If you’re opening a movie starring Kevin Spacey in 2018, what do you call it? Box Office Poison.
The disgraced actor claimed an inauspicious achievement this weekend — when his latest and likely final film, Billionaire Boys Club, screened in just 11 theaters across the United States. Co-starring Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver) and Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), the movie earned an abysmal $618 in total, including just $126 on opening day.
With average ticket prices of $9.27, that means around six people showed up to each screening.
Billionaire Boys Club fared better in its Video on Demand (VOD) debut earlier this month. The long-delayed drama — which was announced back in 2010 and shot from December 2015 to January 2016 — topped out at no. 13 on iTunes.
After more than a dozen men alleged Spacey assaulted them, following Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp’s claim that the actor made a pass at him when he was 14, film distributor Vertical Entertainment announced it would not scrap Billionaire Boys Club. The company said it believed in “giving the cast, as well as hundreds of crew members who worked hard on the film, the chance to see their final product reach audiences.”
“We don’t condone sexual harassment on any level and we fully support victims of it,” Vertical Entertainment claimed in a press release. “At the same time, this is neither an easy nor insensitive decision to release this film in theatres.”
Its release, however, was always a no-win situation for the studio.
After director Ridley Scott ordered $1.5 million in reshoots on the John Paul Getty drama All the Money in the World, it earned just $25 million in the United States, against a $50 million budget. For the reshoots, Spacey was famously replaced with Oscar-winner Christopher Plummer.
Vertical Entertainment — the studio behind biopics like LBJ and the poorly received Gotti — couldn’t afford those efforts.
Spacey’s presence casts a long shadow over the film, especially considering the subject matter. Billionaire Boys Club is a biographical drama in which Spacey plays Ron Levin, a gay con man associated with a Los Angeles Ponzi scheme started by recent Harvard graduates (Elgort and Egerton) in the 1980s.
A 1987 version starring Judd Nelson featured Ron Silver (Timecop) in the Levin role.
While the opening represents the worst bow of Spacey’s career by a wide margin, a handful of films stand between Billionaire Boys Club and true infamy.
The dubious honor of lowest-grossing movie ever is currently held by the Katherine Heigl-Tom Sizemore starrer Zyzzyx Road, which took home $30 after one week in theaters. Pronounced “Zye-zix Road,” it showed a single screen at Dallas’ Highland Park Village Theater. Six people reportedly bought tickets.