James Franco's new movie ‘Zeroville’ bombs at the box office after being panned by critics

Ben Arnold
Contributor
Zeroville (Credit: myCinema)

James Franco's new movie Zeroville is one of the biggest bombs of the actor's career, having made just $111 per screen after its release this weekend.

The movie debuted on 80 screens in the US, but despite a star-studded cast, it only managed to bring in $8,900 in all, according to The Wrap.

Its lowly performance hinted at a troubled journey to the screen.

The movie, which stars Megan Fox, Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride and Will Ferrell, was made in 2014, but has spent the interim years in limbo after its distributor went bust the following year.

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Terrible reviews likely didn't help either, with critics queuing up to give the movie a kicking following press screenings last month.

The Los Angeles Times called it 'a tedious muddle', while Little White Lies described it as 'unbearably smug'.

The Guardian asked ‘is this the worst film of 2019’?

Actor and director James Franco, left, performs in a scene for his latest film Zeroville prior to receiving the Glory To The Filmmaker Award during the 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/David Azia)

Some critics were kinder, however, The Hollywood Reporter calling it 'not entirely satisfying, but Franco's direction is assured, and he builds a compellingly noirish mood of faded glamour and churning trouble'.

The movie was adapted from the 2007 novel of the same name by Steve Erickson, with Franco appearing shaven-headed as Ike Jerome (24 in the book), an eccentric architecture student fixated on Hollywood movies.

It's the latest in a series of flops for Franco, including the recent direct-to-video Future World, horror movie The Vault (which made just $5728), and sci-fi thriller Kin, which cost $30 million, but made only $10 million back.