Monday, June 17, 2024

Box Office Bust: Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie “Indie” Film Takes in $38,000 on Opening Night


Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt should be in a blockbuster film, right? But their little indie vanity film, “By the Sea,” is a bust. It took in $38,000 last night on 10 screens.

To put this perspective: the highly regarded film “Brooklyn” with no actual stars made $134,179 last night on 23 screens. It’s already outpacing “By the Sea” and except for Saorise Ronan, a young Irish actress, the rest of the names are mostly unknown to American audiences.

“By the Sea” will go by the boards pretty fast. It was admirable, ambitious try. But really $38,000 wouldn’t cover snacks for the Jolie-Pitt clan on a slow day. Universal will just write this off, move on, and hope to make a “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” with them sometime soon.

Meantime, “Spectre” crossed the $100 million line, and “The Martian” got past $200 million. Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight” may pass $1 million this weekend; it’s the Oscar favorite at the moment. “Steve Jobs” was cut back to 326 theatres from 421 and did just fine. It was a smart move.

More tomorrow…

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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