Going into the weekend, box-office estimates for the Blake Lively-led spy thriller “The Rhythm Section” weren’t looking good. Turns out those estimates were being highly generous.
Helmed by Reed Morano and produced by Bond franchise leader Barbara Broccoli, “The Rhythm Section” finally arrived in cinemas after multiple delays, a severe hand injury that stalled production, and on a not particularly ideal release date.
Even so, the film underperformed with a pitiful $2.8 million in its wide release. In fact, the film broke the record of having the single-worst box office debut ever for a movie to open on over 3,000 screens – breaking the previous low point of $3.4 million for the Logan Lerman-led 2006 family comedy “Hoot”.
Depending on final numbers, the film could end up outside the Top 10. With a tight budget of $50 million its damage will be limited, but combined with terrible critical and audience reviews (33% on RT, C+ on CinemaScore), it’s dead in the water.
This coming week’s sole wide release is “Birds of Prey” which is expected to be a major performer.
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