Not even talk of “imminent” marriage to Angelina Jolie, countless TV interviews and gracing the cover of People magazine could save Brad Pitt’s latest flick from being slaughtered at the box office.
Killing Them Softly came in at seventh place earning just $7 million and it is the worst wide-release of Pitt’s career since 1994’s The Favor, which made just $1.5 million.
In the Weinstein Company film, Pitt plays Jackie Cogan an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.
The Weinstein Company admitted that the movie ticket sales proved to be a major disappointment for them
“We’re disappointed, and there’s no getting around that,” TWC’s Erik Lomis told The Los Angeles Times. “We thought it was deserving of a wide release because it was Brad Pitt in a gangster movie.”
For the third week in a row, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 reigned supreme at the box office. Earning $17.4 million over the weekend, the fifth and final film in the franchise has generated more than $700 million in worldwide revenue since its Nov. 16 release.
Daniel Craig’s Skyfall held on to the No. 2 spot with $17 million, bringing its worldwide total to around $850 million. Lincoln, starring Daniel Day Lewis and Sally Field, placed third with $13.5 million.
Why do you think Pitt’s film didn’t kill it at the box office? Was the competition just too strong? Or could the film’s lack of success be blamed on it being a slow weekend at movie theatres?