Warner Bros. Reacts to ‘The Goldfinch’ Box Office Bomb and Blames the Marketplace

IndieWire | 9/16/2019 | Staff
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Warner Bros. domestic distribution president Jeff Goldstein is facing some tough questions in the aftermath of “The Goldfinch” becoming one of the biggest box office bombs of 2019. The John Crowley-directed adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel opened at the U.S. box office to a disastrous $2.6 million, far below the projections that said the film would open in the $12 million range. Warner Bros. partnered with Amazon Studios to produce “The Goldfinch” for $40 million. The drama opened in 2,542 locations, making its $2.6 million launch one of the biggest bombs for a nationwide release. Goldstein reacted to the film’s box office performance by telling Variety the marketplace just wasn’t right for it.

“I think the audience wasn’t interested in seeing this literary work on-screen,” Goldstein said. “There were many things that didn’t work, but the biggest was probably the marketplace. The gap between the have and the have-nots is growing even bigger.”

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“The Goldfinch” is the latest box office bomb for Warner Bros. in 2019 after “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” “Shaft,” “The Kitchen,” and “Blinded by the Late.” At least the studio has “It Chapter Two,” the horror sequel that topped the box office for a second weekend in a row and has grossed $323 million and counting worldwide. “The Goldfinch” world premiered at the...
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