While his “Twilight” co-star Kristen Stewart saw her “Snow White and the Huntsman” edge toward $100 million, Robert Pattinson had little to celebrate at the box office this weekend. His latest attempts to break out from “Twilight” — Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod’s “Bel Ami” and David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis,” both of which star Pattinson — found very disappointing numbers. Although both projects are indies and clearly less commercially viable than Stewart’s “Snow White,” neither found numbers in their limited debuts to suggest Pattinson’s fans have much interest in his post-“Twilight” career.
“Bel Ami” hit 15 screens in the United States care of Magnolia Pictures and grossed a weak $38,018 to average just $2,535 per theater. Co-starring Uma Thurman and Kristin Scott Thomas, the adaptation of the Guy de Maupassant novel notably debuted on VOD weeks ago. The numbers for that platform have yet to be released and hopefully give Pattinson a bit more reason to believe he can carry a non-Edward Cullen role.
“Cosmopolis,” meanwhile, won’t be out in the United States until August 17. But Entertainment One gave it a limited release in its native Canada and the results were not promising. On 24 screens, the film — which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last month to mixed reviews — grossed $56,566. That made for an average slightly below that of “Bel Ami:” $2,356.
These numbers come after a string of underperforming non-“Twilight” films for the actor. Wide studio releases “Remember Me” (2010) and “Water For Elephants” (2011) grossed $19 million and $59 million, respectively — for a combined number that’s just over half of what “Breaking Dawn, Part I” grossed in its first weekend.
“Cosmopolis” also marks a huge drop from what director Cronenberg usual pulls in from limited release debuts. While numbers exclusive to Canada are not available because they were all released across North America at the same time, “A History of Violence,” “Eastern Promises” and “A Dangerous Method” all saw their first weekends in North America average over $35,000 per theater. Even 1999’s comparatively low grossing “eXistenZ” averaged $3,165 from its first weekend, and that was from a much wider 256 theater release.
Perhaps the film will fare much better when it hits US screens, though so far things are not looking good for “Cosmopolis,” which E One will release in the UK this upcoming weekend.