Finally, The Current War: Director’s Cut hopes to redeem the original film, a TIFF flop from 2017 that has been re-shot and re-edited in the two years since it was orphaned by the collapse of the Weinstein Company. With a release of 1,022 theaters (information I received courtesy of the Box Office Report Twitter), that redemption seems unlikely to happen in a theatrical release, despite the best efforts by its new distributor 101 Studios. Expect a $1.5 million weekend for the film.
Last but not least, 101 Studios will distribute The Current War in an unconfirmed (as of Wednesday) number of locations. Due to the film’s numerous delays and the uncertainty of how wide it will release, forecasts are volatile before its opening day (and it, too, faces a larger struggle contending with other prestige films in the market). That said, the star quartet of Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, and Tom Holland could help it stand out among some adult moviegoers.
I would be happy to add to the profits, but I can’t find it scheduled to play anywhere. It’s just listed as “coming soon”. There are movies coming out in December that are already selling advanced tickets!
And how could a movie that was never released be a “flop”?
'The Current War' 'The Current War'101 STUDIOS The Current War earned $947,000 on 1,022 screens on Friday. The Benedict Cumberbatch/Michael Shannon drama, about the battle between Edison and Westinghouse over the future of electricity, should earn around $2.7 million this weekend before it does an electric slide out of theaters. The film was infamously edited by Harvey Weinstein into a cut which sanded off Edison’s rough edges. That version premiered to poor reviews in Toronto in 2017 just before The Weinstein Company imploded. Two years later, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon was able to cut a preferred version, including a new scene or two, and now the movie finally opened, albeit to mostly empty theaters. I liked the movie enough, the performances are strong and I like the history, but it was never going to break out.
Yes, the reviews were lukewarm, much better than the original version. But general audience comments are very positive. Scott Mendelson recommended it again on his column. He didn't say it's great but that he really enjoyed it and it's a shame it never really had a chance on the box office. He recommends people to search for it on VOD or streaming services in the future.
The box office forum comments went from being cynical about the "last" Weinstein film to be kind to the "poor" director and now a few of them are recommending it as a good film with great performances.
It never has a chance but at least producers, the director and the actors gave it some dignity to it.