Kevin Spacey’s first film since sexual assault allegations makes $126 on day 1
The first movie featuring Kevin Spacey to be released since the sexual assault allegations against him in 2017, Billionaire Boys Club, bombed with just $126 earnings on day 1. That’s Rs 8,700.hollywood Updated: Aug 20, 2018 14:00 IST
Kevin Spacey’s first film since he was accused of sexual assault by over a dozen men during the Me Too movement, has made just $126 on its opening day in theatrical release. That’s Rs 8700.
Spacey had a ‘small, supporting role’ in period drama, Billionaire Boys Club, according to its production company. The film also stars big up-and-coming actors such as Ansel Elgort and Taron Egerton.
Multiple sexual assault allegations were made against Spacey at the end of 2017, most notably by actor Anthony Rapp, who said that Spacey cornered him for sex at a party when Rapp was 14.
Spacey was subsequently fired from his headlining role in Netflix’s House of Cards, and another Netflix film, a biopic on Gore Vidal, was scrapped completely. His role in Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World was hastily reshot with Christopher Plummer.
According to the Guardian, the film was released in 10 theatres in the US, a month after if was quietly released online. Going by the average US ticket price of $9, at lease one theatre could possibly have hosted just one person. By comparison, Spacey’s last film before the allegations were made, Baby Driver (also starring Elgort), made $5.7 million on its first day in the US.
Vertical Entertainment, the company behind the film, had previously said in a statement: “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. 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.”
Billionaire Boys Club has a 13% approval rating on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.
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First Published: Aug 20, 2018 13:59 IST