Paramount’s latest release, ‘Killers of the Flower Moon,’ performed worse than expected, starting its box office journey with only $23 million at the domestic box office. There is no doubt that these numbers have increased the concerns of the makers, who had spent a significant amount on the film. Furthermore, there are no signs of recovery in sight, given its underwhelming performance.
Killers of the Flower Moon Box Office Full Break-Down
Paramount and Apple Studios’ epic western drama, ‘Killers of the Flower Moon,’ directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and Lily Gladstone, was released in the USA on October 20, 2023, across 3600+ theatres. It grossed $9.4 million on its opening day (including $2.6 million from Thursday night previews) and earned $23 million during its opening weekend in North America. Despite its star-studded cast, a substantial investment, and lack of competition, ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ lost the race at the box office to ‘Taylor Swift’s Era Tour,’ losing top rank on the charts. This performance indicates the film’s underwhelming reception.
Despite being an R-rated film primarily targeting adults, ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ failed to garner a substantial response from its intended audience. In fact, even within the adult demographic, it received a lukewarm reception. This is in contrast to the usual expectation that R-rated films cater exclusively to adult viewers. Initially, there were comparisons with Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer,’ but given its underwhelming performance, such comparisons may not be appropriate.
The epic drama has received some of the best reviews of the year, and while this is an essential factor for success, word of mouth has failed to make a significant impact this time. It’s evident that not from a debut perspective but also a long-term outlook, the positive reviews, the presence of a massive and renowned cast, and the pre-release buzz have had little influence. That clearly indicates that the film has not only had a disappointing debut but is also unlikely to perform well in the long run. This performance is a massive setback for the makers, who invested $200 million in the project.
At this point, any hopes of recovery seem bleak because the break-even point is far from being reached, and significant losses for the makers are almost certain. Despite all of this, there is good news for the audience. Due to the poor box office performance, this film will likely soon be available for streaming on Apple TV+, as the makers need to explore recovery options. Streaming is a viable choice, especially considering that Apple Studios has already invested in the project for a streaming partner. The film’s disappointing performance is also disheartening for Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, and it will definitely affect their careers.