George Clooney’s latest directorial effort, “Suburbicon,” is a misguided mess, according to the vast majority of film critics.
“Suburbicon” currently sits at 29% on Rotten Tomatoes and opens on Friday.
Suburbicon is on course to gross roughly $1.2 million on Friday from 2,045 theaters for a $3 million-$4 million weekend, the worst nationwide launch of Clooney’s directing career and the worst showing in decades for Matt Damon, who stars opposite Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac.
Suburbicon received little love from critics when making high-profile stops at the Venice and Toronto film festivals. The movie, from a script by Clooney, Grant Heslov and the Coen brothers, tells the story of a seemingly perfect white family whose suburban home is invaded in the summer of 1959. Their not-so-nice side is exposed when their new African-American neighbors are blamed for the crime.
Paramount paid $10 million for U.S. rights to the $25 million indie project, which was financed by Black Bear Pictures, with Bloom handling the film internationally.
Suburbicon could open behind Thank You for Your Service, a veteran drama from Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks and partner Universal. The movie is expected to earn around $1.3 million on Friday from 2,054 theaters for a $3.5 million-$4 million weekend.