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Killer Joe (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $1,291,645Details
International Box Office $3,367,465Details
Worldwide Box Office $4,659,110
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When 22-year-old Chris finds himself in debt to a drug lord, he hires a hit man to dispatch his mother, whose $50,000 life insurance policy benefits his sister Dottie. Chris finds Joe Cooper, a creepy, crazy Dallas cop who moonlights as a contract killer. When Chris can't pay Joe upfront, Joe sets his sight on Dottie as collateral for the job. The contract killer and his hostage develop an unusual bond. Like from a modern-day, twisted fairy tale, "Killer Joe" Cooper becomes the prince to Dottie's Cinderella.


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Movie Details

Production Budget:$10,000,000
Domestic Releases: July 27th, 2012 (Limited) by LD Distribution
International Releases: June 29th, 2012 (Wide) (United Kingdom)
August 1st, 2012 (Wide) (Iceland)
August 2nd, 2012 (Wide) (Croatia)
September 5th, 2012 (Wide) (France)
September 6th, 2012 (Wide) (Australia)
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Video Release: December 18th, 2012 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for strong and disturbing violence, sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use and language.
(Rating bulletin 2247, 12/31/2012)
Running Time: 102 minutes
Comparisons: vs. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
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Keywords: Novel or Other Work Adapted by Author, Corrupt Cops, Hitmen, Film Noir, Narcotics, Dysfunctional Family, Sex Crimes, Addiction, Dream Sequence
Source:Based on Play
Genre:Black Comedy
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Voltage Pictures, Worldview Entertainment, Picture Perfect Corporation, Ana Media
Production Countries: United States

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Days In
Top 2012 Theater Average 95 $12,621 Jul 27, 2012 3

Leading Cast

   Killer Joe Cooper

Supporting Cast

Emile Hirsch    Chris Smith
Juno Temple    Dottie Smith
Gina Gershon    Sharla Smith
Thomas Haden Church    Ansel Smith

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Production and Technical Credits

Tracy Letts    Screenwriter
Tracy Letts    Based on the Play by
Nicolas Chartier    Producer
Scott Einbinder    Producer
Christopher Woodrow    Executive Producer
Molly Conners    Executive Producer
Vicki Cherkas    Executive Producer
Zev Foreman    Executive Producer
Roman Viaris    Executive Producer
Patrick Newall    Co-Producer
Jamin O'Brien    Co-Executive Producer
Laurence Freed    Co-Executive Producer

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for January 1st, 2012

December 31st, 2012

This week on the home market is actually worse than last week, by a considerable degree. There are no first-run releases, and only two releases are in the top 2000 on the Amazon sales chart. Ouch. Furthermore, those two releases are Cosmopolis and Being Human: Season Two and I'm still waiting for the screeners for both films. Being Human: Season Two is easily the best pick coming out this week and since the Blu-ray is the same price as the DVD, it is the Pick of the Week. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Killer Joe

December 31st, 2012

Killer Joe came out in limited release in July. It earned good buzz initially and it started really well, but as it expanded, it struggled. Granted, it still managed to hit $1 million, but it didn't come close to expanding wide. Was it as good as its opening couple weekends? Or was there a reason it only thrived in very limited release? More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for December 18th, 2012

December 16th, 2012

It's the last week before Christmas, which means it is the last chance for last minute gifts. There are a number of first-run releases coming out this week, some of which are not coming out till Friday, or even next Monday. There are also quite a few limited releases and TV on DVD releases hitting the home market this week. However, none of these were big hits and very few earned strong praise from critics. That doesn't mean there are none that are worth picking up. In fact, we have a trio of contenders for Pick of the Week. Shameless: The Complete Second Season on DVD or Blu-ray; Pitch Perfect on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack; and Arbitrage on DVD or Blu-ray. It was a close call, but in the end I went with Arbitrage. Also coming out this week is Rush: 2012 - CD and Blu-ray in a Deluxe Edition or Super Deluxe Edition, which is a clear winner of Puck of the Week. 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...

Per Theater Chart: Samsara (Sleep)Walks to the Top

September 5th, 2012

Samsara expanded from two to nine theaters, but held on well enough to rise to top spot on the per theater chart with $12,597. Sleepwalk With Me expanded to 29 theaters and was very solid with an average of $11,127. More...

