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Bedtime Stories (2008)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $110,101,975Details
International Box Office $111,366,960Details
Worldwide Box Office $221,468,935
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $54,647,392 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $54,647,392
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  3. Box Office
  4. International
  5. Video Sales
  6. Full Financials
  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer


An adventure comedy in which Skeeter Bronson, a hotel handyman, has his life changed forever when the bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to mysteriously come true. When he tries to help his family by telling one outlandish tale after another, it's the kids' unexpected contributions that turn all of their lives upside down.


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Movie Details

Production Budget:$80,000,000
Domestic Releases: December 25th, 2008 (Wide) by Walt Disney
Video Release: April 5th, 2009 by Walt Disney Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG for some mild rude humor and mild language
Running Time: 99 minutes
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Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Fantasy
Production Companies: Walt Disney Pictures, Happy Madison, Conman & Izzy
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Martin Luther King (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 326 $5,652,367 Jan 16, 2009 25
Martin Luther King (All Movies, 4-Day, Fri-Mon) 188 $6,168,048 Jan 16, 2009 25
Martin Luther King (All Movies, 4-Day, Fri-Mon, Inflation Adjusted) 192 $7,376,985 Jan 16, 2009 25
Fastest to $100m 400 $100,121,346 Jan 16, 2009 23
Biggest Domestic January Weekend 79 $20,501,339 Jan 2, 2009 11
New Year's Day (All Movies, 3-Day) 29 $20,501,339 Jan 2, 2009 11
New Year's Day (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 55 $24,519,601 Jan 2, 2009 11
Fastest to $50m 340 $51,006,534 Dec 26, 2008 6
Biggest Domestic December Weekend 72 $27,450,296 Dec 26, 2008 4
Christmas (All Movies, 3-Day) 31 $27,450,296 Dec 26, 2008 4
Christmas (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 37 $34,293,754 Dec 26, 2008 4
Christmas (Opening, 3-Day) 17 $27,450,296 Dec 26, 2008 4
Christmas (Opening, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 18 $34,293,754 Dec 26, 2008 4
Biggest Domestic Thursday 83 $10,529,000 Dec 25, 2008 1

Leading Cast

   Skeeter Bronson

Supporting Cast

Guy Pearce    Kendall
Russell Brand    Mickey
Richard Griffiths    Barry Nottingham
Jonathan Pryce    Marty Bronson
Courteney Cox    Wendy
Teresa Palmer    Violet Nottingham
Lucy Lawless    Aspen
Jonathan Morgan Heit    Patrick
Laura Ann Kesling    Bobbi
Aisha Tyler    Donna Hynde
Lito MC Cassidy    Barry
Tim Herlihy   
Thomas Hoffman   

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

Production and Technical Credits

Rupert Gregson-Williams    Composer
Adam Shankman    Executive Producer
Jennifer Gibgot    Executive Producer
Garrett Grant    Executive Producer
Ann Marie Sanderlin    Executive Producer
Andrew Gunn    Producer
Adam Sandler    Producer
Jack Giarraputo    Producer
Matt Lopez    Story Creator
Matt Lopez    Screenwriter
Tim Herlihy    Screenwriter
Michael Barrett    Cinematographer
Tim Costain    Editor
Michael Tronick    Editor
Michael Dilbeck    Music Supervisor
Brooks Arthur    Music Supervisor
Linda Descenna    Production Designer
Christopher Burian-Mohr    Art Director
Nancy Gilmore    Set Decorator
Rita Ryack    Costume Designer
Thomas Causey    Sound Mixer
Elmo Weber    Supervising Sound Editor
Elmo Weber    Visual Effects Supervisor
David Bach    Visual Effects Supervisor
John Andrew Berton Jr.    Visual Effects Designer
Cinesite Europe    Visual Effects Designer
Daniel Silverberg    Assistant Director
Roger Mussenden    Casting Director
Martin Klebba    Stunts
Martin Klebba    Utility Stunts

The bold credits above the line are the "above-the-line" credits, the other the "below-the-line" credits.

DVD Sales - New Releases Lack Spirit on the Home Market

April 29th, 2009

There were just a pair of new releases to reach the top 30 on the sales chart this week. This includes the new number one DVD; however, sales of The Spirit were hardly impressive as it managed just 334,000 units and $6.27 million in sales. More...

