Director Robert Lorenz’s Clint Eastwood baseball drama Trouble with the Curve had a bit of trouble finding its footing at the US box office on Friday, according to Showbiz 411. The film only managed to net around $4 million in about 3,000 theaters on Friday, which doesn’t bode well for its performance over the weekend. Studio estimates put the picture’s take around $18 million, though it’s opening-day total suggests it will land around the $12 million mark.
Trouble with the Curve casts Clint Eastwood as a baseball scout who brings his daughter along for his last recruiting trip. Judging from the previews, it doesn’t take long for all sorts of personal turmoil to bubble to the surface. Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, and John Goodman co-star. Studio analysts had hoped that the star’s recent appearance at the Republican National Convention would help bolster ticket sales. If anything, it seems to be having the opposite effect. At the moment, it appears more people are concerned with Eastwood’s empty chair shenanigans than his cinematic output.
MSN Entertainment reports that two of this weekend’s new releases have fared a little better. The House at the End of the Street, which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Elisabeth Shue, earned an estimated $4.5 million on Friday night. Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, and Anna Kendrick’s police flick End of Watch also took home its own slice of the US box office; the film reportedly earned around $4.5 million at approximately 2,700 locations.
Director Pete Travis’s Dredd 3D, a film that has received a fair amount of positive press from fans and critics alike, wasn’t nearly as successful as its competitors. The film trailed behind Clint Eastwood’s Trouble with the Curve with only $2.1 in ticket sales from 2,500 locations. Lionsgate, the film’s distributor, was naturally anticipating a bigger return on the action flick.
Are you a fan of Clint Eastwood’s work? Are you planning to see Trouble with the Curve while it’s still in theaters?