Olga Kurylenko in ‘Momentum’ (Starz Digital)
By Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter
While Lionsgate may well be disappointed that its final Hunger Games installment didn’t quite hit the levels set by its predecessors in its opening weekend, spare a thought for the team behind action-thriller Momentum.
The South Africa-shot film, with an estimated $20 million production budget and starring Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko, didn’t just stumble at the U.K box office, but seemingly tripped up on a towel in the changing room and failed to make it to the starting line, taking a measly £46 ($69) in its debut.
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Momentum may not have opened wide, and in fact was available simultaneously as a digital download, but its 10-cinema U.K. release offers a per-site average of just $6.90, with two theaters failing to sell a single ticket, according to figures from Rentrak.
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Although British audiences may have failed to have been impressed, the film – which follows a thief who becomes unwittingly embroiled in a terror plot – fared better in the U.A.E., where according to Box Office Mojo it has earned $275,000 since opening last month, and in Russia, where it scored an opening weekend of $250,000 back in July. No figures are yet available for the U.S., where Starz gave the film a limited release on Oct. 16.
Momentum currently has a 26 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Hollywood Reporter described it as a “daft action flick” with a part for Freeman “that might well have been shot in half a day,” while Empire said it was “one of the worst films you won’t see in 2015.”