An R rated espionage film starring Pierce Brosnan and a found-footage thriller targeting a younger audience are closing out a roller coaster summer season at the box office. But try as the might, they won’t topple Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” which should hold on to the top spot during a slow Labor Day weekend.
Director Roger Donaldson’s “The November Man” got the jump on the long holiday weekend by opening Wednesday. Not that it helped much, as of Friday morning the film had earned just over $861,000. Ouch, that’s not very good at all. But keep in mind the movie opened on a Wednesday when most people are working or heading back to school. But there’s still hope for the former James Bond.
In “The November Man,” Pierce Brosnan stars opposite Olga Kurylenko (Another Bond alum) and Luke Bracey in the tale about a dangerous ex-CIA agent who is lured out of retirement to protect a witness. The assignment makes him the target of his former friend and CIA protege. The movie is based on Bill Granger’s bestselling November Man book series.
The good news is “The November Man”only cost around $20 million to produce, so it should have no trouble turning a profit. The movie will likely rely on adults interested in seeing Brosnan play a James Bond-like character again, and it should open in third place with $12 behind “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the steroid using Turtles.
The weekend’s second new nationwide release is Legendary Entertainment’s “As Above, So Below,” which is about a team of explorers who confront their past sins while caught in the twisting catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris. Yawn.
“As Above, So Below” was directed by John Erick Dowdle from a script he wrote with his brother, Drew Dowdle. Ben Feldman, Perdita Weeks and Edwin Hodge star in the thriller. I seriously doubt this movie will make it past $8 million.