Collette, Edgerton films stumble in cinemas

Toni Collette and Joel Edgerton are terrific actors with impressive credits but their new films are struggling to draw audiences in Australian cinemas.

Miss You Already, the dramedy directed by Catherine Hardwicke starring Collette and Drew Barrymore, fetched just $600,000 including previews on 217 screens last weekend.

That.s a poor result for the saga of two lifelong friends, one of whom is stricken with breast cancer. It was soundly beaten by Oddball, which whistled up $730,000 in its fourth frame and climbed to $9.27 million.

Black Mass, the true-life crime drama featuring Johnny Depp and Edgerton as a vicious Boston gang leader and his corrupt FBI agent pal, drummed up a mediocre $1.1 million on 269 screens.

Pro-rata, that.s way below the $US22.6 million opening in the Us, where the Warner Bros. release directed by Scott Cooper has earned $US57.5 million through its fourth lap.

Both debuts surprised Wallis Cinemas program manager Bob Parr,
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