Well, that's not bad.
According to The Hollywood Reporter , the recently released "Need for Speed" movie starring Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad") managed to just about break even during its opening weekend.
The film brought in $17.8 million in North America and $45.6 million internationally; the $63.4 million total almost reaches the $66 million needed to make the film. Maybe it's not surprising to see it do poorly in this region (by now, everyone knows that movies based on video games are often mediocre), but at least it'll make a little money. Said Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis:
"It's a disappointing start on the domestic side, but to open to that number worldwide and nearly match the budget of the film is great. This was a very affordable movie and with many territories left to open, everyone will be just fine. We feel great about where we are."
The film finished third behind "300: Rise of An Empire" ($19.1 million) and "Mr. Peabody and & Sherman" ($21.2 million). Personally, I never even understood how a game franchise about racing could even be a movie, although developers did try to infuse more of a story in some recent entries. Those stories sucked, of course, but what do you want? This is about fast cars and that's that…only gets you so far in a film, though.