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‘The Goldfinch’ Has Earned $9M Globally, May Be the Big Prestige Bomb of the Year

It's the best of times and the worst of times for Warner Bros. right now. As the studio celebrates the financial glories of Joker, they also have to worry about just how hard The Goldfinch is bombing both here in the U.S. and internationally. Directed by John Crowley, starring Ansel Elgort and Nicole Kidman, and adapted from the acclaimed novel of the same name by Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch seemingly has all the right elements to make for a great, prestige movie. So, after a month of it hanging out in theaters, what happened? Let's get the …
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12 Book-to-Movie Adaptations So Bad, the Authors Deserve Letters of Apology

12 Book-to-Movie Adaptations So Bad, the Authors Deserve Letters of Apology
Adapting a novel for the silver screen can be tricky. Sometimes, like with Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy or with the Harry Potter movies, everything comes together to give readers a real treat. Other times, like with the recent film The Goldfinch . . . not so much.

The Goldfinch is based on Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning 2014 novel of the same name, telling the story of 13-year-old Theodore Decker, who survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum. He takes with him a painting called "The Goldfinch," which provides a source of hope for him as he spirals into a world of alcohol, drugs, and crime. The film opened in September to less-than-stellar reviews. It holds a 24 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with Rolling Stone's Peter Travers calling it a "cinematic assault" on the novel that can be added to "the list of great books mangled by Hollywood." Ouch.
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UK box office preview: ‘The Goldfinch’, ‘The Last Tree’ to open against strong holdovers

UK box office preview: ‘The Goldfinch’, ‘The Last Tree’ to open against strong holdovers
Other openers include horrors ‘Ready Or Not’, ‘Don’t Let Go’.

John Crowley’s The Goldfinch and Shola Amoo’s The Last Tree are two of the 2019 festival titles opening at the UK box office this weekend amid a field of strong holdovers.

Released by Warner Bros, The Goldfinch is an adaptation of Donna Tartt’s best-selling novel about a boy taken in by a wealthy New York family. Ansel Elgort stars as the young man whose troubled childhood leads him into the world of art forgery. Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, and Jeffrey Wright have supporting roles in the film
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The Goldfinch review – Donna Tartt's art-theft epic has its wings clipped | Peter Bradshaw's film of the week

Nicole Kidman’s fine cameo cannot save an infuriating adaptation that renders a complex novel in broad brushstrokes

Despite A-list talent either side of the camera, something has gone worryingly wrong with this adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer-winning novel from 2013, directed by John Crowley. It’s as if all the book’s unwieldy and digressive aspects have hypnotised the film-makers, who want to do justice to the writerly aspects of Tartt’s extravagant Dickensian adventure, all that fetishistic connoisseur detail. But they have mislaid or underplayed the straightforwardly exciting set pieces that could have put some voltage back into the film.

The film is co-financed by Amazon Studios and maybe it would have worked better as an eight-part TV drama. As it is, the story is all effortfully squeezed into two and a half hours, but with key moments suddenly whizzing past as if on fast-forward, and the most
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Ansel Elgort Slams Critics for Negative Reviews of The Goldfinch: The Movie 'Moved' My Mom

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Ansel Elgort Slams Critics for Negative Reviews of The Goldfinch: The Movie 'Moved' My Mom
Ansel Elgort is taking aim at film critics for their negative reviews on The Goldfinch.

The actor shared his thoughts on his Instagram Story over the weekend to defend the adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Donna Tartt which has bombed at the box office with a total of $5.5 million worldwide since its release on Sept. 13. The film had a budget of $45 million.

“Critics are usually really great writers and they have to kind of choose a side,” Elgort said in the video. “They decided that pointing out everything wrong with the film is the best way to write their reviews,
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Ansel Elgort Calls Out Film Critics for Tanking ‘The Goldfinch’: ‘There Is a Lot of Good in the Film’

Ansel Elgort Calls Out Film Critics for Tanking ‘The Goldfinch’: ‘There Is a Lot of Good in the Film’
Ansel Elgort is standing by “The Goldfinch” amidst negative reviews and even worse box office. The John Crowley-directed adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel dropped a massive 71% in its second weekend in theaters, grossing less than $800,000 and bringing its domestic total to $4.5 million. “The Goldfinch” release has been a disaster for Warner Bros., but leading actor Elgort took to his Instagram page over the weekend to defend the movie and call out film critics for deciding to only focus on the bad in their highly negative “Goldfinch” reviews.

