The Goldfinch film opened wide on 2,542 screens in America and grossed just $2.6m (£2.1m), which according to Box Office Mojo makes it the sixth worst opening for any film debuting on more than 2,500 screens. It reached number eight in the top 10 at the box office this weekend and has since amassed an additional $1m (£803,000).
The Goldfinch an adaptation of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name, debuted over the weekend with $2.6 million domestically. It’s the worst opening weekend of the year so far for a movie premiering in over 2,500 theaters and the sixth-worst opening of all time for a movie opening in that many theaters.
To make matters worse The Goldfinch cost $45 million to make before marketing costs so it will struggle to earn back its budget, especially with the international box office also lacking. The movie made a combined $985,000 in 12 international markets over the weekend, according to Box Office Mojo.
Directed by John Crowley (Brooklyn) The Goldfinch follows a boy who is taken in by a wealthy family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Its high profile cast includes Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Jeffrey Wright, Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson and Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard.
The Goldfinch is the latest dud for Warner Bros. in a lackluster year. It released two devastating flops in back-to-back weekends last month with The Kitchen and Blinded by the Light and its tentpole $200 million summer release Godzilla: King of the Monsters disappointed.
Projections for the film’s opening weekend sat at the $5m-$8m (£4.5m-£6.4m), which it failed to meet. In comparison Hustlers the acclaimed drama starring Jennifer Lopez – grossed $33.2m (£26.6m) from 3,250 screens.