Kevin Spacey’s “Billionaire Boy’s Club” grossed an abysmal $618 its opening weekend from 11 theaters in select states.
It’s by far the worst opening of Spacey’s box office career, which peaked in 2006 with the $52.5 million start of “Superman Returns.” The crime drama earned just $126 on opening day from eight locations, and grossed $287 from 10 screens in its first two days in theaters.
Filmed in 2015 and released with no publicity following a VOD release last month, “Billionaire Boys Club” was one of Spacey’s final projects before he was hit with over two dozen sexual misconduct accusations. Actor Anthony Rapp was the first to come forward, others followed, including members of the crew of the Netflix show “House of Cards” and by anonymous accusers who called a hotline set up by London’s Old Vic Theatre, where Spacey was artistic director for 11 years. Spacey is now under investigation by Scotland Yard for six of those accusations.
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As for “Billionaire Boys Club,” Vertical Entertainment said in a statement in June that they would move forward with the film’s release, noting that Spacey’s role is a supporting one. The film also stars Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Billie Lourd and Emma Roberts.
As TheWrap exclusively reported, Vertical sent up “Boys Club” as an iTunes exclusive on July 14, with limited theatrical to follow on August 17. There were glimmers of hope, as the ensemble drama about prep school boys executing a ponzi scheme sat in the iTunes store top 30 for weeks, charts revealed, alongside titles like “The Greatest Showman” and “A Quiet Place.”
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The film, directed by James Cox, tells the true story of a group of trust fund boys in ’80s Los Angeles who run a Ponzi scheme to make their own money and create a lavish lifestyle for themselves. But when a con artist named Ron Levin — played by Spacey — swindles them out of $4 million, the club soon turns to murder to get their money back.
The film has been panned by critics with a 11 percent Rotten Tomatoes score.
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Source: The Wrap