“Critics usually are really great writers and they have to kind of choose a side,” Elgort said on his Instagram story. “They decided that pointing out everything wrong with the film is the best way to write their reviews, their articles. They are all great articles, too. All the bad reviews are well written but there is a lot of good in the film,
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The Goldfinch movie review: Critics Review, Rating, Cast and Crew

Director John Crowley's "The Goldfinch" is designed like a character-driven film, languid and slow-paced. It is about closures, miracles and destiny, and has a treasured painting named The Goldfinch as its backdrop.

It is Theo Decker's stark odyssey.

The story is triggered by a tragic twist of fate when Theo Decker and his mother enter the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A bomb by extremists rips the Museum, killing his mother. Since then, going into a shell, Theo keeps blaming himself.

"It was my fault just like everything else? even if it did by happenstance?" he rues and thus begins the tale.

The plot, narrated in a non-linear manner, meanders aimlessly but wraps up the story effortlessly. The graph moving on an even keel, gives us an insight into the various relationships of Theo -- with his estranged and alcoholic father Larry (Luke Wilson), his girlfriend Xandra (Sarah Paulson), his childhood friend Boris,
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The Goldfinch: would it have worked better as a TV show?

The film distills the odyssey of the novel into a movie. Its cast and director discuss making the ‘daunting’ adaptation

As it arrives on the big screen, The Goldfinch becomes a test case for what we might call “prestige literary cinema”. It is the kind of serious, contemporary, non-genre literary adaptation that merits top talent, a large budget and, ideally, awards consideration. This used to be a studio staple but recently it has become a territory strewn with failures: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, for example, or On Chesil Beach, The Lovely Bones, The Time Traveller’s Wife, The Girl on the Train. Whether it’s the fault of modern literature or modern cinema, this kind of movie is now an endangered species, threatened by blockbusters on one side, and long-form TV and web dramas on the other.

With its Dickensian plot, vivid characters and exhaustively descriptive scene-setting, Donna Tartt
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Taking ‘The Goldfinch’ from Page to Screen with Editor Kelley Dixon

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Adapting Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch for the screen was never going to be an easy task. At 771 pages, it would make a daunting TV miniseries – and director John Crowley managed to whittle it down into an under-two-and-a-half-hour feature film. As any team adapting existing material must, the filmmakers had to […]

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‘The Goldfinch’ Belly-Flop: What Went Wrong at the Box Office

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‘The Goldfinch’ Belly-Flop: What Went Wrong at the Box Office
The scale of “The Goldfinch” opening weekend fiasco overshadowed the reality. Making it a success at the box office was always going to be a long shot for Warner Bros. The adaptation of the Donna Tartt bestseller almost landed in the lowest-20 grossing titles opening in over 2,000 theaters. Its $2.7 million gross ranks with the worst performances ever for a film of its pedigree.

But that pedigree lessened its chances of becoming a hit. With a $45-million budget, a global marketing campaign took the bottom line north of $100 million. With openings in a few countries showing little initial strength, the worldwide theatrical take could struggle to get to $25 million. With Amazon holding streaming rights and a one-third stake, returns to the studio are reduced.

This debacle is bad news for any studio executives pushing for non-franchise content. In five weeks time, Warner Bros. released three original standalones: “The Kitchen,” “Blinded By the Light,
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Listen to an Exclusive Track from Composer Trevor Gureckis’ Bloodline—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Ever since seeing Bloodline at the 2019 Popcorn Frights Film Festival, I've had its infectious, synth-infused soundtrack stuck in my head, as the original music by Trevor Gureckis is like its own character in the film, giving the serial killer story a deadly pulse that hearkens back to some of the most memorable collaborations between John Carpenter and Alan Howarth. With Bloodline—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack coming to digital via Lakeshore Records on September 20th (the same day the film will be released in theaters and on Digital and VOD by Momentum Pictures), we've been provided with an exclusive track from the film's score to share with Daily Dead readers.

