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The Babadook (2014)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $950,792Details
International Box Office $6,531,595Details
Worldwide Box Office $7,482,387
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $1,170,037 Details
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $645,266 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $1,815,303
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  8. Trailer


Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her “out of control” 6 year-old, Samuel, a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called “The Babadook” turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour, is forced to medicate him. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 8,101-8,200) 8,131 $950,792
All Time International Box Office (Rank 4,201-4,300) 4,292 $6,531,595
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 7,001-7,100) 7,044 $7,482,387
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 1,601-1,700) 1,699 $950,792

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.

Movie Details

Production Budget:$2,000,000
Domestic Releases: November 28th, 2014 (Limited) by IFC Midnight
International Releases: May 23rd, 2014 (Wide) (Australia)
Video Release: April 14th, 2015 by Shout Factory
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 93 minutes
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Keywords: Single Parent, Death of a Spouse or Fiancée / Fiancé, Young Child Dealing with the Death of a Parent, Widow/Widower, Surprise Twist, Night Terrors, Monster, Supernatural
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Screen Australia, Causeway Films, South Australian Film Corp., Smoking Gun Productions, Entertainment One
Production Countries: Australia

Supporting Cast

Essie Davis    Amelia
Noah Wideman    Samuel
Hayley McElhinney    Claire
Daniel Henshall    Robbie
Barbara West    Mrs. Roach
Ben Winspear    Oskar
Jacqy Phillips    Beverly
Bridget Walters    Norma
Tony Mack    Principal
Carmel Johnson    Teacher

For a description of the different acting role types we use to categorize acting perfomances, see our Glossary.

Production and Technical Credits

Jennifer Kent    Screenwriter
Kristina Ceyton    Producer
Kristian Moliere    Producer
Jonathan Page    Executive Producer
Michael Tear    Executive Producer
Jan Chapman    Executive Producer
Jeff Harrison    Executive Producer
Julie Byrne    Line Producer
Radek Ladczuk    Director of Photography
Alex Holmes    Production Designer
Heather Wallace    Costume Designer
Simon Njoo    Editor
Frank Lipson    Sound Designer
Jed Kurzel    Composer
Nikki Barrett    Casting Director

Home Market Numbers: Babadook vs. Bunny

May 15th, 2015

The Babadook

It was another bad week on the home market with almost no first-run releases on the Blu-ray sales chart. The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death was the closest we had to a first-run release, while both Batman vs. Robin and The Babadook outsold it. This wasn't enough to keep pace with last week and the Blu-ray sales fell 19% in terms of units and 10% in terms of revenue. This week last year was Easter, so it should come as no surprise that the home market was much stronger last year. Blu-ray sales fell 76% in terms of units and 71% in terms of revenue. That's painful, but not unexpected. DVDs sales were down by roughly the same amount, so the overall Blu-ray share remained at 34%. More...

DVD Sales: Five Armies Completes Three Weeks on Top

May 15th, 2015

None of the new releases were able to top the DVD sales chart leaving The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in first place with 73,000 units / $1.10 million over the week for a total of 1.13 million units / $16.92 million. More...

Blu-ray Sales: Batman vs. Holdovers

May 15th, 2015

It was a bad week on the home market and none of the new releases sold more than 100,000 units on the Blu-ray sales chart. This includes the new number one release, Batman vs. Robin, which only sold 80,000 units / $1.34 million. This is much better than it performed on DVD and its opening week Blu-ray share was 65%. More...

