‘Lisa Frankenstein’ fails to come to life at the box office

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"Lisa Frankenstein" didn’t travel to life astatine nan North American container agency successful its first play successful theaters. The scary drama written by Diablo Cody and starring Kathryn Newton and Cole Sprouse earned $3.8 million, according to workplace estimates Sunday. It debuted successful 2nd spot connected a very slow Super Bowl weekend, down nan spy thriller "Argylle."

Matthew Vaugn’s "Argylle" sewage first spot pinch only $6.5 million, which brings its moving home full to $28.8 cardinal successful 2 weekends. The $200 cardinal accumulation is Apple's first awesome theatrical flop. Universal Pictures oversaw nan North American merchandise for nan streamer, wherever it is playing successful 3,605 locations. Globally, it's earned $60.1 cardinal to date.

Focus Features released "Lisa Frankenstein" successful 3,144 locations. A 1980s-set teenage riff connected Mary Shelly’s classical tale, "Lisa Frankenstein" was nan directorial debut of Robin Williams’ girl Zelda Williams. Reviews wide were mixed to antagonistic pinch a 49% connected Rotten Tomatoes. AP’s Mark Kennedy wrote successful his reappraisal that it was "a existent monster — stitched together from erstwhile movies, painfully incoherent and deeply, profoundly dumb."


Audiences were mostly female (61%) and nether nan property of 35 (71%), according to exit data. But while nan opening play was low, nan accumulation fund was besides comparatively humble astatine a reported $13 million.

The movie is group successful nan aforesaid beingness arsenic "Jennifer’s Body," which was written by Cody and directed by Karyn Kusama. That movie underwhelmed connected its merchandise successful 2009 pinch critics and audiences but has gained appreciation and a cult cache successful nan past 15 years.

"The Beekeeper" landed successful 3rd spot successful its 5th play pinch an further $3.5 million. The faith-based "The Chosen" series, showing its 4th season's first 3 episodes, placed 4th pinch $3.2 cardinal while "Wonka" rounded retired nan apical 5 pinch $3.1 million.

Overall, it's apt to beryllium nan slowest play of nan twelvemonth to day pinch astir $40 cardinal industry-wide down astir 25% from past year. The large shot crippled isn't wholly to blasted either — successful nan years anterior to nan pandemic, nan aforesaid play was capable to make complete $75 million. In 2009, nan Liam Neeson movie "Taken" went head-to-head pinch nan Super Bowl and made $24.7 million. And successful 2015, "American Sniper" brought successful $30.7 million.

But this twelvemonth is different. Paul Dergarabedian, nan elder media expert for Comscore, attributes this to a number of factors, including nan unsocial attraction connected this year's crippled which, he said, "has go nan halfway of attraction for nan world of entertainment."

"There was only 1 caller movie and there’s been truthful small momentum successful this movie marketplace," he said. "It should travel arsenic nary astonishment that, astatine slightest successful nan modern era, this is nan lowest grossing Super Bowl play that we’ve seen."

Dergarabedian added: "I don’t deliberation anyone wanted to return a chance releasing a large wide merchandise this weekend."

This week brings 2 bigger movies to theaters, "Bob Marley: One Love" and "Madame Web," but things aren't apt to prime up importantly until " Dune: Part Two " opens connected March 1.

"This is nan earthy ebb and travel of things for theaters," Dergarabedian said. "The box office will recover."

Estimated summons income for Friday done Sunday astatine U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final home figures will beryllium released Monday.