Nicholas Sparks’ latest film adaptation, “Best of Me,” did not have a good weekend at the box office.
The film, starring James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan, brought in $US10.2 million, marking Sparks’ lowest-grossing opening weekend at theatres.
Sparks is best known for 2004 adaptation, “The Notebook,” which helped propel Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling to stardom.
Previously, the best-selling author’s lowest opening was one of his early adaptations, 2002’s “A Walk to Remember,” with Mandy Moore.
|Movie||Opening Weekend||Worldwide Gross|
|“Dear John” (2010)||$US30.5 million||$US115 million|
|“The Lucky One” (2012)||$US22.5 million||$US99.4 million|
|“Safe Haven” (2013)||$US21.4 million||$US97.6 million|
|“Message in a Bottle” (1999)||$US16.8 million||$US118.9 million|
|“The Last Song” (2010)||$US16 million||$US89 million|
|“The Notebook” (2004)||$US13.5 million||$US115.6 million|
|“Nights in Rodanthe” (2008)||$US13.4 million||$US84.4 million|
|“A Walk to Remember” (2002)||$US12.2 million||$US47.5 million|
|“The Best of Me” (2014)||$US10.2 million|
Exhibitor Relations vice president and senior analyst Jeff Bock said the success of the movie depended on “how much excitement the cast and marketing were able to generate … and it wasn’t enough,” according to The Wrap.
Sparks has never had a movie adaptation released in October. His romance movies usually come out in the spring or early summer.
Three of films have been released around Valentine’s Day, “Message in a Bottle,” “Safe Haven,” and “Dear John.” Two of those made more than $US100 million at the box office.
Brad Pitt’s World War II film “Fury” commanded the weekend with $US23.5 million. It beat out competition from “Gone Girl” which has now made $US201 million worldwide. Fox’s animated picture “The Book of Life” also performed well over the weekend taking in $US17 million.
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