Is Brad Pitt losing some clout at the box office? If the performance of his latest film is any indication, he might be. Brad's mob-themed film "Killing Them Softly" opened up to a measly $7 million despite playing on more than 2,000 screens. That was good for a seventh place finish for the weekend, but it was also Brad's worst opening ever for a live-action movie opening on at least 2,000 screens. When you look at his recent movie openings, it's easy to see just how disappointing "Killing Them Softly" really was. Here's a look at how the actor's last five widely-released movies have performed in their opening weekends.
"Moneyball" - $19,051,302
It might seem like a modest opening, but "Moneyball" actually performed well when it opened in September of 2011. That's a month that isn't known for blockbusters, so this is a respectable gross for a lengthy baseball drama. It ranks as one of the best openings ever for a sports movie, and it earned plenty of recognition when Oscar nominations were released. The movie went on to gross more than $75 million domestically, an amount that "Killing Them Softly" has little chance of matching.
"Inglourious Basterds" - $38,054,676
The oddly spelled title of this Quentin Tarantino flick did little to distract audiences. Despite boasting an R-rating, the movie pulled in a surprisingly high gross during its first weekend in August of 2009. Brad plays a renegade army officer that enlists a team of soldiers with the intention of hunting and killing Nazis. The ultra-violent movie finished with more than $120 million at the box office, and the actor deserves some credit for that.
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" - $26,853,816
Brad reunited with director David Fincher for the sentimental epic about a man who ages in reverse. The movie benefited from an opening on Christmas Day in 2008, which is usually a big holiday for movie theaters. Despite a running time of nearly three hours, the movie's quality was more than enough to attract viewers. It ended up earning more than $127 million, and Brad received an Oscar nomination.
"Burn After Reading" - $19,128,001
Brad teamed with pal and George Clooney for this goofy thriller, which was directed by the Coen brothers. The movie doesn't rank as the best for any of the talented people involved, and the final gross of $60 million is far from flattering. However, you can't blame Brad for any box office disappointment. His funny personal trainer character only appears in a couple of scenes.
"Ocean's Thirteen" - $36,133,403
Brad reprised his role of Rusty for the third and final chapter of this heist franchise, and the results were mixed. The opening weekend performance was certainly strong, but it fell short of what the franchise's first two movies earned. Still, the opening gross was enough to win the weekend when it debuted in June of 2007.
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