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Brad Pitt‘s Killing Them Softly opened nationwide to a soft $2.5 million, coming in No. 6 and earning a rare F CinemaScore.
Directed by Andrew Dominik, the violent crime drama becomes only the eighth movie ever to receive the failing grade, and the third this year after horror pics The Devil Inside and Silent House.
Killing Them Softly likely will open to $7 million, a disappointing number even though the movie cost only $15 million to produce.
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Pitt’s Plan B production company produced Killing Them Softly, based on George V. Higgins‘ 1974 book Cogan’s Trade, with Inferno Entertainment and Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures, which put up much of the financing. The Weinstein Co. is distributing domestically.
Killing Them Softly stars Pitt as professional enforcer Jackie Cogan, who is charged with investigating a robbery at a mob-protected poker game. It also stars Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini and Sam Shepard.
The movie had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Its release subsequently was moved from September to November.
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Holdovers continue to top the domestic box office, led by Summit Entertainment’s Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 2, which grossed $5.6 million on Friday for a weekend gross in the $17 million range, pushing its domestic cume to $254.2 million.
MGM and Sony’s Skyfall continues to impress, grossing $4.9 million on Friday for a North American cume of $233 million. The James Bond film should earn in the $16 million range for the weekend.
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Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln took in $4 million Friday for a domestic total of $74.2 million, followed by Ang Lee‘s Life of Pi, which grossed $3.3 million on its second Friday for a cume of $39.7 million.
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