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The crime drama premiered on video on demand last month, but it opened in 10 theaters across the U.S. on Friday. And hardly anybody went. As the Hollywood Reporter points out, based on average ticket prices, less than two people attended each showing of the film.
Wrote the website, “For the full weekend, Billionaire Boys Club could have trouble hitting $1,000—by far the worst showing of a film starring Spacey. Titles that debut first on VOD aren’t generally big draws at the box office, but Billionaire Boys Club is faring particularly poorly.”
A number of men came forward last year to accuse the Oscar-winning actor of sexual harassment or sexual abuse. Netflix cut ties with him and dismissed him from House of Cards.
But Vertical Entertainment, the Billionaire Boys Club distributor, decided to release the film anyway, saying it was “neither an easy nor insensitive decision.”
“We hope these distressing allegations pertaining to one person’s behavior—that were not publicly known when the film was made almost two-and-a-half years ago and from someone who has a small, supporting role in Billionaire Boys Club—does not tarnish the release of the film,” Vertical Entertainment said in a statement. “In the end, we hope audiences make up their own minds as to the reprehensible allegations of one person’s past, but not at the expense of the entire cast and crew present on this film.”
It appears that audiences have rejected that argument and have decided to punish the entire film instead.
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Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.