Home Market Numbers: Home Market Crashes Back to Earth

April 27th, 2015

Last week, the home market was boosted by Easter, but this week, the home market returned to Earth. It returned to Earth and crashed through the crust and halfway to the mantle. With no new releases in the top ten on the Blu-ray chart, while Interstellar had no legs on top. Overall, the Blu-ray market was down 66% in terms of units and 60% in terms of revenue when compared to last week. When compared to last year it was even worse down 66% in terms of both units and revenue. DVDs also fell, but were a lot stronger than Blu-ray were this week and the overall Blu-ray share slipped to 34%. That's really bad. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for April 14, 2015

April 14th, 2015

It is a slow week on the home market. It is a really slow week on the home market. This should have helped me get caught up on all of the late screeners that arrived, but on Saturday I had a coughing fit and heard a loud crack in my ribs. It hurt so much that I couldn't even type. I'm feeling much better now. As for this week's releases, there are none that will likely be huge sellers, but The Babadook on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack is the best and the best-selling, at least according to It is also the Pick of the Week. More...

Per Theater Chart: Imitation Scores Game-Winning Goal

December 3rd, 2014

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The Imitation Game led the way on the per theater chart with an incredible average of $119,838 in four theaters. This is the second best per theater average of the year, behind only The Grand Budapest Hotel. Second place went to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, with an average of $13,725 during its sophomore stint. The final film in the $10,000 is The Babadook, which earned an average of $10,002 in three theaters.


Limited Releases: The Real Deal

November 28th, 2014

The Imitation Game poster

It isn't a terribly busy week for limited releases, but there are a few earning great reviews. The Babadook is earning the best reviews on this week's list, but it is a horror film, so its box office chances are minimal. The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness is also earning excellent reviews, but documentaries rarely find an audience outside of art house theaters. That leaves The Imitation Game as the likely winner on the Per Theater Chart. More...

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2014/11/28 41 $30,007   3 $10,002   $30,007 1
2014/12/05 35 $78,102 +160% 23 $3,396   $123,926 2
2014/12/12 31 $134,473 +72% 80 $1,681   $302,306 3
2014/12/19 31 $103,486 -23% 79 $1,310   $480,326 4
2014/12/26 38 $61,016 -41% 66 $924   $608,103 5
2015/01/02 41 $72,244 +18% 59 $1,224   $742,092 6
2015/01/09 45 $43,330 -40% 55 $788   $815,331 7
2015/01/16 51 $28,800 -34% 40 $720   $864,892 8
2015/01/23 61 $18,450 -36% 30 $615   $900,140 9
2015/01/30 67 $7,016 -62% 20 $351   $913,720 10
2015/02/06 71 $6,393 -9% 10 $639   $924,279 11
2015/02/13 77 $5,503 -14% 11 $500   $933,117 12
2015/02/27 83 $2,443   6 $407   $947,169 14

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2014/11/28 42 $45,824   3 $15,275   $45,824 1
2014/12/05 33 $122,009 +166% 23 $5,305   $167,833 2
2014/12/12 30 $209,007 +71% 80 $2,613   $376,840 3
2014/12/19 38 $170,247 -19% 79 $2,155   $547,087 4
2014/12/26 39 $116,901 -31% 66 $1,771   $663,988 5
2015/01/02 40 $102,153 -13% 59 $1,731   $772,001 6
2015/01/09 44 $64,091 -37% 55 $1,165   $836,092 7
2015/01/16 50 $45,598 -29% 40 $1,140   $881,690 8
2015/01/23 61 $24,517 -46% 30 $817   $906,207 9
2015/01/30 68 $11,182 -54% 20 $559   $917,886 10
2015/02/06 73 $9,728 -13% 10 $973   $927,614 11
2015/02/13 79 $7,523 -23% 11 $684   $935,137 12
2015/02/20 73 $9,589 +27% 12 $799   $944,726 13
2015/02/27 90 $4,914 -49% 6 $819   $949,640 14
2015/03/06 102 $1,152 -77% 2 $576   $950,792 15

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Australia 5/23/2014 $0 0 6 6 $235,696 10/11/2017
Rest of World $6,295,899
International Total$6,531,595 10/11/2017

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
4/19/20151037,488 37,488$374,505$374,5051
4/26/20151917,306-54% 54,794$172,887$547,3922

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
4/19/2015423,721 23,721$355,584$355,5841

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