The Darkest Minds
[Total: 11 Average: 1.6]
- Directed By: Jennifer Yuh Nelson
- Written By: Chad Hodge
- Release Date: August 3, 2018
- Domestic Distributor: FOX
- Cast: Mandy Moore, Amandla Stenberg, Gwendoline Christie
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $34 million||Financed by: FOX|
|Domestic Box Office: Still in release||Overseas Box Office: Still in release|
The rights to The Darkest Minds YA novel was acquired by FOX in mid September 2014, just days before the studio scored a hit with another YA property The Maze Runner. The Darkest Minds was financed by FOX and packaged together using their Maze Runner model. Both movies were budgeted at $34 million and the director of Maze Runner had a background in vfx and The Darkest Minds director Jennifer Yuh Nelson had previously helmed the computer animated movies Kung Fu Panda 2 & 3.
The Darkest Minds was released as the YA craze was running on fumes and the movie looked like an amalgamation of every YA dystopian cliché that has been on screen over the last decade. On top of the recycled tropes, it also looked like a low rent X-Men knock off. FOX dated The Darkest Minds for August 3, 2018 and despite poor tracking, the studio did invest into an expensive P&A campaign in hopes to launch a franchise.
It bowed into a very crowded and competitive summer market against Disney’s Christopher Robin, The Spy Who Dumped Me and the wide expansion of Eighth Grade. The Darkest Minds landed terrible reviews and was dead on arrival with $5,842,609 — placing #8 for the weekend led by the holover Mission: Impossible – Fallout. It then sank 63.3% to $2,142,645 the following frame and promptly lost most of its theater count. The domestic run is on track to close with just $12M. More after the run ends…
The Darkest Minds has also struggled overseas, where it has pulled in $25.6M — with France posting the highest numbers at $5.1M. Russia is the last major market to open, which goes out this weekend. More as the numbers get reported…