Reviews for Guy Ritchie’s “The Gentlemen” have been on a par with “Bad Boys for Life.” It stars Oscar winner Matthew McConoughey, Hugh Grant, Michelle Dockery, Henry Golding, Colin Farrell and Charlie Hunnam — none of whom have the box office clout of Will Smith. Not even lumped all together.
Well, throw in Eddie Marsan. But still…
STX is releasing the Miramax film (no longer affiliated with the Weinsteins, but still Wein-stained), and has done OK with it overseas. But it’ll be lucky to clear $10-11 million on its opening weekend in the US.
And don’t count on China for any cash, as they’re closing cinemas to halt the latest “Outbreak” there.
“Bad Boys for Life” will lose most of its opening Martin Luther King Weekend blockbuster bounce, but should still do $25-30 million — $28 million says Box Office Pro.
“1917” will still be in the teens, “Jumanji” and “Star Wars” will be fighting “Gentlemen” for fourth, fifth and sixth places in the Top Ten.
“The Turning” is the other wide release this weekend — not previewed for critics, the early reviews have pounded the nanny-under-supernatural-assault thriller. It’ll be lucky to do $5. I will get to that one today.
The Vietnam Vets/Medal of Honor drama “The Last Full Measure” won’t be on enough screens to make much of a dent in the box office. Middling reviews are pushing that one.