Box Office: Pierce Brosnan's 'The November Man' Opens to Soft No. 5
Roger Donaldson's adult-skewing espionage thriller The November Man, starring Pierce Brosnan in a role reminiscent of his James Bond days, opened to a soft $862,000 at the North American box office Wednesday for a fifth-place finish.
It's true that adults don't rush out to see a movie on opening night, but November Man had hoped to do more on its first day. The film, independently financed and released by Relativity Media, also stars Olga Kurylenko and Luke Bracey.
November Man stars Brosnan as an extremely dangerous ex-CIA agent who is lured out of retirement to protect a witness. The assignment makes him the target of his former friend and CIA protege.
Audiences liked November Man better than critics, giving it a B+ CinemaScore.
The film, getting an early jump on the long Labor Day holiday by opening Wednesday, hopes to earn $9 million to $12 million over the course of its six-day debut, although it may only end up at $10 million, based on Wednesday's number.
The $20 million-plus movie was made by The Solution Entertainment Group, Palmstar Media Capital and Merced Media Partners, with Relativity acquiring U.S. rights for a reported $3 million.
The holiday's second new nationwide player is Legendary Entertainment's microbudgeted As Above, So Below, about a team of explorers who confront their past sins while caught in the twisting catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris. Universal is releasing the film, which begins rolling out Thursday night, per its deal with Legendary. The movie has targeted younger consumers with an aggressive digital campaign.
Labor Day is never a big moviegoing weekend, although this year could be even slower than usual. It's likely that holdover Guardians of the Galaxy will stay at the No. 1 spot. The Disney and Marvel Studios title topped Wednesday's chart with an estimated $1.5 million for a domestic total of $256.7 million.
Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles followed with an estimated $1.1 million for a domestic total of $149.6 million. YA film adaptation If I Stay came in No. 3 with an estimated $1 million for a total of $19.5 million, followed by R-rated comedy Let's Be Cops with $800,000 for a total $48.3 million.
Despite gains made in August, thanks in large part to Guardians and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, domestic summer revenue is still down down nearly 15 percent from last year, and isn't likely to get much past $4 billion by the end of Labor Day. That's the lowest number in eight years.