Criminal: Costner’s Action Thriller, Artistic and Commercial Flop

Lionsgate’s action thriller Criminal sputtered to a $5.8 million debut from 2,683 locations and a sixth place finish.

The story of a convict who is implanted with the memories of a dead CIA agent in order to finish a mission stars Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Oldman.

It cost just north of $30 million to produce.

Last weekend’s champion, the Melissa McCarthy comedy “The Boss,” dropped 57%, taking third place with $10.2 million. The story of a business icon whose career is derailed by insider trading has earned $10.2 million in two weeks of release.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” captured fourth place, adding $9 million to its $311.3 million domestic haul. “Zootopia” rounded out the top five, picking up $8.2 million and bringing its stateside total to $307.5 million.

In limited release, the Weinstein Company opened the musical dramedy “Sing Street” in five locations, where it grossed $68,979 for a per-theater average of $13,796.

A24 debuted the horror-thriller “Green Room” in three locations, earning $91,000, for a leading per-theater average of over $30,000. It will expand nationally on April 29.