Saturday, April 20, 2024

Box Office Bust for David Cronenberg’s “Crimes of the Future”: Better as a Board Game Than a Movie?


Things must have gone pretty badly for David Cronenberg’s surgical horror film, “Crimes of the Future” last night. Neon didn’t release numbers for preview showings. A cursory look yesterday afternoon showed few tickets purchased.

“Crimes” has been rushed into theaters from its Cannes premiere. Neon sort of skirted the press, doing their best to avoid too much advance notice because the film is evidently gory and very unpleasant. Cronenberg’s best films, I always thought were “Eastern Promises” and “A History of Violence.” The other ones are for those who have a lot of courage. I can still remember years ago ducking in the theater during “Dead Ringers.”

In Cannes, “Crimes” boasted walk outs in the press screening and premiere. There are already indications of that on social media from last night.

Meantime, I guess Neon sent around a promotional game that parodies “Operation” with their logo on it. Maybe “Crimes” makes for a better board game.

PS Neon has last night’s numbers. Their three other films were reported for a total of less than $10,000.

Watch the trailer but I warn you, it’s not easy. “Surgery is the new sex” is the line of the summer!

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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