'The Bronze' bombs at the box office with only $361 per theater
It’s only March, but we can officially crown The Bronze as not only the biggest box office flop of 2016 but one of the biggest bombs of all time.
The Melissa Rauch-starring comedy opened in 1,167 theaters this weekend to an estimated $421,434. That’s a per-location average of only $361.
As a result, The Bronze now stands as the fifth-biggest flop to open in more than 1,000 theaters. The record for the all-time worst opening in 1,000+ locations still belongs to the 2009 vampire spoof movie Transylmania, which earned $263,941 in 1,007 theaters.
The Bronze also holds the distinction of earning the fifth-worst opening per-theater average for a new movie in 1,000 theaters, behind films like Oogieloves In The BIG Balloon Adventure, Creature, Delgo, and, again, Transylmania.
Co-written by The Big Bang Theory’s Rauch and her husband Winston, The Bronze kicked off the Sundance Film Festival in 2015, where Relativity Studios paid a reported $3 million for the distribution rights. After the studio declared bankruptcy, rights went to Sony Classics in September 2015, and Sony slated The Bronze for a March release.
Rauch stars in the raunchy R-rated comedy as Hope Ann Greggory, a foul-mouthed former Olympic medalist who reluctantly agrees to train another up-and-coming gymnast. Bryan Buckley directed, with Gary Cole, Sebastian Stan, and Thomas Middleditch starring alongside Rauch. Reviews weren’t great, and The Bronze currently holds a 32 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Read EW’s full box office report from this weekend here.