×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Box Office: Selena Gomez’s ‘Getaway’ Looks to Bottom Out

Disney alum's box office cred isn't expected to improve with modest-tracking 'Getaway'

Despite “Spring Breakers” becoming a surprise indie hit earlier this year, Selena Gomez has yet to convert her Disney cachet into major box office coin. Her Labor Day weekend actioner “Getaway” is poised to putter past the starting line with a projected debut well under $10 million.

Gomez’s most ardent fans could push the Warner Bros.-Dark Castle film toward $6 million-$8 million over four days, making it the young star’s lowest-grossing wide opening to date. Most teens will be preoccupied this weekend with Sony’s music doc “One Direction: This Is Us,” which looks to win the weekend with $20 million-plus through the Monday holiday.

Attempting to satisfy more sophisticated palates, Focus Features’ adult thriller “Closed Circuit” bowed Wednesday, but will only gross $5 million, at best, in six days. The film started with a paltry nearly $250,000 opening day gross.

SEE ALSO: Selena Gomez, Ethan Hawke in ‘Stuntman’s Dream Come True’

Not surprisingly, “One Direction” led advanced ticket sales Thursday, according to one online ticketer, with the Weinstein Co.’s “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” trailing in pre-sales.

After spending two weekends at No. 1, “The Butler” should drop to second place, likely grossing around $12 million in four days. Pic’s totaled nearly $56 million so far domestically.

With auds spending much of Labor Day weekend outdoors, the four-day frame typically is one of the slowest at the box office. Genre films targeted at younger auds sometimes overperformed though: last year, Lionsgate’s scarer “The Possession” earned the second-highest Labor Day gross, with $21 million in four days.

SEE ALSO: Selena Gomez Scores First No. 1 Album With ‘Stars Dance’

“One Direction,” which bows at 2,735 Stateside locations, represents a low-risk project for Sony, budgeted for approximately $10 million. The music doc is dominating in social media, and there’s not likely to be much cannibalization from the  “Getaway” aud given the thriller’s 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The $18 million-budgeted thriller, co-starring Ethan Hawke, who had a hit earlier this summer with “The Purge,” is depending on Gomez to help broaden its appeal to younger auds. The former Disney star’s online profile was heightened this week reacting to Miley Cyrus’ controversial performance at the VMAs, which Gomez attended.

Still, Gomez’s highest-grossing live-action film, Fox’s “Ramona and Beezus,” topped out at just $26 million in 2010. March release “Spring Breakers” — which starred another Disney alum Vanessa Hudgens — managed to tap into the youthful demo, reaching $14 million domestic.

SEE ALSO: Selena Gomez, Bella Thorne To Be Honored at Young Hollywood Awards

Hoping to attract Hispanic adults this weekend, Lionsgate-Pantelion bows family comedy “Instructions Not Included,” starring Eugenio Derbez, at 347 theaters.

The Weinstein Co.’s martial arts pic, “The Grandmaster,” expands Friday to nearly 750 Stateside locations. The film got off to a solid last weekend at seven runs, averaging almost $19,000 per theater. “Grandmaster” has grossed $181,710 million domestically through Thursday.

More Film

  • wanda Movie Metropolis Qingdao

    Why Simon West is Making Movies in China (EXCLUSIVE)

    British director Simon West (“Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” “Con Air,” “The Expendables 2”) is set to further into the Middle Kingdom at the helm of his second Chinese action-adventure blockbuster. The Wanda-backed “The Legend Hunters,” hits theaters next summer. West was brought onto the project by veteran producer Eryong, who had approached him about a [...]

  • The Eight Hundred

    History Rethink Group Key to 'Eight Hundred' Shanghai Cancellation (EXCLUSIVE)

    Chinese authorities may have abruptly yanked Huayi Brothers’ $80 million patriotic war epic “The Eight Hundred” the day before its debut as the Shanghai Intl. Film Festival’s opening film because it didn’t portray rivals of the ruling Communist Party in a sufficiently negative light, local reports said. Huayi on Friday attributed the cancellation of its [...]

  • Simon West

    Simon West Directing Chinese Tomb-Raid Movie “Legend Hunters’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    The British director Simon West, who made Angelina Jolie-starring “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” is now co-directing a Chinese tomb-raiding film. “The Legend Hunters” is the next instalment in the “Mojin” universe based on the popular fantasy novel series “Ghost Blows Out the Light.” Backed by Wanda Pictures and Beijing-based Saints Entertainment, the film is set [...]

  • Emu Runner

    Sydney Film Review: 'Emu Runner'

    Writer-director Imogen Thomas’ debut feature “Emu Runner” has and probably will play in designated family-themed strands of film festivals, and given its story of a 9-year-old Aboriginal girl who deals with grief in the wake of her mother’s death by bonding with a lone female representative of Australia’s largest native bird species, this programming strategy [...]

  • Sophia Antipolis

    Locarno in Los Angeles Film Review: 'Sophia Antipolis'

    There are two Sophias in French director Virgil Vernier’s clever, cunning, chilling fifth feature. The first is its setting, the eponymous “Sophia Antipolis,” a technology park in the south of France, a place self-consciously designed as an experiment in social engineering, where an international community of professionals would, it was hoped, create an environment of [...]

  • I Lost My Body

    Netflix Pickup ‘I Lost My Body,’ ‘Buñuel,’ ‘Away’ Top Annecy Festival

    ANNECY, France  — Fulfilling expectations, Jeremy Clapin’s “I Lost My Body, the subject of one of the highest-profile Netflix deals at this year’s Cannes, won this Saturday the Annecy Festival’s top Cristal Award of best feature plus, in a relatively rare Annecy double whammy, the festival’s Audience Award. The first was expected, the second a [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content