“Amityville: The Awakening,” the first Weinstein Co. film to be released since the floodgates opened on sexual assault allegations against him, netted a mere $742 total at 10 locations Saturday; the company released it for free on Google Play two weeks ago.
The original 1979 film, “The Amityville Horror,” was an instant classic, earning $86 million. The company had been frantically negotiating the opening date of the movie, ultimately releasing it for free on Google Play after the scandal broke.
Bella Thorne, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jennifer Morrison and Cameron Monaghan star in “Amityville: The Awakening,” which was directed by Franck Khalfoun from his own script. It’s produced by TWC’s Dimension and Blumhouse.
The Weinstein Company had planned to release “Amityville: The Awakening” several times since last year before scrubbing the release date. It announced on Sept. 21 — two weeks before the massive Harvey Weinstein scandal broke — that “Amityville: The Awakening” would be available for free exclusively on Google Play from Oct. 12 to Nov. 8 and have a limited one-day theatrical release Oct. 28.
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