Kevin Spacey flick 'Billionaire Boys Club' is a box office loser

Ruben Ruiz
August 20, 2018

In October last year, actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey had made sexual advances on him when he was 14-years-old.

Ridley Scott also reshot scenes for his crime thriller All The Money In The World, replacing Spacey with Christopher Plumber.

Spacey had a "small, supporting role" in period drama, Billionaire Boys Club, according to its production company.

Well, it seems their prediction was wrong.

Kevin Spacey's latest film has tanked at the box office after taking in a record-breaking low of just $126 on its opening night in United States cinemas.

The crime drama premiered on video on demand last month, but it opened in 10 theaters across the USA on Friday. In fact, The Hollywood Reporter did the math and calculated that this means only six people were in the audience for each showing.

Already premiering on VOD last month, Billionaire's Club received a very limited release in the U.S. this weekend past.

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Technically it made only US$20 as the film's producer and star Leo Grillo refunded two tickets, totalling US$10 in value, to a member of the film's crew who had paid for herself and a friend to see the film.

Billionaire Boys Club was filmed back in 2015, before any of the allegations against Spacey were made public.

The movie's distributor, Vertical Entertainment, said earlier this year that it was not aware of the "distressing allegations" of sexual assault against Spacey when it produced the movie in 2016.

Spacey was subsequently fired from his headlining role in Netflix's House of Cards, and another Netflix film, a biopic on Gore Vidal, was scrapped completely.

The company chose to release the film as they did not think the "reprehensible allegations of one person's past" should be at the expense of the entire cast and crew.

The movie is based in 1980s Los Angeles, where a group of guys from wealthy families sets up a get-rich-quick scheme to fund its own lavish lifestyles, only to be conned out of $4 million by career criminal Ron Levin, portrayed by Spacey.

"Yes, it bombed. But it bombed in a way that a film that had been marketed badly - and which had been collecting dust for three years - bombs."

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