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Bernie (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $9,204,489Details
International Box Office $902,486Details
Worldwide Box Office $10,106,975
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $2,328,080 Details
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $527,887 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $2,855,967
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In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town’s most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated Bernie, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent, an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune. Bernie frequently traveled with Marjorie and even managed her banking affairs. Marjorie quickly became fully dependant on Bernie and his generosity and Bernie struggled to meet her increasing demands. Bernie continued to handle her affairs, and the townspeople went months without seeing Marjorie. The people of Carthage were shocked when it was reported that Marjorie Nugent had been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede was being charged with the murder.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 5,001-5,100) 5,017 $9,204,489
All Time International Box Office (Rank 6,801-6,900) 6,865 $902,486
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 6,201-6,300) 6,266 $10,106,975
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 301-400) 319 $9,204,489

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

Movie Details

Production Budget:$6,000,000
Domestic Releases: April 27th, 2012 (Limited) by Alchemy
International Releases: July 12th, 2012 (Wide) (Singapore)
July 26th, 2012 (Wide) (Portugal)
August 16th, 2012 (Wide) (Australia)
September 13th, 2012 (Wide) (Hong Kong)
December 13th, 2012 (Wide) (Hungary)
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Video Release: August 21st, 2012 by Alchemy
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violent images and brief strong language.
(Rating bulletin 2180, 7/13/2011)
Running Time: 104 minutes
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Keywords: Non Professional Actor, Breaking the Fourth Wall, Widow/Widower, Revenge, LGBT
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Black Comedy
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Millennium Films, Mandalay Vision, Wind Dancer Films
Production Countries: United States

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Days In
Top 2012 Theater Average 20 $28,602 Apr 27, 2012 3

Leading Cast

   Bernie Tiede
   Marjorie Nugent
   Danny Buck

Supporting Cast

Brady Coleman    Scrappy Holmes
Richard Robichaux    Lloyd Hornbuckle
Rick Dial    Don Leggett
Brandon Smith    Sheriff Huckabee
Larry Jack Dotson    Rev. Woodard
Merrilee McCommas    Molly
Matthew Greer    Carl

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

Production and Technical Credits

Richard Linklater    Screenwriter
Skip Hollandsworth    Screenwriter
Richard Linklater    Producer
Ginger Sledge    Producer
Dick Pope    Cinematographer
Sandra Adair    Editor
John Pritchett    Sound Mixer
Pamela Westmore    Department Head Makeup
Roxie Hodenfield    Department Head Hair

Awards Season: Lincoln Shows a United Front at the Golden Globes

December 13th, 2012

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominations and the same list of films that have been mentioned since the beginning of Awards Season were rewarded today. Lincoln led the way with seven nods, while Argo and Django Unchained were close behind with five. More...

Awards Season: Silver Linings for Limited Releases

November 28th, 2012

The Independent Spirit Awards has a special place in the Awards Season. The nominations are the unoffficial start of Awards Season, but the actual awards aren't given out until Oscar weekend, so they are the beginning at the end of Awards Season. They also help out a lot of limited releases that would otherwise not get enough buzz, although they are not so good at predicting Oscar wins. This year, two films tied for most nominations, Moonrise Kingdom and The Silver Linings Playbook, both of which earned five nominations. They weren't the only films to earn multiple nominations though. More...

Blu-ray Sales: Hungry No More

September 7th, 2012

The Hunger Games dominated the Blu-ray Sales Chart during its first full week on the home market. It saw its sales numbers grow a little bit to 1.75 million units / $34.99 million for the week giving it totals of 3.42 million units / $68.32 million. It is already in the top ten best-selling Blu-rays of all time and the best-selling Blu-ray of the year. It likely won't last in first place for long, as The Avengers is coming out soon and should be record-breaking on Blu-ray. More...

DVD Sales: Home Market Gorges on New Releases

September 5th, 2012

Depending on how you look at things, there were more than ten new releases to reach the top 30 on the DVD Sales Chart. One of the confusing "new" releases is The Hunger Games, which spent its first full week on the home market, but came out a few days before Tuesday. It sold 2.50 million units and generated $42.48 million during its first full week of release, for totals of 4.68 million units / $79.46 million and it is already the second best selling DVD of 2012 and should be in first place very shortly. I was amazed that the film actually sold more this week than it did last week, even with its shortened opening week. After all, Breaking Dawn, Part 1 also opened with a shortened week, but fell nearly 40% during its first full week of release. Clearly this movie has much better word-of-mouth.


DVD and Blu-ray Releases for August 21st, 2012

August 22nd, 2012

It is an amazing week on the home market, if you count The Hunger Games. That film made its DVD and Blu-ray debut on Saturday, so it didn't quite come out this week, but it is still selling well. The best-selling Tuesday release was NCIS: Season Nine - Buy from Amazon, while the top five is dominated by Blu-ray catalog releases. I think Bernie comes close to being a Pick of the Week Contender and A Separation is even better, but I'm going with The Hunger Games as top pick. More...

