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Foo Fighters’ Studio 666 disappoints at the box office

Despite a long lead-up and the obvious popularity of the Foo Fighters, the band’s horror-comedy, Studio 666, didn’t light up the box office during its opening weekend.

Even though the film debuted on 2,306(!!!) screens (including some premium large-format theatres), it grossed just US$1.6 million, working out to less than–wait for it–just $700 per screen. That was good for an anemic eighth place when it came to new movies this week. The hope was that it would gross US$2-3 million.

Compare that to the 50th-anniversary edition of The Godfather which reappeared in 156 theatres and grossed about US$1 million.

Why the poor performance? Hard to say, given the band’s insanely loyal fanbase. Middling reviews couldn’t have helped. Or maybe Foos fans just don’t go to cinemas anymore. And they won’t have much of a chance to catch up because I read somewhere that the movie was only going to be in theatres for a week.

I’m going to predict that Studio 666 will do way better when it comes to VOD and streaming. Films like this work better when you watch at home with friends and a bong.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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