Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino Movie Makes Just $141 at British Box Office

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LONDON — Take two Oscar-winning actors, add five movie theaters, multiply by a boatload of negative reviews, and what do you get? An opening weekend of $141.

Yes, $141. Over three days. That’s all that “Misconduct,” a legal thriller starring two of the most acclaimed actors alive today — Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins — managed to rake in at the box office in Britain over the weekend, according to figures released by Rentrak Tuesday.

The movie was shown at only five locations in Britain, in theaters belonging to the Reel Cinemas chain. Even so, its takings averaged less than $30 per moviehouse, which translates to only three or four viewers at each of the five cinemas throughout the course of the entire weekend. The movie now appears to have been yanked from Reel Cinemas’ lineup. The weekend’s box-office chart was topped by another newcomer, “Warcraft: The Beginning,” which took $5.28 million from 500 sites.

To be fair, “Misconduct” — which cost $11 million, according to IMDb — made a similarly fleeting appearance on American screens in February. It pulled in about $15,000 during its opening weekend in the U.S., then sank without a trace after earning a total haul of about $24,000. In South Korea, by contrast, the film somehow drummed up more than $900,000 at the box office.

In spite of its starry cast, which also featured Josh Duhamel and Julia Stiles, critics in Britain slammed the film, with one headline declaring it “the worst film Anthony Hopkins and Al Pacino have ever made” and another calling it worthy of being screened in film schools “as a textbook example of how not to make a movie.” Directed by Shintaro Shimosawa, the film centers on a young lawyer (Duhamel) who goes after a corrupt pharmaceuticals executive (Hopkins) but who also must deal with one of his law firm’s partners (Pacino).

The movie was distributed in Britain by Bulldog Film Distribution. Representatives for Bulldog and Reel Cinemas could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

More European openings for “Misconduct” are still to come in Italy (June 15), France (August) and Portugal (September).

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  1. S says:

    Tried like the devil to stay with this but was egregiously put da hell OFF by among other things,the sudden bizarre appearance by Mr.Pacino’s grotesque and phony South-of-I-don’t-even-know-WHAT-border ‘fauxcent’!!! Ugh!

  2. Dean White says:

    Pacinos done…Sir Anthony still got prospects…

    • Billy Myers says:

      How could you possibly justify a statement like “pacino is done” ? One of the greatest living actors? Please enlighten us as to what you have accomplished? Im assuming you have been “done” since birth.

  3. Joe says:

    Thanks, film guys! This has makes me feela lot better about some of my own business ventures!

  4. cr says:

    Julia Stiles = flop

  5. John Strawn says:

    I watched the trailer and honestly I feel like the whole story was given away. I love legal thrillers and the cast in this was great, but my gut reaction was – I’ve seen this before….aka ‘Fracture’
    Still a huge fan though!

  6. Lofie says:

    Look, it could have been worse.

  7. Da Fen says:

    I smell a Cult Classic in the making….

  8. David H. Eisenberg says:

    I would see it. I can’t comment on how good or bad I think it was, but I am intrigued.

  9. Jpe says:

    I saw this movie a couple of months ago but I just can’t remember where. I think it was one of the streaming services or maybe a Netflix disc rental. Regardless, I enjoyed watching it. It’s no classic but I wouldn’t call it a train wreck either

  10. Tell It says:

    Now I’m curious to see just how bad it is.

  11. harry georgatos says:

    This film has been available on illegal file sharing torrents sites since last year. No wonder it has performed so badly.

  12. EricJ says:

    Did this movie even open in the US?–Can’t recall. IMDb lists a February opening, but there’s no box-office data at any of the usual sources.

  13. It probably did well in S. Korea because Lee Byung-Hun has a minor role, though from what reviews I’ve seen it’s a “blink and you’ll miss it” moment.

    • Jack Monte says:

      No he’s actually in the film quite a bit. The problem with his scenes is the feel like they were shot for another movie, that movie got scrapped after shooting for a week and they incorporated the footage into Misconduct. It’s just a bad movie. Bad performances, pacing, cinematography. The opening scene is awkward to watch and you can’t stop but think “This is how they open the film?”

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