Below, you can listen to the exclusive "Good Boy" track from Bloodline—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ahead of its September 20th release from Lakeshore Records.

In case you missed it, read Heather Wixson's 4-star review of the film, and we
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We'll Spare You the 784 Pages and Tell You Exactly What Happens in The Goldfinch

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We'll Spare You the 784 Pages and Tell You Exactly What Happens in The Goldfinch
It's been a long time coming, but The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning book about a boy who steals the priceless Carel Fabritius painting "The Goldfinch" from the Metropolitan Museum of Art - is coming to the big screen this month. John Crowley is on board as director, with Sarah Paulson playing Xandra, Ansel Elgort playing Theo, and Willa Fitzgerald, Finn Wolfhard, Nicole Kidman, and Ashleigh Cummings also appearing. The drama hits theaters on Sept. 13, so we totally understand if you can't fit the 784-page tome into your busy schedule. If short books are more your thing, here's everything you need to know about Tartt's legendary novel. Just be warned: big spoilers below!

Related: 16 Books That Every Introvert Needs to Read

The novel is told from the perspective of Theodore "Theo" Decker, a 13-year-old living with his beloved mother in New York City. His story starts off with
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We'll Spare You the 784 Pages and Tell You Exactly What Happens in The Goldfinch

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We'll Spare You the 784 Pages and Tell You Exactly What Happens in The Goldfinch
It's been a long time coming, but The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning book about a boy who steals the priceless Carel Fabritius painting "The Goldfinch" from the Metropolitan Museum of Art - is coming to the big screen this month. John Crowley is on board as director, with Sarah Paulson playing Xandra, Ansel Elgort playing Theo, and Willa Fitzgerald, Finn Wolfhard, Nicole Kidman, and Ashleigh Cummings also appearing. The drama hits theaters on Sept. 13, so we totally understand if you can't fit the 784-page tome into your busy schedule. If short books are more your thing, here's everything you need to know about Tartt's legendary novel. Just be warned: big spoilers below!

Related: 16 Books That Every Introvert Needs to Read

The novel is told from the perspective of Theodore "Theo" Decker, a 13-year-old living with his beloved mother in New York City. His story starts off with
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Watch Ansel Elgort and Oakes Fegley argue about The Hobbit

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The nobly-named Ansel Elgort and Oakes Fegley play the same guy in The Goldfinch: Theo Decker, who loses his mom in a bombing at the Met and then goes on to (semi-spoiler alert) sort of lose it. Given that the new movie is based on a rather famous book—Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch—we thought it would be appropriate…
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Warner Bros. Reacts to ‘The Goldfinch’ Box Office Bomb and Blames the Marketplace

Warner Bros. Reacts to ‘The Goldfinch’ Box Office Bomb and Blames the Marketplace
Warner Bros. domestic distribution president Jeff Goldstein is facing some tough questions in the aftermath of “The Goldfinch” becoming one of the biggest box office bombs of 2019. The John Crowley-directed adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel opened at the U.S. box office to a disastrous $2.6 million, far below the projections that said the film would open in the $12 million range. Warner Bros. partnered with Amazon Studios to produce “The Goldfinch” for $40 million. The drama opened in 2,542 locations, making its $2.6 million launch one of the biggest bombs for a nationwide release. Goldstein reacted to the film’s box office performance by telling Variety the marketplace just wasn’t right for it.

“I think the audience wasn’t interested in seeing this literary work on-screen,” Goldstein said. “There were many things that didn’t work, but the biggest was probably the marketplace. The gap between the have and
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Box Office: Why ‘Hustlers’ Soared While ‘The Goldfinch’ Flopped

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Though Stx’s “Hustlers” and Warner Bros.’ “The Goldfinch” couldn’t be more different in terms of genre or style, the two new releases prove the divergent paths that mid-budget movies can take at the box office.