DVD Sales - Bedtime has Storybook Opening

April 22nd, 2009

There were plenty of new releases to chart this week, including the top two sellers. The new number one was Bedtime Stories 1.46 million units for its first full week of release, while including early sales it has made $28.78 million from 1.68 million in sales. More...

DVD Rentals - Rental Chart Does Not Stand Still

April 22nd, 2009

There were six new releases to chart this week, but three of the top four were holdovers. That one new release was The Day the Earth Stood Still, which earned 50% more than last week's number one film, Marley and Me. More...

DVD Sales - Top of the Chart Goes to the Dogs

April 15th, 2009

Slow week for new releases with only four or five reaching the top five, depending on how you count Bedtime Stories. We did have a new number one, as Marley and Me sold 1.53 million units generating $28.32 million in sales. More...

DVD Releases for April 7th, 2009 - Part I

April 7th, 2009

The last of the winter releases are trickling on to the home market; however, we are at the tale end of the hits and are getting the near misses now, which leaves a void in major hits at the top. I do like Deadliest Catch - Season 4, but I can't rate a featureless DVD as the DVD Pick of the Week. So that honor goes to Doubt, which is worth buying on DVD or Blu-ray. But I would go with the latter. As has become customary, this week's list has to be split into two, with the second part found here. More...

International Details - Duplicity Doubles

April 5th, 2009

Duplicity doubled its international haul over the weekend landing in sixth place with $6.47 million on 1811 screens in 20 markets for a total of $12.21 million. The film opened in fourth place in France with $2.01 million on 380 screens, while it managed fourth in Russia as well, but with a much weaker $873,000 on 265 screens. It did hold on better than most in the U.K. down just 31% to $775,000 on 355 screens over the weekend for a total of $2.68 million after two. More...

DVD Releases for March 31st, 2009 - Part I

March 30th, 2009

It's a big list this week with nearly 50 DVDs here (including a few that are late reviews). This includes this year's big Oscar winner, Slumdog Millionaire, which is coming out on DVD and Blu-ray. Also coming out this week is two foreign language thrillers: Tell No One on DVD and Blu-ray, and Timecrimes on DVD. All three are worth picking up. In fact, all three are DVD Picks of the Week. With so many releases, it comes as no surprise that this week's list has to be split into two, with the second part found here. More...

International Details - Watchmen Slowing Down

March 29th, 2009

Watchmen fell out of the top five with $6.35 million on 4965 screens in 53 markets for a total of $60.63 million. Unless it is a big hit in Japan over the weekend, $100 million internationally is likely out of the question, as is $200 million worldwide. Depending on how much it costs to advertise, it could still make enough to show a profit, but it could take quite a bit longer than the studio would have liked. More...

International Details - Shopaholic Selling Well

March 22nd, 2009

Confessions Of A Shopaholic nearly doubled its weekend haul as it pulled in $6.78 million on 2023 screens in 26 markets for a total of $31.91 million after a month of release. The film opened in first place in Australia, no surprise there, as that's the home of Isla Fisher, with $1.89 million on 309 screens. It earned a nearly identical result of $1.84 million on 426 screens in Germany, but that was only enough for third place in that market. Next up for the film is South Korea and Spain at the end of this month, while it doesn't end its run till the end of May when it opens in Japan and France. More...

International Details - Reading Between the Lines

March 15th, 2009

The Reader nearly reached the top five with $5.14 million on 1169 screens in 17 markets for a total of $28.35 million. The film opened in a number of smaller markets, including Belgium where it placed fifth with $174,000 on 24 screens over the weekend and $225,000 in total. However, most of its money came from holdovers, like Germany, where the film added $2.89 million on 456 screens over the weekend for a total of $7.44 million after two. More...

International Details - Pink in the Red

March 8th, 2009

Pink Panther 2 may have climbed a spot to sixth place, but it is hard to be happy with its run so far. The film opened in second place in both Spain and Mexico with $1.95 million on 360 screens and $750,000 on 375 screens respectively, which is better than the film has managed in most major markets. However, overall it only managed $6.33 million on 3186 screens in 53 markets for a total of $22.26 million so far. It does open in Italy this weekend, and still has Germany, Japan, and a few other markets to go, but I can't see it turning its fortunes around at this point. More...