Weekend Estimates: Ice Age Delivers Cool $46 Million

July 15th, 2012

Ice Age: Continental Drift will deliver a very solid $46 million over the weekend, according to Fox's Sunday morning estimate. While that's down quite a bit from the franchise's high point, The Meltdown's $68 million in 2006, it is up from the $41.7 million debut of Dawn of the Dinosaurs. If word-of-mouth is decent enough, the film should enjoy four weeks of relatively light direct competition, and might become the first title from the franchise to top $200 million domestically. Even more encouragingly for Fox, it's living up to the gigantic performances of its predecessors internationally, having already topped $200 million and broken a number of national records. The franchise as a whole has now cruised past $2 billion in global box office receipts and stands behind only Shrek among animated franchises. More...

Per Theater Chart: Waning Moon

June 19th, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom has been on the top of the per theater chart for close to a month now. The past weekend it managed an average of $12,571 in nearly 200 theaters. Unfortunately for the box office as a whole, it was the only film to reach the $10,000 market. Your Sister's Sister did come close with an average of $8,402 in thirteen theaters, which is good enough to suggest some potential to expand. More...

Per Theater Chart: Moon Shines Over Wide Releases

June 12th, 2012

For the third weekend in a row, Moonrise Kingdom remained the top film on the per theater chart with an average of $16,247. Again, most limited releases would kill to have an opening week per theater average that high while playing in only a couple theaters. Moonrise Kingdom did it in its third weekend of release while playing in nearly 100 theaters. To call it a success is an understatement. Prometheus finished in second place with $15,032, while the overall box office leader, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, was right behind with an average of $14,166. Dark Horse opened with $13,551 in its lone theater. Safety Not Guaranteed opened in ninety theaters, which is a little high for a limited release, but it still earned an impressive average of $10,862. More...

Full Moon on the Per Theater Chart

June 5th, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom remained on the top of the per theater chart with an outstanding average of $54,805 in 16 theaters. If it had opened with that average in four theaters, it would have been considered a huge hit, so this is a fantastic sophomore stint. Snow White and the Huntsman was the only other film in the $10,000 club with an average of $14,900. More...

Per Theater Chart: Moonrise is Intouchable

May 30th, 2012

To call Moonrise Kingdom's opening impressive would be an understatement. The film earned more than $500,000 in just four theaters for an average of $130,749. ... I looked up three different sources to make sure that wasn't a typo. That's the ninth best per theater average of all time, and the best for a live action film. (Disney used to release the animated tentpole releases in one or two theaters for a prestige release a week before their wide releases and these films fill the top eight spots.) Les Intouchables placed second with an average of $25,263 in four theaters, which is excellent and suggests potential for expansion. The overall box office leader, Men in Black 3, was the final film in the $10,000 club with an average of $12,851. More...

Per Theater Chart: Nothing Left to Avenge

May 23rd, 2012

The Avengers was the only film to reach the $10,000 mark on the per theater chart earning an average of $13,096. Elena probably would have earned a spot in the $10,000 club had it not opened on Wednesday. It earned $9,035 in one theater over the weekend, but $13,240 over its five-day opening. More...

Avengers are the Best on the Per Theater Chart

May 8th, 2012

The Avengers opened on top of the per theater chart with a record-breaking average of $47,698. This is the highest ever for a number one film. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was in second place with an average of $27,298 in 27 theaters. It should have little trouble expanding. Last week's winner, Bernie, slipped to third place with an average of $17,568 in five theaters. It too should expand. More...

Bernie Buried the Competition on the Per Theater Chart

May 2nd, 2012

Bernie got off to an unexpectedly strong start with an average of $28,602 in three theaters. With 82% positive reviews, it should have strong enough word-of-mouth to expand significantly. Headhunters was the only other film in the $10,000 club earning an average of $10,753 in four theaters. As a foreign language film, it will have more trouble expanding. More...

Weekend Estimates: Think Like a Man Rises Above the Pack

April 29th, 2012

This weekend's four new wide releases were no match for Think Like a Man, according to studio estimates released on Sunday, with the comedy's 46% weekend-to-weekend drop-off and $18 million gross still putting it almost $7 million ahead of the next-best finisher. That movie, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, also comes from the Sony stable, although it is projected to be very narrowly at the head of a pack of movies that will earn around $11 million, and could actually end up anywhere between second and fifth when the final numbers come in on Monday. The other movies in the hunt for the (not very) coveted runners-up position include new release The Five-Year Engagement and two returning films: The Lucky One and The Hunger Games (which will end the weekend with over $370 million). More...

