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Better Living Through Chemistry (2014)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $72,273Details
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $15,752 Details
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $23,100 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $38,852
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Doug Varney is the model of suburban respectability—until the night he delivers a prescription to the home of Elizabeth Roberts. Gorgeous, seductive and multiply addicted, Elizabeth eagerly introduces Doug to extra-large martinis, uninhibited bedroom behavior and the illicit pleasures of the pharmacopeia he has access to in his store. Disregarded for years by everyone from his domineering wife Kara and troubled son Ethan, to the goldbricking employees at the drugstore he bought from his insufferable father-in-law, Doug surprises himself by embarking on an drug-and-alcohol fueled affair with the most glamorous woman he has ever met. But his extracurricular activities quickly send his life spinning out of control when a routine DEA audit reveals serious discrepancies in his inventory. Convinced he’s about to lose everything, Doug hatches an ill-considered scheme with Elizabeth that will allow to them to have it all—at an almost unthinkable price.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 11,601-11,700) 11,633 $72,273
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 16,301-16,400) 16,358 $72,273
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 4,401-4,500) 4,411 $72,273

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

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: March 14th, 2014 (Limited) by Samuel Goldwyn Films
Video Release: April 15th, 2014 by Universal Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 91 minutes
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Keywords: Infidelity, Relationships Gone Wrong, Prescription Drug Abuse
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Black Comedy
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Occupant Entertainment, Altus Productions, Aegis Film Fund, Ealing Metro International
Production Countries: United States

Lead Ensemble Members

   Doug Varney
   Elizabeth Roberts
   Kara Varney
   Jack Roberts
   Jane Fonda

Supporting Cast

Ben Schwartz    Noah
Ken Howard    Walter Bishop
Norbert Leo Butz    Agent Andrew Carp
Jenn Harris    Janet
Harrison Holzer    Ethan Varney

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Production and Technical Credits

Geoff Moore    Screenwriter
David Posamentier    Screenwriter
Felipe Marino    Producer
Joe Neurauter    Producer
Keith Calder    Executive Producer
Anders Erden    Executive Producer
Graeme Law    Executive Producer
Peter Nichols    Executive Producer
Paul Brett    Executive Producer
David Posamentier    Executive Producer
Tim Smith    Executive Producer
Paul Davis    Co-Producer
Tim Suhrstedt    Director of Photography
Heidi Adams    Production Designer
Jonathan Alberts    Editor
Andrew Feltenstein    Composer
John Nau    Composer
Gabe Hilfer    Music Supervisor
Bic Owen    Costume Designer
Kerry Barden    Casting Director
Paul Schnee    Casting Director

Per Theater Chart: Grand Still the Grandest of Them All

March 19th, 2014

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Despite expanding from 4 to 66 theaters, The Grand Budapest Hotel held on well enough to lead the per theater chart with ease. In fact, its average of $55,122 was the second best per theater average for the year, behind only its opening weekend. Bad Words came in second place with an average of $18,884 in six theaters. This is a good opening, but not one that suggests it could naturally expand wide. Fortunately, the film already has a wide release scheduled and as the ad campaign for the wide release ramps up, it should at least become a midlevel hit when compared to its production budget. Enemy was right behind with an estimated $18,000 in its lone theater. Le Week-End was the final film in the $10,000 club as it earned an average of $14,536 in three theaters during its opening weekend of release. More...

Limited Releases: Will Bad Words bring Good News?

March 14th, 2014

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There could be as many as two-dozen limited releases opening this week, which is insane. That's so many that I'm going to have to limit the ones I talk about to those that I can easily find release dates and / or theater listings for on official sites. (I should really do this every week, because too many times I talk about a film opening in limited release, only to never hear about the movie again.) The competition is overwhelming, but there are a few that rise above the crowd. Veronica Mars is opening wider than any other film and its reviews are pretty good. On the other hand, it is also playing on Video on Demand, so its box office numbers might be really weak. Bad Words is only opening in six theaters tonight, but since it already has a wide expansion planned for the 28th, one could say it is the biggest release of the week. There are several other films on this week's list that could find an audience (Enemy, Exposed, On My Way, etc.) but the competition will likely prove to be too much. More...

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2014/03/14 47 $46,435   61 $761   $46,435 1
2014/03/21 72 $5,337 -89% 25 $213   $72,273 2

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2014/03/14 44 $66,936   61 $1,097   $66,936 1

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