International Details - Confessions of the International Box Office

March 1st, 2009

Confessions Of A Shopaholic expanded this past weekend jumping into sixth place with $6.13 million on 1365 screens in 10 markets for a total of $10.05 million. This includes a second place, $2.80 million opening on 424 screens over the weekend in the U.K., for a total of $4.14 million there. The film also held well in Russia down just 42% with $1.04 million on 415 screens over the weekend for a total of $3.41 million after two. More...

International Details - Bride Wars as Bridesmaid

February 15th, 2009

Bride Wars continues its bridesmaid run just missing the top five this week after just missing the top ten last week. It did ad $5.88 million on 2485 screens in 30 markets for a total of $32.11 million after a month of release. Openings this week include Germany, where the film placed second with $1.62 million on 455 screens, which is a mixed debut. More...

International Details - Slumdog Continues to Earn Millions

February 8th, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire slipped to sixth place with $7.67 million on 1275 screens in 12 markets for a total of $42.46 million. The film had no major openings this past weekend, but it added $3.02 million on 416 screens during its fourth weekend on top of the charts in the U.K. for a total of $18.21 million in that one market. More...

International Details - The Very Best has to Settle for Sixth Place

February 2nd, 2009

The Very Best Film 2, the sequel to The Very Best Film opened in Russia and a handful of other markets this past weekend. It scored first place in its native land with $8.38 million on 948 screens, while it earned sixth place in total with $9.29 million on 1072 screens in 4 markets. This is a serious decline from its predecessor's opening weekend, but still a strong start otherwise. More...

International Details - Escaping the Top Five

January 25th, 2009

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa fell from second to sixth with $9.07 million on 5601 screens in 48 markets for a total of $380.42 million. No openings hurt the film this past weekend, and its only $1 million markets this past weekend were South Korea at $1.20 million on 432 screens and Poland at $1.09 million on 130. The film has made $3.76 million after two weeks in the former and $7.72 million after three weeks in the latter. More...

Paul Blart: Box Office Champion

January 20th, 2009

One film on Thursday's prediction column missed expectations; just one. This explains while, despite the fact that the number one film this year was well behind the number one film last year, the overall box office saw amazing growth to $193 million over three days, and $231 million over four. This was ahead of last year's Martin Luther King Jr. day long weekend by 25% and 24% respectively. Year-to-date, 2009 had brought in $668 million, which represents a 24% increase over last year's pace of $539 million. More...

International Details - Down Under goes Over $100 million

January 18th, 2009

Australia reached a major milestone this past weekend as it topped $100 million internationally. Over the weekend the film added $12.33 million on 4901 screens in 55 markets for a total of $103.30 million internationally and $151.06 million worldwide. Additionally, with openings in Italy, Brazil, China, Russia, and Japan still ahead, the film has a shot at $200 million worldwide. That would be enough to cover the film's production budget, after taking into account Australia's generous tax incentives. More...

Torino Makes Eastwood's Weekend

January 12th, 2009

Just like this weekend last year, the number one film was a limited release expanding wide. However, while that movie, and indeed practically every new release was a pleasant surprise, the holdovers fell faster than expected to leave the box office down 4.4% from last week at $146 million. That is still a whopping 13% more than the same weekend last year, and that gives 2009 an early 25% lead over 2008. The key word is "early." It is far too soon to tell if 2009 is going to finish ahead of 2008, while any expectations that it can maintain this pace are completely unreasonable. More...

International Top Five - Escape Greater than Original

January 7th, 2009

Not only did Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa remained in first place for the third weekend in a row, and four in total, the film also managed to surpass the international total of its predecessor. It was aided by a record-breaking first place opening in Poland where the film opened with $3.22 million on 130 screens over the weekend for a total of $4.02 million. Granted, films like this tend to do very well in this market, but this is still a pleasant surprise. It was not as impressive in China with $2.43 million on 600 screens earning third place there. Holdovers were led by France, where the film added $4.50 million on 820 screens over the weekend and $38.75 million in total. Meanwhile in Italy, the film earned $3.86 million on 571 screens for a total of $29.38 million. Overall it made $31.96 million over the weekend on 6290 screens in 43 market and it now has $339.88 million internationally and $516.90 million Worldwide. More...

