Kevin Spacey's Billionaire Boys Club Barely Made $100 On Opening Day
Kevin Spacey stars in a new film called Billionaire Boys Club but you'd be forgiven if you didn't know that because, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the film barely cracked $126 USD on opening day.
With the average cinema ticket in the States costing around $9, we're looking at roughly 14 people turning out to see the film over eight cinemas scattered across the country in a handful of select cinemas. The film raked in a top gross of $45 at a cinema in Connecticut with one California cinema reporting just $9 on opening day.
The film is based on the real Billionaire Boys Club, a social club that functioned as a get-rich-quick scheme for many sons of wealthy families in the '80s. Run by a man named Joe Hunt, the club ran as a Ponzi scheme until funds dried up and the members turned to murder.
The story was turned into a miniseries in '87 starring Judd Nelson as Hunt.
The 2018 film stars Spacey as Ron Levin, a businessman and con artist who was one of Hunt's victims, and also sees Nelson return to the story to play Hunt's father.
The ensemble cast also included Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Jeremy Irvine, Cary Elwes, Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, Suki Waterhouse and Rosanna Arquette.
Unfortunately the cast wasn't enough to lure audiences into the film, which struggled through negative press following the allegations of sexual harassment and assault aimed at Spacey last year. The film also currently has a 13 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Seeing the severity with which disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein fell from grace, many projects tied to Spacey distanced themselves, with Netflix firing him from the final season of House of Cards and Ridley Scott re-shooting his film All The Money In The World with Christopher Plummer replacing Spacey.
The distributor for Billionaire Boys Club took a different approach, asking audiences to understand the difficult position they were in in deciding to release the film simultaneously in a handful of cinemas and on VOD.
Downplaying Spacey's role, Vertical Entertainment asked that the rest of the cast and crew not be penalised for the 59-year-old's history of transgressions.
"We hope these distressing allegations pertaining to one person’s behaviour -- that were not publicly known when the film was made almost two-and-a-half years ago and from someone who has a small, supporting role in Billionaire Boys Club -- does not tarnish the release of the film," Vertical said in a statement.
"This is neither an easy nor insensitive decision to release this film in theatres, but we believe in giving the cast, as well as hundreds of crew members who worked hard on the film, the chance to see their final product reach audiences... the end, we hope audiences make up their own minds as to the reprehensible allegations of one person’s past, but not at the expense of the entire cast and crew present on this film."
Unfortunately, it looks like audiences did make up their minds.
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