She Said: Timely, Relevant Investigative Drama that Launched #MeToo movement Bombs at the Box-Office

Are movie viewers getting tired of seeing films about sexual abuse by the likes of Harvey Weinstein, currently on trial in L.A. after being convicted in N.Y. for 23 years in prison.

Universal’s She Said chronicles the work of New York Times investigative reporters Jodi Cantor (Zoe Kazan) and Megan Twohey (Carey Mulligan) in helping to expose Harvey Weinstein and give rise to the #MeToo movement.

The Universal film is based on the book of the same name authored by the two journalists.

She Said is the latest adult drama to stall at the box office. It may only earn $2.2 million in its debut after earning roughly $830,000 on Friday.

That would mark one of the worst openings in recent memory — excluding the pandemic — for a major studio release opening in more than 2,000 locations.

 

Crenn (right) on set.

Wakanda Forever launched to $181 million in North America last weekend, a November. It was also the second-biggest box office debut of 2022 so far, behind Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ($187.4 million).

A special-event screening of faith-based series The Chosen, chronicling the life of Jesus, is pulling off a major upset. Fathom Events, which is showing the first two episodes of season three in more than 2,000 theaters, is projecting a $10 million-plus weekend for a second-place finish after grossing $3.4 million on Friday. The Chosen is from Angel Studios, which streams the independent show on such platforms as Prime Video and Peacock, as well as on its special app.

The Menu

The Chosen beat new epicurean horror-comedy The Menu, which is opening in 3,211 theaters, the widest release in the history of specialty label Searchlight. The Menu, starring Ralph Fiennes, Anna Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult, should serve up a respectable $9 million debut after grossing roughly $3.6 million on Friday.

In comparison, 65 percent of The Menu’s audience were between ages 17 and 34. The Searchlight film earned a B CinemaScore.

At the specialty box office, Bones and All is opening in five theaters for a projected screen average of nearly $28,000.