Audiences weren't just disinterested in the Bosnian war over Christmas; ticket buyers were also somewhat cool on 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.' The highly anticipated self-proclaimed "feel bad movie of Christmas," finished in fourth place over the holiday with $19.4 million, and has grossed $27 million since release last Tuesday. What could be the reason for the less-than-thrilling numbers? Perhaps remake fatigue.
As the Los Angeles Times points out, the David Fincher-directed version of 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' is the latest in a growing line of fiscally disappointing remakes from recent European source material. (The original adaptation of 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' came out in 2009.) From 'Let Me In' (adapted from 'Let the Right One In') to 'Brothers' (adapted from 'Brothers'), there are plenty of recent foreign hits that have failed to connect with American audiences.
Of course, that might not be the case with 'Dragon Tattoo.' After all, the film is nearly two-and-a-half hours in length (which limits daily showings), rated 'R,' and -- as the millions who read Stieg Larsson's source material know -- filled with rape, incest and excessive violence against women. Not necessarily the type of cheery Christmas fare that families were looking to see in their escape to the movie theaters this past weekend. Plus, 'Dragon Tattoo' has received strong reviews, meaning its word-of-mouth will propel the film through the holiday week. The feel-bad movie of Christmas might turn into the must-see film of New Year's for adults.
All of which is to say, don't write off 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' from a box-office perspective just yet. Besides, Larsson's books were international best-sellers -- and 'Dragon Tattoo' has not rolled out overseas in any sort of major way. Unlike the Millennium Trilogy, the financials of Fincher's adaptation have yet to be written. Translation: there's still hope for Rooney Mara to play with fire.
[via LAT/24 Frames]
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