Clint Eastwood's 'Richard Jewell' flops at the box office in its opening weekend despite critical acclaim

Clint Eastwood’s latest film, “Richard Jewell,” performed well under expectations at the box office, bringing in only $5 million in its opening weekend.

The film landed at No. 4 over the weekend while “Jumanji: The Next Level” was far-and-away the top-grossing opener. Despite acclaim from critics, the Warner Bros. drama about a real-life security guard who was falsely accused in the media of being responsible for the 1996 Olympics bombing marked one of the worst domestic openings in the 89-year-old director’s long career.

As Variety notes, there are some glimmers of hope for “Richard Jewell” despite its low numbers. Although it underperformed at the box office, it’s hardly Eastwood’s worst opener to date. The 1980 film “Billy Bronco” debuted with just $3.7 million. Meanwhile, the films “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” (1997) and “True Crime” (1999) opened at $5.2 million, marking only slightly higher numbers than “Richard Jewell.”

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