From Roger Freedman at Showbiz 411:
It’s a bizarre season in Hollywood. Almost nothing is “working,” and the studios can’t afford to waste any more money hoping things will turn around. They’re pulling flops from theaters earlier than usual.
This weekend, for example, Warner Bros. is putting out a white flag on “Blade Runner” after three tough weeks. They’ve cut the number of theaters showing Denis Villeneuve’s beautiful film by 855. So far, “Blade Runner” has made just $66 million. Audiences have not clamored to it. And now, week by week, Warners will quietly take it away.
Warner’s isn’t alone. Universal is pulling Tom Cruise’s “American Made” from 539 locations after a month in release.
Also just about dead is the much praised “Battle of the Sexes,” Fox Searchlight couldn’t get anyone to go see it despite great reviews and excellent marketing. I’m actually dumbfounded that it’s made just $11 million. FS is killing off 849 screens. Ouch! And “Battle” was supposed to yield some awards action. More.
Reality check: It probably isn’t Harvey Weinstein’s fault.
Hollywood forgot that people pay to see them act, not to hear them think. It only worked when they were embodying other people’s ideas, not demanding that we all listen to them.
Hey, the films may still be good but people have soured on the whole idea. These days, there is lots else to do anyhow.
See also: Do big media have the most to lose from the fall of Harvey Weinstein?