A Robert De Niro comedy The War With Grandpa, based on a children’s book The War With Grandpa, written by Robert Kimmel Smith in 1984, is about a battle between Peter and his grandpa over a bedroom when his grandpa comes to live in his house. The film was initially supposed to hit theaters in 2018. All that changed after Harvey Weinstein, the indie film producer whose company The Weinstein Company was set to distribute the film, was exposed as a serial sexual harasser and predator.
Two years later, 101 Studios’ The War With Grandpa hits theaters for the theatrical release on Friday, grossing $1.1 million. On Saturday, it went up to $1.5 million, and today is expected to bring in $988K in the U.S. Marketplace ending the reign of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet in its 7th weekend at the domestic box office. Tenet currently stands at 48.3 million stateside and $323.3 million worldwide.
“Really pleased that 101 Studios was able to offer audiences a comedy that is bringing the whole family back to theaters,” said Laurent Ouaknine, President, Distribution of 101 Studios.
The collection of underperforming blockbusters and castoffs doesn’t look to particularly good for cinemas. It’s going to take a lot more than the few meager films in theaters, including The War With Grandpa, making going to the movies look viable again during this pandemic.
Hopefully, something good will come out of the box office when Wonder Woman 1984 hits theaters this Christmas.