Well, that was unexpected. A film by the Coen brothers is always one to get excited about and for most of their careers that has been the case; not for Hail, Caesar! it seems. According to the latest reports, Hail, Caesar! has taken just $11.4 million on its American opening; the lowest of any Coen Brothers film.
It is truly surprising as this has looked like one of their most bankable films yet, boasting a phenomenal, big-name cast in a ’50s adventure that is both a caricature of and a tribute to classical Hollywood. A strange, but not unheard of, fact is that it has been a hit with critics, yet when you turn to audience ratings provided by CinemaScore, it comes out as a mediocre C-.
Of course, all this means nothing in the long run; it is still early days. Hail, Caesar! only came out in North America February 5 and won’t be out in the U.K. until March 4. Nevertheless, the brother’s will likely be disappointed that so far their film has failed to resonate with audiences.
Hail, Caesar! is a comedy drama following the real life producer Eddie Mannix as he attempts to discover what happened to the big star of their new movie when he vanished during filming.
It stars Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum and Alison Pill. For a sneak preview of that mammoth cast in action, check out the trailer for Hail, Caesar! below.