Monday, April 15, 2024

Box Office: Sean Penn “Gunman” Has 2 Oscar Winners and Just $628 Per Theater


“The Gunman” might as well take out a gun and shoot itself. Starring Oscar winners Sean Penn and Javier Bardem, the “Taken” wannabe made just $1.7 million on Friday night. That came out to $628 per theater. That means possibly 70 people sat in the dark, at least for a while, in every place “The Gunman” was showing. But with around a 14% among critics and bloggers, what did anyone expect? My guess is that with Haiti as a priority, Sean is not paying attention to what movies he’s in or how they’re developed.

“Accidental Love” also opened last night with a 6% rating. This is the movie that David O. Russell left and took his name off of. Jake Gyllenhaal, Catherine Keener, and James Marsden are not to blame, and neither is Kristin Gore, daughter of Al and Tipper, who wrote the book upon which this was based. “Accidental Love” is on VOD, so why Millennium–now known as Alchemy– bothered to put it in theaters is surprising. We may never know the box office number and none was reported so far.

Apparently no one believed in “Do You Believe?” a Christian movie with Mira Sorvino and Sean Astin. It made $1.25 million last night.

“Focus,” the Will Smith bomb, will leave theaters this week with $50 million. That’s the lowest gross Will has had since 2000 and “The Legend of Bagger Vance,” including “After Earth.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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