Why ‘Welcome To Marwen’ Was Unwelcome At The Box Office: Robert Zemeckis Pic To Lose Around $60M

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Why ‘Welcome To Marwen’ Was Unwelcome At The Box Office: Robert Zemeckis Pic To Lose Around $60M
For the third time since his 2012 Oscar-nominated film Flight, filmmaker Robert Zemeckis tanked at the box office last weekend, with Universal/DreamWorksWelcome to Marwen bottoming out with $2.3M at 1,911 theaters.

This feature adaptation of the 2010 documentary Marwencol was an attempt by the director to deliver a similar type of heart-string-pulling drama that moviegovers have come to expect from the Oscar-winning Zemeckis, who often infuses his work with VFX, specifically motion-capture. Audiences didn’t buy the pitch dispensing God-awful exit scores of two stars, 57% positive and a 37% definite recommend on PostTrak with a B- on CinemaScore.

Marwen, based on a true story, stars Steve Carell as Mark Hogancamp, who after being brutally attacked, heals his Ptsd through art therapy constructing miniature WWII scenes of mostly female dolls. Ahead of Marwen‘s release, social media monitor RelishMix noticed a mixed reaction online among moviegoers with
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