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Down 90% Per-Theater Average Box Office: David Cronenberg / Robert Pattinson COSMOPOLIS

Robert Pattinson Cosmopolis movie wallpaperRobert Pattinson Cosmopolis movie: Per-theater average plummets on second weekend

A David Cronenberg / Robert Pattinson collaboration, Cosmopolis had a solid debut in the United States last weekend. (The film was screened — and surprisingly flopped — in Canada last June.) Despite mixed reviews, Cosmopolis scored a respectable $70,339 at only three U.S. locations, averaging a good $23,446 per site — the highest per-theater average on Box Office Mojo’s weekend chart.

This past weekend (Aug. 24-26), however, has been a whole different story. The eOne Films release went steeply downhill after expanding to 63 locations. True, Cosmopolis more than doubled its box office take, earning $154,529 — but at 20+ times more theaters than a week ago. In other words, a 2,000 percent increase in number of locations resulted in a relatively modest 120 percent increase in box office grosses. Thus, Cosmopolis’ per-theater average plummeted nearly 90 percent to a meager $2,453.

Cosmopolis: Uphill climb to reach $1 million in North America

What may have gone wrong is discussed in this Cosmopolis piece, which also features box office totals for a few other offbeat David Cronenberg movies. Including $196k earned in Canada, Cosmopolis’ current domestic gross stands at $448,349. It’ll be an uphill climb for the Cronenberg / Pattinson movie to reach $1 million, though that’s not an impossibility. At this stage, $2 million seems extremely unlikely.

Cosmopolis movie cast

In addition to Robert Pattinson as the billionaire Eric Packer, Cosmopolis features Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton, Paul Giamatti, Mathieu Amalric, Sarah Gadon, Jay Baruchel, Kevin Durand, Emily Hampshire, and K’Naan. David Cronenberg himself wrote the screenplay based on Don DeLillo’s novel.

Robert Pattinson’s next release, which is bound to become one of the year’s biggest hits, is Bill Condon’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, the final installment in the Twilight franchise. Pattinson returns as the vampire Edward Cullen, playing opposite Kristen Stewart’s Bella Swan-Cullen and Taylor Lautner’s Jacob Black. Also in the Breaking Dawn Part 2 cast are regulars Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, Kellan Lutz, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Billy Burke, Booboo Stewart, and Julia Jones.

Anti-Robert Pattinson bias?

Now, after reading our Sunday article on Cosmopolis’ relatively weak second-weekend box-office performance, some have contacted us via on-site comments, Twitter, and our "Contact Form," to complain that both Alt Film Guide and myself are biased against Robert Pattinson.

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Robert Pattinson Cosmopolis movie wallpaper / Pattinson as Eric Packer courtesy of dreamysim1.

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10 Comments to Robert Pattinson COSMOPOLIS Movie: Down 90% Per-Theater Average

  1. nh

    Saw this movie last Sunday with about 10-15 people of diverse age groups and everyone stayed until the lights came back on. Would love to see this movie again, but the closest one to me is a good hour’s drive away in perfect traffic conditions.

  2. Alex

    Nh,

    Unfortunately, they wont be. I live in south florida, and it was a storm ridden weekend, as you all know from the news. so yesterday, I took it upon myself to make it a theater day. I saw both Killer Joe and Cosmopolis. both which were fantastic and both which were empty rooms…everything else was filled to the last seat. I don’t know what needs to be done to open people’s eyes anymore to great films or even things that aren’t just no brainer multiplex fillers. I wish I knew the answer, because I would then do something to contribute as well. My take, is that these big chain theaters have spent way too long showing films that are filler that it’s become a standard. When something special comes along that makes people feel, think, or even exert a little bit of effort in understanding? It’s considered pretentious, artsy, hipster, etc…whatever groovy word you want to put in place of that. The 70′s was a powerhouse of cinema for the US. I’m only 30, and I wish i couldve been around at the time of people like Schlesinger, Bogdonovich, Scorsese, Friedkin, Coppola, Rafleson etc…coming out of the woodworks and creating films about whatever they wanted, with whatever rating they wanted. I’m still shaking my head as to why Killer Joe was rated NC-17…which is a huge killer for films in the US…all theater chains consider that to be a scarlet letter tantamount to porn. Whatever…

  3. nh

    As someone who actually enjoyed the movie, I had hoped for better box office returns for last weekend, not only for this particular movie’s sake but for the potential of seeing more like it in the future. Let’s hope there will be directors/producers/actors who will always be up for a challenge.

