Elizabeth Banks Takes ‘Walk of Shame’ at the Box Office

Walk of Shame Movie Flops at

The Elizabeth Banks-starrer “Walk of Shame” lived up to its name during its opening weekend at the box office.

Focus Features’ raunchy comedy grossed a dismal $38,000 from 51 locations this past week giving the pic, which cost $15 million to produce, a dismal per-screen average of $780.

The film’s simultaneous VOD release may be proving more popular than the theatrical run — Focus pointed out that the film started very strong on iTunes and shot up to no. 1 in 24 hours.

“The limited theatrical run was part of an integrated and simultaneous release on VOD and PPV,” a Focus spokesperson said in a statement on Sunday.

“Walk of Shame” had the lowest per-screen average of all new specialty releases, far behind Fox Searchlight’s period piece “Belle,” which made $107,000 from just four theaters in Los Angeles and New York City. It’s unlikely Focus will choose to expand the film much after those B.O. results.

The comedy is co-financed by FilmDistrict and Lakeshore, and came to Focus when it absorbed FilmDistrict in January. It was originally slated for release last September then changed multiple times (from March 14 to April 25 to May 2).

The romcom was likely hurt by negative word-of-mouth after being panned by critics. “Walk of Shame” has a 12% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. “Watching the redoubtable Elizabeth Banks try to breathe life into the stillborn farce ‘Walk of Shame’ is like watching a team of paramedics perform CPR on the corpse of Ulysses S. Grant,” Variety‘s Scott Foundas wrote in his review.

Although Banks has had hits with roles in “The Lego Movie,” “The Hunger Games” franchise and “Pitch Perfect” (she also delivered memorable performances in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Role Models”), this is her first leading role in some time.

James Marsden and Gillian Jacobs also star in the movie from writer-director Steven Brill. It follows an aspiring reporter whose dreams of becoming a network news anchor are put in jeopardy after a one-night stand leaves her stranded in Los Angeles.

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  1. I love Elizabeth Banks — and she is amazing in that yellow dress — but this looks awful. The concept couldn’t sustain a trailer, let alone a feature film. Having said that, this is the kind of movie that would have gotten a second life at Blockbuster. Banks, in that dress, on the cover of DVD would enticed many renters to take a chance on the movie.

  2. acurat says:

    Elizabeth Banks looks great as always, but this script wsa meant for the garbage can… and I guess that is why the company that made it (FilmDistrict) has been acquired by Focus which has a track record of some sort.

  3. Julienne says:

    Who in the hell “Green-Lit” this garbage storyline?! They should leave the Film Industry…because they have no common-sense of what the General Public wants to see.

  4. Mike Carrington says:

    I’ve seen Elizabeth Banks walk. Believe me, it’s no shame.

  5. J. Sherman says:

    If one of the funniest, smartest actresses in Hollywood could not polish this turd, there was never any hope. It speaks to the system that, with few exceptions, still has clueless men teaming up to humiliate women for sport.

    Just like any so-called “walk of shame” there’s no shame in it for Elizabeth Banks. As long as the check cleared, she’ll be just fine. Someone will come along with a vehicle more worthy of her talents.

    • Josalyn says:

      I like Elizabeth Banks , but I don’t always like her acting performances . I feel most of the time Elizabeth is very hammy – especially in those Hunger Games films ( to be fair , I don’t like none of the performances in those films ) .

  6. jamiegreco says:

    Did they promote this movie? This is the first I’ve heard of it, although I doubt I would have gone out to see it.

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