Brad Pitt's 'Killing Them Softly' Tumbles, Hard, at the Box Office
Bad news, Brad Pitt. Your latest movie, Killing Them Softly, landed with a hard “thud” as audiences opted for films that have been in theaters for weeks now … leading to a lackluster weekend at the box office.
Pitt’s reunion with Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James) went largely ignored by mainstream moviegoers, earning an estimated $7 million and landing in seventh place on the box office Top 10.
To find a worse wide opening for Pitt, one has to look all the way back to 2003’s Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas – an animated movie that had the actor’s voice for its lead. The Weinstein Company didn’t put a huge marketing push behind Killing Them Softly, and it’s widely known that the two weekends after Thanksgiving are a wasteland at area multiplexes for new openers. But positive word-of-mouth could have boosted Softly’s returns. This is a bad opening.
As Pitt faltered, the films atop the Top 10 charts for weeks continued to perform well.
The leader, as it has been for weeks, was the final Twilight movie – pulling in an estimated $17.4M.
The last leg of the popular franchise has now earned more than $254M, making it the fourth-highest grossing chapter in the Saga. And it has a while to go before it reaches the $281M earned by the next-highest film in the series, Breaking Dawn Part 1. Interest in the Twilight series appears to have diminished with each passing film, though there’s no questioning their profitability.
The same can be said for the profitable Skyfall. The James Bond sequel added an additional $17M to its overall take over the weekend, which now sits at $246M. Skyfall became the highest-grossing 007 film a few weeks back. At this point, it’s only adding to its legacy.
Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln continues to post strong financial numbers as it rides the Oscar trails. The history lesson edged closer to the $100M mark with its $13.5M weekend. At this rate, Lincoln should break $100M in two more weeks.
Here’s the full Top 10 list for the weekend:
MOVIE / WEEKEND / TOTAL
1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, $17.4M, $254.5M
2. Skyfall, $17M, $246M
3. Lincoln, $13.5M, $83.6M
4. Rise of the Guardians, $13.5M, $48.9M
5. Life of Pi, $12M, $48.3M
6. Wreck-It Ralph, $7M, $158.2M
7. Killing Them Softly, $7M
8. Red Dawn, $6.5M, $31.3M
9. Flight, $4.5M, $81.5M
10. The Collection, $3.4M
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.