Weekend Box Office: Pitt and Dominik’s “Killing” opens softly

Brad Pitt stars in Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly," which tanked at the box office this weekend, with $7 million and seventh place.It wasn’t entirely unexpected that “Killing Them Softly” with Brad Pitt opened poorly at the box office (I predicted the gross within a half a million dollars in this week’s Box Office Beat column), but any time a major movie star’s film tanks in wide release, it’s news. “Killing Them Softly” raked in a measly $7 million for seventh place and, worsening the blow, it scored a rare “F” CinemaScore from audiences, who were apparently expecting something more action-packed, meaning word-of-mouth will be virtually non-existent. Most critics, including our James Frazier, liked the film, but they are clearly not reflective of the mainstream.

Instead, the frame was dominated by holdovers, with the top 5 remaining the exact same as last weekend. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” and “Skyfall” continued their respective marches to $300m, while “Lincoln” came closer to the $100m mark, and “Life of Pi” and “Rise of the Guardians” each neared $50m, still struggling to get off the ground. The only new highlight was the Bollywood pic “Talaash,” which put $2m on the board, for a hefty per-theater-average of $11,529 and a 14th place finish. That’s pretty good, by genre standards.

Check out the full top 10 chart below:

No. Title Weekend Per Theater Average Total
1 “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” $17.4M $4,344 $254.6M
2 “Skyfall” $17.0M $4,909 $246.0M
3 “Lincoln” $13.5M $6,694 $83.7M
4 “Rise of the Guardians” $13.5M $3,676 $48.9M
5 “Life of Pi” $12.0M $4,098 $48.4M
6 “Wreck-It Ralph” $7.0M $2,274 $158.3M
7 “Killing Them Softly” $7.0M $2,888 $7.0M
8 “Red Dawn” $6.6M $2,355 $31.3M
9 “Flight” $4.5M $1,744 $81.5M
10 “The Collection” $3.4M $2,430 $3.4M

Source: Box Office Mojo