Supernatural horror film The Last Voyage of the Demeter failed to set sail at the weekend box office.
The Universal Pictures release opened in fifth place after taking in an estimated $6.5 million in the U.S. and Canada, according to Comscore.
The R-rated thriller from director André Øvredal is based on a single chapter of Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula. The film tells the terrifying story of the merchant ship Demeter and strange events that befall the doomed crew as they attempt to survive an ocean voyage.
The movie stars Corey Hawkins, Aisling Franciosi, Liam Cunningham, David Dastmalchian, and Javier Botet as Dracula.
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The Last Voyage of the Demeter played in 2,715 locations for a per theater average of of $2,394.
Moviegoers gave the film a mediocre “B-” CinemaScore. Critics were mixed, handing it a 49 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.
The film had a reported production budget of $45 million, plus marking costs and will likely lose money.
Exhibitor Relations described the thriller’s debut as “one of the worst openings of the summer for a major studio release.
Elsewhere at the weekend box office, Barbie continued to lead the competition after taking in another $33.7 million in its fourth weekend of release. Director Greta Gerwig’s live-action film about the iconic Mattel toy has now made $526.3 million domestically and over $1 billion worldwide.
Oppenheimer came in a strong second place in its fourth weekend, grossing another $18.8 million Friday through Sunday.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem was third $15.7 million in its second weekend.
Shark movie Meg 2: The Trench was fourth with $12.7 million after two weeks. As mentioned, The Last Voyage of the Demeter rounded out the top five.
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