  4. guru

    Pattinson was 22 when he did Bel Ami, what I actually enjoyed even after they cut this Film to pieces , so if you didn’t read the Book it was hard to understand. the few scenes where Georges explains his dilemma to have grown up poor and why his change of heart after he saw Charles had climbed the ladder of success . Cosmopolis is in 1 Theatre in Toronto and it took me 2 hours to get there. There is no big adverting regarding that Movie…but I tell you , I was pleased to see Pattinson accelerate to the point of an A Actor

  5. Alex

    Just saw cosmopolis yesterday. To be honest? It’s not a film for the american regular theater going public. I was surrounded by nothing but people 50+, probably more Cronenberg fans (Like me) than Pattinson fans. As a previous poster stated, yes, there isnt much advertising for this. That’s a major factor. I live in a major city with over 50 movie theaters and only 2 were carrying it here. As for the film itself? As I said, it’s a very understated/less is more type of film. It’s message is clear, but the cadence style vernacular between all the characters, can prove to be a bit much for people. Like a Dangerous Method was, it’s a dialogue heavy drama and Pattinson was definitely taking a risk doing (A great risk, in my opinion, because his performance was a surprise knockout!). Anyway, Cronenberg isn’t typically an immediate success type of filmmaker. His films take time to digest, even years sometimes! In conclusion, it’s another solid outing by a director that has yet to make a bad film.

  6. editor

    @Lisa,

    Please: Before you criticize us for being “naysayers,” read our other articles. In the previous one, “Cosmopolis” marketing or lack thereof is discussed. And when “Cosmopolis” opened strongly in the US that was duly reported. My own views on “Bel Ami” — which I find a *highly* underrated film (and Robert Pattinson is excellent in it) — have been widely disseminated on Twitter.

    No one is “naysaying” anything or anyone here. We’re just reporting facts. That’s it.
    And as the author of this post has mentioned elsewhere, chances are “Cosmopolis” will earn much more $$ via DVD / VOD sales, much like the vast majority of independent films.

  7. Lisa

    In this article you failed to note that there as been very little advertising for this film. Yes it was at Cannes, but what average Joe keeps up with that. Yes, Rob and David did the press tour, again who really keeps up with that. There have been no posters or advertising in the larger theaters. The new theaters tend to be smaller, more artsy. The critics ARE biased against Robert Pattinson. Also, this film is not normal, mainstream high action which is all the rage. It takes somebody with an unbiased open mind to get this film and seeing it more than once to “get it”.

    Please stop being the naysayer. Robert has talent and he is making a huge effort to learn and evolve in each role he takes. David Cronenberg is an awesome director but because non of his movies have been box office blasts his talent is minimized as well.

    Lets get this straight. This is an INDEPENDANT film. There is not a huge budget to make or promote it. If that was changed I think a lot more people would be selling the fantastic actors, director and adapted screenplay. Its really sad that most people wont get to enjoy it, in part to the negative comments of critics and Rob haters.

  8. Mel

    I love your site, keep up the good work.

  9. editor

    @Amy

    Thank you! Much appreciated.

  10. Amy

    Don’t worry about the boycott. You’ll get fans to your site that will read because of content. I’ve personally seen this site praise Robert Pattinson for Bel Ami and say it was criminally underrated, which I agree with. So, just stating box office truth is not anything to boycott a site about.







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