Wide) (Italy)
October 4th, 2012 (Wide) (Singapore)
October 4th, 2012 (Wide) (United Arab Emirates)
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Video Release: December 24th, 2012 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language and smoking.
(Rating bulletin 2222, 5/9/2012)
Running Time: 97 minutes
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Keywords: Writing and Writers, Romance, Plagiarism, Unnamed Character, Interracial Romance, Ensemble, World War II, Publishing Industry, Writer's Block
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Benaroya Pictures, Parlay Films, Animus Films, Serena Films, Waterfall Films
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,544 $147,977 Sep 28, 2012 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,893 $755,640 Sep 21, 2012 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,097 $2,861,273 Sep 14, 2012 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,009 $4,750,894 Sep 7, 2012 3
Widest Opening Weekend 1,136 2,801 Sep 7, 2012 3

Cast

   Rory Jansen
Jeremy Irons    The Old Man
Dennis Quaid    Clay Hammond
Olivia Wilde    Daniella
   Dora Jansen
Ben Barnes    The Young Man
Nora Arnezeder    Celia
Michael McKean    Nelson Wylie
John Hannah    Richard Fordham
J.K. Simmons    Mr. Jansen
Ron Rifkin    Timothy Epstein
Zeljko Ivanek    Joseph Cutler

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Brian Klugman
Screenwriter    Lee Sternthal
Director   
Director   
Producer    Jim Young
Producer    Tatiana Kelly
Producer    Michael Benaroya
Executive Producer    Laura Rister
Executive Producer    Cassian Elwes
Executive Producer    Lisa Wilson
Director of Photography    Antonio Calvache
Production Designer    Michele Laliberte
Editor    Leslie Jones
Costume Designer    Simonetta Mariano
Composer    Marcelo Zarvos

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for December 18th, 2012

December 16th, 2012

It's the last week before Christmas, which means it is the last chance for last minute gifts. There are a number of first-run releases coming out this week, some of which are not coming out till Friday, or even next Monday. There are also quite a few limited releases and TV on DVD releases hitting the home market this week. However, none of these were big hits and very few earned strong praise from critics. That doesn't mean there are none that are worth picking up. In fact, we have a trio of contenders for Pick of the Week. Shameless: The Complete Second Season on DVD or Blu-ray; Pitch Perfect on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack; and Arbitrage on DVD or Blu-ray. It was a close call, but in the end I went with Arbitrage. Also coming out this week is Rush: 2012 - CD and Blu-ray in a Deluxe Edition or Super Deluxe Edition, which is a clear winner of Puck of the Week. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Box Office of the Living Dead

September 17th, 2012

2012 started off so well that I keep thinking the box office will return to those glory days, or at the very least it will stop sucking. That didn't happen this weekend. Granted, the box office grew 28% from last weekend to $86 million. However, this is 15% lower than the same weekend last year and it is still one of the worst weekends of all time. Year-to-date, 2012 still leads 2011, but that lead has shrunk to just 3.0% at $7.80 billion to $7.58 billion. If things don't turn around very soon, 2012 will lose its lead in terms of tickets sold (currently just 1.8%) and its overall lead shortly after that. Since fewer people are watching movies in theaters, it means fewer people are seeing trailers, posters, etc. for upcoming films. Fewer people seeing trailers for upcoming films does often times result in fewer people seeing these upcoming movies. We need a true blockbuster to break out of this cycle. More...

Contest: Scary Timing: Winning Announcement

September 12th, 2012

The winner of our Scary Timing was determined and it is... More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: New Releases Go Silent

September 10th, 2012

Yuck. The overall box office this past weekend was not only the worst of the year so far, but it was the worst we've seen in more than a decade. Not only did the box office have a decade of inflation, but also a decade of population growth, which makes this result even more depressing. The Possession was the only bright spot in the top ten. Both The Words and The Cold Light of Day missed the Mendoza Line during their opening weekend. Overall, the box office plummeted 35% to just $67 million. Compared to last year, the box office fell by 17%. It's a disaster. 2012 is still ahead of 2011 by 3.3% at $7.70 billion to $7.45 billion. Things will have to get better next weekend, so hopefully we will never have to think about this weekend again. More...

