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Better Living Through Chemistry (2014)

Better Living Through Chemistry poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $72,273Details
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $14,268 Details
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $23,100 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $37,368
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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 11,401-11,500) 11,436 $72,273
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 15,001-15,100) 15,050 $72,273
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 4,201-4,300) 4,298 $72,273

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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


   Doug Varney
   Elizabeth Roberts
   Kara Varney
   Jack Roberts
   Jane Fonda
Ben Schwartz    Noah
Ken Howard    Walter Bishop
Norbert Leo Butz    Agent Andrew Carp
Jenn Harris    Janet
Harrison Holzer    Ethan Varney

Production and Technical Credits

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

Per Theater Chart: Grand Still the Grandest of Them All

March 19th, 2014

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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...

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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