As Beauty and the Beast continues to dominate at the box office, newcomers are struggling to bring in cinema-goers.
Not only has Ghost in the Shell failed to impress in the US, but also over here, across the pond in the UK. Scarlett Johansson’s action film came in at number two, taking £2,300,753 despite favourable reviews from The Independent, Guardian, and Telegraph.
While that’s not ‘flop’ status, it’s probably not the huge sum DreamWorks were hoping to bring in: for comparison, Johansson’s Lucy - directed by Luc Besson - had a £3.08 million debut.
Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire - a 90-minute shootout that stars Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, and Armie Hammer - also disappointed, making just £480,644 and falling behind holdovers Surfs: The Lost Village, Get Out, Power Rangers and Kong: Skull Island. Rounding off the top ten is Logan, Life, and Peter Kay’s Car Share: A Second Series Celebration, respectively.
According to ComScore, though, the worst newcomer was Shia LaBeouf’s latest war film, Man Down. The film may have only been released in one cinema in Lancashire, but that doesn’t excuse the absolutely catastrophic £7 gross. (The Void opened over the weekend in one cinema and took £1,613.)
Turns out, LaBeouf, along with Gary Oldman, Kate Mara and Jai Courtney couldn’t convince Burnley’s residence to visit the cinema. The film currently has a 15 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, with an average score of 3.8. Not exactly inspiring stuff. Read The Independent’s two-star review here.