New movie Nightmare Alley, from director Guillermo del Toro, has a lot of star power with Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett leading its cast.
But apparently all that star power wasn’t enough to entice moviegoers to go to the movies, as the neo-noir psychological thriller ended up crumbling at the box office, earning just over $ 3 million altogether. being played in 2,145 theaters.
And it turns out that ticket sales for Nightmare Alley were so low in some theaters that the screenings ended up being pulled and replaced with Spider-Man: No Way Home, according to TMZ.
Box office horror show: Bradley Cooper’s new film Nightmare Alley from director Guillermo del Toro took in $ 3 million at the box office this weekend
After premier theaters canceled future Nightmare Alley screenings, even though there had been tickets sold, some moviegoers took to social media and explained how they were asked to redeem their tickets for one. another movie.
‘Real shit. I just got an email from my theater asking if I wanted to cancel my tickets to NIGHTMARE ALLEY as they canceled all the other shows to free the screen for more Spider-Man screenings, ”one person wrote on Twitter.
There was also a report from freelance film and television journalist Richard Newby who shared that the film’s one and only showing at a particular theater took place at an inconvenient time on a Tuesday.
And then there were those who confirmed his bad beginnings by posting photos of almost empty cinemas on their social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram.
Superhero Replacement: It turns out that ticket sales for Nightmare Alley were so low in some theaters that the screenings ended up being pulled and replaced with Spider-Man: No Way Home, according to TMZ
Star-cloted: With Cooper, the stellar cast of Nightmare Alley includes Cate Blanchett (pictured), Toni Collette, Rooney Mara, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Ron Perlman, Mary Steenburgen and David Strathairn
The gross $ 3million since its Thursday night release was good enough to take No.5 at the weekend’s box office, but still a rocky start for a film with a budget of $ 60 million, which is the most money Searchlight Pictures has ever spent on a movie, as reported Variety.
The lackluster debut is attributed, in part, to the film’s primarily targeting an older audience, a demographic that has generally avoided returning to the movies amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the competition for the coincident release of the new opus. of Spider-Man, and low interest from cinematic audiences.
Spider-Man’s newest installment took top spot at the box office, grossing $ 253 million in 4,336 theaters.
Encanto, West Side Story and Ghostbusters: Afterlife round out the top five, which ranks fourth just ahead of Nightmare Alley.
Mediocre debut: There were also moviegoers and journalists who pointed out the lack of screenings at more opportune times once Nightmare Alley was pulled in favor of Spider-Man: No Way Home
Set in the final days of the Depression, Del Toro’s take is neither a strict adaptation of the 1946 novel, on which the film is based, nor a remake of the 1947 film, according to Time.
Instead, it could be seen as a mixture of the two; combining “the desperation of Gresham’s stunning and ruthless novel with the chilling angularity of Edmund Goulding’s film” which starred Tyrone Power as Stanton’s lead role “Stan” Carlisle, played by Cooper in the new version.
As its big North American premiere nears, the new version, co-written by del Toro and Kim Morgan, has received positive reviews.
Poor first: Some people have posted pictures of nearly empty cinemas showing Nightmare Alley
Along with Cooper and Blanchett, the star cast also includes Toni Collette, Rooney Mara, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Ron Perlman, Mary Steenburgen and David Strathairn.
Stan’s lead role was supposed to be for Leonardo DiCaprio, but fellow A-lister was replaced by Cooper in June 2019.
Principal filming finally began in January 2020 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
A synopsis of the book describes the story as being a “study of the lowest depths of showbiz and its shady inhabitants – the gloomy, gloomy world of a second-rate carnival filled with con artists, scheming con artists and femme fatales. Machiavellian “.
Lead role change: Stan’s lead role was supposed to be for Leonardo DiCaprio, but the A-list actor was replaced by Cooper in June 2019; Cooper is seen with Rooney Mara