It’s a good thing that Brad Pitt’s production company only put up $15 million to fund Killing Them Softly. Had the budget been any higher than that, the movie’s paltry $7 million opening weekend would be regarded as a terrible embarrassment. But since the movie was produced for so little, it actually has a decent shot at becoming moderately profitable. (Overseas, the movie made an additional $14 million, which should come as good news to Brad Pitt’s accountant).
One of the reasons for Killing Them Softly‘s poor box office showing is that audiences absolutely hated it. The movie was given a rare Cinemascore rating of F, a rating which is usually only awarded to arty George Clooney movies like Solaris and The American or terrible horror movies like The Devil Inside. Critics, on the other hand, gave the film 78% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, proving once and for all that audiences and critics live in different dimensions.
Here are the weekend’s top 10 movies.
1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 $17.4M (total: $255M)
2. Skyfall $17M (total: $246M)
3. Rise of the Guardians $13.5M (total: $48.9M)
4. Lincoln $13.5M (total: $83.7M)
5. Life of Pi $12M (total: $48.4M)
6. Killing Them Softly $7M (total: $7M)
7. Wreck-It Ralph $7M (total: $158M)
8. Red Dawn $6.55M (total: $31.3M)
9. Flight $4.54M (total: $81.5M)
10. The Collection $3.41M (total: $3.41M)