Published Aug 20, 2018Billionaire Boys Club — the first movie to star Kevin Spacey since allegations of sexual misconduct were brought against him last year — opened this weekend to dismal results.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film was quietly released in 11 select theatres this weekend in the U.S., bringing in a mere $126 USD on opening day. By the end of the weekend, it grossed just $618 USD (or only $807 CAD).
Those numbers work out to each location making about $56 USD over the weekend, with an average of six tickets sold per location.
Billionaire Boys Club was made available on video on demand last month. The film also stars Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Emma Roberts, Jeremy Irvine, Cary Elwes, Judd Nelson and Billie Lourd. It was directed by James Cox.
By comparison, the Elgort and Spacey-featuring Baby Driver made $20.5 million USD on its opening day last year, according to BuzzFeed.
"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 Entertainment said in a statement earlier this year, when the company announced the film would still be distributed. "In 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."
Following the allegations last fall, Ridley Scott removed Spacey from All the Money in the World at the last minute and reshot his scenes with Christopher Plummer instead.
Spacey was also removed from Netflix series House of Cards, which will now come to a close with a shortened final season.