The Goldfinch suffers box office crash landing BBC News
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The Goldfinch looks likely to become one of cinema historys biggest flops after making only dollar 2.6m £2m at the US box office on its opening weekend.
The film of Donna Tartts Pulitzer winning novel had been expected to make dollar 12m £9.6m on 2,542 screens.
That makes it the sixth worst US opening for a film shown on between 2,500 and 3,000 screens since records began in 1982.
It cost dollar 40m £32m to make and has received largely poor reviews.
The Goldfinch stars Ansel Elgort as Theo, a young man who turns to art forgery after losing his mother in a freak tragedy.
It also stars Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, Jeffrey Wright and Luke Wilson and is directed by John Crowley.
Initially considered an awards contender, the movie was called “a vapid prestige picture” and “grotesque” .
“Rather than exploring tragedy and grief in any meaningful or thoughtful way, it offers a vague homily. It seeks to comfort without compassion,” he added.
“A gauzy, bloated slab of Oscar bait” is how the movie was described by .
was more lenient, describing it as “neither a rousing success nor an embarrassing failure”.
Jeff Goldstein, president of domestic distribution at Warner Bros, which co financed the film with Amazon, said the film was not what audiences wanted.
“The audience wasnt interested in seeing this literary work on screen,” .
“There were many things that didnt work, but the biggest was probably the marketplace.”
The Goldfinch opens in the UK on 27 September.
Worst North American opening weekends to date between 2,500 and 3,000 cinemas since 1982
1. Friend Request 2017 : dollar 2,002,863
2. Life Itself 2018 : dollar 2,123,463
3. Victor Frankenstein 2015 : dollar 2,469,341
4. Wont Back Down 2012 : dollar 2,603,370
5. The Rocker 2008 : dollar 2,636,048
6. The Goldfinch 2019 : dollar 2,679,027
7. Lucky You 2007 : dollar 2,710,445
8. Captive State 2019 : dollar 3,131,525
9. Father Figures 2017 : dollar 3,287,451
10. Hoot 2006 : dollar 3,368,197
Figures: Box Office Mojo
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