All the star power of the film Amsterdam couldn’t help it at the box office as horror flick Smile retained top spot.
Amsterdam and Lyle Lyle struggle, letting Smile repeat
David O. Russell’s star-studded 1930s mystery Amsterdam flopped and the children’s book adaptation Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile debuted softly, allowing the horror thriller Smile to repeat atop the box office in US and Canada theaters, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Neither new release caught fire with moviegoers but the disappointment was most acute for Amsterdam, a poorly reviewed $80 million screwball romp starring Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and John David Washington.
The 20th Century Studios production, co-funded by New Regency and released by the Walt Disney Co., opened with just $6.5 million – a stinging rebuke for the decorated filmmaker of Silver Linings Playbook whose splashy ensemble also includes Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy and Taylor Swift.
Sony Pictures’ Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, a musical based on Bernard Waber’s children’s book featuring Shawn Mendes as the voice of a computer-generated reptile, fared better, collecting $11.5 million in ticket sales.