Sunday, April 14, 2024

Box Office Disaster: Ridley Scott’s “The Last Duel” with Affleck, Damon, Makes Just $4.8 Mil in Wide Release Opening



Ridley Scott’s “The Last Duel” would be the Last Movie for any other director.

Starring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Adam Driver, the medieval bonanza made just $4.8 mil in wide release this weekend.

This thing is playing in over 3,000 theaters. But no one is going. Per theater average was just $1,573 with multiple showings.

This is really a disaster since this extravaganza cost upwards of $150 mil. Those three stars alone will have salaries that make turning a domestic profit impossible. This was a 21st Century aka 20th Century Fox release.

Exhibitor Relations notes: “Affleck and Damon stunk it up overseas too, as THE LAST DUEL grossed just $4.2M in 37 territories including France, UK, Italy, Mexico, Germany, Japan, Brazil–with NOT ONE market totaling over $1M, and only two above $500k.

Lucky for Ridley he has “House of Gucci” coming soon with Lady Gaga and the ubiquitous Adam Driver.

“The Last Duel” got respectful reviews, too, with an 86 on Rotten Tomatoes. But just, you know, no one cared. One day soon we’ll see it on Disney Plus and judge for ourselves.

This will be a $150 million-plus write off for Disney and the producers.

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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