Box Office: ‘Unhinged’ Has Biggest Opening Weekend Since March With $4M

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.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.