IN THE SPOTLIGHT
victim killed herself in 2012. As the controversy continued through the summer and fall (Parker appeared on “60 Minutes” last weekend), Fox Searchlight worked in vain to direct focus back toward Parker’s movie. On opening night Thursday, protesters held a silent vigil for victims of rape and sexual assault outside a Los Angeles theater.
Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore, was hesitant to say how large a role the controversy played in the film’s performance.
“It’s hard to know, but considering the initial promise of the movie and all the positive talk about the film and its Oscar prospects, you would have figured that it would do more business,” Dergarabedian said. “Now it’s in the marketplace where the audience can decide how they feel about the movie.”
Also opening in wide release was the CBS Films and Lionsgate release “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life,” based on the James Patterson books about a teenager who terrorizes his principal with pranks. It debuted with $6.9 million.
Last week’s top film, Tim Burton’s “Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children,” slid to second place with $15 million in its second week for 20th Century Fox. The Lionsgate real-life disaster film “Deepwater Horizon” took in $11.8 million in its second week.
Emily Blunt appears in a scene from, “The Girl on the Train.”