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Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt ‘By the Sea’ Marooned; Spectre Wins Box Office

Angelina Jolie wrote,  directed and starred in 'By the Sea.' which  movie goers left stranded at the box office. (Photo: Studio)

Angelina Jolie wrote, directed and starred in ‘By the Sea.’ which movie goers left stranded at the box office. (Photo: Studio)

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt got a reality check at the box office; their romantic drama “By the Sea” bombed, opening the door for James Bond film “Spectre” to reclaim the No. 1 spot for the second weekend in a row.

“By the Sea” grossed pocket change by box office standards, totally $95,440 in a limited run at 10 theaters, according to the latest figures.

That works out to a per-screen average of $9,544. The film reportedly cost $10 million to make according to the studio, Universal. Industry put the cost much higher because of its location shooting in Malta.

“The 33,” a highly touted film about Chilean miners trapped by a mine explosion, also bombed. It grossed $5.8 million from 2,452 theaters. The Alcon Entertainment film cost a reported. $25 million to make.

Jolie and Pitt play a star-crossed couple who slowly self-destruct on an exotic vacation that was supposed to help them put their marriage back together.

IM raised the question two weeks ago: Can two aging actors still deliver enough on-screen heat to connect with young audiences?

The answer is apparently no for the film, which Jolie wrote and directed. It was largely savaged by critics.

“The Pitts, it must be said, suffer gorgeously. But Jolie-Pitt’s attempt to emulate European art cinema is a slow, sodden, stupefyingly dull take on a 1970s marriage gone bad,” wrote Peter Travers in Rolling Stone.

Even the Hollywood trad rags trashed it. Variety and The Hollywood Reporter criticized the direction and pacing.

“This languid piece of would-be art cinema will prove once again that even the biggest names in the world won’t draw an audience to something that, in and of itself, has no reason for being,” wrote THR’s Todd McCarthy.

Over all, the film received a 32 rating on rottentomatoes, which tracks reviews and a 44 rating on metacritic.

Jolie’s previous writing and directing effort for 2011’s “In the Land of Blood and Honey” and her direction of 2014’s “Unbroken” both resulted in plodding and sometimes tedious films.

Bond film “Spectre” has been generally well received by critics. It received a 63 rating on rottentomatoes. Anything over 50 is considered positive.

The movie grossed $35.4 million over the weekend and $130.7 million domestically during its run. The film, however, has a lot of ground to make up.

It reportedly cost $250 million to make, according to Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer and Eon Productions.

Among other movie debuts, ensemble comedy “Love the Coopers” topped the box with an $8.4 million gross. The Diane Keaton, John Goodman and Alan Arkin starring film reportedly cost $17 million to make.

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