Opening on $3.3m in unlucky 13th place was Warner Bros' crime caper The Big Bounce. It was a deeply disappointing bow for George Armitage's Elmore Leonard adaptation, which stars Owen Wilson and Morgan Freeman, and this was matched by a slew of poor write-ups.
It averaged $1,448 from 2,304 and the skinny 48% approval rating from exit polls suggests it will virtually have disappeared off the face of the Earth by next week. It was one of the lowest ever openings for a big screen adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel (see table).
Last seven Elmore Leonard novel adaptations
Film (Year) US Distributor Opening box office. Total box office
Get Shorty (1995) MGM $12.7m $72.1m
Out Of Sight (1998) Universal $12m $37.6m
Jackie Brown (1997) Miramax $9.3m $39.7m
Stick (1985) Universal $3.4m $8.5m
The Big Bounce (2004) Warner Bros $3.3m --*
52 Pick-Up (1986) Cannon Films $1.7m $5.2m
Touch (1997) UA $195,236 $387,069
*still on release