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October 4, 2022

Straight People Blamed After Biggest Woke Disaster In Hollywood To Date! “Bros” Movie TANKS!

TheQuartering [10/3/2022]

According to TheNewYorkTimes:

There is no easy way to say it: When the reviews are this sensational, the marketing support is this substantive and the theatrical footprint is this wide — and ticket sales are nonetheless this low — it suggests outright marketplace rejection.

“Bros,” the first gay romantic comedy from a major studio, arrived to an estimated $4.8 million in ticket sales in the United States and Canada, about 40 percent less than the low end of prerelease analyst expectations. Universal Pictures booked “Bros” onto 3,350 screens and spent an estimated $30 million to $40 million to promote it. “Bros,” starring Luke Macfarlane and Billy Eichner, who also co-wrote the script, cost roughly $22 million to make. It received mostly positive reviews.

Yet it was a distant fourth at the weekend box office. “We’ll see where we go from here,” Jim Orr, Universal’s president of domestic distribution, said by phone on Sunday. “We’re incredibly proud of the film, and I really believe there is going to be great word of mouth.”

Ticket buyers gave “Bros” an A grade in CinemaScore exit polls.

Smile,” a new horror movie from Paramount Pictures that cost an estimated $17 million to make, was No. 1 at North American theaters, with ticket sales between Thursday night and Sunday of about $22 million. “Smile” received strong reviews. “This is an excellent opening, the kind that launches a new horror series,” David A. Gross, who runs Franchise Entertainment Research, a film consultancy, said in an email.

In its second weekend, “Don’t Worry Darling” (Warner Bros.) was second, collecting roughly $7.3 million, for a total of $32.8 million. In its third weekend, “The Woman King” (Sony) was third, selling about $7 million in tickets, for a cumulative $46.7 million.

Universal’s marketing campaign for “Bros” started in May and emphasized its comedic bona fides; producers included Judd Apatow, the force behind hits like “Trainwreck” and “Bridesmaids,” and Nicholas Stoller, known for “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” Mr. Stoller also directed “Bros” and co-wrote the script. In August and September, Universal brought “Bros” to film festivals and screened exclusive footage in cities across the United States. Mr. Eichner aggressively promoted the movie, appearing on almost every major talk show and reviving his popular “Billy on the Street” comedy series.

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