Brad Pitt’s latest collaboration with director Andrew Dominik, the much hyped “Killing Them Softly,” has failed to make a solid first impression at the US box office on its first day of release. In fact, it’s his worst movie debut ever.The film, which tells the story of a gangster with a rather peculiar philosophy of killing, is touted as Pitt’s Oscar vehicle even though, when it opened at Cannes earlier this year, it was received with lukewarm reviews.
Shine Yahoo! reports that audiences did not really warm up to it either in its first day out on US screens.
“Released at 2,424 North American locations on one of the year's weakest box-office weekends, Killing Them Softly debuted with an anemic $2.51m [€1.92 million] on Friday, and is expected to take in less than $8.5m [€6.5 million] by Sunday evening,” the e-zine says.
“This latest Andrew Dominik / Brad Pitt collaboration has a so-so 68% approval rating and 6.7/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics, in addition to an embarrassing ‘F’ CinemaScore among polled opening-weekend moviegoers,” adds the same media outlet.
All in all, all signs point to Pitt’s worst domestic release in his entire career. His Oscar chances with this film aren’t looking so good either, the aforementioned publication writes.