Newswire: Weekend Box Office: This is why we can’t have weird things

A long, strange, R-rated thriller with no major movie stars, A Cure For Wellness was never going to be a runaway blockbuster success story. But it’s still disheartening that Gore Verbinski’s crazed genre whatsit flopped so hard over the President’s Day weekend. The movie landed in tenth place and made back only a tenth of its budget, its $4.2 million opening dooming it to a swift disappearance from multiplexes. Hollywood so rarely takes a risk on a non-franchise property, which renders Cure‘s dismal performance all the more disappointing, because it’ll make it harder for something this unconventional to get funding in the future. That new Lego movie wasn’t going anywhere, guys! It didn’t need your money. The gonzo horror fairy tale did.

Nothing new to theaters made much of an impact this weekend. The Great Wall, that Chinese-American coproduction starring Matt Damon …

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