Weekend Estimates: Bourne and Campaign Knock Out Batman

August 12th, 2012

After another lengthy run for the country's number one film, we will have a new top movie this weekend thanks to a strong debut for The Bourne Legacy, which will beat The Dark Knight Rises after Batman spent three weekends atop the chart. Universal is predicting that their franchise reboot will pick up about $40.3 million this weekend, somewhat behind The Bourne Legacy's $69.2 million debut, but very creditable for movie that takes the franchise in a new direction. Even better for the overall market, The Campaign is predicted to post $27.4 million for Warner Bros., which will be enough for second place. More...

Celeste and Jesse Kill the Competition on the Per Theater Chart

August 7th, 2012

Celeste and Jesse Forever opened in four theaters and earned just over $100,000 for an average of $26,946. This suggests a strong potential to expand. Killer Joe did expand going from three to fourteen theaters, but its theater average dipped roughly 8% to $11,647. That's an amazing hold and bodes well for the film's future. More...

Weekend Estimates: Dark Knight Recalled for Third Weekend

August 5th, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises will become the third film this year to top the weekend box office chart for three weeks running, thanks in part to another reasonably strong weekend (down 41% from last time), but mainly because Total Recall will muster only a decidedly so-so $26 million on debut, according to Sony's Sunday estimate. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is expected to pull in about $14.7 million for Fox, rounding out another weekend where new movies have failed to catch on with audiences. More...

Dark Knight Puts the Spark in the Per Theater Chart

July 31st, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises remained on top of the per theater chart with an average of $14,101 in more than 4,400 theaters. Killer Joe opened with an average of $12,621 in three theaters, while Ruby Sparks was also strong with an average of $10,832 in thirteen. Both films have some potential to expand. Deep Sea 3-D remained strong with $10,412 in its lone theater. More...

Searching for Killer Limited Releases

July 27th, 2012

There are not a huge number of limited releases on this week's chart, but all of them are earning overall positive reviews, and a few of them are generating some strong buzz. Killer Joe is one such film, but its rating could prevent it from reaching a sizable audience. Ruby Sparks has far more populous appeal, but weaker reviews. Searching for Sugar Man has some of the best reviews of the month, but documentaries rarely escape the grasp of limited release. More...

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/07/27 44 $37,864   3 $12,621   $37,864 1
2012/08/03 29 $163,053 +331% 14 $11,647   $220,282 2
2012/08/10 31 $146,000 -10% 36 $4,056   $431,179 3
2012/08/17 33 $147,350 +1% 42 $3,508   $663,007 4
2012/08/24 30 $195,000 +32% 60 $3,250   $935,839 5
2012/08/31 33 $170,000 -13% 73 $2,329   $1,291,645 6

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/07/27 44 $57,229   3 $19,076   $57,229 1
2012/08/03 32 $227,950 +298% 14 $16,282   $285,179 2
2012/08/10 33 $230,478 +1% 36 $6,402   $515,657 3
2012/08/17 35 $225,182 -2% 42 $5,361   $740,839 4
2012/08/24 28 $380,806 +69% 60 $6,347   $1,121,645 5
2012/08/31 41 $170,000 -55% 73 $2,329   $1,291,645 6

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Australia 9/6/2012 $2,987 1 1 1 $2,987 12/11/2015
Belgium 9/26/2012 $53,772 15 15 56 $161,731 12/12/2015
Brazil 3/8/2013 $25,275 17 17 33 $61,416 12/14/2015
Croatia 8/2/2012 $0 0 4 8 $4,240 12/11/2015
Finland 9/28/2012 $14,754 19 19 25 $31,086 12/12/2015
France 9/5/2012 $369,000 78 78 156 $746,398 12/11/2015
Greece 9/20/2012 $2,854 23361 23361 23361 $23,361 12/11/2015
Hungary 2/21/2013 $1,399 10 10 10 $1,399 12/14/2015
Iceland 8/1/2012 $3,254 3 3 8 $17,764 12/11/2015
Italy 10/11/2012 $136,707 54 54 89 $225,160 12/12/2015
Netherlands 10/25/2012 $4,743 6 6 6 $4,743 12/12/2015
Romania 11/9/2012 $6,150 6 6 18 $18,877 12/12/2015
Turkey 11/9/2012 $0 0 9 9 $25,520 12/12/2015
United Kingdom 6/29/2012 $320,400 74 107 393 $1,286,303 12/11/2015
Rest of World $756,480
International Total$3,367,465 12/14/2015

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

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