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Anyway, I do want to hear the opinion of people here when they actually see the film. I will see it as soon as I can.
This film flopping badly means I may not be able to watch it in theaters. It has no release date in my country, and losing this much money likely means the studio will have cold feet to release it internationally. So please spare me such 'DOOM!!!' comments when I am precisely angry at this movie flopping as I wanted to see it in theaters.
Here is the author speaking on the writing process. It would seem that some outside perspective was needed on the script.
What was your writing schedule when you wrote the novel and screenplay of The Rhythm Section?
I wrote The Rhythm Section in 12 weeks and it required no rewrites and very little editing. That is very rare! When writing the screenplay, there is no writing schedule: the Producers and I would agree what the script (or subsequent changes) should look like, then I’d ask them when they wanted it and they’d say, “yesterday”.
Unfortunately, the finished film is not getting particularly strong reviews, just ok notices. Perhaps some more draft were in order???
Rhythm Section, which cost $50M before P&A, is expected to die according to tracking with a single digits gross over 3-days at 3,049 locations.
Last night off 7PM shows, Rhythm Section made $235K from 2,256 theaters. Paramount shelled out $30M for domestic rights, and most foreign territories except for China and Germany.
Such a low Thursday preview gross means the film will struggle to earn $10 million total at the US box office. Rhythm Section could set the record for the worst wide opening of all time. Only 2 films has opened below $4 million from 3000+ screens, this appears to be the third. And it is doing this with more than 3 times the budget of nearly any film that has ever opened that badly. I guess this means I won't be able to see it in theaters, the film is literally bleeding money, so most likely it will go straight to Blu-Ray or Netflix in most foreign territories.
Timing is everything.
It was alright. Quite a downbeat film in the first half, perked up a bit in the second half.
Cast were decent, especially Blake Lively in the lead role.
Didnt like the direction, too Bourne-esque shakycam and lots of close ups. There was one decent scene - a “one shot” car chase from inside the car, but again due to the shaky cam, couldnt really follow what was going on.
Music was odd too. The original score was decent but interrupted by some really weird song placement.
Story was a bit convoluted. Just about managed to follow it. A slight (?) twist ending, but again you can see coming a mile off.
Bang on average really. A little disappointing but its not bad, not great, just a bit meh really.
Rhythm Section is now lucky if it grosses $10 million world wide on a $50 million budget, which deadline reports doesn’t include $20 million in marketing. This film is losing $60 million. Catastrophic.
I'd seen some posters on the London Underground and they gave no idea what the film was about. I didn't know it was a spy / action movie until reading it on here.
I guess it's time to wonder how did this film get made? Who green-lighted this? Who gave it a $50 million budget? Why did they dump it on the Super-Bowl weekend? Why release a 2nd one-minute long trailer a week before release?
This is very sad as I wanted to check it out, now I am wondering if I'll even get a chance to watch it. Will it be dumped on Netflix for foreign countries? Will it even get a DVD/Blu-Ray release outside of the US/UK given the audience for this is basically non-existent and the colossal amount of money it has already lost?
I kept wondering what the hell the title was referring to, as it’s clear Blake Lively is not playing a musician that turns out to be a spy. Wasn’t until that last trailer thrown out pretty late explained it.
It is quite bizarre when you put it into perspective, especially considering that Lively is fairly popular and the film isn't terrible by any means. I wonder where it went wrong? I don't think the issue was with the greenlighting or the fact that there's no audience for it. I would certainly say there probably is an audience for it, but unfortunately they're completely unaware of the film's existence. So strange in this day and age.
It did not increase or decrease until last week (January 24th), when its projections decreased to a $10 million opening and a life-time gross of $30 million.
Then, the final week-end projections arrived, and it dropped to an opening ranging from $6 million opening (according to Box Office Pro) to $5 million (according to Box Office Mojo).
Now, with the Thursday night previews and early Friday numbers available, its opening dropped to $3.1 million (according to Deadline), and could go as low at $2.5 million (according to Box Office Pro). Its total life-time gross at the box office will be less than half of its original projected opening weekend. Those are horrendously bad numbers.
This film is the text-book definition of a disaster at the box office.
Once the smoke clears over time we’ll probably find out what lead up to its box office folly. Likely not by EON, but perhaps the director and writer.
Personally i didn't. But i don't know what the mayority thought. Or at least the group of people that even knew this film existed.
It's a bummer cause i wanted this to be successful. Well, at least Barbara won't run out of money, not after NTTD comes out.
That’s assuming enough people were even aware of this film at all.
I don’t think people have that much of an issue with female action films. All STAR WARS movies that had female leads (except SOLO, which flopped), WONDER WOMAN, ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, CAPTAIN MARVEL all did pretty solid business but they also had stronger marketing to back them. In this case it just looks like Paramount has set up THE RHYTHM SECTION to fail.
I never said it was a bad film, I'm actually hoping I can see it somewhere at one point. A big screen release seems impossible at this point, so perhaps it can drop on Netflix or straight to Blu-Ray in my country. I'm just trying to understand how this film flopped so badly. And why it received such a wide-release when it was obvious for the past couple weeks that the film would bomb hard at the box office.