‘Left Behind’ Crashes Box Office Top 10, ‘Boxtrolls’ Continues to Flop
The new Left Behind reboot didn’t have a massive marketing budget or the same number of screens most mainstream movies had, and the actor who stars in it, Nicolas Cage, isn’t really an A-lister anymore due to all the massive theatrical flops he’s starred in over the years.
The film is still on pace to get a solid opening for its Christian audience, not bad for a movie that cost just $16 million to make.
What the film had in its corner – not only Cage, but a distributor best known for the surprise hit God’s Not Dead (Freestyle Releasing), and of course the faith-based messages that made the Left Behind book series famous.
The reboot is slated to make $6 million on opening weekend. Again, not too bad for a movie that only cost $16 million to make. Even more impressive seeing that the movie only opened in 1,785 screens. Compare that to how much money the stop-motion studio Laika’s latest film, The Boxtrolls, continues to make on its second weekend… only $32 million. As I previously reported, the film opened in 21 screens more that Left Behind, but only made $17 million on opening weekend.
In Left Behind, Cage is cast as a pilot for a commercial airline who witnesses the Biblical phenomenon known as the Rapture happen before his very eyes, and now finds himself closer to his family than ever. The New York Post‘s Sara Stewart quickly called it “preachy”, a term rarely applied to leftish schlock like Promised Land or Elysium.
As expected, David Fincher’s latest dark thriller, Gone Girl, dominated the weekend with $38 million on over 3,000+ screens.