This should go without saying, but Russell Crowe’s road rage thriller Unhinged had the biggest opening weekend since Bloodshot‘s $9M in March, just before COVID-19 shut everything down. A $4M debut is a solid start for the first major theatrical release of the summer, playing in 1823 theaters across 70% of the country.
Under normal circumstances, this number is probably what Unhinged would’ve made, anyway. Maybe a bit less. It only looks good because nothing has come close in so long. In my review, I said this was a movie that was perfect for audiences to return to theaters for, even if it wasn’t that great. Crowe is a big star, perhaps not a box office draw anymore, but the chance to see an actor like him in a scene-chewing performance promises those who buy a ticket won’t be bored.
The film has been open internationally for about a month, earning $8M for a worldwide total of $13M. The budget is estimated to be around $30M.
The other “big” new releases of the week were the YA drama Words on Bathroom Walls (review) with $462K in 925 locations, and RZA’s New Orleans crime flick Cut Throat City (review) with $240K in 395 theaters.