Weekend Estimates: Possession Tops Very Quiet Weekend

September 9th, 2012

One statistic suffices to sum up this weekend at the box office: based on estimates received so far, the weekend ranks as the 5th-worst weekend for total box office receipts since January, 2000 (see full chart here). While that position will improve when we get complete numbers on Monday, there's a good chance this will end up as the worst weekend since 2001, even though ticket prices have risen substantially since then. The two marks that industry watchers should look out for are the $67.5 million weekend of September 5, 2003 and the $67.9 million weekend of September 5, 2008. Unsurprisingly, the top film at the box office this weekend is the same as last weekend: The Possession is set for about $9.5 million in its second outing. The Words is the top opener, with about $5 million in 2,801 theaters -- certainly a disappointment, although CBS Films is hoping for good legs thanks to its adult-skewing demographic. More...

Weekend Predictions: The Box Office is Going to Get Schooled

September 6th, 2012

The weekend after the Labor Day long weekend is often the worst weekend of the entire year at the box office. This certainly seems to be the case this year. There are two wide releases, or to be more accurate, one wide release, The Words, and one semi-wide release, The Cold Light of Day. Neither film is expected to top $10 million. The last time the number one film over the weekend earned less than $10,000,000 was way back in 2008 with the release of Bangkok Dangerous, which opened in the weekend after Labor Day. There is a slim chance The Words will earn less than Bangkok Dangerous did. This weekend last year wasn't actually pretty good with Contagion dominating the chart. There's almost no chance any film opening this weekend will match the $22.40 million that film earned. The top three films combined probably won't match that figure. 2012 will start the autumn with a pretty big fall. More...

2012 Preview: September

September 1st, 2012

August is over and let's just be glad we never have to talk about that month again. It is too early to tell how a couple of the wide releases from the month will do, but of the other fourteen we have solid numbers for, none of them were a pleasant surprise. There were a few that were mildly disappointing, but likely still profitable. There were also a few that were "What were they thinking?" level of box office bomb. This September, there about a dozen films opening wide, depending on your definition of wide. (Plus, For A Good Time, Call might expand wide on the 14th, while The Master is opening in limited release on the 14th, but might expand wide before the end of the month. "Might" is the key here. I don't think either will get it done.) None of the dozen films are likely to get to $100 million. In fact, there's a good chance no film opening this month will get to $75 million in total. The biggest film of the month could be Finding Nemo, which is getting a 3D Re-release. As long as the movie going public hasn't tired of 3D re-releases, it should be a hit, but there are signs that the trend might be ending soon. There are a few others that should become midlevel hits, but most will struggle to find an audience. Last September was not terrible with one $100 million film and a few other midlevel hits. For 2012 to come out ahead, it will have to rely on depth, and I'm more than a little worried in that regard. More...

Contest: Scary Timing

August 31st, 2012

This weekend is the Labor Day long weekend, which means next week is the first week of the year that it is acceptable to mention Halloween. To celebrate, we have two Halloween DVDs for prizes. As for a target film, there is only one film opening truly wide next weekend, The Words, while The Cold Light of Day is opening in less than 2000 theaters. This makes The Words the clear choice for target film in this week's box office prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for The Words. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a copy of SpongeBob SquarePants: Ghouls Fools on DVD. Meanwhile, whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will win a copy of Dora the Explorer: Dora's Halloween Parade on . (That's the French-Language bi-lingual edition.) Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/09/07 4 $4,750,894   2,801 $1,696   $4,750,894 3
2012/09/14 7 $2,861,273 -40% 2,801 $1,022   $9,141,158 10
2012/09/21 19 $755,640 -74% 1,247 $606   $11,000,211 17
2012/09/28 36 $147,977 -80% 278 $532   $11,434,867 24

