Box Office: Oscars Contenders Killed by Wide Releases
Studios are spending big to expand niche movies like 'Steve Jobs,' 'The Walk' and more into theaters sooner … and the results have been disastrous.
This story first appeared in the Nov. 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
A hit in four theaters, it tanked when it expanded Oct. 23. It then tumbled 65 percent in its second weekend.
The Bradley Cooper chef film abandoned a limited release in favor of a wide bow Oct. 30 — audiences sent the movie back.
It went wide Oct. 9 after debuting in Imax-only. Its $10 million total is a career low for Robert Zemeckis.
Our Brand Is Crisis
Warner Bros.’ $28 million political film suffered the lowest nationwide start of Sandra Bullock’s career.
Rock the Kasbah
Barry Levinson’s film opened wide Oct. 23 and delivered the worst debut ever for distributor Open Road.
Jem and the Holograms
Universal’s microbudget musical debuted Oct. 23 to the lowest gross ever for a studio film on 2,000 screens.
After flatlining in limited release, the Dan Rather drama expanded Oct. 30 — and earned less than $1 million.