Sandra Bullock’s new political drama Our Brand is Crisis has fallen flat with North American movie-goers, grossing just $3.4 million (£2.13 million) to become the worst box office debut of the actress’ career.
The film, co-produced by Sandra and her longtime pal George Clooney, was panned by critics and it failed to win the audience’s vote during its first weekend (30Oct-01Nov15) on release, opening in seventh place. The Blind Side star’s 1996 movie, Two If By Sea, had previously been deemed the worst-performing North American debut of her career, with $4.7 million (£2.94 million).
Sandra’s role had originally been written for a male, with George earmarked for the part.
“The character is basically the same, other than the sex,” she explained in recent interviews.
The 51 year old wasn’t the only Hollywood A-lister to have a poor opening weekend with a new movie. Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller’s culinary drama Burnt also struggled to gain a following, drawing a disappointing $5 million (£3.13 million) to enter the countdown at five.
The Hangover actor opened up to British chat show host Graham Norton about the culinary skills he had to learn for the role, and how one particular scene was particularly squeamish.
“There was one scene with all these grouse and I’m leaning against the counter because I thought I was going to faint, actually pass out,” he said. “I had to cut the heads off the birds and my hands were shaking. It was actually very intense.”
One actor who did manage to have a good result at the Box Office was Matt Damon, as his space drama The Martian held onto the number one spot in its fifth weekend on release, earning a further $11.4 million (£7.13 million) to take its domestic total to an impressive $182.8 million (£114.25 million). It was enough to scare away competition from Jack Black’s Goosebumps, which remained at two with $10.2 million (£6.38 million).
Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies and animated hit Hotel Transylvania 2 complete the new top five at three and four, respectively.
– Cover Media0