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/09/07 3 $1,582,843   2,801 $565   $1,582,843 1
2012/09/08 5 $2,090,360 +32% 2,801 $746   $3,673,203 2
2012/09/09 5 $1,077,691 -48% 2,801 $385   $4,750,894 3
2012/09/10 5 $336,704 -69% 2,801 $120   $5,087,598 4
2012/09/11 5 $499,531 +48% 2,801 $178   $5,587,129 5
2012/09/12 5 $357,750 -28% 2,801 $128   $5,944,879 6
2012/09/13 5 $335,006 -6% 2,801 $120   $6,279,885 7
2012/09/14 5 $928,562 +177% 2,801 $332   $7,208,447 8
2012/09/15 8 $1,282,943 +38% 2,801 $458   $8,491,390 9
2012/09/16 9 $649,768 -49% 2,801 $232   $9,141,158 10
2012/09/17 9 $249,345 -62% 2,801 $89   $9,390,503 11
2012/09/18 6 $358,946 +44% 2,801 $128   $9,749,449 12
2012/09/19 6 $253,347 -29% 2,801 $90   $10,002,796 13
2012/09/20 7 $241,775 -5% 2,801 $86   $10,244,571 14
2012/09/21 17 $228,880 -5% 1,247 $184   $10,473,451 15
2012/09/22 17 $355,885 +55% 1,247 $285   $10,829,336 16
2012/09/23 18 $170,875 -52% 1,247 $137   $11,000,211 17
2012/09/24 - $57,838 -66% 1,247 $46   $11,058,049 18
2012/09/25 - $88,910 +54% 1,247 $71   $11,146,959 19
2012/09/26 - $76,215 -14% 1,247 $61   $11,223,174 20
2012/09/27 20 $63,716 -16% 1,247 $51   $11,286,890 21
2012/09/28 - $42,659 -33% 278 $153   $11,329,549 22
2012/09/29 - $67,585 +58% 278 $243   $11,397,134 23
2012/09/30 - $37,733 -44% 278 $136   $11,434,867 24
2012/10/01 - $11,236 -70% 278 $40   $11,446,103 25
2012/10/02 - $21,405 +91% 278 $77   $11,467,508 26
2012/10/03 - $11,725 -45% 278 $42   $11,479,233 27
2012/10/04 - $15,605 +33% 278 $56   $11,494,838 28

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/09/07 4 $6,279,885   2,801 $2,242   $6,279,885 7
2012/09/14 6 $3,964,686 -37% 2,801 $1,415   $10,244,571 14
2012/09/21 18 $1,042,319 -74% 1,247 $836   $11,286,890 21
2012/09/28 36 $207,948 -80% 278 $748   $11,494,838 28

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
Argentina 4/25/2013 $82,953 16 16 16 $82,953 12/14/2015
Australia 10/11/2012 $142,915 76 76 147 $257,121 12/12/2015
Belgium 1/16/2013 $14,035 7 7 7 $100,339 12/14/2015
Brazil 11/23/2012 $123,769 52 52 114 $244,559 12/14/2015
Croatia 10/18/2012 $3,866 4 4 18 $15,879 12/12/2015
Czech Republic 9/20/2012 $12,997 17 17 33 $37,934 12/12/2015
Hong Kong 11/8/2012 $0 0 6 9 $29,011 12/12/2015
Hungary 11/8/2012 $25,617 24 24 96 $68,706 12/12/2015
Italy 9/21/2012 $317,102 183 183 357 $749,419 12/12/2015
Lebanon 9/20/2012 $19,765 9 9 11 $29,791 12/11/2015
Mexico 12/7/2012 $208,317 139 139 389 $738,266 12/14/2015
New Zealand 10/11/2012 $15,985 23 23 45 $32,268 12/12/2015
Portugal 11/1/2012 $42,870 17 18 58 $103,082 12/12/2015
Romania 12/7/2012 $18 1 6 14 $104,384 12/13/2015
Singapore 10/4/2012 $17,848 9 9 32 $33,820 12/12/2015
Slovakia 10/11/2012 $16,433 19 19 46 $57,274 12/12/2015
Spain 10/31/2012 $273,350 144 144 501 $937,323 12/13/2015
Taiwan 4/26/2013 $7,081 2 2 2 $8,942 12/14/2015
Turkey 12/7/2012 $74,958 31 31 84 $180,336 12/14/2015
United Arab Emirates 10/4/2012 $48,393 25 25 28 $82,125 12/12/2015
United Kingdom 4/19/2013 $1,165 10 10 10 $1,165 12/14/2015
 
Rest of World $980,173
 
International Total$4,874,870 12/14/2015

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