George Clooney is headed for another flop with his latest film, the Jodie Foster-directed financial thriller Money Monster, box office analysts predict.
Money Monster — which stars Clooney as a Jim Cramer-style TV finance guru who is taken hostage on air by a disgruntled viewer — is projected to open in the low-teen million range this weekend, according to tracking estimates in the Hollywood Reporter.
The studio behind the film, Sony/Tristar, projects an even softer opening, at $10 million.
If those estimates hold, it would be a disappointing opening for the star-studded film, which reportedly carried a production budget of $27 million and will open on roughly 3,000 screens.
The film — which reunites Clooney and actress Julia Roberts for the first time since 2004’s Ocean’s Twelve — was set to premiere Thursday night at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
Industry tracking suggests the film will ultimately open in the $12.5 million range, Deadline reported earlier this week.
Money Monster faces stiff competition from the second weekend of Captain America: Civil War, which raked in a staggering $179.1 million in its first weekend of release. The Marvel superhero juggernaut is expected to take in an additional $75 million in its second frame.
Money Monster is just the latest misfire for Clooney, whose Coen Brothers-directed film Hail, Casesar! cratered with an $11.4 million opening weekend in February on its way to a tepid total domestic take of $30 million.
But Hail, Caesar! was more of an ensemble film and was only budgeted at a reported $22 million. The failure of that film was nothing compared to that of Tomorrowland, the $300 million-plus Brad Bird-directed Disney climate change drama that brought in an anemic $41 million from nearly 4,000 theaters over Memorial Day weekend last year. That flop led Disney to take a more than $100 million write-down on the film.
Money Monster is Jodie Foster’s fourth outing in the director’s chair, and the first since 2011’s Mel Gibson-starrer The Beaver. Early reviews for the film are positive, with an early score of 68% at ratings aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. In addition to Clooney and Roberts, the film also stars Jack O’Connell, Dominic West and Giancarlo Esposito.
Money Monster opens Friday, May 12.
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