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Lay the Favorite (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $20,998Details
International Box Office $1,073,522Details
Worldwide Box Office $1,094,520
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"Lay the Favorite" follows unpredictable dreamer Beth as she goes from in-home stripper in Tallahassee to gambler's assistant in Las Vegas, working for Dink, one of the most successful sports gamblers in the business. She takes to the work like a natural, but makes the risky bet of falling for Dink, much to the chagrin of his retired showgirl wife Tulip. That bet goes south, and a triangular war ensues. Against Dink's protests, Beth goes to work for the flamboyant, unstable Rosie who runs a less-than-legal operation in New York City, then for his doomed hyper-speed online sportsbook in the betting Babylon that is Curacao. When Beth's risky gambles result in her innocent boyfriend Jeremy threatened with prison, she must reunite with Dink, face up to the fearsome Tulip, risk jail, and return to New York City to confront her responsibilities. Can she beat the odds and win the day?


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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: December 7th, 2012 (Limited) by Radius
International Releases: June 22nd, 2012 (Wide) (United Kingdom)
July 19th, 2012 (Wide) (Germany)
August 10th, 2012 (Wide) (Austria)
August 23rd, 2012 (Wide) (Thailand)
September 7th, 2012 (Wide) (Turkey)
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Video Release: March 5th, 2013 by Anchor Bay Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for language throughout, some sexual content, brief drug use, and nudity.
(Rating bulletin 2239, 9/5/2012)
Running Time: 103 minutes
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Keywords: Gambling, Relationships Gone Wrong, Strippers / Stripping, Intertitle, Autobiographical, Epilogue
Source:Based on Factual Book/Article
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Emmett/Furla Films, Wild Bunch, Likely Story, Rudy Films
Production Countries: United States

Leading Cast


Supporting Cast

Vince Vaughn    Rosie
Laura Prepon    Holly
Frank Grillo    Frankie
Wayne Pére    Scott
John Carroll Lynch    Dave Greenberg
Corbin Bernsen    Jerry

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Production and Technical Credits

D.V. DeVincentis    Screenwriter
Beth Raymer    Based on the book "Lay the Favorite: A Memoir of Gambling"
Anthony Bregman    Producer
Randall Emmett    Producer
George Furla    Producer
D.V. DeVincentis    Producer
Paul Trijbits    Producer
Agnes Mentre    Executive Producer
Vincent Maraval    Executive Producer
James W. Skotchdopole    Executive Producer
Richard Jackson    Executive Producer
Curtis Jackson    Executive Producer
Brandt Anderson    Executive Producer
Brandon Grimes    Executive Producer
Anthony Gudas    Executive Producer
Michael Corso    Executive Producer
Peter Hampden    Executive Producer
James Gibb    Executive Producer
Justin Van Hout    Assistant ADR Recordist

Contest: Incredible Odds: Winning Announcement

March 20th, 2013

The winners of our Incredible Odds contest were determined and they are... More...

Contest: Incredible Odds

March 7th, 2013

There are two wide releases coming out next week: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and The Call. Nearly everyone thinks The Incredible Burt Wonderstone will easily be the bigger of the two films. Of course, most think it will have to settle for second place. Regardless, it is the target film for this week's box office prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a copy of Lay the Favorite on DVD. Meanwhile, whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will also win a copy of Lay the Favorite on DVD. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay!

To enter, send your prediction for the opening weekend gross, along with your name, address and phone number to The winner will be determined on March 18th, 2013 once we have the official opening weekend results.

In the meantime, here's a deleted scene from the movie:


Contest: Giant-Sized Prizes: Winning Announcement

March 6th, 2013

The winners of our Giant-Sized Prizes contest were determined and they are... More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for March 5th, 2013

March 5th, 2013

It's a strange week for home market releases. On the one hand, there are some terrific films that should do really well. On the other hand, after the top couple of titles, the quality of the releases plummets really fast. By the time we get outside of the top ten, we start to get mostly filler. The best film coming out this week is Schindler's List, which makes its Blu-ray debut this week. It is absolutely a must have; however, the Blu-ray is shovelware, which precludes it from being the Pick of the Week. The release that gets that honor is Wreck-It Ralph on either Blu-ray or 3D. It is worth paying the extra money for 3D, but not a lot of people have made the leap to 3D just yet. More...

Featured DVD / Blu-ray Review: Lay the Favorite

March 2nd, 2013

Lay the Favorite opened last November in limited release, but despite boasting an impressive cast and an Oscar nominated director, it never found an audience in theaters. It was also playing in Video on Demand, which usually kills a film's box office chances. Will it find a more receptive audience on the home market? Or was it destined to struggle no matter what? More...

Per Theater Chart: Hyde Hits it Out of the Park

December 11th, 2012

Hyde Park on the Hudson opened on top of the per theater chart with an average of $20,341 in four theaters. That is good for a limited release, but bad for a potential Awards Season contender, which is how many people saw the film prior to its release. Additionally, with weak reviews, it has little hope at long legs. Burn was much further back at $13,602, also in four theaters. Rust and Bone saw its theater count double to four, but its per theater average actually grew to $13,015. Its word-of-mouth is outstanding. Beware of Mr. Baker remained in the $10,000 club with $10,349 in one theater. More...

Limited Releases and Me

December 7th, 2012

It is a really, really busy week for limited releases. However, of the more than a dozen films on this week's list, only one of them is earning overwhelmingly positive reviews, Wagner and Me. That film is a documentary, so even if it does perform well during its opening weekend, it likely won't find any mainstream success. All of the rest are either earning too few reviews to have a Tomatometer Score, or have overall negative reviews. Combined with the previously released Awards Season hopefuls, and there's too much competition for such weak films. More...

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/12/07 56 $20,998   61 $344   $20,998 1

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/12/07 66 $20,998   61 $344   $20,998 1

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Austria 8/10/2012 $6,608 11 11 22 $14,522 12/11/2015
Brazil 2/22/2013 $45,091 24 24 35 $78,211 12/14/2015
Germany 7/19/2012 $66,298 78 78 147 $142,891 12/11/2015
Latvia 4/26/2013 $3,550 5 5 5 $3,550 12/14/2015
Lithuania 3/29/2013 $0 0 7 7 $2,113 12/14/2015
Poland 12/7/2012 $51,662 63 63 126 $118,080 12/12/2015
Thailand 8/23/2012 $1,047 6704 6704 7756 $11,004 12/11/2015
Turkey 9/7/2012 $106,640 75 75 283 $353,345 12/12/2015
United Kingdom 6/22/2012 $173,150 284 284 292 $349,806 12/10/2015
International Total$1,073,522 12/14/2015

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Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

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