Mel Gibson’s ‘The Beaver’ experiences low grossing debut weekend

Laura Donovan Contributor

Jodie Foster’s The Beaver, starring Mel Gibson, has had the kind of publicity that most arthouse films only dream of — thanks to Gibson’s polarizing behavior.

But that buzz failed to deliver. The film, in which Foster also stars, opened this weekend to a disappointing $104,000 from 22 theaters in top markets. The per-screen average — the standard by which limited releases are judged — was only $4,745.

Summit was hoping for a per-screen average in the $15,000 to $18,000 range.

“I think people will try to read into these numbers and say it is a repudiation of Mel, but I don’t think that’s true,” Summit executive Richie Fay said. “The film is a tough sell.”

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