"Brother" proves to be a disappointment for Weinstein

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - The weekend's biggest flop, and one that had the highest hopes for success, was the Paul Rudd comedy "Our Idiot Brother," which took in a measly $6.588 million in its opening weekend.
Despite aggressive marketing by The Weinstein Co., the movie was buffetted by hurricane reports, negative reviews and unenthusiastic exit scores in a summer where other R-rated comedies are generally performing well.
Weinstein acknowledged the bummer weekend. "We thought we were going to hit it out of the park, and it's a single," said Erik Lomis, the Weinstein Co.'s president of theatrical and home distribution, told TheWrap. "What we're disappointed most about is just a missed opportunity."
The flop is a black eye for The Weinstein Co., which was shooting for an opening of at least $10 million and had high hopes given the stellar comedy cast of Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer and Zooey Deschanel.
Weinstein bought the movie for a pricey $6 million out of the Sundance festival in tandem with Ron Burkle's YUK Films. The film was significantly recut since its Sundance premiere (critics at the January festival were very mixed on the movie) and aggressively marketed.
The studio said most of the costs were offset by foreign sales.
Nonetheless, it's no good news that the film opened at fifth place and garnered an unfavorable C+ Cinemascore and 66 percent on film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
Lomis said the movie showed its strongest numbers in New York, so it was hit especially hard because of the storm.
"The exit polls we did in New York were great," he said. "Way above the norms. And the business just shut down."
On top of that, the comedy appealed to the above-25 crowd, which also made it vulnerable to the storm.
"We played older," Lomis said. "We're much more susceptible to the market conditions and the weather conditions than youth films."
Noting that there's no new comedy being released next weekend, he said he hopes the film will rebound.

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