While our favorite Matt Damon ruled the box office with Ridley Scott’s “The Martian,” two critically panned LGBT-interest films had a rough go at it in limited release.
Julianne Moore and Ellen Page’s presence couldn’t save “Freeheld” from its bad reviews. In 5 theaters, the film took in just $40,000 — or $8,000 per theater. Typically, indie films with that kind of star power at least manage averages above $15,000.
That said, compared to “Stonewall,” “Freeheld” might as well be “The Martian.” In its second weekend, Roland Emmerich’s universally despised take on the Stonewall riots dropped of a whopping 83%, grossing just $18,700 from 46 theaters. Its per-theater-average? Just $407. And after 10 days in theaters, the film has grossed only $173,294 — and at this point will struggle to top even the $200,000 mark.