Harvey Weinstein’s camp says poor box office opening for #MeToo drama She Said ‘isn’t a surprise’ and disgraced producer ‘would have known that’
- Film with $30M budget made $2M in its opening weekend
- Weinstein spokesperson says story has been rehashed and ‘there was little worth paying to see it here’
- Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison in New York in 2020 in a rape conviction
- He faces up to 60 years in prison in ongoing rape trial in Los Angeles
Harvey Weinstein‘s camp has gloated over the poor $2.2 million box office opening for She Said, the drama that examines the New York Times probe that led to the #MeToo movement and concurrent downfall and conviction of the disgraced film producer.
Juda Engelmayer, a spokesperson for Weinstein, 70, reached out to Variety Monday with a statement, noting that Weinstein could not personally comment.
‘The film She Said bombing isn’t a surprise,’ Engelmayer said. ‘Movie watchers want to be entertained, especially now.
The latest: Harvey Weinstein’s camp has gloated over the poor $2.2 million box office opening for She Said, the drama that examines the New York Times probe that led to the #MeToo movement. Weinstein, 70, was snapped last month in court in his rape trial in LA
‘Details of the investigation, the #MeToo movement, the story of Weinstein and the accusers, has been told over and over again these past five years and it is clear that there was little worth paying to see it here. Harvey, the film producer and distributor, would have known that.’
The film, which had a $30 million production budget, chronicles the probe from newspaper reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor (played respectively by Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan) who broke the story about allegations against Weinstein in the fall of 2017.
Amid the publication of the story, more than 100 women emerged to accuse the once-powerful producer of sexual misconduct.
The film included on-and-offscreen contributions from survivors of Weinstein’s misconduct.
Moderator Joe Utichi on Saturday spoke with the film’s Carey Mulligan, Zoe Kazan and director Maria Schrader on a panel for Deadline in LA
Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan play the respective roles of Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor in the movie
Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison in New York in 2020 in connection with convictions of rape in the third degree in 2013, and forcibly performing oral sex in 2006. Pictured in 2020
Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison in New York in 2020 in connection with convictions of rape in the third degree in 2013, and forcibly performing oral sex in 2006.
The New York City native, who produced films such as Shakespeare in Love, Silver Linings Playbook and Pulp Fiction, became the focal point in the #MeToo movement when he was accused of sexual misconduct amid explosive pieces from the New Yorker and The New York Times.
He is currently involved in a criminal trial in connection with allegations of rape and sexual assault in Los Angeles, where he faces up to 60 years in prison. Last week, prosecutors rested their case following a month of testimony from 44 witnesses.