Kevin Spaceys Billionaire Boys Club earns just $126 on opening day following sexual assault claims


NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Actor Kevin Spacey attends the 71st Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Kevin Spaceys new film Billionaire Boys Club made just $126 (Picture: WireImage)

Kevin Spaceys new movie, Billionaire Boys Club, reportedly made just $126 (£98) on its opening day in cinemas.

The film – also starring Ansel Elgort, Emma Thomas, Taron Egerton and Billie Lourd – was the 59-year-olds first movie release since he was accused of sexually assaulting dozens of young men.

According to Hollywood Reporter, the crime drama had a limited release and was only shown in 10 cinemas across the US, which means the average per ticket was $12.60 (£9.90).

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Distribution company Vertical Entertainment defended releasing Billionaire Boys Club (Picture: PA)

The news is made even worse by the fact it was given a budget of around $15million (£11.7m).

Billionaire Boys Club is based on the real-life story of a group of young men living in LA, who started a Ponzi scheme, back in the 1980s.

It was first released last month on Amazon Prime Video, DVD and other on-demand platforms, with distributor Vertical Entertainment explaining they decided to share the film despite the allegations against Spacey.

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In a statement at the time, a spokesman said they didnt think the reprehensible allegations of one persons past should be at the expense of the cast.

It also said the claims against Spacey were not publicly known at the time of filming.

We hope these distressing allegations pertaining to one persons behaviour — that were not publicly known when the film was made almost two-and-a-half years ago and from someone who has a small, supporting role in Billionaire Boys Club — does not tarnish the release of the film, it read.

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Kevin Spacey was cut from House of Cards following sexual assault claims (Picture: Rex)

In the end, we hope audiences make up their own minds as to the reprehensible allegations of one persons past, but not at the expense of the entire cast and crew present on this film.

The film comes after Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making a sexual advance against him when he was 14.

Addressing the allegations, which were made last October, the former House of Cards star released a statement explaining that he did not remember the alleged encounter but if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour.

Following Anthonys claims, a number of people came forward accusing Spacey of sexual harassment, misconduct and assault – including eight people on the set of the political Netflix series, and 20 testimonies from people at the Old Vic, where he served as artistic director for 11 years. .

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The Met Police confirmed earlier this year that they are investigating three complaints of sexual assault against the actor, while the LA County District Attorneys office confirmed a sex crimes case is being reviewed.

He has not been formally charged with any offences, but has been axed from a number of acting roles.

As well as being cut from All The Money In The World, Spacey has been dropped House Of Cards, with series six to focus on Frank Underwoods wife Claire, played by Robin Wright.

Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Vertical Entertainment for a comment.

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