"Closed Circuit" -- which Focus touts as coming from the same producers behind "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," a profitable venture, according to the distrib -- could gross $4 million-$5 million in six days. That's a generous estimate, according to some observers, and pales in comparison to Focus' past Labor Day thrillers, led by 2010′s "The American," which earned $19.8 million in its first six days.
Other than "The American," which went on to make $35.6 million, Focus released "The Debt" in 2011, when it made $31.2 million, and "The Constant Gardener" in 2005, with $33.6 million domestically.
"Closed Circuit" stars Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall as ex-lovers, who fight to expose the truth behind a high-profile terrorism case in London. Focus co-produced the pic with Working Title.
The film has received mixed reviews from critics. And while the pic has generated more positive buzz on social media, its number of tweets, for instance, trails greatly the number of mentions for Friday openers, actioner "Getaway" and concert pic "One Direction: This is Us," the latter of which should gross $20 million-plus through Labor Day.
It's unlikely that Focus will expand "Closed Circuit" beyond its theater count this weekend, though the distrib did add roughly 100-plus theaters earlier this week.
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