Box office poison: Spacey gives punters the creeps


Box office poison: Spacey gives punters the creeps

Latest movie tanks as actor’s touchy-feely transgressions turn him into a Hollywood pariah

Tymon Smith

As if being fired from hit Netflix drama House of Cards and having his scenes reshot using Christopher Plummer in Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World weren’t enough, disgraced former Hollywood star Kevin Spacey suffered further embarrassment this week. Billionaire Boys Club, the last film Spacey completed before allegations of sexual assault surfaced against him in October, opened to a record lowest opening night total of just $126 this weekend.The film, which recounts the true-life tale of a Ponzi scheme in the 1980s, was shunned by audiences in spite of what its producers said is only a supporting role by Spacey. Its producers released a statement pointing out that the film was shot almost two and a half years ago, Spacey’s role is small and they’re hoping that “audiences make up their own minds as to the reprehensible allegations of one person’s past, but not at the expense of the entire cast and crew present on this film”.Opened in just 10 cinemas across the US, The Hollywood Reporter estimates that the film took less than $12.75 at each of the cinemas it was shown, less than the $18 price of two tickets and experts are predicting that it will struggle to make even $1,000 on its opening weekend. That’s a huge blow not just for the embattled filmmakers but also for Spacey, whose last film Baby Driver made $20m on its opening weekend in 2017.
• Billionaire Boys Club is due for release in SA on September 14.

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