Kevin Spacey’s tarnished reputation seems to have had an effect on his box office takings. His latest film, the ironically titled Billionaire Boys Club, opened last Friday across 11 theatres in the US and made an appalling $126 in ticket sales, and just over $600 since then.
Last year, Spacey was accused of sexual harassment by Anthony Rapp, immediately leading to him being fired from TV political drama House Of Cards.
He also had his scenes in Ridley Scott’s All The Money In The World cut from the film and reacted by Christopher Plummer. Plummer went on to earn an Oscar nod for his work even though the film bombed at the box office.
But the bad reception to Billionaire Boys Club may also have something to with the fact that it’s a pretty crap film. Basically, it’s about a group of spoilt brats who set up a ponzi scheme that collapses on them tragically. It’s something theatre-goers have seen before, and with its theme of decadence, it’s hardly appropriate in these tough economic times, even while the storyline sees its protagonists getting their comeuppance.
The distributors behind the film, Vertical Entertainment, stand by releasing it in cinemas, saying they owed this to the other actors in the movie, as well as to the film crew.
Oddly enough, the film was released initially through video-on-demand last month.
Vertical Entertainment were also the distributors of John Travolta’s crime pic Gotti which got a negative response from the public and critics alike, and currently holds a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 0%. Antonino Tati