Brad Pitt's independent crime drama, which is one of only two non-horror films to have earned an F CinemaScore since Ed Mintz founded the Las Vegas-based firm in 1982 (the other is Solaris). Killing Them Softly opened nationwide Nov. 30 to a soft $7 million from 2,424 theaters, coming in at No. 7 for the weekend. The $15 million movie, based on George V. Higgins' 1974 book Cogan's Trade, stars Pitt as professional enforcer Jackie Cogan, who is charged with investigating a robbery at a mob-protected poker game.
Despite receiving either an F or a D- across all demos, the low-budget horror movie opened to a record-breaking $34.5 million, which the best opening ever for early January and the third biggest for the month (though it saw a steep drop in its second weekend). The "found footage" film -- which also unseated Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol from the top spot at the box office -- centers on a woman (Fernanda Andrade) investigating an incident involving her own mother, who murdered three people during an exorcism that was being performed on her.
The horror film, a remake of the Uruguayan movie La casa muda, stars Elizabeth Olsen as a woman who discovers that she isn't alone in her family's secluded lake house. The movie was shot in one continuous take, giving a "real-time" effect. It opened at No. 4 in March 2012, tying with holdover Act of Valor with a $7 million bow.
'The Box' (2009)
The psychological thriller was based on the 1970 short story "Button, Button" by Richard Matheson and had previously been adapted as an episode of the 1980s-era Twilight Zone series. Cameron Diaz and James Marsden star as a couple who receive a box from a mysterious man who gives them a box with a button, saying they will receive $1 million if they push the button -- but someone, somewhere will die if they do. Meanwhile, the movie, budgeted at $30 million, itself made a total of only $15.1 million at the domestic box office.
Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon star as a lonely waitress and unhinged war veteran, respectively, who start a tentative romance at a rundown hotel. But things go awry when the new couple discover a bug infestation at their digs. William Friedkin's horror film made only $7 million at the domestic box office.
'Wolf Creek' (2005)
The horror film, based on true events, centers on a group of backpackers who become stranded in remote Australia when their car won't start. A local bushman offers to fix their vehicle, but they soon discover he has more in store for them than just being a good Samaritan. The movie, released on Christmas Day, earned $16.1 million at the domestic box office.
Before she landed her True Blood role but after her Oscar win for The Piano,Anna Paquin starred in this horror movie. The actress plays a teenage girl who moves into a remote countryside house with her family, who soon discover that the home hides a secret, terrible past. Darkness made $22.2 million at the domestic box office.
Along with Brad Pitt'sKilling Them Softly, Solaris is one of only two non-horror movies to earn an F CinemaScore. Steven Soderbergh's movie stars Pitt's Ocean's Eleven co-star and friend George Clooney as a psychiatrist called to a space station to help deal with an unidentified phenomenon on board. The film, which had a budget of $47 million, made only $15 million at the domestic box office during its entire run.
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