The R-rated comedy “The House” earned just $9 million at the weekend box office, making it one of the lowest openings of Will Ferrell’s career.
In the film, Ferrell co-stars with Amy Poehler as a couple who decide to open an underground casino in their suburban home after they accidentally spend their daughter’s college tuition fee.
“The House” is the latest in a string of R-rated comedies to sink at the box office, following the dismal openings of “Baywatch” and “Rough Night”.
“The R-rated comedy used to be the antidote to the typical summer blockbuster and now those films are having a tough time,” box office specialist Paul Dergarabedian tells the Associated Press, referencing past hits “The Hangover” and “Bridesmaids”.
“Now people feel like they’ve seen that movie before when they watch the trailer. They’ve lost interest,” he adds.
While it’s bad news for Ferrell, it’s good news for director Edgar Wright who scored his biggest opening weekend ever with “Baby Driver”.
Earning $30 million over the weekend, the action heist movie with Jon Hamm, Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey earned praise from critics and has nearly earned back its reported total production budget of $34 million. The movie stars Elgort as a young getaway driver who has been coerced into a heist by more-experienced con men.
Another box office hit is “Despicable Me 3” which opened to middling critical reviews and $75.4 million. Though ticket sales don’t match “Despicable Me 2” or “Minions” opening weekends, the family movie is at the top box office spot for the weekend.
Also faring well at the box office are smaller indie films with limited releases and positive reviews. Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled” earned $3.3 million and “The Big Sick” starring Kumail Nanjiani took in $1.7 million in 71 theatres.