Happy New Year at the Box Office

January 6th, 2009

The first weekend of the year starts well with practically every film in the top five having at least something to cheer about. Overall the box office pulled in $153 million, which is 24% less than last weekend; however, it's a post-holiday weekend, so that decline is understandable. Compared to the first weekend of 2008, 2009 is off to a great start up just shy of 10% over last year. And more importantly, last year got off to a great start, so we are looking at a fantastic start. More...

Celebrating the New Year with Holdovers

January 1st, 2009

As is customary for the first weekend of the year, there are no new releases to deal with. However, there are plenty of high profile holdovers to entertain moviegoers, including several that at least have a shot at reaching $100 million before they leave theaters. In fact, every film in the top five has at least a shot at reaching that milestone. More...

International Top Five - Holiday Escape

December 31st, 2008

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa remained in first place over the weekend with $37.54 million on 6211 screens in 49 markets for a total of $285.35 million after two months of release. This includes no major openings over the weekend, but the holiday did boost the box office in a number of markets, including Italy where it was up 56% to $9.76 million on 583 screens over the weekend for a total of $21.18 million after two. Meanwhile in France the film was down just 6% to $5.11 million on 834 screens over the weekend for a total of $31.25 million after four. With openings in China, Poland, South Korea, and Japan ahead of the film, $400 million internationally and $600 million worldwide is within reach. More...

Marley a Gift to the Box Office

December 30th, 2008

Not every film lived up to expectations over the weekend, but more than enough did that we can safely say 2008 ended on a high note. Over the past three days, the box office pulled in $201 million, which was more than double last week's haul of $90 million. It was also close to 8% better than the same weekend last year, however, that's not enough for 2008 to recover, and it is still almost 1% behind last year's pace $9.55 billion to $9.63 billion. Ticket sales were off by more than 5%, which is the second worst decline in more than a decade. That said, nearly $10 billion in ticket sales is still huge, and as long as production budgets don't get out of hand, the industry is healthy. More...

Holiday Estimates: Marley and Me Draws Family Audiences

December 28th, 2008

Fox emerged from the Christmas holiday weekend victorious thanks to an impressive opening by Marley & Me, which opened with an estimated $14.675 million on Christmas Day (an all-time record Christmas Day opening) and finished the weekend with $51.675 million, including $37 million over the three-day weekend Friday-Sunday. Studio estimates gave second and third places to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Bedtime Stories, which both also broke the previous record for biggest Christmas Day opening. Bedtime Stories finished the weekend with $38.6 million in total earnings and Button finished with $39 million. The two movies traded second and third spots through the long weekend, and we'll only know which movie finished top once we have final numbers on Monday. More...

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December 28th, 2008

There are almost as many wide releases this week as there were total release last week. However, while there are several effective sites, and none that feel sub-standard, none rise to the level of the Weekly Website Award. More...

Blizzard of New Releases for Christmas

December 24th, 2008

There are five films opening wide tomorrow, as well as a limited release expanding into more than 1000 theaters, which could be enough to propel it into the top ten. Given the weak new releases for the past few weeks, there is a chance all five wide releases will place in the top five, while it is unlikely any will bomb completely (even the two saddled with negative buzz). Compared to last Christmas, the box office could see some growth, which will help the year end on a positive note. More...

2008 Preview: December

December 1st, 2008

We end the year with a winning streak, one that will hopefully continue right through the New Year holiday. It seems nearly every film released this month is either an Oscar contender or a potential $100 million hit. Sometimes both. If all six films with box office potentials of $100 million or more reach that milestone, and Bolt and Four Christmases have the legs to make it there as well, we could set the record for most $100 million released in a single year. (It is currently at 29 films set in 2003.) More...

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2008/12/26 2 $27,450,296   3,681 $7,457   $38,029,113 1
2009/01/02 2 $20,501,339 -25% 3,684 $5,565   $85,539,168 2
2009/01/09 6 $8,802,120 -57% 3,511 $2,507   $97,432,093 3
2009/01/16 12 $4,726,059 -46% 2,619 $1,805   $103,631,350 4
2009/01/23 18 $1,955,408 -59% 1,660 $1,178   $107,600,474 5
2009/01/30 25 $555,488 -72% 639 $869   $108,566,034 6
2009/02/06 32 $244,664 -56% 265 $923   $108,927,068 7
2009/02/13 37 $198,853 -19% 166 $1,198   $109,177,227 8
2009/02/20 38 $143,925 -28% 145 $993   $109,424,707 9
2009/02/27 43 $131,410 -9% 123 $1,068   $109,586,932 10
2009/03/06 24 $368,545 +180% 283 $1,302   $109,993,847 11

