Box Office Report: ‘Suburbicon’ Directed by George Clooney Bombs

Suburbicon is a Box Office Bomb
Matt Damon as Gardner and Julianne Moore as Margaret in ‘Suburbicon’ from Paramount Pictures and Black Bear Pictures.

There was very little buzz surrounding the theatrical release of Suburbicon directed by George Clooney from a script by Clooney, Grant Heslov, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen. And, apparently, moviegoers weren’t in the least bit interested in sitting through the R-rated crime drama starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore. Of those who did pay for a ticket and were surveyed by CinemaScore, the film earned a disastrous D- rating. Critics were in agreement, awarding the film a rotten score of 27%. Peter Travers from Rolling Stone said the film feels tonally at war with itself, while Rafer Guzman from Newsday called it “a misguided mix of nasty comedy and civil rights drama.”

Topping the October 27-29, 2017 box office weekend was the return of the Saw horror franchise. Jigsaw, the eight film in the series, pulled in $16 million which is about what it was expected to do. However, it will only have a one-week run at the top of the box office chart as the much-anticipated Thor: Ragnarok opens in theaters on Friday, November 3, 2017.

Thor: Ragnarok is the third solo Thor film and leading up to its wide release, Rotten Tomatoes has it sitting at 96% fresh with 102 positive reviews and only four negative reviews. The first Thor opened in theaters in 2011 and earned a 77% fresh rating. Thor: The Dark World followed in 2013 and was less enthusiastically received, scoring only a 66% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Box Office Top 10: October 27-29, 2017

  1. Jigsaw – $16,250,000
  2. Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween – $10,000,000
  3. Geostorm – $5,675,000
  4. Happy Death Day – $5,099,000
  5. Blade Runner 2049 – $3,965,000
  6. Thank You for Your Service – $3,702,000
  7. Only the Brave – $3,450,000
  8. The Foreigner – $3,210,000
  9. Suburbicon – $2,800,000
  10. It – $2,465,000

The Suburbicon Plot: Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns…the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence. This is a tale of very flawed people making very bad choices. This is Suburbicon.