Jennifer Lawrence's mother! earns rare F CinemaScore


It's been the spark for many a furious argument since its initial premiere at the Venice Film Festival, where it debuted to a hearty mixture of cheers and boos and resulted in a fascinating mix of critical reviews - Guy Lodge hailed it as "spectacular" over at Vanity Fair, while Observer's Rex Reed named it "the worst movie of the century", though the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes averaged it out at a 68% "fresh" rating.

Many different metrics must be considered when determining whether a movie is a success, but earning a CinemaScore of "F" is typically an indicator that a movie is a disappointment, at least to audiences.

"This movie is very audacious and fearless", Paramount's worldwide president of marketing and distribution Megan Colligan said in a statement, per IndieWire. "You are talking about a director at the top of his game, an actress at the top of her game".

We've already posted our take on what movie means, but at TIFF last week, Collider's own Steve Weintraub went straight to the source and asked Aronofsky point blank what he intended with this story.

In New Zealand, mother! scored $60,000 on opening weekend - the sixth highest-grossing film, with It in the top spot pulling in more than $650,000 even though it'd already been out for a week. "And. we didn't do that type of movie".

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Darren Aronofsky's "Mother!" has alienated viewers and won over some critics, but Jennifer Lawrence, the film's star, has an explanation of the divisive movie that she wants viewers to hear before going into it. Other films on the list include the Brad Pitt-starring Killing Them Softly, Cameron Diaz's 2009 horror flick The Box, the 2008 parody Disaster Movie, and the 2002 George Clooney-starring Solaris.

The movie brought in an estimated $7.5 million domestically this weekend.

The Warner Bros. film, based on a Stephen King novel and starring Bill Skarsgard as a creepy clown who terrorizes a sleepy ME town, earned an estimated $60.1 million for the three-day weekend, bringing its domestic total to $218.8 million in only two weeks, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

The Brad Pitt-starring low-key action film "Killing Them Softly" earned an F CinemaScore in 2012.