Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Mel Gibson’s “Blood Father” Quietly Appears on iTunes Two Weeks After Box Office Flop


One day Mel Gibson’s bio may be called “From Braveheart to The Beaver to Blood Father.”

That’s how it’s gone for Gibson since he won the Oscar in 1995. Ten years ago he was arrested for a DUI, was revealed as an anti-semite and racist. From there, he left his wife and the mother of his seven children, Robin, for a Russian musician, Oksana Grigorieva, sired a child outside of marriage, and then turned the whole thing into a tabloid soap opera.

And here we are: “Blood Father,” released two weeks ago to theaters, bombed. It had such a small distribution, and no real ticket sales, that the critically praised action film never reported box office results. It may still be playing somewhere in the wilds of Oklahoma.

Today “Blood Father” appeared quietly on iTunes, landing at number 3, and renting for $6.99. That’s not much of a distinction. It’s right behind two other box office strikeouts– “The Huntsman” and “The Nice Guys.”

“Blood Father” had an 88 on Rotten Tomatoes and a 67 on Metacritic– critics liked it as a B movie, even if they don’t like Gibson anymore as a person. The question now is how he’ll handle the release of a movie he’s directed, “Hacksaw Ridge,” when Lions Gate trots it out on November 4th.

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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