Both films arrived last weekend in an environment that has been increasingly hostile to anything that’s not of the superhero ilk or the umpteenth iteration of a longstanding franchise. “Hustlers” beat expectations with a solid $33.2 million debut, while “The Goldfinch” bombed with just $2.68 million. Those results are a sobering lesson as studios continue to scout for material that appeals to moviegoers interested in more than just blockbuster fare. “Hustlers” cost a moderate $20 million to produce, meaning the movie only needed to do modest business to turn a profit. “The Goldfinch” carried double that budget with a price tag above $40 million. Amazon co-financed the movie, which will help mitigate damages, but it still
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Box Office: ‘It: Chapter Two’ Continues International Reign With $47 Million

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Pennywise’s reign of terror hasn’t wavered: Warner Bros.’ “It Chapter Two” maintained first place on box office charts, led by another strong showing overseas. The sequel, based on Stephen King’s horror novel, generated another $47 million at the international box office for a foreign tally of $169 million.

After two weeks of release, “It Chapter Two” has collected $323.3 million worldwide. Between 2017’s “It” and this year’s follow-up, both of which were directed by Andy Muschietti, the franchise has now crossed the $1 billion benchmark at the global box office. The sequel stars Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader and Isaiah Mustafa, while Bill Skarsgard returned to portray the terrifying demonic clown known as Pennywise.

“It: Chapter Two” opened this weekend in France with $4.7 million. Among holdovers, the movie had a solid outing in Germany with $4.2 million, the United Kingdom with $3.9 million and Mexico with $3.3 million.

Focus Features’ “Downton Abbey
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'It: Chapter Two' rules box office in $88m worldwide session, 'Downton Abbey' storms UK (update)

STXinternational’s Hustlers arrives on $4.5m.

September 16 Update: It: Chapter Two held on to its number one worldwide and international box office crowns on a confirmed $46.6m for $169.1m and an estimated $87.3m for $323m, respectively, as the franchise crossed $1bn globally in the second weekend of the sequel’s release.

Meanwhile Focus Features’ Downton Abbey film version of the TV series stormed into the UK on $6.3m, and Sony’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood has become Quentin Tarantino’s second highest global release. STXinternational’s Hustlers arrived on $4.5m.

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Updated: The It franchise
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'It: Chapter Two' rules box office in $88m worldwide session, 'Downton Abbey' storms UK

STXinternational’s Hustlers arrives on $4.5m.

It: Chapter Two held on to its number one worldwide and international box office crowns on $47m for $169.5m and $87.7m for $323.3m, respectively, as the franchise crossed $1bn globally in the second weekend of the sequel’s release.

Meanwhile Focus Features’ Downton Abbey film version of the TV series stormed into the UK on $6.3m, and Sony’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood has become Quentin Tarantino’s second highest global release. STXinternational’s Hustlers arrived on $4.5m.

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The It franchise has amassed $1.023bn worldwide from two films.
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Box Office: ‘Hustlers’ Racks Up Solid $33 Million Debut, ‘Goldfinch’ Bombs

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“Hustlers” rolled in the Benjamins this weekend, collecting $33.2 million when it debuted in 3,250 North American theaters.

Boosted by rave reviews and stellar word of mouth, “Hustlers” beat expectations and now ranks as the best start for an Stx film, along with the biggest live-action opening weekend for stars Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu. Directed by Lorene Scafaria, the R-rated heist thriller is based on Jessica Pressler’s 2015 New York magazine article about a group of strippers who turn the tables on their wealthy Wall Street clientele after the 2008 recession hits.

“Hustlers” arrived in second place behind Warner Bros.’ “It: Chapter Two,” which claimed the No. 1 spot for the second weekend in a row. The terrifying sequel pocketed another $40 million this weekend, marking a 55% decline from its inaugural outing. The follow-up to 2017’s “It” has earned $153 million in North America and $323 million globally. Between “It: Chapter Two” and its predecessor, the
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