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While Lionsgate may well be disappointed that its final Hunger Games installment didn’t quite hit the levels set by its predecessors in its opening weekend, spare a thought for the team behind action-thriller Momentum.
International Weekend 12/6/15
|1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2||$32.4M||$296.8M|
|3. The Good Dinosaur||$19.4M||$55.4M|
|4. In the Heart of the Sea||$17.1M||$17.1M|
|5. The Martian||$13.5M||$350.0M|
|6. Point Break||$12.0M||$12.0M|
|7. Fall in Love Like a Star||$11.0M||$15.0M|
|8. Bridge of Spies||$10.0M||$41.8M|
|9. Inside Men||$6.6M||$35.0M|
|10. Victor Frankenstein||$5.0M||$19.2M|
The South Africa-shot film, with an estimated $20 million production budget and starring Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko, didn’t just stumble at the U.K. box office, but seemingly tripped up on a towel in the changing room and failed to make it to the starting line, taking a measly £46 ($69) in its debut.
Momentum may not have opened wide, and in fact was available simultaneously as a digital download, but its 10-cinema U.K. release offers a per-site average of just $6.90, with two theaters failing to sell a single ticket, according to figures from Rentrak.
Although British audiences may have been unenthusiastic about Momentum, the film – which follows a thief who becomes unwittingly embroiled in a terror plot — fared better in the U.A.E., where according to Box Office Mojo it has earned $275,000 since opening last month, and in Russia, where it scored an opening weekend of $250,000 back in July. No figures are yet available for the U.S., where Starz gave the film a limited release on Oct. 16.
Momentum currently has a 26 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Hollywood Reporter described it as a “daft action flick” with a part for Freeman “that might well have been shot in half a day,” while Empire said it was “one of the worst films you won’t see in 2015.”
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