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Better Than Something: Jay Reatard (2012)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $20,327Details
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A portrait of Memphis-based punk musician Jay Reatard, who toured the world and released dozens of records over the course of a 15 year career that began in his mid-teens. Never-before-seen footage documents his self-made journey to iconic garage rock star, with colleagues, friends, and family speaking about Jay’s vibrant and complicated life. Jay himself—filmed just nine months before his untimely death at the age of twenty-nine—shares his experiences both on and off stage, with all the humor, savvy, and pathos one can expect from such a prolific and vital artist.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 13,401-13,500) 13,402 $20,327
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 18,301-18,400) 18,312 $20,327
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 5,801-5,900) 5,870 $20,327

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: March 2nd, 2012 (Limited)
Video Release: December 18th, 2012 by Factory 25
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Countries: United States

Documentary Subject(s)

Jay Reatard    Himself

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/03/02 75 $10,489   4 $2,622   $10,489 1
2012/03/09 89 $3,750 -64% 2 $1,875   $14,239 2

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/03/02 79 $10,489   4 $2,622   $10,489 1
2012/03/09 88 $6,912 -34% 3 $2,304   $17,401 2
2012/04/06 93 $2,250   1 $2,250   $20,327 6

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