Limited Releases: Hunting for the Best

April 27th, 2012

It's a very busy week for limited releases with a dozen films on this week's list. This includes a number of films earning overwhelmingly positive reviews or earning some pre-release buzz. Jesus Henry Christ, Headhunters, Booker's Place, and Sound of My Voice all have a shot at earning some measure of mainstream success. I doubt all four will, because there's just too much competition for limited dollars, but hopefully at least a couple will do so. More...

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/04/27 36 $85,805   3 $28,602   $85,805 1
2012/05/11 21 $219,412   36 $6,095   $539,962 3
2012/05/18 13 $491,436 +124% 95 $5,173   $1,124,572 4
2012/05/25 12 $870,154 +77% 194 $4,485   $2,221,960 5
2012/06/01 12 $897,717 +3% 302 $2,973   $3,650,696 6
2012/06/08 15 $820,177 -9% 332 $2,470   $4,840,407 7
2012/06/15 15 $618,746 -25% 300 $2,062   $5,870,616 8
2012/06/22 15 $487,406 -21% 220 $2,215   $6,700,328 9
2012/06/29 22 $322,981 -34% 166 $1,946   $7,263,295 10
2012/07/06 27 $250,914 -22% 113 $2,220   $7,770,793 11
2012/07/13 30 $215,932 -14% 103 $2,096   $8,106,280 12
2012/07/20 28 $161,686 -25% 104 $1,555   $8,368,794 13
2012/07/27 31 $135,157 -16% 99 $1,365   $8,593,771 14
2012/08/03 31 $130,709 -3% 97 $1,348   $8,799,906 15
2012/08/10 38 $79,313 -39% 88 $901   $8,940,212 16
2012/08/17 47 $62,219 -22% 71 $876   $9,046,932 17
2012/08/24 54 $45,123 -27% 52 $868   $9,117,656 18
2012/08/31 60 $26,302 -42% 26 $1,012   $9,158,557 19
2012/09/07 74 $13,130 -50% 18 $729   $9,185,908 20
2012/09/14 71 $11,175 -15% 10 $1,118   $9,203,192 21

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/05/30 - $75,000   194 $387   $2,296,960 34

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/05/11 22 $312,586   36 $8,683   $633,136 3
2012/05/18 12 $718,670 +130% 95 $7,565   $1,351,806 4
2012/05/25 12 $1,401,173 +95% 194 $7,223   $2,752,979 5
2012/06/01 13 $1,267,251 -10% 302 $4,196   $4,020,230 6
2012/06/08 15 $1,231,640 -3% 332 $3,710   $5,251,870 7
2012/06/15 14 $961,052 -22% 300 $3,204   $6,212,922 8
2012/06/22 16 $727,392 -24% 220 $3,306   $6,940,314 9
2012/06/29 24 $579,565 -20% 166 $3,491   $7,519,879 10
2012/07/06 28 $370,469 -36% 113 $3,278   $7,890,348 11
2012/07/13 32 $316,760 -14% 103 $3,075   $8,207,108 12
2012/07/20 27 $251,506 -21% 104 $2,418   $8,458,614 13
2012/07/27 28 $210,583 -16% 99 $2,127   $8,669,197 14
2012/08/03 35 $191,702 -9% 97 $1,976   $8,860,899 15
2012/08/10 39 $123,814 -35% 88 $1,407   $8,984,713 16
2012/08/17 49 $87,820 -29% 71 $1,237   $9,072,533 17
2012/08/24 57 $59,722 -32% 52 $1,149   $9,132,255 18
2012/08/31 61 $40,523 -32% 26 $1,559   $9,172,778 19
2012/09/07 71 $19,239 -53% 18 $1,069   $9,192,017 20
2012/09/14 74 $12,472 -35% 10 $1,247   $9,204,489 21

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Australia 8/16/2012 $113,886 16 29 117 $500,479 12/11/2015
Hong Kong 9/13/2012 $14,394 6 6 15 $134,280 12/12/2015
Hungary 12/13/2012 $429 12 12 12 $429 12/12/2015
Portugal 7/26/2012 $9,003 6 6 8 $22,783 12/11/2015
Singapore 7/12/2012 $35,125 7 7 7 $35,125 12/11/2015
Spain 8/7/2015 $14,631 15 15 15 $14,631 8/11/2015
United Kingdom 4/26/2013 $50,960 28 28 28 $50,960 12/14/2015
Rest of World $143,799
International Total$902,486 12/14/2015

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
8/26/20121146,022 46,022$499,799$499,7991
9/2/20121927,561-40% 73,583$307,030$806,8282
9/9/20122919,184-30% 92,767$219,273$1,026,1023

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
8/26/2012169,655 9,655$146,279$146,2791

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