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2008/12/25 3 $10,529,000   3,681 $2,860   $10,529,000 1
2008/12/26 3 $10,129,163 -4% 3,681 $2,752   $20,658,163 2
2008/12/27 2 $9,926,922 -2% 3,681 $2,697   $30,585,085 3
2008/12/28 2 $7,394,211 -26% 3,681 $2,009   $38,029,113 4
2008/12/29 2 $6,395,536 -14% 3,681 $1,737   $44,424,649 5
2008/12/30 2 $6,581,885 +3% 3,681 $1,788   $51,006,534 6
2009/01/02 2 $8,469,704   3,684 $2,299   $73,507,533 9
2009/01/03 2 $7,637,546 -10% 3,684 $2,073   $81,145,079 10
2009/01/04 2 $4,394,089 -42% 3,684 $1,193   $85,539,168 11
2009/01/05 5 $1,039,769 -76% 3,684 $282   $86,578,937 12
2009/01/06 6 $748,226 -28% 3,684 $203   $87,327,163 13
2009/01/07 6 $677,623 -9% 3,684 $184   $88,004,786 14
2009/01/08 5 $625,187 -8% 3,684 $170   $88,629,973 15
2009/01/09 6 $2,248,968 +260% 3,511 $641   $90,878,941 16
2009/01/10 5 $4,147,972 +84% 3,511 $1,181   $95,026,913 17
2009/01/11 5 $2,405,180 -42% 3,511 $685   $97,432,093 18
2009/01/12 9 $336,413 -86% 3,511 $96   $97,768,506 19
2009/01/13 9 $358,663 +7% 3,511 $102   $98,127,169 20
2009/01/14 9 $335,777 -6% 3,511 $96   $98,462,946 21
2009/01/15 8 $442,345 +32% 3,511 $126   $98,905,291 22
2009/01/16 13 $1,216,055 +175% 2,619 $464   $100,121,346 23
2009/01/17 12 $2,152,937 +77% 2,619 $822   $102,274,283 24
2009/01/18 12 $1,357,067 -37% 2,619 $518   $103,631,350 25
2009/01/19 8 $1,441,989 +6% 2,619 $551   $105,073,339 26
2009/02/16 33 $59,546   166 $359   $109,236,773 54

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2008/12/19 8 $10,529,000   3,681 $2,860   $10,529,000 1
2008/12/26 2 $54,459,012 +417% 3,681 $14,795   $65,037,829 2
2009/01/02 3 $23,592,144 -57% 3,684 $6,404   $88,629,973 3
2009/01/09 6 $10,275,318 -56% 3,511 $2,927   $98,905,291 4
2009/01/16 12 $6,739,775 -34% 2,619 $2,573   $105,645,066 5
2009/01/23 18 $2,365,480 -65% 1,660 $1,425   $108,010,546 6
2009/01/30 25 $671,858 -72% 639 $1,051   $108,682,404 7
2009/02/06 31 $295,970 -56% 265 $1,117   $108,978,374 8
2009/02/13 36 $302,408 +2% 166 $1,822   $109,280,782 9
2009/02/20 38 $174,740 -42% 145 $1,205   $109,455,522 10
2009/02/27 43 $169,780 -3% 123 $1,380   $109,625,302 11
2009/03/06 26 $476,673 +181% 283 $1,684   $110,101,975 12

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
4/5/20097219,341 219,341$3,748,033$3,748,0331
4/12/200911,546,129+605% 1,765,470$26,434,477$30,182,5102
4/19/20094280,209-82% 2,045,679$4,788,940$34,971,4503
4/26/20096157,204-44% 2,202,883$2,692,622$37,664,0714
5/3/20097137,422-13% 2,340,305$2,366,201$40,030,2725
5/10/20091095,870-30% 2,436,175$1,641,889$41,672,1616
5/17/20091267,398-30% 2,503,573$1,155,458$42,827,6197
5/24/20092460,791-10% 2,564,364$1,039,350$43,866,9698
5/31/20092746,931-23% 2,611,295$806,228$44,673,1969
6/7/20092339,163-17% 2,650,458$671,156$45,344,35210
7/12/20092241,050 2,755,131$555,029$46,989,17315

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