“The Beaver” Being Shunned by Big Exhibitors
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Writer-Director Jodie Foster has two Academy Awards and co-star Mel Gibson has two Academy Awards, but those four sterling credentials were not enough to provide much box office success for their new film together, “The Beaver,” which opened in limited release last weekend.
The film bowed May 6 in 22 theaters (none in St. Louis) and grossed only an average of $17,333 per theater for the weekend. In St. Louis, Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Theater, which specialzes in foreign and specialty films, has agreed to open it Friday the 13th on one screen. The movie, about a depressed business executive with a family who uses a hand pupett as part of his therapy for recovery, received good reviews, especially for Gibson. The movie’s budget is estimated to be in the $20 million dollar range.
My review of “The Beaver” will be posted on KMOX.Com in the entertainment section Friday morning. There is speculation about the fact that Gibson’s recent divorce issues may have hurt his box office potential.