Eighties Remakes Flop; Hathaway’s One Day Has Weakest Opening of Weekend


As Vulture's Anticipation Index predicted, the makeovers of Conan the Barbarian and Fright Night had extremely lukewarm opening nights this weekend, the former pulling in $4.1 million and the latter just $3.5 million. (Though who better to fill in as Conan than Jason Momoa, fresh from playing a half-naked Dothraki horselord on Game of Thrones.) While still on track for some middling-teen opening weekend figures, the question posed by Vulture's Claude Brodesser-Akner yesterday remains: Why do studios think there's so much value in old titles? As for Anne "her legacy in the balance" Hathaway's latest project, One Day, the opening-night take was nothing spectacular: $1.8 million. Starring opposite the less well-known Jim Sturgess, much of the film's success is seen to be riding on Hathaway's name recognition. So far, it doesn't seem to be doing the trick — though expectations were never sky high. "It looks like a ghosttown in theaters," one studio exec told Nikki Finke, explaining the sad numbers lineup. [Deadline]