Box Office: 'Our Brand is Crisis,' 'Burnt,' 'Scouts Guide' All Bomb

Sun Nov 1, 2015 11:35am EST
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By Brent Lang

LOS ANGELES ( - Illustrating the limits of star power, "Our Brand is Crisis" and "Burnt" were both roundly rejected by audiences despite the presence of Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper.

"Our Brand is Crisis," a political satire about a spin-doctor navigating a Latin American presidential election, is the worst wide release opening of Bullock's career, sliding in below 1996's "Two If By Sea" with $4.7 million. It debuted to a dreadful $3.4 million across 2,202 locations. Warner Bros. distributed the $28 million production.

"We're proud of the movie, we had higher expectations, and we're obviously disappointed," said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. distribution executive vice president.

Not that Cooper fared much better playing a down-and-out chef trying to score a comeback. "Burnt" made a meagre $5 million bowing across 2,900 theaters. The Weinstein Company distributed the critically scorched dramedy. It cost roughly $20 million to make and was directed by John Wells ("August: Osage County")

"It's a small film and we didn't spend a ton of money on it, but we were obviously hoping for more," said Erik Lomis, the Weinstein Company's distribution chief. "We love Bradley and he worked so hard on it with John Wells. It's a passion project that hit a tough weekend."

It wasn't just star power at play. Both films debuted on Halloween weekend that fell at a particularly rough time on the calendar. The holiday happened to take place on Saturday, traditionally the busiest day for movie-going, so studios were bracing for a weekend that offered up more trick than treat. Their worst fears were realized. Overall ticket sales fell below $75 million, the worst results of the year. The weakness of "Our Brand is Crisis" and "Burnt" enabled a group of holdovers to maintain their grip on the top spots at the box office.

"The Martian" captured first place with $11.4 million. The Fox adventure story is on pace to be the biggest domestic grossing release of Ridley Scott's career, having made $182.8 million since debuting in October.

Second and third positions went to Sony's "Goosebumps" and Dreamworks' "Bridge of Spies" with $9.8 million and $8.1 million, respectively. "Goosebumps" has made roughly $57 million in three weeks, while "Bridge of Spies" has been one of the only adult dramas to connect, earning $45.2 million over the same period.   Continued...

Cast member Sandra Bullock poses at the premiere of "Our Brand Is Crisis" in Hollywood, California October 26, 2015. The movie opens in the U.S. on October 30.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni